Casa Argentina was founded in 1982 as a nonprofit dedicated to social, cultural and benevolent activities in New Orleans. Members recently celebrated Argentina’s Independence Day with a special meal hosted by chef Adolfo Garcia at Restaurant Primitivo, in Central City. The menu consisted of such favorites as empanadas, chorizo and sangria.

Since its founding, Casa Argentina’s cultural, social and charitable activities help fulfil its mission to create awareness of the culture of Argentina in New Orleans. Membership includes a newsletter, events and special celebrations.

The annual fee is $ 30 per person or $40 per family.

Casa Argentina has helped present personalities and groups of international prestige such as Jorge Luis Borges, Ernesto Sabato, Marcos Aguinis, the Camerata Bariloche, Luis Ascot, Opus Cuatro, Zupay Quartet, The Chalets, Teresita Parodi, Eduardo Falu Horacio Salgán, Ricardo Talesnik and others, often in collaboration with local universities. They have also supported exhibitions of Argentine visual artists in local galleries.

Annual activities include film festivals, picnics, tango dinner dances, polo matches and charity teas.

Casa Argentina documentation of New Orleans is on file with the Library of Latin American Studies at Tulane University.

For information, write Argentina House, P.O. Box 13562, New Orleans, LA 70185; email casaargentinanola@gmail.com; or visit www.casaargentina.net.