Are you a lover of great food? Have you heard of the influence that traditional African spirituality has had on Cuban cuisine? Would you like to learn the special way that we prepare some of these dishes? Yes? Then this is the right experience for you! We will meet you at Café Bone´Ma and we will ride together to Guanabacoa, our hometown. Once there, you will learn about the influence of the Afro-Cuban religions in our cuisine while we share a typical beverage. Then, Jose´s mom will show you how to cook in our local style, having the opportunity to understand when, why, and how we prepare each dish. Finally, we will enjoy tasting the different plates that we prepared and, in that moment, when we are laughing and sharing our personal stories under the rhythm of drums, you will realize that the simple act of eating assumes mystical dimensions and has the power to bring strangers together like family. At the end of the day you will know how flavors, music and dance tell the story of the desires and struggles of our African ancestors. This is not about cooking in a professional way, it´s about cooking according to the folklore of a modest community.
Adriana & Jose
We are the founders of Beyond Roots, a project focus on providing an Immersion in Afro Cuban Culture through your 5 senses. Growing up in Guanabacoa we were raised under the living legacy of our African ancestors. Now we have an authentic passion for educating people about this misunderstood topic. We want to share with you the feeling of our community, transmit you a knowledge that has been pass from generations and show you its influence in the daily life of the Cubans from different perspectives. In this particular experience we´ll do it through the flavors of our unique cuisine
Afro Cuban Meal Must of the dishes we will prepare have a vegetarian base
Welcoming Coffee We will also offer a traditional beverage "Aguardiente"
Musical show at the house (it´s required a minimum of 3 persons for including this)
Round Trip Transport to the meeting point
After meeting at Café Bone´Ma in El Vedado, we will travel to Guanabacoa town, cradle of Afro Cuban Culture in Havana. There we will visit the house of a Babalawo where we host must of the religious activities and also the local parties. It´s a perfect opportunity for having a first hand contact with this culture since we are going to cook together as we usually do in special days, using traditional ingredients from the slaves time.
After the experience ends we will open for you a little Afro Cuban Souvenir Shop for you to enjoy unique products especially crafted. This will be an amazing opportunity for supporting local talents