WPBT2 Celebrates Ponce De Leon’s Arrival in Florida with ¡Buen Provecho! Florida’s Spanish Flavor

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WPBT2 will take viewers on a delicious journey through Florida’s culinary past with ¡Buen Provecho! Florida’s Spanish Flavor premiering Sunday, June 30 at 7:00 p.m.

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WPBT2 will take viewers on a delicious journey through Florida’s culinary past with ¡Buen Provecho! Florida’s Spanish Flavor premiering Sunday, June 30 at 7:00 p.m. The one hour documentary explores Florida’s Spanish roots through its cuisine, while blending historical narrative with delicious recipes and vibrant locations. The documentary will premiere in celebration of the 500th anniversary of Ponce De Leon’s arrival in Florida.

Five centuries ago, Ponce de Leon arrived in “La Florida,” followed by Spanish explorers, settlers, and immigrants who would leave a lasting legacy of Hispanic influence. Hosted by James Beard award-winning chef and restaurateur, Michelle Bernstein, the documentary reveals these influences from the early conquistadors who brought seeds, spices and livestock to the wave of immigration from Spanish colonies in the Caribbean, infusing a distinctly Latin Flavor to Key West and Tampa to the more recent explosion of South American culture evident in the streets of Miami today.

The program visits the following cities to explore the vast history and culture that has influenced Florida cuisine:

St. Augustine
Featuring a re-enactment filmed at Fort Mose Historic State Park of the ‘First Thanksgiving’, the sights and sounds of bustling St. George Street, and scenes at The Oldest House and the Peña-Peck House, home of the Royal Spanish Treasurer

Ybor City/Tampa
Featuring the legendary Columbia Restaurant, the oldest and largest Spanish restaurant in the state, and the family-owned La Segunda Bakery, famous for Cuban bread made with a family recipe dating back to the Spanish American War

Key West
Featuring Pepe’s Café and Steakhouse, the island’s oldest restaurant and 5 Brothers Grocery & Sandwich Shop, a locals’ favorite for café con leche, a mixto sandwich, and bollos, the traditional Cuban fritters.

Miami/Little Havana
Featuring the venerable Versailles Restaurant, as well as Jimmy’z Kitchen in Wynwood for Puerto Rican mofongo, and Ceviche 105 in Miami for classic Peruvian ceviche. Also featured is Douglas Rodriguez of d’Rodriguez Cuba, Miami Beach and Norman Van Aken of Tuyo, Miami.

As an added treat, Bernstein transports us from the past to the contemporary kitchen, where she demonstrates some of the traditional Florida dishes. Her recipes will include her own take on a rich, hearty Spanish stew; a modern-day Minorcan pilau, a contemporary Cuban sandwich, and a fresh Peruvian-style ceviche.

¡Buen Provecho! Florida’s Spanish Flavor will be available to all Florida public television stations for Hispanic heritage month from September 15 to October 12, 2013.

Funding for ¡Buen Provecho! Florida’s Spanish Flavor was provided through a grant from the Florida Humanities Council with funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of the Florida Humanities Council or the National Endowment for the Humanities. ¡Buen Provecho! Florida’s Spanish Flavor is also made possible by Badia Spices and Café Don Pablo. Historical reenactments provided by Florida Living History.


About WPBT2
South Florida’s premier public broadcaster, WPBT2, is a community-licensed, not-for-profit media enterprise serving communities from the Treasure Coast to the Florida Keys. WPBT2 provides high quality content from PBS, independent acquisitions and its own original productions. WPBT2’s digital media platform, offers: 2HD, a 24-hour high definition channel; Digital 2.2, a mix of Science & Nature Channel, The Florida Channel and Create; Digital 2.3, V-me, a 24-hour national Spanish-language network; and http://www.wpbt2.org, the WPBT2 website including, Impromp2 (a community blog), the WPBT2 Video Player and uVu, a video sharing website.

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