Cielo Pop-Up: Cuban Flavors

Saturday, September 16, 2017 7:00pm to 9:00pm
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3674 18th St.
San Francisco, CA 94110
United States
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A four course dinner. Guests are welcome to BYOB wine and beer; we will also have bottles for sale.

Armando Tam is a local home cook who chose the path of pop-ups to pursue his passion for the intersection of food and culture. Armando (affectionately known as Tito) is of Chinese and Nicaraguan decent, and he has worked with the God Father of Nuevo Latino Cuisine, Douglas Rodriguez. His cooking will introduce you to the bold and traditional flavors of Latin America; his style is unique and personal, an admixture of his roots, his training, and the inspirations of his mentor.

In this month's Cielo Pop-Up, Armando returns from a visit to Cuba, inspired by flavors and history of Barrio Chino De La Habana, one of the oldest and largest Chinatowns in Latin America. This meal is his tribute to Barrio Chino and his perspective on traditional comida Cubana. Photographer Monica Diaz will share photographs from her "Mi Cuba" series. 


First course
Cubano Sandwich Spring Rolls with Habanero Mango Mojo

Second course
Yuca Ajiaco Soup with Shiitake, Ginger, and Yuca Croutons  

Third course
Ginger and Green Onion Shrimp
Bitter Chard with Maduro (ripe plantain) wild rice congri (Cuban beans and rice) and Ensalada de Aguacate (avocado salad)

Fourth course
Guayaba y Queso Cupcakes by Amanda Felt


Tito has a diverse background that includes stints in Latin music, performances with four-time Grammy Award winner and two-time Academy Award nominated actor Will Smith, and productions with Grammy Award winning musician Pablo “Chino” Nunez. His point of view of “highlighting all things Latino” stems from his knowledge of music and food which is the perfect combination for a dynamic culinary experience. He has created a series of cooking videos, showcasing his passion of Latino music and food culture to share with his family and friends. His cooking videos, which can be seen at, have a loyal cult following.


(Photo Courtesy of Armando Tam)