JR Runez, Gilbert Paule and Kevin O'Connor of HAPA Chicago

Hapa Chicago

Hapa Chicago is a culinary concept from longtime friends Gilbert Paule, JR Runez and Kevin O'Connor that strives to bring Asian-American inspired street food to the Windy City. Hapa has spent the past year doing pop-up markets, small events, and catering for big-name clients like Threadless and Allstate Insurance. For Hapa, Filipino Christmas means caroling for money and playing with fireworks. "The smell of fireworks is pretty much synonymous with Christmas season," they say. "No one really cared about how old you are when you bought anything there. So, all the kids played with some pretty serious fireworks and that was really fun."

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Try Hapa Chicago at Kultura Kristmas market, December 13! Snag your tickets.