Long Table Dinner: Food, Fellowship & Stories

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Celebrate food and fellowship among friends and family with music by singer-songwriter Lara Herscovitch; stories from Mark Scerra, ChaChanna Simpson, and Laconia Therrio about human commonality; and nourishment from Soul de Cuba Cafe, Olea, Claire’s CornerCopia, and Olmo Kitchen.

ChaChanna Simpson

Storyteller

ChaChanna Simpson is a two-time award-winning flash fiction writer, crystal & reiki healer, puzzle lover and has graced many storytelling stages throughout Connecticut and Westchester County, NY. ChaChanna is also on the board of Northeast Storytelling.

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Laconia Therrio

Storyteller

Laconia Therrio tells stories from around the world: Africa, the Americas, Europe, Asia and Oceania. A native of New Orleans, he believes that stories remind us more of our connections than our differences. Years ago, when he was 5 years old, he challenged his mother to find the most difficult word in the dictionary and she found Archaeopteryx. When he spelled it correctly his mother asked how he did that. His response: "I could see it." Since then he has loved words ... and the words became stories!

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Mark Scerra

Storyteller

Semi-Retired as a semi-loyal 36 year Civil Servant, Mark has slowly evolved over 60 years into a storyteller, weaving tales of a most unique and well lived life.

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Lara Herscovitch

Musician

A singer-songwriter-poet-performer gem, The Boston Globe describes Lara as “a luminous voice and a buoyant stage presence… big-hearted lyrics embrace the sum of life… Herscovitch’s music blows on the embers of a lagging spirit...” Sound Waves Magazine calls her music “expertly written prose… songwriting at its best… good for your ears AND your soul.” Acoustic Live in NYC adds, “She possesses not only a huge reservoir of musical talent and a voice with a bell-like clarity, but a keen sense of global concern and a fierce intellect... It might seem too good to be true, but true it is.”

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Soul de Cuba

Food

Soul de Cuba's story dates back to the summer of 2004, when Jesus led the development of the first Soul de Cuba Cafe in New Haven, Connecticut. Two years later, in July of 2006, he opened Soul de Cuba Cafe in Honolulu, Hawaii, and launched Soul de Cuba Specialty Foods. Soul de Cuba Specialty Foods is the first-ever nationally-distributed Cuban food product line. And later in 2010, the Soul de Cuba Cafe franchise program was launched.

The Soul de Cuba Specialty Foods' efforts are dedicated to preserve and to spread the flavors and culture of Cuban traditions.

The Soul de Cuba Cafe concept is rooted in the idea of promoting and preserving Afro-Cuban culture through sharing traditional Cuban and African food and art. The concept begins in a cozy dining-room setting that incorporates Cuban memorabilia, family photos, and Afro-Cuban religious artwork displayed over soft, earth-toned painted walls. The ambiance is enhanced by the infusion of Cuban Salsa, Boleros, and Son music as well as traditional Yoruba Rhythms and African and American Jazz.

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Claire's Corner Copia

Food

Since 1975, we have been committed to preparing and serving organic and sustainable vegetarian and vegan foods and desserts, by people who are highly respected and paid fair and livable wages and benefits. Respect for everything and everyone is our motto. As is #BekinderThanNecessary. Also, we work on ways to help support projects that lift children out of poverty. 

Je T'aime

Food

Maxine Harris & Laurren Robinson are the dynamic duo behind Je T'aime. They have been friends for the past 15 years and have been baking together just as long. In 2020, they decided to establish their business as a way to spread joy and happiness during a difficult and uncertain time!

Je T'aime specializes in creating an elevated tasting experience through cupcakes by using a unique combination of flavors, textures, and spirits. For special occasions, collaborations, or simply just because!

Olea

Food

In the heart of downtown New Haven, Olea offers an innovative interpretation of Spanish and Mediterranean cuisine.

Olmo

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Ilse Coffee

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