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Ann Pale discussion with the Lakou NOU 2019 artists | Recap


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On February 27th HCX hosted an Ann Pale discussion with the Lakou NOU 2019 artists: Tasha Dougé, Dayana Joseph,  Jonathan Michel & Marie E. St Cyr  at Grandchamps Restaurant. We were serenaded by Jonathan Michel who performed several Haitian inspired folk tunes on the upright and electric bass. Guests enjoyed delicious dishes prepared by Dayana Joseph (Chef Day), and we announced our Lakou NOU 2020 artists in residence. 

To view Chef Day’s recipes from her project The Mommas click here. 


Lakou NOU 2020 Artists in Residence 

Daveed Baptiste is a multi-disciplinary artist working between fashion design, photography, and textiles. Born in Haiti and raised in Miami Florida, he moved to NYC to attend Parsons School of Design, where he will graduate with a BFA in May. 

Guerdley Cajus is a creative spirit with Haitian roots from Cambridge, MA. Inspired by the divinity of dance, she enjoys using performance art and creative writing as a medium for healing and emotional exploration. Guerdley studied Sociology, Women’s Studies, and Journalism at Pace University.  

AnJu Hyppolite is a Brooklyn-born, Queens-bred award-winning actor, writer, and educator who works at the intersection of theater arts, literacy advocacy, and social equity.  AnJu facilitates workshops with youth and community members throughout the Big Apple.

To find out more about the artists’ projects click here 

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Chile Pepper Festival | Recap


In collaboration with Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Haiti Cultural Exchange presented several bands and vendors at their annual Chile Pepper Festival. This year’s theme was ‘N’awlins Flavored’ and given the close connection Haiti has to New Orleans it was only right that we add our own special spices to the mix!

Performances by Buyu Ambroise & The Blues In Red Band fusing jazz with traditional Haitian tunes and was followed by Plezi Rara, a Haitian band on foot who closed out the show.

Vendors included: Myabèl, Bazile Sauce, and Pierre’s Spicy Nut butter.




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2019 Lakou NOU | THE MOMMAS by Chef Day


Dayana Joseph (Crown Heights) known as Chef Day, is a French and Italian gourmet cuisine trained Chef from Haiti. Trained under the direct mentorship and tutelage of Michelin Star Chefs experienced in Fine dining and fast casual dining; nutrition and Culinary instruction. Her insatiable curiosity and passion for sustainably and seasonally sourced produce and protein allows her to blend fresh and bold ingredients with tactful culinary techniques to create nutritious, flavorful and artfully plated dishes with flavor profiles often inspired by her Caribbean roots.

In an effort to continue learning about the impacts of home cooked meals in Haitian households, and increase our community’s understanding of Haitian cuisine as a whole, Chef Day will use her residency to explore the eating habits of Crown Heights-based Haitian women and their families. Specifically, Chef Day will delve into understanding how these Haitian families are impacted by environmental factors such as lack of healthful food resources or financial barriers, and understand how dining practices have changed (or remained the same) as that of a traditionally Haitian household. 

Chef Day will publish The Mommas, a cookbook collecting transcribed interviews and recipes featuring her interview subjects. This digitally, and later hardcopy book will be sold, a portion of proceeds will be gifted to the mothers featured in the cookbook. 

The Mommas interviews will take place between July through Septmeber. If you are interested in participating in The Mommas project, would like to offer resources related to food sustainability, or volunteer, please contact Chef Day at chefday [at] 

Chef Day Recipes


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Haitian Flag Day | Recap


On Friday, May 17th, Haiti Cultural Exchange and our Broklyn community celebrated Haitian Flag Day at Brooklyn Commons in Flatbush. The event was hosted in collaboration with Little Haiti BK and Assemblymember Rodneyse Bichotte.


60786290_10156993634686830_4562708625155424256_oThe event featured dance performance and musical performance by Prince Guetjens & Tayno. Delicious Haitian food was provided by Kombit Restaurant. A select group of Haitian vendors joined us; Vendors included: Cantave de Saint Marc brought delicious Haiti-grown coffee, Les Chocolateries Askanya brought the rich chololat delights, and Kapha Group brought us vibrant Haiti-made clothing and homewares.


Living true to our Haitian roots, Prince offered a special tribute to our Haitian motherland and to motherhood: “Today’s not just celebrating the flag. Today we stand with mothers and children, and the fight for healthcare. It is their right to choose what happens with their bodies.”

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