PROGRAM

APRIL 18-24, 2022

This year Sant Jordi USA is going hybrid, with in-person events combined with online programming. We are thrilled and grateful to have the Jersey City Theater Center as our new host and partner. 

Exhibitions on view (starting Thursday, April 21st)

April 21-22: 6:00-10:00 p.m.      April 23: 4:00-6:00 p.m.

April 24: 2:00-6:00 p.m.   April 25-28: 6:00-9:00 p.m.

Close-Up/Primer Pla Immersive cinematic installation
by Laia Cabrera & Isabelle Duverger


Under the Light of the Sea Photographic exhibition/installation by Espe Pons

There Is Still Someone in the Woods 
Photographic exhibition/installation by Cultura i Conflicte

The artists will discuss their works in person from April 21-23
(see schedule below)

APRIL 18

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IN-PERSON/LIVE-STREAMED > WATCH AGAIN HERE

ROUND TABLES ON LITERATURE AND PUBLISHING

7:00 p.m. Book of Barcelona: A new anthology of short stories from Comma Press’s city series

Stories from the next-gen of Catalan writers about the city of Barcelona as the cracks in the Olympic façade begin to show. With Nia Thomas, publisher, and Mara Faye Lethem, translator, in person; Carlota Gurt and Borja Bagunyà, authors, online. Moderator Mary Ann Newman.

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ACCESS: 165 Newark Avenue, Jersey City, NJ-07302

PATH to Grove Street Station

8:00 p.m. New trends in women’s writing in Catalan

Women’s writing in Catalan is traversing a period of splendor. Women are both breaking literary molds and transforming the threads of earlier traditions. We are thrilled to have with us one outstanding author and one prodigious translator: Bel Olid will read from Laura McLoughlin’s new translation of her book, Wilder Winds, and Mara Faye Lethem will read from her translation of Irene Solà’s When I Sing, Mountains Dance followed by a moderated discussion of the current panorama. Moderator Mary Ann Newman.

APRIL 19

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IN-PERSON/LIVE-STREAMED 

ROUND TABLES ON LITERATURE AND PUBLISHING

7:00 p.m. Publishers’ SuperPowers: Opposition, Resistance…

Publishers Nia Thomas (Comma Press) and Margot Atwell (Feminist Press) (in-person) will discuss the politics of publishing and the publishing of politics. How small presses push back against conventional mainstream narratives and still make a living. And segue into

…Translation. What is the role of translation in the establishment of an international vision? Is there a politics of translation? And, finally, how to maintain best practices internally, including treatment of authors and translators. Beaming in from Vermont and the UK, translators Allison Markin Powell (PEN America) and Frank Wynne (Booker International Prize), with a guest appearance by publisher Ra Page.

8:00 p.m. The American Way: When the Good Guys Are the Bad Guys 

A conversation with Nia Thomas about Comma Press’s collection of short stories and essays about the long history of U.S. invasions and interventions on foreign soil. Publisher and editor Ra Page will give an overview of the book and talk with Chilean author Lina Meruane. Later Bret Maney will discuss

Kim Thuy’s piece on Vietnam.

Following the round table: Marguerite Feitlowitz, professor at Bennington College, will read from her translations of Chilean poet Ennio Moltedo.

8:30 p.m. ​Author Faleeha Hassan and Publisher Gabriella Page-Fort discuss War and Me

An intimate memoir about coming of age in a tight-knit working-class family during Iraq’s seemingly endless series of wars. Author Faleeha Hassan became intimately acquainted with loss and fear while growing up in Najaf, Iraq. Now, in a deeply personal account of her life, she remembers those she has loved and lost. 

APRIL 21

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ONLINE > WATCH AGAIN HERE

Afternoon program: 1:00-5:30 p.m.

