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Sarahlynn Pablo and Natalia Roxas
Filipino Kitchen is a joint effort of Sarahlynn Pablo, a writer, and Natalia Roxas, a photographer, both of whom put time into the kitchen to bring the food of the Philippines to Chicago. Chicagoans are just beginning to understand Filipino food, and that understanding is challenging because, as Pablo explains, “our cuisine evolves as we evolve and continue to cook our foods. Our challenge as keepers of this tradition is to be inclusive while not alienating others within and outside of our communities.” As part of their mission, Pablo and Roxas bring Filipino food to the people through events like February’s Usapang Pagkain, which Pablo says “is a discussion within the Filipino community about the food that sustains us as individuals and groups. Usapang Pagkain is an intergenerational space that explores ways to focus on how our food can support our communities physically, nutritionally, emotionally, psychically, historically, spiritually and socially.”