Habana Blues' Chef Rafael Hernandez Along with Owner Leo Lopez Entertain Guests at MESA July 22nd,2017
Habana Blues Tapas, Chef Rafael Hernandez along with Owner Leo Lopez Entertain Guests at MESA
It all started with servers handing out Habana Blues' Signature Mojito Drink to start the night as guests arrived at MESA . The kitchen studio was filled with wonderful cooking smells as the chefs grilled the lamb chops earlier prior to guests arriving. Cuban Salsa Music played as guest mingled and did some shopping in the PANTRE until everyone arrived.
The night kicked off with a refreshing Cuban Salad with fresh avocados, red onion and tomatoes. They taught how to make a homemade vinaigrette dressing that complimented the veggies in the salad. They then served an amazing Chilean Sea Bass over the some buttery fluffy mashed potatoes topped in a Orange Miso sauce. Chef Rafael then passed out a Palette Cleanser ( Mojito Sorbert ) that was refreshing and tasteful as the 3rd course was being placed, a set of perfectly grilled Lamb Chops over a soft bed of Mushroom Risotto. The night ended with a Cuban Style Flan with strawberry sauce, whipped cream and fresh mint. The duo had everyone entertained as they laughed and interacted with the chefs.
Chef Rafael came to the United Stated in 1998 by winning the immigration lottery, with his mother. In 2006 he graduated from Sullivan Culinary Institute, here in Louisville, Ky. Chef Rafael has worked in many great latin restaurants including Mojito, Havana Rumba, Palermo Viejo, locally. He also opened a Cuban restaurant in Miami, FL before his return to open Habana Blues Tapas, with Leo Lopez.
Cherry tomato, cucumber, red onion, avacado, tossed in a orange thyme vinigerette.
2nd-Chuleta de Cordero
Lamb chop grilled to perfection. Served with a wild mushroom risotto and topped with fresh mint mojo.
3rd-Palatte Cleanser-Mojito Sorbet
4th-Pesado a la Naranja
Orange-miso glazed Chilean Sea Bass served with parsnip-potato puree.
5th-Flan de Fresa
Cuban style strawberry flan