Carlos Ponce trae sabor a South Beach con el National Pork Board / Carlos Ponce brings flavor to South Beach with the National Pork Board

 

Esta entrada no es auspiciada por el GOYA, National Pork Board o SOBEWFF. Yo no recibí compensación por publicarla, y todas las ideas y opiniones son mías. 

This post was not sponsored by the GOYA, National Pork Board or SOBEWFF. I did not receive compensation for publishing it, and all ideas and opinions are my own. 

 

El que me conoce a mí, sabe que amo a Miami. Todo— la música, la comida, y las mezclas de culturas– me atraen los sentidos.

Aunque no esté por allá ahora, disfruté mucho seguir la acción en las redes sociales del South Beach Wine & Food Festival (SOBEWFF) de amistades y colegas que estuvieron allí.

Sobre todo, me emocionó ver al cantante famoso Carlos Ponce, quien es embajador del National Pork Board.
All who know me, know I love Miami. Everything— the music, the food, and the mixture of cultures– attract my senses.

Even if I’m not there right now, I really enjoyed following the action across social media networks during the South Beach Wine & Food Festival (SOBEWFF) from friends and colleagues who were there.

Above all, I was thrilled to see Carlos Ponce is the new ambassador for National Pork Board.

 

Carlos Ponce posando con los ganadores del concurso de SOBEWFF.

Carlos Ponce poses with the winners of the SOBEWFF sweepstakes.

Aquí tengan un algunos detalles sobre el evento, en inglés.

Here are a few details about the event:

The National Pork Board (NPB) returned to the 2017 Food Network & Cooking Channel South Beach Wine & Food Festival (SOBEWFF), as the Official Pork Sponsor and Preferred Protein of the Festival.

The National Pork Board also invited internationally recognized Puerto Rican actor, singer-songwriter and host, Carlos Ponce, to heat up kitchens across America and bring “The Taste of Now” to life. The campaign launched with a national sweepstakes that gave fans a chance to win a round trip to Miami to meet Ponce and be his guest at the Goya Foods’ Swine & Wine presented by The National Pork Board, home of the National Pork Board’s 3rd Annual Critics’ Choice Awards. The exclusive, all-pork event took place this Sunday, February 26 at The Biltmore Hotel, featuring 13 renown chefs from restaurants all over the country who competed to create the best pork dish throughout the night. The competition was judged by on-screen celebrity Carlos Ponce and chefs Richard Ingraham, Jose Mendin, Ingrid Hoffman, James Tahhan, Ana Quincoces and Fernando Desa.

Winners of the National Pork Board’s 3rd Annual Critics’ Choice Awards were Brian Nasajon, executive chef from Wynwood’s Beaker & Gray Restaurant, who took home the 1st place. In 2nd place was Douglas Rodriguez, executive chef of Alma de Cuba in Philadelphia and 3rd place went to Chef David Hackett of The Biltmore Hotel. All three winning chefs received Pork branded roasting boxes from La Caja China™.

From left to right: Carlos Ponce, Frank Unanue, president of Goya Foods’ Florida, Richard Ingraham, Ana Quincoces, David Hackett of The Biltmore Hotel, Brian Nasajon, executive chef from Wynwood’s Beaker & Gray Restaurant, Brett Friedman, managing partner of Agency 21 and Jose de Jesus, director of multicultural marketing at the National Pork Board. 

For more information on the National Pork Board, including new recipes, information on choice and lean cuts, health, and safety information, cooking tips and promotions, visit  Pork Te Inspira. To join the social conversation, like the Facebook page at Facebook.com/PorkTeInspira, and follow on Twitter.com/PorkTeInspira and Instagram @PorkTeInspira, using #SabrososMomentos. PorkTeInspira.com is a resource of pork information and inspiration, including mouthwatering recipes, nutritional content information on pork, choice cuts, health and safety information and cooking tips.

Artista puertorriqueña Sylvia Pérez pinta pinceladas geniales en Birmingham / Puerto Rican artist Sylvia Pérez paints a brush stroke of genius in Birmingham

El que me conoce, sabe que estoy muy a favor de apoyar a los negocios pequeños. Por eso fue un honor para mi poder entrevistar a mi querida amiga, la esposa de mi primo, Sylvia Pérez.

Nacida y criada en Puerto Rico y ahora viviendo en Birmingham, Alabama con su esposo e hijo, Sylvia es una pintora muy talentosa que trabaja desde su casa mientras cuida a su chiquito adorable.

Cada momento que ella tiene disponible, ella produce obras de arte fenomenales en diferentes medios, y las exhibe en ferias locales en Birmingham y las vende en su tienda Etsy.

Sylvia me inspira mucho porque es un gran ejemplo de que uno puede lograr sus metas de ser su propio jefe mientras compartes con tu familia y viajas o haces todo lo que sueñas con hacer.

Lo siguiente es mi entrevista con Sylvia. Le pregunté sobre su estilo artístico, sus ambiciones para el futuro, y cuál es su inspiración.

Sylvia y yo en Puerto Rico, durante unas Navidades en familia. 

Sylvia and me in Puerto Rico, during a Christmas spent with family.

If you know me, you know I am hugely in favor of supporting small businesses. That’s why it was an honor for me to interview my dear friend, my cousin’s wife, Sylvia Pérez.

Born and raised in Puerto Rico, and now living in Birmingham, Alabama with her husband and son, Sylvia is a very talented painter who works from home while caring for her adorable little one.

Every moment she has available, she produces phenomenal works of art using different media, and she displays them at local fairs in Birmingham, and at her Etsy store.

Sylvia inspires me so much because she is a great example that you can accomplish your dream of being your own boss while spending time with your family and traveling and doing all that you long to do.

