Food Rescue US-Miami and Café La Trova partners with Ascendant Insurance Solutions and LAAIA to Offer Free Meals to Little Havana Residents

Miami, FL- June 10, 2020 – In collaboration with James Beard Award-winning chef Michelle Bernstein, Food Rescue US – Miami is opening their fourth Community Kitchen at the popular Little Havana restaurant Café La Trova. This partnership will help provide nutritious meals to those that have been furloughed or are unemployed, first responders, hospital workers or any individual that is food insecure.

The kitchen is part of the Food Rescue US national COVID-19 emergency response effort that provides employment for the restaurant staff, while funding chef-prepared meals to provide to the community free of charge.

A minimum of 500 free meals will be distributed curbside at Café La Trova at 971 SW 8th St, Miami, FL on Wednesday, June 24th from 3 pm to 5 pm and will feature Chef Bernstein’s creative take on traditional Cuban specialties. The meals will be provided through support from Ascendant Insurance Solutions and Miami’s Latin American Association of Insurance Agencies.

“We are honored to be able to help the vibrant Little Havana community,” said Food Rescue US – Miami Site Director, Ellen Bowen. “Through this partnership, we are able to support a local business, allowing them to employ their staff, while also providing their delicious food free of charge to the residents of Little Havana.”

This will not be Café La Trova’s first COVID-19 response effort. Recently, their team provided meals for students in Miami-Dade public schools, worked with Big Brothers Big Sisters to provide meals to 20 families in need and partnered with Kiwanis Club to feed over 100 Little Havana residents.

Café La Trova will be the fourth Community Kitchen launched by Food Rescue US – Miami. The first kitchen, in collaboration with World Central Kitchen, at Chef Marcus Samuelsson’s Red Rooster in Overtown has served over 9,000 meals. Since then, Food Rescue US – Miami has gone on to open Community Kitchens at James Beard nominated Chef Brad Kilgore’s Alter in Wynwood, providing 1,200 meals in only two weeks, and most recently at Café Creole in Miami Gardens.

To make a donation in support of the Food Rescue US-Miami Community Kitchen programs, please visit the Food Rescue US COVID-19 Response Fund and designate your donation to “Miami”.

About Food Rescue US

Food Rescue US, a national nonprofit organization, is a leader in reducing both hunger and food waste in America by connecting the vast amount of healthy, fresh surplus food with the critical hunger demand.  Through the use of its proprietary app, Food Rescue US provides the platform for volunteer food rescuers to directly transfer excess food from businesses to local social service agencies that feed the food insecure. By providing food that would otherwise be wasted and delivering it to the food insecure, Food Rescue US is keeping this wasted food from ending up in landfill where it decomposes, creating methane gas that warms the planet. Since 2011, Food Rescue US has helped launch food recovery communities in 25 locations across the country, providing 37 million meals and keeping 51 million pounds of food out of landfills. For more information or to download the app, visit, find us on Facebook @FoodRescueUS or follow us on Twitter @foodrescueUS.

About Café La Trova

The world famous Julio Cabrera and his team of Cantineros (Cuban bartenders) bring to life the retro Cuba atmosphere at Cafe La Trova with their artisanal, handcrafted cocktails while James Beard Award-winning chef Michelle Bernstein lends her culinary prowess with a contemporary take on Cuban-styled dishes. The multi-faceted concept — including two bars, a restaurant, and a walk-up coffee bar — marries traditional “cantinero” cocktail culture with Miami’s 1980s Cubano renaissance offering classic and creative drinks, contemporary Cuban and Latin-inspired dishes, live music daily and an outdoor patio to enjoy dominoes and cigars.

Located on Calle Ocho in the epicenter of Little Havana at 971 SW Eighth Street, Miami, Fla., Café La Trova is named for and inspired by the traditional Cuban music, la trova, which originated in Santiago de Cuba; and for the cantinero, meaning professional bartender, a cultural touchstone in the Cuban community, to whom attention to detail, hospitality and excellent service are paramount.

About Ascendant Insurance Solutions

Ascendant Insurance Solutions is a Florida based licensed Managing General Agency (MGA) specializing in the placement of commercial and personal lines insurance products and program management services with an emphasis on the Hispanic market.

Ascendant represents admitted and non-admitted property and casualty insurance carriers specializing in personal and commercial lines. Since its inception, Ascendant has placed over $600 million of written premium in the Florida marketplace through its distribution network of over 1,500 insurance agents.

Ascendant is uniquely suited to serve the Florida Hispanic insurance marketplace through a fully engaged management team with decades of insurance industry experience in building successful insurance enterprises and a fully bilingual staff that is sensitive to the challenges faced by the Hispanic community and business owners.

This team’s mission to directly address a targeted and underserved niche in the Florida insurance market is a formula that Ascendant’s management team and ownership feels confident and optimistic about executing.

About the Latin American Association of Insurance Agencies,

The Latin American Association of Insurance Agencies, LAAIA, was founded in 1969, as The Voice of Independent Insurance Agents.  Its mission is to advance the resources, capabilities, and performance of independent insurance agencies by providing advocacy, representation, and benchmark member support. LAAIA is a 501 (c) (6) not-for-profit professional association administered by a volunteer board of directors.  Today, the organization’s members generate over $1 Billion in insurance premiums every year.