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Jesus Puerto W.

Owner

Soul de Cuba Cafe

Direct Phone: (808) ***-****       

Soul de Cuba Cafe

283 Crown St

New Haven, Connecticut 06511

United States

Company Description

Soul de Cuba Cafe offers a unique dining experience combining exquisite traditional Cuban dishes and specialty drinks in a fun, entertaining, service oriented atmosphere. more

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hotel and restaurant management
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Jesus Puerto, owner of the ...

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Jesus Puerto, owner of the Soul de Cuba Cafe in Honolulu, Hawaii, and New Haven, Conn., as well as president of Cubanakoa Foundation, is one of the people who has never been silent. Jesus was born into an Afro-Cuban family in historic Ybor City just outside of Tampa, Fla. Ybor City is rich with a history of pioneering Cuban, Italian and Spanish immigrants and is where Jesus' great-grandfather, Santiago Gonzalez of Guanabacoa, Cuba, first settled his family in 1894 just after the Cuban War of Independence.

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So for me, Jesus and Soul de Cuba Café was the embodiment of and doorway into a world that I had never known.
"Cubans had begun immigrating to Ybor City as a result of the flourishing cigar industry," Jesus said. "Many of the Cubans of African and indigenous descent, including my great-grandfather, the Gonzalez family brought with them traditional methods of preparing food and traditional ideas regarding spirituality. Jesus still has family in Cuba which has allowed him to travel in and out of Cuba.
It is that deep spiritually which lead Jesus on the journey from Ybor City and Cuba into the communities of North America, the Peace Corps and the islands of the Pacific. Living in Samoa and Hawaii he discoverd the vast similarities as well as related traditions, language and crops.
Jesus Puerto believes Cubanakoa's mission to celebrate humankind's shared history, stories and journey. Therefore, in May 2014, Jesus and Nainoa Thompson, president of the Polynesian Voyaging Society - parent organization of the voyaging canoe Hokule'a - serendipitously met and had a conversation about the Hokule'a making a stop in Cuba during its worldwide canoe voyage.
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We are eternally grateful for Jesus Puerto's vision and commitment to see it through.


Arts Council of Greater New Haven

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"I've been learning about Afro-Cuban food traditions since I was a child helping my abeula (grandmother) sort and clean black beans in her kitchen," writes Jesus Puerto, chef and owner of Soul de Cuba Café, in an e-mail.


Arts Council of Greater New Haven

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"I've been learning about Afro-Cuban food traditions since I was a child helping my abeula (grandmother) sort and clean black beans in her kitchen," writes Jesus Puerto, chef and owner of Soul de Cuba Café, in an e-mail.


Arts Council of Greater New Haven

www.newhavenarts.org [cached]

"I've been learning about Afro-Cuban food traditions since I was a child helping my abeula (grandmother) sort and clean black beans in her kitchen," writes Jesus Puerto, chef and owner of Soul de Cuba Café, in an e-mail.


Arts Council of Greater New Haven

www.newhavenarts.org [cached]

"I've been learning about Afro-Cuban food traditions since I was a child helping my abeula (grandmother) sort and clean black beans in her kitchen," writes Jesus Puerto, chef and owner of Soul de Cuba Café, in an e-mail.

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