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Insiders or Outsiders: Who Owns Asian Food?

Asians comprise one of the fastest growing racial groups in Minnesota, and recent conversations in the local food scene have brought up the question, “Who owns Asian food?” Who are some of the stakeholders in our local Asian food scene? How do DNA and/or lineage factor into who cooks and represents Asian cuisines? How do you distinguish between cultural appropriation and appreciation when running a business?

These are among the issues Andrea Nguyen, a food journalist and James Beard Award-winning cookbook author will pose in a special conversation with four of Minneapolis’s most dynamic Asian chefs and restaurateurs Ann Ahmed, Owner/Executive Chef of Lat14 and Lemon Grass Thai Cuisine; Raghavan Iyer, James Beard Award winning author, chef and owner of the recently opened Pizza Karma; Hai Truong, Chef/Owner of Ngon Vietnamese Bistro and Yia Vang, Chef/Owner of Union Kitchen.

Join us for an evening of lively, honest discussion at The Lynhall as we explore how to move beyond accusations and apologies.

Later Event: May 5