Three years ago, the Robinson School Parent Teacher Organization (P.T.O.) revived our Spring Fair, which quickly became a family fun-time favorite for students and parents alike. The Spring Fair is a philanthropic and charitable community-building event, and all funds will go to support our extracurricular clubs and the Robinson School Scholarship Fund. This year, our Spring Fair will be held on April 22, 2016 right here on campus and feature attractions for kids of all ages—from bouncy houses and zip-lining for kids to a culinary tour of specialty food products with wine pairings for adults.
The Spring Fair Tasting Tour is a special event from 5:00pm to 9:00pm for Robinson parents and adult friends. This simple, yet sophisticated, celebration will be held in the Pre-School indoor patio area under a hanging garden of flowers and lights. This tasting tour will allow guests to learn more about niche products firsthand, while supporting local entrepreneurs and community-based small businesses who are finding creative ways to thrive in Puerto Rico. Grown-ups will mingle and taste unique specialty foods made from high-quality, organic ingredients which will be paired with recommended wines to complement the experience.
We are proud to present our carefully selected Spring Tasting Tour participants:
Poliniza PR – Lina Castillo
Crystallized flowers and dried fruit provide the principal aesthetic and taste elements for Poliniza—a concept based on the principles of conscious nutrition and vegetable-based/vegan ingredients. Health and general well-being are the guiding principles behind all of Poliniza’s product lines, but their gorgeous presentation and flavor elevates the sensory experience to healthy haute cuisine.
These delicious creation contain no gluten, dairy, refined sugar or artificial ingredients. According to Ms. Castillo, her raw materials are “high-quality ingredients and a boundless love of nature.”
De Mi Tierra – Ivette Rivera
De Mi Tierra makes organic, fruit-based sauces and spreads using locally grown ingredients in season, including Pineapple, papaya and mango. Ms. Rivera also makes special dairy-free butters and seasonal vinaigrettes, which change almost weekly. She processes salts from Cabo Rojo and combines them with local herbs and spices to create seasonings that complement a variety of dishes. She is proud to support and promote the local agriculture and ecology of Puerto Rico through her work.
CIAN – Centro Integral de Alimentación y Nutrición – Mayra Salvador
CIAN breads, cakes and cookies are made with natural, healthy ingredients – no gluten, sugar, dairy product, yeast, soy or preservatives. Ms. Salvador prepares her products for clients who are committed to their health or managing certain health conditions—diabetes, high blood pressure and cholesterol, fibromyalgia, arthritis, ADD and autism—through special diets. Her artisanal baked goods are made with love and respect for her clients, providing healthy and tasty alternatives that can improve their quality of life and health.
Pan El Checo – Radim and Myriam Capek
Pan El Checo, a family-owned and operated bread bakery, uses traditional European recipes and organic flours that do not contain bromate, preservatives or artificial colors. Soon, they will be opening the very first organic bakery in calle San Francisco in Old San Juan.
QUESOS VACA NEGRA – Wanda Otero
Vaca Negra produces artisanal aged and cured cheeses using the finest milk from dairy farms in northern Puerto Rico. A trained microbiologist, Ms. Otero owns and operates a private lab that provides quality-control services for more than 200 dairy farms on the island. She started experimenting with traditional and modern cheesemaking methods in her home kitchen, using fresh milk from local dairy farmers who trade their surplus product for her professional services. Inspired by traditional European cheesemaking methods, Ms. Otero perfects her processes daily through research, trail-and-error and collaborating with cheesemakers from the US and Canada. Vaca Negra cheeses are recognized internationally. In 2012, Vaca Negra represented Puerto Rico in Barcelona as part of their international Feria Alimentaria food fair. More recently, Vaca Negra won praise from the Huffington Post as one of the top-10 most delicious products at the Summer Fancy Food Show in Washington.