Cuban Dinner Menu for Rockstars

This coming Friday night (eek - tomorrow!), my husband's long time childhood friends are coming over for dinner. They have known each other since their early teen years through the church they attended. Back then, they played in the church band together. Over 15 years later, my husband and his friends have recently reunited and they started getting together every week to have jam sessions like the "good old days."

My husband plays the drums (yep - I married a drummer!) while the others switch off playing guitar, bass and doing vocals. It's fun hearing them play covers and they're actually really good! This week instead of their usual jam session, we've invited them over for dinner. I feel the need to impress since my husband has talked me and my cooking skills up... the pressure! While determining what to serve, I decided on a Cuban inspired menu. Here's what I have planned and stay tuned for the rest of the recipes and pics of tomorrow's dinner!

tortilla chips
pico de gallo
pineapple salsa cream cheese dip


shrimp & mango skewers

whole baked Cuban style tilapia


arroz con gandules (rice with pigeon peas)

spicy black & white beans

mandarin orange & roasted beet spinach salad


guava sour cream pound cake

strawberry banana ice cream


  1. Wow shrimp and mango skewers sound delicious! Can't wait to see how they turn out!

  2. Sounds like a great time with great food to eat.

  3. nom nom nom...I love me some Cuban food! Great menu Joelen! I can't wait to see more pics!

  4. this sounds like a lot of fun! I love hearing local bands...too bad you're so far away! : ) My hubby plays electric I guess you could say I married a guitar player! : )

  5. Your menu sounds great!!

    (I'm married to a bass player *grin*)

  6. can't wait to eat it ALL! Yes I said it..... I'LL EAT IT ALL! LOL

  7. That sounds like so much fun! And your menu for the gathering sounds great.

  8. So much fun... that menu looks like it's sure to please!

  9. Jam sessions? Sounds like fun! Your menu for tomorrow sounds fun too! Have a great time!

  10. The menu looks great! Can't wait to see the pictures.

  11. I'm looking forward to the guava sour cream pound cake!

  12. awesome menu! you sure are pampering those guys! can't wait to get a full detail on how your meal turned out!

  13. How fun! Your menu looks amazing as usual.