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La Plaza; Cocina del Caribe


In Spanish with English captions. Executive producer Raquel Ortiz, produced by Mercedes Sabio, directed by George Rivera.

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La Plaza
Cocina del Caribe
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Series Description

Premiered January 10, 1979- Officially La Plaza as a separate series title ended after season 28 (2006). It was replaced by the interview series: Maria Hinojosa: One-on-One which premiered in 2007.

Producer Raquel Ortiz anticipates that the bilingual series will serve as a plaza for the entire local Latino community. Ortiz also served as the host during the first season along with guest hosts. The program format varied from week to week, between musical specials, documentaries, in-studio debates, both locally produced and acquired. Spanish language programs were subtitled in English and English language programs were captioned in Spanish.

See January 1979 Prime Time Program Guide for cover story. Series release date: 1/10/1979

Program Description

We debut our second season with an overview of cooking from Santo Domingo, Cuba, and Puerto Rico - complete with recipes. Yum.. Culinary Dishes are prepared from each region by guests: Ana Justino of Santo Domingo, Reinalda de Leon from Puerto Rico, and Palmira Gomez from Cuba. 1980.

Also known as Cocina Criolla.



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Ortiz, Raquel (Series Producer)
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