‘Savor the Arts’ at SOPAC

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SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — A crescendo of Spanish romance will soon descend upon the Loft at SOPAC. On Monday, April 29, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., Garden State Kitchen, Benjamin Garrison of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage and Edible Jersey will host “Savor the Arts – El Segundo Plato.” Several of New Jersey’s finest Latin food and beverage purveyors will be on hand to share their wares.

Chef Angel Leston, of Casa d’Paco in Newark, will host the opening tapas. International paella champions Paco Rodino-Vives of South Orange and Manolo Rey of Cranford and their entourage will then deliver a second course to guests in a traditional Valencia paella procession. Patrons can expect to learn some closely guarded and award-winning paella secrets. Antonia “Toni” Messina and Ivan Max of Viva Flamenco will serve up a taste of flamenco and Spanish guitar to add even more spice and romance to the evening — and a chance to take a flamenco turn on the dance floor!

“Savor the Arts” guests that can whip up a tasty homemade flan should try their hand at the Flan Slam to be judged by seasoned and well-traveled chefs. The winner will enjoy an award of two tickets to a SOPAC-presented event served up with local acclaim and Flan Slam bragging rights.

Foodies that crave Spanish epicurean delights can expect a robust menu. Wine enthusiast Hank Zona returns to keep the evening — and the libations — flowing and to guide attendees through the pairings.

Patrons are encouraged to buy tickets early to this culinary event as seating is limited. Tickets are on sale now. They can be purchased at www.sopacnow.org/events/savor-the-arts-el-segundo-plato/ or by calling the box office at 973-313-2787.

Photos Courtesy of SOPAC