 

1:00pm

– The Diary of Sinali Karamoko: Au Maroc (A Visual Narrative)

with authors Todd Fredson and Sinali Karamoko

– Work-In-Progress Reading: Heuijung Hur's "Stained" with translator Paige Aniyah Morris

The Color of the Sky Is the Shape of the Heart with translator Takami Nieda and publisher Allison Markin Powell

2:00pm

– Reading by Mexican poet Martín Rangel with translator Lawrence Schimel

– What's in a Book Title? with author Bora Chung and translator Anton Hur

– About translating Tove Ditlevsen with translator Michael Favala Goldman

3:00pm

– East European Writers on Environmental Catastrophe with moderator Sal Robinson and translators Alex Zucker and Sean Gasper Bye

4:00pm

– Avrom Sutzkever: Yiddish poet of resistance

– Discussion: Yiddish literature about the Spanish Civil War

5:00pm

– "Solio": A Bilingual Reading with Poet Samira Negrouche (Algeria) & Translator Nancy Naomi Carlson

 

IN-PERSON

6:00 p.m. Opening of the Festival of the Arts

Close-Up/Primer Pla Immersive cinematic installation
Under the Light of the Sea Photographic exhibition

There Is Still Someone in the Woods Photographic exhibition

IN-PERSON/LIVE-STREAMED > WATCH AGAIN HERE

ROUND TABLES ON ART & PERFORMANCES

7:00 p.m. Focus on Close-Up/Primer Pla

A viewing of the 23-minute cinematic experience of Close-Up/Primer Pla, with musical composition and soundscapes, followed by a discussion of the techniques employed, the use of Catalan landscape and architecture, and the creative philosophy of the artists, Laia Cabrera and Isabelle Duverger.

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APRIL 22

ONLINE > WATCH LIVE HERE

Afternoon program: 1:00-5:30 p.m.

1:30pm

FOCUS ON BRAZIL curated by Elton Uliana 

– Etnopop: Black, trans, multimedia artist Bixarte PART I

– "The Man and La Mancha" by Caio Fernando Abreu - Bi-lingual Dramatic Reading

– Etnopop: Black, trans, multimedia artist Bixarte PART II

– Author Carla Bessa and translator Elton Uliana presenting "My Murillo" (LGBTQi+ novella) & short stories

2:30pm

FOCUS ON BRAZIL curated by Elton Uliana 

– Márcio Januário: "Love Songs of an Old Queen" short Documentary

– Translating Caio Fernando Abreu's Brazil with translator Bruna Dantas Lobato and writer Rick Moody

3:30pm

– “Phenotypes,” a conversation with author Paulo Scott and translator Daniel Hahn

4:00pm

–  "Ursula" by Maria Firmina dos Reis with Ana Claudia Suriani da Silva and Cristina Pinto-Bailey LIVE

–  Conversation with author Rebecca Ingram and Rosi Song about forthcoming book

5:00pm

– “This Demanding Potato in Human Form”: Philip Roughton Discusses Translating Salka Valka with Larissa Kyzer

IN-PERSON

6:00 p.m. Festival of the Arts Exhibitions

Close-Up/Primer Pla Immersive cinematic installation
Under the Light of the Sea Photographic exhibition

There Is Still Someone in the Woods Photographic exhibition

IN-PERSON/LIVE-STREAMED > WATCH LIVE HERE

ROUND TABLES ON ART & PERFORMANCES

7:00 p.m. Focus on Under the Light of the Sea

A presentation by Espe Pons of her exhibition and the photo-book that accompanies it. She will discuss the story behind her research into the life of her grandfather’s youngest brother, tortured and executed by Franco, and the photographic method through which she rendered it.

8:00 p.m. Staged reading of portraits from Brigadistes: Lives for Liberty (Jordi Martí-Rueda, tr. M. A. Newman, Pluto Press, March 2022) Dramaturgy and staging by Maria Litvan 

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APRIL 23

IN-PERSON/LIVE-STREAMED > WATCH LIVE HERE
Kids Program
organized by the Catalan Institute of America

11:00 a.m. TAI CHI class for the whole family, with Master Irving Yee. No previous experience required. We recommend wearing comfortable clothes. 

12:00 p.m. TAO AUDIOVISUAL with Luca Tuana and Èlia Llenas

12:15 p.m. TAO IN MOTION with Èlia Llenas, dance

1:00 p.m. CREATIVE TAO Collage workshop about the book TAO with Marta Guitart. The works will be shared with students from various schools in Catalonia.

