It's Here: July and August 2013
Cuban Sandwich Show

Cuban Sandwich Show Poster
2013 Poster (view full size image)

The Artists and Writers Group, Inc. is presenting a month-long series of cultural events about Tampa titled THE CUBAN SANDWICH SHOW, at numerous venues in Tampa, August 1-31, 2013. The premise is that all the art, in all mediums, has as its subject, "Tampa…and/or Cuban sandwiches." Our motto: All Art • All Tampa • No Mayo.

The Cuban Sandwich Show is an expanded version of a very popular annual arts exhibition conceived by Gordon and Denise Mhyre that originated in Ybor City in 1991 and continued in Seminole Heights for a number of years.

Wednesday July 31 2013
In Heaven There is No Beer?

When: 7:30 pm Wednesday, July 31 2013
Where: 5805 N. Florida, Tampa, Florida – photo exhibit opening
Tickets: $5.00 (Tribute pass to all screenings $25.00)

In Heaven There is No Beer? (1984) – A joyous romp through the dance, food, music, friendship, and even religion of the Polka. The explosive energy and high spirits of the polka subculture are rendered with warmth and dedication to scholarship in this journey through Polish-American celebrations. Polka stars like Jimmy Sturr, Eddie Blazonzyck and Walt Solek are featured. 50 min.

J'ai Été Au Bal (I Went to the Dance) (1989) – The definitive film on the history of the toe-tapping, foot-stomping music of French Southwest Louisiana. Includes many Cajun and Zydeco greats, featuring Michael Doucet and Beausoleil, Clifton Chenier, Marc and Ann Savoy, D.L. Menard, and others. 84 min.

Saturday, August 3 2013
Benefit Jam for John McEwen

When: 5:00 pm Saturday, August 3 2013
Where: Tampa Cruis-A-Cade, 700 West Ross Street, Tampa, Florida 33602
Ticket: $5.00 donation

A benefit concert for John McEwen has been added to the Cuban Sandwich Show schedule. Judy Tampa and John's group, Bunko Squad, will be present. BYOB and musicians, bring your own instrument to participate in the jam.

July 8 – August 7 2013
Tampa-Born Filmmaker Les Blank Honored with Retrospective

When: July 8 – August 7 2013
Where: Screenings at Grownman Studios, 6412 Central Ave, Tampa, Florida
Tickets: $5.00 (Tribute pass to all screenings $25.00)

Les Blank with Camera
Les Blank at work (courtesy of Createive Loafing)

The Les Blank Tribute, a thirty film retrospective of one of America's best documentary filmmakers, will be presented during the annual Cuban Sandwich Show, Tampa's month-long celebration of its own unique culture. Tampa-born Mr. Blank, who often presented new work at Tampa film festivals from the early 1970's through 2006, recently passed away.

The tribute starts with a six-day run at Grownman Brand Studios, with consecutive screenings, 7:30 pm Monday, July 8, 2013 through Friday, July 12. On Saturday, July 13, from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm, Mr. Blank's documentaries about American music will be featured.

A special feature presentation of "Burden of Dreams" is scheduled for 8:00 pm, Saturday July 13, 2013. Tickets are $5.00 per screening, with a Tribute Pass (all screenings) available for $25.00. Grownman Brand studios is located at 6412 Central Avenue, Tampa, in Seminole Heights.

August 3 2013
First Annual Tampa Crab Enchilado Feast

Trinity Cafe Logo

When: Noon – 5:00 pm Saturday, August 3 2013
Where: Tampa Cruis-A-Cade, 700 West Ross Street, Tampa, Florida 33602
Ticket: $25.00 advance tickets, $30.00 at door

The Cuban Sandwich Show presents the First Annual Tampa Crab Enchilado Feast from noon to 5:00 pm Saturday August 3, 2013, at the Tampa Cruis-A-Cade, 700 West Ross Street, Tampa, Florida 33602. The Tampa Cruis-A-Cade is on the Hillsborough River, on the west side of the North Boulevard Bridge.

Tickets for the event, which is a benefit for Trinity Café, a restaurant that feeds the hungry for free, are $25.00 per person in advance or $30.00 at the door the day of the event.

Michelle Faedo's On the Go food truck service will prepare the crab enchilados, a traditional Tampa Cuban dish made of freshly caught blue crab and sauces and served warm with fresh bread (Cuban, of course). Faedo's usually can be found in downtown Tampa.

Michelle Faedo Logo

"We wanted to cook signature meals that are a Tampa tradition or 'staple', said proprietor and chef Michaelle Faedo. "Being born and raised in Tampa, I remember the bounty of the sea that our Bay waters provide, starting with the blue crab. We wanted to cook that special crustacean in a way that would show appreciation for it, the best way I know how."

"We wanted to invite the entire community to taste the tantalizing flavor of our blue crab enchilada. In the midst of all that eating, drinking, and laughing, we wanted to give back to those less fortunate. We have a wonderful organization to donate proceeds to – the Trinity Café. They are a restaurant for the homeless and the hungry and provide food for people in need for no questions asked."

"By joining forces we can have a good time, enjoy good music, and give back to the people who need it."

Want to help sponsor the First Annual Tampa Crab Enchilado Feast? If you are interested in being a part of this event, please contact Michelle Faedo at michellefaedo@hotmail.com or by phone: 813-784-6933.

CSS Faedo Sandwich Photo
Edible art: a Cuban sandwhich from Faedo's (view full size image)
CSS Faedo Sandwich Photo
Mic Knight Sandwich Sculpture (view full size image)
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Coffee Con Leche (view full size image)

Upcoming

July 8 – August 7 2013
Les Blank Tribute

When: July 8 – August 7 2013
Where: Screenings at Grownman Studios, 6412 Central Ave, Tampa, Florida
Tickets: $5.00 (Tribute pass to all screenings $25.00)

The Les Blank Tribute, a thirty film retrospective of one of America's best documentary filmmakers, will be presented during the annual Cuban Sandwich Show, Tampa's month-long celebration of its own unique culture. Tampa-born Mr. Blank, who often presented new work at Tampa film festivals from the early 1970's through 2006, recently passed away.

First Annual Tampa Crab Enchilado Feast

Where: Tampa Cruis-A-Cade, 700 West Ross Street, Tampa, Florida 33602
Ticket: $25.00 advance tickets, $30.00 at door

Michelle Faedo's On the Go food truck service will prepare the crab enchilados, a traditional Tampa Cuban dish made of freshly caught blue crab and sauces and served warm with fresh bread.

Benefit Jam for John McEwen

When: 5:00 pm Saturday, August 3 2013
Where: Tampa Cruis-A-Cade, 700 West Ross Street, Tampa, Florida 33602
Ticket: $5.00 donation

Bring your own instruments to this benefit jam for John McEwen. Judy Tampa and John's group, Bunko Squad, will be present.

Con Leche

From Creative Loafing
Crab and Community

This article at CreativeLoafing - Tampa will get your palate in the mood for our own Crab Enchilado Feast, August 3, 2013.

CL food writer Andy Huse presents a history of the blue crab enchilado (or chilau or shelah depending on your family background).

Regardless of its name, its essence is the same: "blue crabs simmered in a slightly spicy tomato sauce and served over pasta", says Huse.