Monday, September 24, 2018

Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar to Host a Cookbook Release Party Tuesday, November 13

Photo courtesy of Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar

From our friends at Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar...

Fans of the Restaurant are Invited to Celebrate the Release of Chef-Partner Guillermo Pernot’s Second Cookbook with a Party Featuring Delicious Food and Cocktails Profiled in Cuba Cooks

Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Barlocated steps from CityCenterDC at 801 9th Street, NW, will celebrate the release of Chef-Partner Guillermo Pernot’s second cookbook, Cuba Cooks: Recipes and Desserts from Cuban Paladares and Their Chefs (October 2018) with a book signing party on Tuesday, November 13. Guests pay $50 per person to enjoy select open bar that includes beer, red and white wine by the glass, house red and white sangria, Pyrat Mojitos, Mango Mojitos and Spiced Cuba Libre's, along with an array of passed and stationary tapas, ceviches, and desserts profiled in Cuba Cooks. Dishes are subject to change, but may include Ceviche de Pez Perro - hog fish ceviche with black-eyed peas, coconut milk, cilantro and cachucha Chile sauce; Sopa de Cilantro - chilled cilantro soup with tempura of clams; Tacos de Berenjenas - malanga tacos with eggplant salad; Buñuelos de Espinaca, spinach and manchego cheese fritters, served with goat cheese sauce; Croquetas de Pollo - chicken croquettes with cachucha aioli; Alitas de Pollo a lo Chino - Chinese barbeque chicken winglets; Tostones con Ropa Vieja de Pato - braised pulled duck legs with Hawaiian toston, as well as Cuban Porchetta - pork belly and pork loin roast with Moros y Cristianos pilaf. Desserts are just as enticing and include Churros con Chocolate, Macarrones de Coco, Guayaba con Mousse de Queso Crema as well as El Arroz con Leche de Mami Totty. Cookbooks will also be available for purchase throughout the evening and priced at $40 each.

A vibrant celebration of the island’s bold flavors, creative techniques, and unique inspirations of Cuba’s finest paladares, readers of Cuba Cooks will find a rich variety of dishes which have been adapted from some of the best private restaurants from Old Havana to Santiago de Cuba. Showcasing a cuisine which marries traditional foundations with modern influences, Pernot and Co-Author Lourdes Castro have thoughtfully collected recipes and stories that reveal a vibrant contemporary cuisine. Throughout the book, readers will find illuminating and insightful notes about Cuba’s culinary heritage, as well as helpful notes found with every recipe.

Guillermo Pernot is a nationally renowned chef and restaurateur, and chef-partner at Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar in Philadelphia, Atlantic City, Orlando and Washington, DC. Named "Chef of the Year" by Esquire magazine and one of “America’s Ten Best New Chefs,” by Food & Wine, Pernot is a two-time James Beard Award winner for Best Chef (Mid-Atlantic) and Best Single-Subject Cookbook for Ceviche: Seafood, Salads, and Cocktails with a Latino Twist (Running Press, 2001.)

Lourdes Castro is a professor, recipe developer, and author of three cookbooks, Latin Grilling (Ten Speed, 2011), Simply Mexican (Ten Speed, 2009), and Eat, Drink, Think in Spanish (Ten Speed, 2009.) A recurring judge on Food Network's Beat Bobby Flay, Castro has also appeared on NBC's Today Show, CBS's The Early Show and The Talk, and on news and lifestyle programs for Better TV, Univision, Telemundo, and CNN en Español. Her recipes have also appeared in Food & Wine, Latina magazine, and The New York Times.

WHEN: Tuesday, November 13, 2018, from 6 PM to 8 PM.

WHERE: Cuba Libre Restaurant and Rum Bar is located at 801 9th Street, NW, Ste. A, Washington, DC 20001; Phone (202) 408-1600. For additional information, please visit

HOW: Tickets can be purchased via Cuba Libre’s website at:

About Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar:
Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar opened in Philadelphia in 2000, Atlantic City in 2004, Orlando in 2009 and Washington, DC in 2010 to much acclaim, giving guests a passport to Cuba's intriguing flavors and culture. The restaurant’s name, which translates to “a free Cuba,” signifies a hope for the future of the treasured island nation. Two-time James Beard Award-winning Chef-Partner Guillermo Pernot’s menus feature tantalizing tastes that reflect Cuba’s culinary traditions, as well as the emerging modern cuisine he is experiencing during his continuing travels to Cuba. Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar is poised for expansion into other new markets. The restaurant is an affiliate of GuestCounts Hospitality, which operates a diverse portfolio of restaurant and nightlife concepts in Philadelphia, Atlantic City, Orlando and Washington. Principals Barry Gutin and Lawrence Cohen bring a unique combination of expertise to each of their projects and have been partners in the hospitality business since 1995. For more information about Cuba Libre, please visit For more information on GuestCounts Hospitality, please visit or call (215) 922-3200 x133.