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Adela Hernandez Gonzmart

(1920-2001)

 

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Adela Hernandez Gonzmart was the daughter of columbia-restaurant-spanish-cookbook-adela-hernandez-gonzmart-hardcover-cover-artCasimiro Hernandez, who opened the Columbia restaurant at Seventh Avenue and 22nd Street in 1905. She attended the Juilliard School of Music in New York City and became a concert pianist. She met and married Cesar Gonzmart. The couple traveled the world playing music, but returned to Tampa in 1953 and took over the restaurant.

Mrs. Gonzmart loved talking about her colorful Spanish-Cuban family. Mrs. Gonzmart was a key player in forming the Tampa Symphony Orchestra, the forerunner to the Florida Symphony Orchestra.

In 1995, she co-wrote The Columbia Restaurant Spanish Cookbook with Dr. Ferdie Pacheco, another Ybor City native who found fame as Muhammad Ali's fight doctor. The cookbook contained the restaurant's favorites.