2:00 p.m. WATER'S SOUL Walk to discover Jaume Plensa's sculpture "Water's Soul" (Newport, Jersey City) 

ONLINE > WATCH LIVE HERE

Afternoon program: 1:00-5:00 p.m.

1:00 p.m. 

Writing and Translating our Moving Planet: A World Book Day Celebration LIVE

with authors Ousman Umar, Emmelie Prophète, Sigrídur Hagalín Björnsdóttir and translators Jeremy Tiang, Frank Wynne, moderated by Gabriella Page-Fort

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– Basque author Kirmen Uribe discusses “Izurdeen aurreko bizitza - The Past Life of Dolphins” with Elizabeth Macklin

2:00 p.m. 

– Author Maryse Meijer and translator Julia Sanches discuss Eva Baltasar's Boulder
Wild Horses by Jordi Cussá with translator Tiago Miller and Matthew Tree

3:00 p.m. 

– The intersection of class and gender: talking about A Film (3000 meters) and Forty Lost Years with translators Peter Bush & Mara Faye Lethem LIVE

Domestic Politics with translators María Cristina Hall and Megan Berkobien

4:00 p.m. 

– Girona. Menjars de Fires: a conversation between author Salvador Garcia-Arbós, Jordi Falgàs and Rosi Song

– On "Read the World: Picture Books and Translation" with Regina Galasso

GET YOUR ROSE and BOOKMARK!

These bookstores celebrate the day of #BooksAndRoses or Sant Jordi with the Delegation of the Government of Catalonia in the United States of America. If you buy a book there on Saturday April 23, you will also receive a beautiful rose and a bookmark.

 

McNally-Jackson - Nolita Bookstore

52 Prince Street, New York, NY 10012

McNally-Jackson - Seaport Bookstore

4 Fulton Street, New York NY 10038 

McNally/Jackson - Downtown Brooklyn

445 Albee Square, Brooklyn NY 11201

McNally/Jackson - Williamsburg

76 North 4th Street, Brooklyn NY 11201

Bluestockings Bookstore

116 Suffolk Street, Brooklyn NY 10002

Word Bookstore

29 McWilliams Plaza, Jersey City, NJ 07302

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IN-PERSON

4:00 p.m. Festival of the Arts Exhibitions

Close-Up/Primer Pla Immersive cinematic installation
Under the Light of the Sea Photographic exhibition

There Is Still Someone in the Woods Photographic exhibition

6:00 p.m. Screening of There Is Still Someone in the Woods

A viewing of the documentary There Is Still Someone in the Woods, including interviews with the survivors of war and rape

 

IN-PERSON/LIVE-STREAMED > WATCH LIVE HERE

ROUND TABLES ON ART & PERFORMANCES

7:00 p.m. Focus on There Is Still Someone in the Woods

A discussion of the methodology of the Associació Cultura i Conflicte for converting journalistic research into theatrical and visual art.

 

8:00 p.m. 

Things They Said (Coses que s'han dit) dance performance by David Rodríguez and Luke Prunty, the duo behind the festival Girona en Moviment, who will perform three pieces: Peace, Peace, Peace!, about Pau Casal’s music and devotion to peace; Two Old Fishermen, based on the Catalan musical form of the Havaneres, traditionally sung by fishermen on the Costa Brava; and Dying of Hunger, a comical piece based on a song by the Catalan satirical musicians of La Trinca. 

