ASSEMBLY RESOLUTION No. 173

STATE OF NEW JERSEY

216th LEGISLATURE

 

INTRODUCED OCTOBER 9, 2014

 


 

Sponsored by:

Assemblyman  VINCENT PRIETO

District 32 (Bergen and Hudson)

Assemblywoman  ANGELICA M. JIMENEZ

District 32 (Bergen and Hudson)

 

 

 

 

SYNOPSIS

     Recognizes October 25, 2014 as "New Jersey Paella Day."

 

CURRENT VERSION OF TEXT

     As introduced.

  


An Assembly Resolution recognizing October 25, 2014 as "New Jersey Paella Day."

 

Whereas, Paella is a Spanish rice dish that originated in an area around Albufera, a fresh water lagoon near the city of Valencia on Spain's eastern coast; and

Whereas, Paella was a popular lunch choice among the Spanish working class, who would make the rice dish while in the fields using a flat pan over an open fire with whatever ingredients were readily available; and

Whereas, Today, paella most commonly contains chicken, pork, shellfish, fish, eel, squid, beans, peas, artichokes, or peppers over rice with generous amounts of saffron, a spice that turns the rice a wonderful golden color; and

Whereas, New Jersey was among the prime destinations for Spanish immigrants coming to the United States during the nineteenth century and today, a variety of clubs and associations celebrating Spanish culture are located in New Jersey; and

Whereas, Paella is the perfect embodiment of Spanish culinary tradition as its color, passion, variety, and social warmth personify Spanish culture; and

Whereas, On October 25, 2014, Paella for the World and the New Jersey Restaurant Association will hold the New Jersey Paella Festival at the Culinary Arts Institute of Hudson County Community College in Jersey City; and

Whereas, The event will feature workshops with famous chefs from Spain demonstrating how to prepare authentic paella, wine tastings, samplings of olive oil and other products related to paella and the Mediterranean diet, a spectacular flamenco show by artists from the Alborada Spanish Dance Theatre, and a paella cook-off; and

Whereas, Paella for the World, a private non-profit institution whose main objectives are to organize activities in the United States to disseminate authentic Spanish American culinary traditions and to increase the consumption of products from the Mediterranean diet, will award scholarships to students of gastronomy and honor food journalists and chefs at the event; and

Whereas, Commemorating Spanish cuisine and the Mediterranean diet recognizes important cultural traditions by celebrating a very special aspect of Spanish life that evokes strong feelings of pride throughout New Jersey's Spanish American community; now, therefore,

 

     Be It Resolved by the General Assembly of the State of New Jersey:

 

     1.  This House recognizes October 25, 2014 as "New Jersey Paella Day."


     2.    This House further urges the public officials and citizens of this State to observe "New Jersey Paella Day" with appropriate activities and programs.

 

 

STATEMENT

 

     This resolution recognizes October 25, 2014 as "New Jersey Paella Day."

     Paella is a Spanish rice dish usually containing chicken, pork, shellfish, fish, eel, squid, beans, peas, artichokes, or peppers with generous amounts of saffron, a spice that turns the rice a wonderful golden color.  Paella originated in an area around Albufera, a fresh water lagoon near the city of Valencia on Spain's eastern coast.  At first, paella was a popular lunch choice among the Spanish working class, who would make the rice dish while in the fields using a flat pan over an open fire with whatever ingredients were readily available.  Today, paella is enjoyed all over the world in countless incarnations as cooks personalize the dish with their own unique combinations of ingredients and spices.

     On October 25, 2014, Paella for the World, a private non-profit institution whose main objective is to disseminate authentic Spanish American culinary traditions, and the New Jersey Restaurant Association will hold the New Jersey Paella Festival at the Culinary Arts Institute of Hudson County Community College in Jersey City.  The event will feature workshops with famous chefs from Spain demonstrating how to prepare authentic paella, wine tastings, samplings of olive oil and other products related to paella and the Mediterranean diet, a spectacular flamenco show by artists from the Alborada Spanish Dance Theatre, and a paella cook-off.  In addition, Paella for the World will award scholarships to students of gastronomy and honor food journalists and chefs at the event.

     This House recognizes October 25, 2014 as "New Jersey Paella Day" and urges public officials and citizens of this State to observe "New Jersey Paella Day" with appropriate activities and programs.