By now, everyone knows that Durham is the Tastiest Town in the South. Part of that title is due to Durham's true diversity of dining options along with a tight-knit agricultural heritage of connecting farmers to chefs.
Whenever a Durham restaurant finds success, that's a reason to celebrate. Old Havana Sandwich Shop is inviting area residents to Celebrate The Pig on Friday, January 17, from 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm at a special tapas night for the restaurant’s third anniversary. Featuring acorn-fed black Berkshire pigs from Green Button Farm, menu items will include pork “from the ears to the tail and the belly in-between.”
A release by the restaurant has some details about the food and events of the evening:
Dishes such as white bean and tail soup, potted pigs feet, plantains with roasted pork and spicy relish, and mussels in a bacon white wine sauce will encourage diners to try pork in new ways. The menu will also offer a plate of Spanish-style cured lomo and other charcuterie from local charcutier James Naguin who will accept a Good Foods Award the same weekend.
“We’ve made our name with pasture-raised slow-roasted pork,” co-owner Elizabeth Turnbull says. “Now, we’re inviting our customers to celebrate with us and go beyond the traditional plates.” While the menu items may reach beyond the traditional limits of Cuban cuisine, chef Roberto Copa Matos says the dishes will still highlight Cuban flavors.
The event is open to the public. The tapas menu will be served in lieu of the restaurant’s usual menu. The event is heavily pork-centered, but there will be one or two vegetarian options.
For more information on agritourism in Durham and throughout the region, check out TriangleGrown.com.