A Recipe for Your Personal ELEVATE Pre-Party

ELEVATE is less than a month away (with less than 50 tickets left!) and we are getting pumped! In the last couple of weeks, we’ve been diving into our Havana Nights theme. Our host committee got to sample our signature Mojito cocktail, we’ve had Cuban music playlists streaming, and there just may have been a few attempts at salsa dancing in our office (no video evidence yet… maybe after a few rounds of practice).

Sonja and Alex Overhiser, the masterminds of A Couple Cooks

We also wanted to get inspired with some Cuban food, so we turned to the best place we know, A Couple Cooks. Sonja and Alex Overhiser run the go-to blog for cooking inspiration and recipes for those of us just finding our way around the kitchen in Central Indiana and beyond. They’re now published cookbook authors, have been featured on the Today Show, and built up a global audience, all from their Indy kitchen. 

When we asked if they had a favorite dish to get people in the mood for Havana Nights, they directed us to their Cuban black bean recipe. We love so much about it – the simplicity, the fact that they give us permission to use canned beans, and that they consulted their son Larson’s unofficial Tio, a good family friend of Cuban descent.

Get the full recipe.

Cuban black beans with rice topped with cilantro by A Couple Cooks
Photo courtesy of A Couple Cooks.

Whether you’re on team cilantro or not, this looks comforting, warm, and delicious! The perfect dish to get us through the final throes of a Midwest winter.

So, if you feel like a little ELEVATE pre-party, put on a Cuban music playlist (Latino Spotify has one called Made in Cuba), make yourself these black beans for dinner, whip up a mojito, and practice those dance moves in your living room! Sounds like a pretty good night in, right?

If you make it, tag @uwci #uwciELEVATE and let us know how it goes.

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