The following is my interview with Sylvia. I asked her about her artistic style, her future ambitions, and where she draws her inspiration from.

Espresso con Leche: ¿Cuál es tu medio favorito?

Sylvia:  Mi medio favorito varía, todo depende de la inspiración del momento. Pero te puedo decir qué medios son los más que utilizo: acrílico en canvas, madera o papel; tinta (ya sea bolígrafo de felpa permanente, marcadores permanentes, marcadores a base de agua o  potecitos individuales, que los puedo usar con pincel o plumilla) en papel; acuarela en papel y lápiz en papel. La musa va por ondas, recuerdo muy bien un soplo de inspiración que tuve para el año 2009, en que lo que me motivaba dibujar eran escenas románticas y de desamor, con mucha poesía y versos, que se entrelazaban con imágenes. Todo eso era en tinta, para ser más específica, en marcadores permanentes, de los que huelen feo, como el desamor. Para el 2013 me comenzó la fiebre de dibujar a bolígrafo, pero se opacó súbitamente por el acrílico en canvas. ¡Wow! Pinté un montón de canvas, con mi inspiración caricaturesca: “Duck-Face”.

” My Dearest Kitty,” una pintura de Anne Frank, que Sylvia me regaló. 

“My Dearest Kitty,” a portrait of Anne Frank, which Sylvia gave me as a gift. 

Espresso con Leche: ¿Puedes describir tu estilo artístico?

Sylvia: Mi estilo artístico es “bold”. Mi arte se caracteriza por brochazos fuertes y contrastes bien marcados, entre colores complementarios y claros-oscuros. Mi temática danza entre cotidiana, “flâneur” y apasionada. Mis conceptos los desarrollo tanto en “portraits,” estampas y abstractos.

Espresso con Leche: ¿Tienes una obra favorita que has pintado?

Sylvia: Tengo que decir que me encantan muchas de las pinturas que he hecho, porque representan mucho sacrificio e inspiración. Sin embargo, hay una pieza que me gusta muchísimo y no la vendo, porque el valor sentimental que tengo con ella, es mayor que el monetario. Esa pieza se llama: “Te miro” y es un “self portrait”, el cual realicé a pocos días de haberme enterado que estaba embarazada.

Espresso con Leche: ¿Dónde encuentras inspiración para tus obras?

Sylvia: Yo creo que la inspiración la encuentro en las emociones del momento, en lo que observo a mi alrededor y también en las cosas simples del diario vivir.

Espresso con Leche: ¿Cuál ha sido la obra más difícil que has creado? ¿Por qué?

Sylvia: Creo que las obras más difíciles para crear son las que uno realiza a comisión, ya que tengo que cumplir con los deseos de mi cliente, mantenteniendo la coherencia del concepto y sin perder mi esencia como artista (o sea que lo que realice parezca hecho por mi y no otro artista).

Espresso con Leche: ¿Qué piensas lograr de aquí a cinco años?

Sylvia:  De aquí a cinco años deseo hacer conocer mi arte, más de lo he logrado hasta el momento. Me gustaría seguir ofreciéndole a mis clientes obras de buena calidad de concepto, técnica y materialidad. También me gustaría seguir enamorando a mis seguidores, con las “loqueras” que mi inspiración dicta. Y por último, a través de mi exposición como artista puertorriqueña, poner en alto a mi Isla del Encanto (Puerto Rico) por el mundo.

“Te miro.”  “I look at you.”

Espresso con Leche: What is your favorite medium?

Sylvia: My favorite medium varies, depending on my inspiration at the moment. But I can tell you which media I use the most: acrylic on canvas, wood, or paper; ink (either permanent ink pen, permanent markers, water-based markers, or individual jars that I use with a brush) on paper; watercolors on paper, and pencil on paper. The muse comes in waves. I remember clearly the breath of inspiration I had in the year 2009, when I was motivated to draw romantic scenes and lovelessness, with lots of poetry and verses intertwined with images. All that was in ink, to be more specific, permanent markers, those that smell awful, just like lovelessness. In 2013, I started with the fever of drawing with pen, but it was abruptly replaced with acrylic on canvas. Wow, I painted a lot of canvases with my caricaturesque inspirations- “Duckface.”

Espresso con Leche: Can you describe your artistic style?

Sylvia: My artistic style is “bold.” My art is characterized by strong brushstrokes and marked contrasts between complementary colors and light-dark colors. My themes shift between quotidian, “flâneur,” and passionate. My concepts are developed in portraits, stamps, and abstracts. 

Espresso con Leche: Do you have a favorite painting you’ve done?

Sylvia: I have to say, I love many of the paintings I’ve created, because they represent a lot of sacrifice and inspiration. However, there is a piece that I love so much and I’ll never sell it because its sentimental value surpasses the monetary value. It’s titled “Te miro” (“I look at you”), and it’s a self-portrait I painted days after finding out I was pregnant.

Espresso con Leche: Where do you find inspiration for your works?

Sylvia: I think I find inspiration in the emotions of the moment, in what I observe in my surroundings, and also in the the simple things of daily life.

Espresso con Leche: What’s the most difficult work of art you’ve created, and why?

Sylvia: I think the most difficult pieces are the ones that are commissioned, since I have to follow my client’s wishes, maintaining the coherence of the concept, without losing my essence as an artist (in other words, so the work of art appears created by me and not by another artist).

Espresso con Leche: What do you hope to accomplish in five years?

Sylvia: In five years, I hope to make my artwork known, more than I have done at this point. I would like to continue offering my clients works of art of good quality in terms of concept, technique, and materials. I would also like to continue to captivate my followers, with the “craziness” that my inspiration dictates. And finally, through my exposure as a Puerto Rican artist, I hope to elevate the public image of Puerto Rico throughout the world.