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Press Release, Belize Tourism Board, Belize City, Belize, May 13, 2011 - Garifuna Flava Caribbean Restaurant, a family-owned Belizean bistro located in Chicago Illinois, has now placed Belizean cuisines on the world stage as its unique, high-quality and of course Belizean menus have earned it a feature episode on Food Network’s popular “Diners, Drive Ins and Dives” (Triple Ds) show, to be aired on Monday, May 23rd, 2011, at 8:00pm Central Time.

Originally from the culture capital we know as Dangriga, Rhodel and Yolanda Castillo had decided to give Chicago a taste of their Belizean culinary roots and as a result opened Garifuna Flava in June 2008. Since its inception, this cultural oasis has been attracting its fair share of attention in the windy city.

To date, Garifuna Flava has received a number of reviews from various media houses in Chicago, such as the Chicago Reader newspaper, “Chicago’s Best” of the WGN network, and several other television programs and networks, with the latest being the Food Network’s invitation.

Mr. Rhodel Castillo shared that they were first contacted by the Network and offered the opportunity to be featured on the show in January 2011. Recognizing the reach of the Food Network, Castillo explained that he wasted no time and accepted immediately, and on March 10 and 12, 2011, Triple Ds wrapped up 30 hours of footage at Garifuna Flava for the upcoming episode.

In conversation with this proud proprietor, he explained why Garifuna Flava was chosen. “They had never heard of Garifuna or Belizean Cuisine. We stood out because we were unique, different and authentic,” Castillo said. “They were looking for the next best thing that was real, bold and original, and Garifuna Flava met that criterion.”

The Belize Tourism Board, the chief marketing arm of tourism in Belize, acknowledges and applauds Garifuna Flava for this great accomplishment. “Garifuna Flava’s popularity in Chicago is truly something for us to take pride in,” said Seleni Matus, Director of Tourism. “This proves that our unique culinary offerings are truly delicacies to be desired and marketed on a global front.”

To share in this momentous occasion, we invite all Belizeans to tune in on May 23 for the airing of this episode (Local Channel 46).

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And we also invite you to get a quick glimpse of the restaurant that has been creating all the “buzz” at the links shown below.

Garifuna Flava Facebook Page
More on Garifuna Flava Restaurant

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2515 W. 63rd Street
Chicago, IL 60629
(773)-776-7440

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9 Comments

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    SO PROUD OF YOU RODEL... IT IS A PLEASURE TO KNOW U ... CONTINUE UR SUCCESS..... JAH LUV SHARON WILLIAMS

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    So proud of my fellow Belizeans ... Garifuna Flava...May God continue to BLESS you all...

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    i am so proud to hear that our people are shinning outside of our country. how many talented belizeans are outside and also in our country but our government don`t invest not one bit on our people. now we have the tourism department applauding, why not help the other belizeans who want to make our country better. we always go outside to invest because our government is not helping but when we have a successful belizean, the government invites us to our country to share our glory with them. from athletics to business people are not help when we need that push from our government. this is the kind of belize news internet i like to read and not the ones about crime that are only bringing down our tourism in our country. once again thank you Ambergis Today to post those great news about our people..

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    I love it. Garifuna Flava from Chicago will be featured on the Food Network on May 23.  Garifuna Flava is putting Belizean Cuisine and Garifuna Cuisine on the global map.  Thank you Garifuna Flava.  Rhodel and Yolanda keep representing us. Sincerely Angela Palacio and www.apalacioexchange.com

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    Hey Rhodee and Yolie,  You both have come a long way.  I am very proud of you people.  You have been through a lot of sacrifice to get here.  So keep doing what you are doing and 'NUFF RSPECT'.  Adrian, Hussein and Rhodela, I am so glad that you stuck with your parents and created this brand of success. Buiti Hadugu!!!!  Big up GARIFUNA FLAVA!Smile  Michael "Chips" Norales

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    i'm so happy for you guys :)

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    It makes me even utmostly proud to be a Belizean when I read these types of articles.  I am a Mestizo but am a lover of Garifuna food.  I am glad that one of our cultures is getting this type of international spotlight and it makes us Belizeans proud to share in their success!! Long Live Garifuna Flava and their owners!!

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    SO PROUD TO BE A BELIZEAN....

     DEFINATELY MISS THE FOOD...

    HAPPY FOR YOUR GUYS TO OPEN YOUR OWN GARIFUNA  FLAVA FOOD PLC Cool

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    so happy for you guys for having your own garifuna food place..

    am proud to be belizean

    you guys rock, definately miss the food over here in fl..

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