If you’re a regular here, you might be familiar with Filipino Kitchen’s collaborations with The Errant Diner. When Paolo Española comes a-callin’, we answer. That’s how we wound up in the Great White North--Minneapolis--in almost-not-quite-spring.
For those of you unfamiliar with The Errant Diner, that’s Paolo’s chef-moniker (much as insists he’s not a chef). Along with Hidden Apron, his collective of like-minded not-chefs, he caters private events, hosts pop-ups and generally kicks ass at all things gastronomic. Significantly, a portion of the proceeds from every Hidden Apron event benefits Advancement for Rural Kids (ARK), a nonprofit working to end hunger and malnutrition and improve school attendance among rural children in the Philippines.
These groups came together in force on April 3 to produce the Midwest for a Million Unity Dinner, an event whose goal was to unite collegiate organizations from twenty-four Midwestern universities working to fund a million meals for needy kids through ARK’s award-winning feeding program. Ever the conspirator, Paolo tapped St. Paul-based pop-up series LolaRosa’s to collaborate on the menu.
Oh, did we mention this was a prix-fixe, plated meal for 250 guests?
Cue hordes of volunteers setting up tables and chairs, cleaning banana leaves and plating four courses in a functioning boxing gym.
To absolutely no one’s surprise, Paolo and LolaRosa’s killed the menu and helped ARK raise $8165--enough for 163,300 school lunches.