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Alexandra Cuerdo in person! Film Series : The 24th Annual Asian American Showcase

Ulam: Main Dish

2018, Alexandra Cuerdo, USA, 90 min.

Show Times

  • Sat, Apr 13th 8:00pm

The recent ascendancy of Filipino cuisine to mainstream hot status is explored in this mouthwatering look at a trend that’s an open secret among foodies. Filipino chefs have long labored in American haute cuisine kitchens, hiding their cultural identity behind the food traditions of many nations. Director Cuerdo explores a new era of prominence for award-winning second-generation Filipino American chefs, including Amy Besa and Romy Doroton of Brooklyn’s popular Purple Yam, Nicole Ponseca of Jeepney, Johneric Concordia and Christine Araquel-Concordia of their family-centered The Park’s Finest, and Alvin Cailan of Amboy. The food itself is indisputably the star of this show, demonstrating the comforting appeal of a cuisine rooted in rich heritage and family dinner-table tradition. DCP digital. (BS)

Director Alexandra Cuerdo is scheduled to be present for a panel discussion, moderated by Lakhi Siap of Isla Pilipina and Chicago Asian Network. Panelists include: Jason Morales (Mora Asian Kitchen), Christine Morales (Mora Asian Kitchen), Jess De Guzman (former Executive Chef of Sunda), and Lawrence Letrero (Bayan Ko Restaurant).

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