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PROGRAM

APRIL 19-24, 2021

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START TIME: 12PM EST - 6PM GTM+2

12:00pm

> Festival Opening: Mary Ann Newman, Laia Cabrera and Isabelle Duverger

MEDITERRANEAN DIET

> Aperitif: HOW TO MARKET with chef and food stylist Amanda Laporte (La Boqueria)

> Entrees: “Hidden Kitchens”, a trip to La Boqueria and 40 BCN Markets with authors Xavier Febrés and Àngela Vinent

> Curators Rosi Song and Mary Ann Newman talk about La Boqueria and read from “Hidden Kitchens”

> Dessert: "There’s nothing i like as much", a poem by Vicent Andrés Estellés read by theatre director and playwright Carlota Subirós

12:30pm

> MUSIC: "Merely To Know" by Nana Simopoulos at Megaro Athens

> Juli Zeh's '"New Year" with translator Alta L. Price

> "Late to the House of Words: Selected Poems" with author Gemma Gorga and translator Sharon Dolin

> Translator Chip Rossetti reading “The Night Girl” by Diaa Jubaili

1:00pm

> Amina Cain and translator Julia Sanches discuss "Permafrost" by Eva Baltasar

1:30pm

> MUSIC: "Diya Hai" by Arooj Aftab featuring Badi Assad

> Marie Silkeberg's "Bárðarbunga" with translator Kelsi Vanada

> Work-in-Progress Reading, "Tales of Aunt Medina" by Akram Aylisli with translator Katherine E. Young

2:00pm

> "Back from the Cannery: Poems" with author Kirmen Uribe, translator Elizabeth Macklin and Esther L. Allen 

2:30pm

> An Excerpt from "Lusitania" by Dejan Atanacković with translator Rachael Daum

> "The Real Story Behind Beethoven Kreutzer Sonata" by Emmanuel Dongala with translator Marjolijn de Jager

3:00pm

> "Hungry Ghosts / Avadanasataka" with translator Andy Rotman and curator William Elison

3:30pm

> MUSIC: "Contraluz" by Jacinta

> "I Offer my Heart as a Target" with author Johanny Vazquez Paz and translator Lawrence Schimel

 

4:00pm

> The Dragon and Vlad Dracula: "Die nicht sterben/Those Who Never Die” with author Dana Grigorcea and translator Alta L. Price

4:30 pm

> Leonardo Balada, Transatlantic and Surreal with author Ivan Ivanov and translator Peter Bush

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START TIME: 12PM EST - 6PM GTM+2

INCLUDING A SPECIAL PROGRAM WITH FUM D'ESTAMPA PUBLISHING

12:00pm

MEDITERRANEAN DIET

> Introduction by Mary Ann Newman & Rosi Song

> Aperitif: HOW TO OLIVE OIL with chef Ferran Adriá (El Bulli Foundation)

> Entree: "Nourishing the Nation", a conversation with author Venetia Johannes and curator Rosi Song on Nourishing the Nation, Food as National Identity in Catalonia

> Dessert: "L'Olivera i l'Ase/The Donkey and the Olive Tree", a poem by Josep Carner, read by Carlota Subirós

12:30pm

> MUSIC: Morenica - Eleni Arapoglou & Andreas Arnold

> Introducing publisher Fum D'Estampa Press with Douglas Suttle

> The Silent Letter with author Jaume Subirana and translator Christopher Whyte

1:00pm

> Forgodandthee: Language Lost, Faith Found with author Esther Maria Magnis and translator Alta L. Price on "With or Without Me"

> "Anchises" from Feliz Idade by Olga Novo, read by translator Keith Payne

> "Small Bibles for Bad Times": A Reading of Poems by Liliane Atlan with translator Marguerite Feitlowitz

1:30pm

> Introducing publisher Fum D'Estampa Press with Douglas Suttle

> "The Others" A conversation with author Raül Garrigasait, translator Tiago Miller moderated by Alice Banks

2:00pm

> MUSIC: "Diya Hai" by Arooj Aftab featuring Badi Assad

> “Queen of the Jews / Царица иудейская”, reading by author NL Herzenberg

> "An Intersectional Conservationist at Heart", reading with author Jordi Nopca and translator Mara Faye Lethem

2:30pm

> Mediterranean Diet: HOW TO GREENS, with chefs Fina Puigdevall & Martina Puigvert (Les Cols restaurant)

> Introducing publisher Fum D'Estampa Press with Douglas Suttle

> Introduction to Joan Maragall by translator Ronald Puppo

3:00pm

> "Violante" with author Nika Pfeifer, translator Barbara Kost, moderated by Alta L. Price - Co-production Austrian Cultural Forum New York

