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Grayslake family shares heirloom Cuban recipes

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Julian Crews of Grayslake cooks with his 10-year-old son, Tony. Family members lend a hand in the kitchen and with their fledgling food company, Old Havana Foods.

Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer

Julian Crews, a first generation Cuban-American, has turned treasured family recipes into a startup food company run out of his Grayslake home.

Photos by Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer

Arrozo con Pollo, or chicken with rice, gets a start with Old Havana Foods's seasoned, sauteed vegetables, or sofrito.

Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer

Julia Crews, 12, Tony Crews, 10, and their mom, Terry Crews, help prepare a Cuban meal at their Grayslake home. Father Julian Crews hopes to introduce more suburbanites to the bright and savory flavors from his ancestral home through his Old Havana Foods products.

Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer

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Julian Crews (yes, the same Julian Crews you see on WGN news) and his family have just cooked up a colorful skillet of Cuban-style chicken and rice. Translated arrozo con pollo, the traditional dish is one Crews, a first generation Cuban American, grew up eating. Now, his fledgling food company gives others a taste of his heritage.

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    • Julian Crews of Grayslake cooks with his 10-year-old son, Tony. Family members lend a hand in the kitchen and with their fledgling food company, Old Havana Foods.
    •  Julian Crews, a first generation Cuban-American, has turned treasured family recipes into a startup food company run out of his Grayslake home.
    •  Arrozo con Pollo, or chicken with rice, gets a start with Old Havana Foods’s seasoned, sauteed vegetables, or sofrito.
    •  Julia Crews, 12, Tony Crews, 10, and their mom, Terry Crews, help prepare a Cuban meal at their Grayslake home. Father Julian Crews hopes to introduce more suburbanites to the bright and savory flavors from his ancestral home through his Old Havana Foods products.
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