La Casa en su Casa

La Casa de Don Pedro’s highly-anticipated annual cocktails and hors d’oeuvres reception La Casa es su Casa is coming back to a living room near you on June 17th at 5:30PM. Register for free!

This year’s event has been rebranded to La Casa en su Casa to highlight that it will be virtual once again due to COVID-19 precautions and restrictions.

Complete with guest speakers, handcrafted video segments, a virtual wine and cheese tasting, and exclusive spoken word performance, La Casa en su Casa will honor Newark’s and La Casa’s unsung heroes throughout the last year of this unprecedented pandemic.

This past year has been like no other. While it’s been full of tragedy and uncertainty, stories that demonstrate people going above and beyond have shined through the darkness. These “silver linings” show the depth of humanity and remind us what we can achieve together.

La Casa de Don Pedro is pleased to announce the following honorees…

The Essential Workers of RWJ Barnabas Clara Maass Medical Center and RWJ Barnabas Newark Beth Israel Medical Center
We will honor the frontline clerical workers, technicians, ambulatory workers, housekeeping, security, home health aides and more who have kept the gears well-oiled so their medical centers can provide the necessary care to the countless people who need their help.

The Essential Workers of Audible’s Newark Working Kitchens
We will recognize the chefs, cooks, drivers, and more from dozens of Newark restaurants who have dedicated the last 13 months working with Newark Working Kitchens to prepare and deliver more than 500,000 meals to food-insecure Newark families.

The Essential Workers of Valley Bank
From the bank tellers to the custodians, to the mortgage lenders, we’ll honor Valley Bank’s branches that have remained open to fulfill the banking needs of the Newark community.

Stay tuned for more honoree announcements, featured guests, and further details.

The evening will feature several interactive experiences including…


Enjoy happy hour with us when you pre-order our hand-selected wines and cheeses! We will even deliver to Essex County residents.

Wine sommelier, Hank Zona, of The Grapes Unwrapped will unveil the story behind the evening’s hand-selected Spanish wines from Casa d’Paco‘s wine label, a Spanish tapas bar and restaurant in Newark’s Ironbound neighborhood with owner and founder, Angel Leston. You’ll round out Casa d’Paco’s Galician and Rioja region wines with a Spanish rosado from a premiere producer.

You’ll sip these wines with a selection of cheeses from Spain brought to you by Aaron Kirtz‘s Maplewood Wheelhouse. All DOP cheeses, they will transport you to central Spain, to Galicia, and to the country’s north region. We promise that the creamy, buttery and well-balanced platter will leave you satisfied, while knowing you’re supporting an important cause.


A graduate of Montclair State University, Shell Spin is a spoken word artist, activist, and DJ born and raised in New Jersey.  As the co-founder of the L.O.U.D. (Living Our Ultimate Dreams) Project in Newark, which strives to give youth the tools to express their stories and find their voice through slam poetry, her work is rooted in self-love, intersectional feminism, and radical restoration.

Shell will perform an exclusive poem about life during the pandemic during event. Learn more about Shell Spin

Sponsor La Casa en su Casa

Sponsorships start at $250, include wine & cheese packages, and offer a way to demonstrate your commitment to La Casa to thousands of people. Not in a position to be a sponsor or purchase wine or cheese?  Donations are always welcome. Thank you!

Thank you to La Casa en su Casa’s Event Sponsors:





Rutgers University – Newark
JW Pierson

Security On Point


Mayuri Chandra
Dawn Gammon
Bill & Nancy Griffeth
Dr. Gayle Griffin
Grizel Ubarry

2021 Special Events Series

La Casa en su Casa is just one of three special events planned for 2021. Each event offers unique promotional opportunities targeting a variety of constituents. Project Backpack, from July 12-August 13 is our annual back to school drive to support Newark’s children as they get ready to go back to school. Burgers and Brew Week, from September 20-26 offers a an interactive week to support local and minority owned food and drink establishments. Mark your calendars and learn more here.

For additional sponsorship information, please contact Carrie Puglisi at Stay tuned for more details coming soon.