 

3:30pm

> "Carousel" by Berta Dávila with translator Jacob Rogers

> "What Is a Caruso and What Does It Have to Do With Opera?" with author Jaume Biarnés and translator Mary Ann Newman

 

4:00pm

> "The Prodigal Child" by Irène Némirovsky, with translator Sandra Smith and curator Tess Lewis

 

4:30 pm

> Publishers' Roundtable with publishers Laura Huerga, Naveen Kishore, Chad Post and Nancy Naomi Carlson

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START TIME: 12PM EST - 6PM GTM+2

INCLUDING SPECIAL PROGRAMS: ON KOREAN LITERATURE AND OPEN LETTER BOOKS

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START TIME: 12PM EST - 6PM GTM+2

INCLUDING SPECIAL PROGRAMS
> ARCHIPELAGO PUBLISHING
> BRAZILIAN LITERATURE 

12:00pm 

MEDITERRANEAN DIET

> Aperitifs: HOW TO GREENS with Chefs Fina Puigdevall and Martina Puigvert (Les Cols restaurant)

HOW TO SEAFOOD with Chefs Mateu Casanyes from Disfrutar/Compartir (L’Empordà)

> Main Course: "Ricette e Precetti" with author Miriam Camerini, translator Alta Price and curator Rosi Song

> Dessert: "Foc de Pales / The Full Moon", a poem by Maria-Mercè Marçal, read by Isaias Fanlo

> SNEAK PREVIEW!! ”Inseparable” by Simone de Beauvoir with translator Sandra Smith

1:00pm

> Introducing Archipelago Books by Jill Schoolman

> "Animals" by Hebe Uhart with translator Robert Croll and Julia Kornberg                           

 

1:30pm

> Introducing Archipelago Books by Emma Raddatz

> "An Acrobat of the Mind and Heart" with Nabaneeta Dev Sen and Tess Lewis

2:00pm                           

> MUSIC: Nana Simopoulos - "Merely To Know" at Megaro Athens

> "Faraway" by Lo Yi-Chin with translator Jeremy Tiang

BRAZIL SPECIAL

2:30pm

> "The Blind One & The Mad One" with author and playwright Claudia Barral, director Almiro Andrade, actors Camila França & Trine Garrett, and videographer and reporter Silvino

> "Springtime in the Bones" with author Állex Leilla and translator Amanda Sarasien

 

3:00pm

> "Translating a Scathing Brazilian Master" with translator Flora Thomson-DeVeaux and Pedro Meira Monteiro

 

3:30pm

> "Who Was I? Memory and Masculinity in two first-person narratives of the sertão" with translators Elizabeth Lowe and Padma Viswanathan

 

4:00pm

> LGBTQI+ & Afro/Indigenous Brazilian Literature with authors Bixarte, Auritha Tabajara, Leo Castilho, Elton Uliana, Júlio Ludemir

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START TIME: 12PM EST - 6PM GTM+2

12:00pm 

MEDITERRANEAN DIET

> Aperitif: HOW TO DESSERT with Christian Escribà from Escribà pastry (Barcelona)

> Entree: "Salt Water" by Josep Pla with translator Peter Bush, Margarida Casacuberta and curator Rosi Song

> Dessert: "Vida Privada / Private Life",  a poem by Josep Maria de Sagarra, read by Isaias Fanlo

> Women in Catalan literature: with Mara Faye Lethem (translator of “Learning to talk to plants” by Marta Orriols), Laura McGloughlin (translator of “Stone in a Landslide” by Maria Barbal), and Eliza Kalfa (linguist and translator) - Omnium Cultural

> "Paranys / Snares" by Pere Gimferrer, with translator Adrian Nathan West

> MUSIC: "Contraluz" by Jacinta

 

1:00pm

> "The Tale of the Pig Slaughter" with author Martí Sales

> Translating Contemporary Spain: Pitfalls for Academics and Journalists with author of "Exhuming Franco: Spain’s Second Transition" Sebastiaan Faber, Magda Bandera and Ignasi Gozalo-Salelleas

