Dishes of DISH: Cuban Pork from Frijoles Cuban Cafe

On Sunday, September 7, 2014, Westword will host its twentieth annual celebration of the Denver dining scene, DISH, in Sculpture Park at the Denver Performing Arts Complex, where many of the favorite restaurants of Cafe Society writers and readers will be serving delectable dishes. Like Frijoles Colorado Cuban Cafe, the little restaurant in Lakewood with serious Cuban cred. Owner Sergio Negrin brings his pork plate out for special occasions -- and DISH will be one of them.

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Lechon, moros y maduros is the name of the dish -- roasted marinated pork, rice and beans cooked in sofrito, and sweet plaintains. "Lechon is our signature pork, roasted in our signature mojo marinade," Negrin says. "Everything is natural, no shortcuts. The pork is roasted for nine hours in the mojo marinade, invented by Ana's dad [father of Negrin's mother-in-law] in 1970, patented and incredibly delicious."

It's Frijoles's hallmark plate, normally served with yuca -- the plantains keep better, that way. "Whenever there is a special event, i.e. graduation, birthday bash, birth of a child etc., this is usually the dish served! So we are not only introducing Cuban cuisine, we are also sharing our Cuban culture," Negrin says.

You can experience Cuban culture and dozens of other offerings at DISH, which runs from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, September 7. (VIP entrance is at 11 a.m.) To see what else is in store and buy tickets for this culinary celebration's twentieth anniversary, visit the 2014 DISH site.

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