flag day

flag dayHaiti’s Flag Day, a celebration of the nation’s history and independence, is about more than the blue and red flag.

“Our flag is a symbol of the country’s revolution and freedom,” said Paul G. Altidor, Haiti’s ambassador to the United States.

To celebrate Flag Day, which falls on Saturday, May 18, 2013, the Embassy offers a series of events to showcase Haiti’s history and culture. The activities begin at the Embassy, includes a special dining event at the World Bank and wraps up with a Haitian dish on the menu at two top local restaurants, Jaleo and Oyamel.

“We want to share the best parts of Haiti,” said Ambassador Altidor, who along with a team from the Embassy chose the participating chefs after reviewing nominations. “Our food and our flag are integral parts of our culture.”

Chef valery2Space is limited for each event, so people are encouraged to register early with the links below:

Kids. The festivities kick off with an event for children at the Embassy. From storytelling to crafts, young people are invited to learn about the flag, the language and the history. Saturday, May 18 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (Register here)

Flag. For those interested in learning in-depth information about the flag’s significance and its design, the Embassy will host a conference. Historian Marcel Bonaparte Auguste will lead the discussion in Creole Saturday, May 18 at 5 p.m. (Register here)

chef stephan2Food. Haitian food anyone? Sumptuous delights prepared by chefs flown in from Haiti will be featured in a culinary and cultural extravaganza. Sample authentic Haitian cuisine prepared by Chef Stephan Durand and Pastry Chef Valery Abraham. Celebrity Chef and Restaurateur José Andrés will also be on hand to whip up a signature item. Sunday, May 19 at 6 p.m. (Register here)

The World Bank. Chef Stephan Durand and Pastry Chef Valery Abraham will prepare dishes exclusively for the World Bank Executive Dining Room May 21 and 22. On May 23, the chefs will create meals for the World Bank Main Cafeteria, where World Bank employees can journey to Haiti via a gastronomic experience.

chef joseFor a Limited Time Only. During the last week of May, Haitian food will be featured at Chef José Andrés’ local restaurants Jaleo (480 7th St. N.W.) and Oyamel (401 7th St. N.W.) Make reservations early to enjoy the featured Haitian dish!