October 5, 2022

‘Culinary Traditions of the Diáspora Latinoamericana’ to be Presented Virtually on Monday, Oct. 10, as Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration Continues

Tamales originated in Mesoamerica 10,000 years ago and can be found in
Mexico and throughout Latin America

Silver Spring Town Center, Inc.’s celebration of “Hispanic Heritage Month” will continue from 7-9 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 10, with the free, virtual and delicious exploration of Culinary Traditions of the Diáspora Latinoamericana. The event will be hosted by Professor Iane Campos-Siddique.

Local community members representing the diversity of the Latin American Diaspora will gather to share their food memories and culinary traditions from across the Americas.

To join the event, go to Meeting Registration - Zoom.

Ms. Campos-Siddique is a linguist and Portuguese language instructor who has taught at various colleges and universities in the U.S. and Brazil. She is a long-time community member of Silver Spring, where she has lived with her family since 2001.

Presenters during the event will include:
  • Bolivia - Vanesa Pinto. Empowerment and Leadership Development Program director for CHEER/Community Health and Empowerment through Education and Research.
  • Brazil - Sonia Pessoa, nutritionist and dance instructor.
  • Cuba - Reemberto Rodriguez, University of Maryland affiliate and retired Silver Spring Regional Center director and Geraldina Dominguez, health scientist, National Institutes of Health.
  • Chile - Mauricio 'Reese' Aguilar Valsasnini, human resources manager.
  • Dominican Republic - Jannelle Cortes, choreographer/performer/entrepreneur and director of GrooveFit and GrooveTrips.
  • El Salvador - Ada Villatoro, owner of El Golfo.
  • El Salvador - Gilberto Zelaya, community engagement/public relations officer for the Montgomery County Board of Elections.
  • Mexican American - Bertie Venzor LoPiccolo, artist.
  • Mexico and Brazil - Djanira Murchison, Interpreter of Spanish and Portuguese.
  • Panama - Mónica Sanjur, voice actor.
  • Puerto Rico - Jaime and Josie Robles, educators.