Immigrant workers from Asia and Latin America literally shaped California’s culinary landscape. Today, the creative flavors emerging from their descendents’ kitchens reveal overlapping experiences and offer exciting, meaningful inspiration for chefs.
Join us for an enlightening discussion about the melding of Asian and Latin American flavors. From the historic intermarriage of Punjabi and Mexican agricultural workers to the current crop of food trucks on our city streets to the new products we find in our neighborhood markets, we’ll explore the geographic, economic and cultural forces changing what and how we eat.
Isabel Cruz, Chef/Owner, Isabel's Cantina
Kara Nielsen, Trend researcher, CCD Innovation
Gil Payumo, Chef-Owner, Señor Sisig
Thy Tran (moderator), Founder & President, Asian Culinary Forum
6:00 Registration, Wine and Food
6:30 Welcome & Introductions
Isabel Cruz comes from a Latino family where the large and frequent gatherings were always centered around food. Self-taught, her friends and family from Puerto Rico, Cuba and Mexico became early influences on her food, with later inspiration stemmed from the Japanese, Korean and Thai cooking styles she was exposed to while growing up in Los Angeles. Eventually, those Latin and Asian influences became infused in Isabel's cooking. Her family of businesses includes Isabel's Cantina in San Diego, Isabel Pearl in Portland and Stargazer Farm near Mount Hood.
Kara Nielsen is a Trendologist at the CCD Innovation, where she researches and analyses food and beverage trends for consumer foods and foodservice products. She leads trend tours, oversees the production of the bimonthly Culinary Trend Mapping Report, and gives presentations on culinary trends and their strategic implications. Kara holds an MLA in Gastronomy from Boston University, a Bachelors in French Studies from Northwestern University and managed educational programs at Copia: The American Center for Wine Food & the Arts, Napa; Boston University’s Food & Wine Programs; and Sur La Table, Berkeley. She also was a pastry chef in several Bay Area restaurants in the last millennium. Now mostly gluten free, she is a big fan of rice noodles and fresh corn tortillas.
Gil Payumo, along with his high school buddy and business partner, Evan Kidera, is chef and co-owner of Señor Sisig, an award winning food truck that specializes in Filipino-Mexican fusion fare. Proud to be from Daly City, Gil comes from a family of chefs and entrepreneurs. He attended the Culinary Culinary Academy and worked in hotel kitchens before taking to the streets in his restaurant-on-wheels bringing sisig burritos, tacos, nachos and rice plates to the masses.
Thy Tran professionally trained as a chef, found her true calling in writing about the history and culture of food, teaching creative nonfiction, and specializing in educational programming within the culinary arts. She is a co-founder and current president of Asian Culinary Forum.
The Asian Culinary Forum presents multidisciplinary, educational events and programs that celebrate the rich history and culture of Asian food and drink around the world. We are an all-volunteer, 501(c)3 nonprofit based in San Francisco.
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