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Having grown up Portuguese in America, an invisible minority, Sonia gravitates towards underdogs and untold stories. What fuels her writing is a desire to give a voice to those people and places that would otherwise not have one.
In 2014, she resigned from her public relations job in Manhattan to spend two years intermittently immersed in one of Europe’s oldest open-air markets in the city of Porto, building the relationships that inspired the intimate portraits in her book, Porto: Stories from Portugal’s Historic Bolhão Market.
The book was born out of a friendship with Gabriella and Ryan Opaz, co-founders of Catavino. Sonia contributed to Catavino’s blog for several years, mostly focused on the cultural and culinary treasures of a Portugal less traveled. With an American eye, but a Portuguese heart, what she humbly came to realize is that she shares stories about Portugal through a unique lens. Porto merges her love for writing about Portugal and its gastronomical identity with her determination to give Bolhão Market the voice it deserves.
As a journalist, editor, and publicist, she primarily works with food, wine, travel, and art organizations to promote Portugal. Born in Lisbon and raised in the Ironbound, a Portuguese enclave in Newark, New Jersey, she now lives in West Chester, Pennsylvania. Learn more at


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Denise Costa

Denise was born in Johannesburg, South Africa and lived there most of her childhood. At the age of 11 her family decided to move to Portugal, and start a new life in the country of their origins.
After high school, she earned a degree in Mass Communications at the Catholic University of Portugal, in Lisbon.
In 2002, a few months after graduation, she was offered an internship at a local Portuguese television station (SPT TV), and moved to New York City for three months. Later that year, she started working as a Manager and Publicist for Alfama Restaurant. During that period, she continued pursuing her passion for television, and in 2004 was offered the opportunity
to host a weekly show called “Contacto” on RTP International, a Portuguese public broadcaster.
Denise has played key roles in organizing and producing events to promote the Portuguese community in New York and New Jersey. Currently, she works for the United
Nations as a Multimedia Producer for the Department of
Public Information, Social Media Team.

Hugo dos Santos

Hugo is a Luso-American writer, editor, and translator.
He is the author of Then, there (Spuyten Duyvil, 2019), a collection of Newark stories, and the translator of A Child
in Ruins, (Writ Large Press, 2016), the collected poems of
José Luís Peixoto, which was a staff pick at the Paris Review Daily. Hugo has been awarded fellowships by the MacDowell
Colony and the Disquiet International Literary Program.
His work has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and won a Write Well Award, and has appeared or is forthcoming in Barrelhouse, Electric Literature, Hobart, Puerto del Sol, The Common, The Fanzine, and elsewhere.
Hugo is a co-founder of the Brick City Collective and is associate editor at DMQ Review.
Learn more about his work at

Hugo Esteves

Hugo is a chef, food writer, restaurant reviewer and music enthusiast. He is the founder of Hugo is Hungry, a blog that showcases Portuguese cuisine with a blend of American influences
and worldly flavors. With a family history in restaurants in both Portugal and America, Hugo’s childhood was immersed in kitchens, while summers were spent on a farm in Portugal’s countryside. These intense culinary experiences ignited Hugo’s lifelong affair with
gastronomy. After stints running restaurant kitchens and operating a catering company, Hugo opened the VIDA bar, a pub in Elizabeth, New Jersey.
Fusing his passion for food and music, Hugo is currently working on a cooking program inspired by his travels with musicians.
Follow Hugo’s culinary journey on

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