1:30pm

> Epigrama del bell temps poems by Josep Carner set to music by Albert García Demestres (with singer David Alegret and pianist Rubén Fernández Aguirre)

> "What Is a Caruso and What Does It Have to Do With Opera?" with author Jaume Biarnés and translator Mary Ann Newman

> "Si em vaga" and "Destins", poems by Josep Carner set to music by Albert García Demestres (with singer David Alegret and pianist Rubén Fernández Aguirre)

2:00pm

> LIVE: Notes from Childhood by Norah Lange with Charlotte Whittle and Bella Bosworth

2:30pm

> MUSIC: Morenica - Eleni Arapoglou & Andreas Arnold

> "Late to the House of Words", reading and conversation between author Gemma Gorga and translator Sharon Dolin

MEDITERRANEAN DIET

> HOW TO MARKET with chef and food stylist Amanda Laporte (La Boqueria)

> "There's Nothing I Like as Much / Res no m'agrada tant", a poem by Vicent Andrés Estellés, read by theatre director and playwright Carlota Subirós

> HOW TO OLIVE OIL with chef Ferran Adriá (El Bulli Foundation)

> "L'Olivera i l'Ase / The Donkey and the Olive Tree", a poem by Josep Carner, read by Carlota Subirós

3:00pm

> LIVE: "If You Kept a Record of Sins" with author Andrea Bajani and translator Elizabeth Harris

3:30pm

> "Cargo Hold of Stars: Coolitude", a book launch reading and conversation with poet Khal Torabully, publisher Naveen Kishore, and translator Nancy Naomi Carlson

4:00pm                           

> LIVE: "Boat People" by Mayra Santos-Febres with translator Vanessa Perez Rosario and curator Charlotte Whittle

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START TIME: 8:55AM EST - 2:55PM GTM+2

CHILDREN'S ACTIVITIES from 8:55AM to 12PM EST - 2:55PM to 6PM GTM+2

KIDS PROGRAM - CATALAN INSTITUTE OF AMERICA

8:55am NYC / 2:55pm CAT 

> Welcoming greeting to viewers from the Catalan Institute of America - Grab a cup of coffee and get ready for the Diada we have prepared for you

 

9:00am NYC / 3:00pm CAT

> Cantata of the Legend of the Princess and Sant Jordi. A story in 6 videos with music and text by Jordi Cartaña and illustrations by Laura Magrinyà. A story that will smash stereotypes.

Ages: 3-12 years

 

10:15am NYC / 4:15pm CAT

> The Legend of St. George as You Have Never Heard it Before, created and interpreted by LA MINÚSCULA, a storytelling troupe from Girona. A humorous version of the traditional legend. With Txell Faxedas, Cristina Alay, Patricia Corchado, Xuspi Hernández and Casandra Lungu.

Ages: 3-10 yrs.

 

10:45am NYC / 4:45pm CAT

> Reading of the book ”Lost in the Museum” by its author, Luisa Vera. Luisa will takes us to the world of museums in a very special way.

Ages: 4-10 years

11:15am NYC/5:15pm CAT

> LIVE: An interactive game with David Díaz. David will show us how to play “The Treasure of the Last Dragon”

Ages: 6-12 years

MEDITERRANEAN DIET

12:00pm

> Vermouth: "Thirst", a poem by Montserrat Abelló, read by Isaias Fanlo

> Aperitif: HOW TO WINE with Josep Roca from el Celler de Can Roca

> Main Course: Catalan Food and History with Paul Freedman, Paco Sole Parellada and curator Rosi Song

> Dessert: "Com usar bé de beure i menjar, a poem by Francesc Eiximenis, read by Isaias Fanlo

> Dessert: "Tirant lo blanc", a poem by Joanot Martorell, read by Carlota Subirós

> Coffee and Liquors: CHEFS' Q & A

 

1:00pm 

> Conversation with Bob Davidson and Rosi Song on Cava / CAVA TOAST

 

1:30pm

> How to: MARKET, OLIVE OIL, GREENS, LEGUME, SEAFOOD, WINE and DESSERT