Recorrido Isleño : Second Stop, Trujillo Alto

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Series of cooking classes exploring the culinary traditions of Loíza, Trujillo Alto, and Vieques featuring Chef Roberto Pérez of Urban Pilón

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Second Stop: Trujillo Alto


"Macabeo" is a green banana fritter stuffed with meat or vegetables known as a traditional dish in the town of Trujillo Alto. The hype for this fritter is so big, they even have a whole Festival dedicated to it. Trujillo Alto is located just south of San Juan on the northeast part of the island.

Zoom link invitation will be sent on a separate email.

Filling or “Picadillo”

You can add beef, lean meat or vegetarian option.

•1/4 onion

•5-7 garlic

•1/4 cup sweet pepper

•3-4 culantro leaves

•4oz. tomato sauce

(Wait to cool after cooking)


•10 green bananas (boiled)

•3 green bananas (shredded raw)

•sofrito (optional)

•achiote or paprika

•preferred oil for frying

Equipment needed:

Wax paper

Frying pan


Mix masa well so everything is uniform and all ingredients are incorporated.

Use wax paper and add a surface of oil so that masa will slide into oil.

Add masa to wax paper

Add filling

Cover with masa and form half moon.

Add to hot oil until both sides are golden brown.

About Chef Roberto Pérez and Urban Pilón

Roberto Pérez is a chef, musician, and researcher of Afro-Caribbean traditions. He is one of the founding members of acclaimed Afro-Puerto Rican music group, Bomba con Buya, and the co-founder of educational culinary initiative, Urban Pilón.

Urban Pilón is a culinary movement with a mission: to honor and preserve cooking traditions from Puerto Rico, the Caribbean, and Latin America, while using completely natural, healthy ingredients. With this mission in mind, Roberto serves not only as chef, but as storyteller, sharing the stories of our ancestors through his cooking, classes, and demonstrations. His popular Caribbean cooking courses showcase these stories by teaching both classic and original recipes along with the history behind them.

In addition to his work as an educator, Roberto has found great success in event catering and dinner hosting, and awarded "International Mealsharer of the Month" by the platform Mealsharing.com. His cooking classes have been featured in the Spanish-language channel Univisión and several of his original recipes have been showcased in Puerto Rican television. He has catered for the cast of Hamilton, Snapchat, and cooked in countries such as Trinidad and Tobago, Cuba, Mexico, and Puerto Rico.

Roberto has recently collaborated with brands such as “Amor y Sofrito” (Vegan Chef), “Pressed Cafe” (Restaurant), and “Casa Yari” (Restaurant). This has shown a trusted and firm versatility in creating plant based, natural, and gluten free meals.

About Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center (SRBCC)

Celebrating 50 years in 2021, SRBCC was named in honor of Segundo Ruiz Belvis, a Puerto Rican patriot and member of a secret abolitionist society that freed slave children under Spanish rule. In that spirit, SRBCC realizes its mission to preserve and promote appreciation of the culture and arts of Puerto Rico and Latin America, with a focus on its African heritage.

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