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Join us to celebrate the launch of Cultures & Cuisines for a night of authentic Mexican cuisine, bespoke beverages (hibiscus margarita, anyone?) and fun with co-founders Julie & Christine.

Café El Portal
174 Elizabeth St. New York NY 10012

July 19, 2015 6:30 PM


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Please join us for a dinner celebrating the launch of Cultures and Cuisines.

Our hosts for the evening are the Arteaga and Carballido Family, owners of Café El Portal, an intimate, authentic Mexican restaurant in the NoHo section of Manhattan. Chef Gloria Arteaga has created a special menu exclusively for Cultures & Cuisines guests, and the restaurant will be closed for a private party.

Julie Schwietert Collazo is a bilingual (English-Spanish) freelance journalist who covers Latin America (especially Cuba, Mexico, and Puerto Rico) and Latino/a communities in the United States for a wide variety of print and online outlets, among them Foreign Policy, MS., National Geographic Traveler, the AP-affiliate Latin Correspondent, and FOX News Latino. She’s responsible for covering Latin American media and digital innovation for IJnet.org, the website of The International Center for Journalists. A complete list of outlets and clips can be found here.

Julie is an award-winning journalist who has lived in Puerto Rico and Mexico and who returns to both countries at least four times a year to report on these areas. She is co-author of Pope Francis in His Own Words, an Italian bestseller that has been translated into more than 15 languages. She is also the co-founder of Cultures & Cuisines, an online magazine engaging travel and food from an anthropological perspective.

Christine Gilbert is a writer, photographer, filmmaker and 2014 National Geographic Traveler of the Year. Together with her husband Drew Gilbert, she co-directed the documentary film, The Wireless Generation, which followed the stories of people who moved their careers online so they could travel. Christine’s writing has been seen in Lonely Planet, Rough Guides and BBC Travel, as well as her personal blog almostfearless.com. She most recently finished a memoir about learning Mandarin in Beijing, Arabic in Beirut and Spanish in Mexico, while traveling with her husband and small children called MOTHER TONGUE (2016, Penguin Random House).

She is the co-founder of Cultures & Cuisines and currently calls Barcelona home.


Sopesitos de Huitlacoche (Corn fungus sopes)
Sopesitos de Chorizo (Chorizo sopes)
Sopesitos de camarones y queso de cabra (Shrimp and goat cheese sopes)

Mole Oaxaqueño con tortillas hechas a mano (Oaxacan mole with handmade tortillas)
Mole Verde con tortillas hechas a mano (Green mole with handmade tortillas)

Margarita de tamarindo, Jamaica y de pepino. Sangría, cerveza, vino blanco y vino rojo. (Tamarind, hibiscus, and cucumber margaritas, sangria, beer, and white and red wine)


Café El Portal
174 Elizabeth St. New York NY 10012

July 19, 2015 6:30 PM