Yana – Filipino Food movement, how she’s bringing Kamayan to the world (Salo Series founder/acclaimed-Nomadic Chef)

In March 2013, Yana Gilbuena had the epiphany that she wanted to bring Filipino food and Kamayan to all 50 states. At the time, she was working a completely different job, and didn’t have any formal training as a culinary chef. 6 years later, Yana is an acclaimed Nomadic Chef, founder of Salos Series, and has brought Filipino Kamayan Popup Dinners to all 50 states, Canada, parts of South America, Mexica, Philippines, and now Europe. Salo Series is a Traveling Underground Pop-up Dinner that hosts Kamayan dinners, serving Filipino food through the traditional culture of eating with your hands. She has also been featured in major publications such as The New York Times and National Geographics: The Plate.

We discuss her journey, from immigrating from the Philippines to the states, the different career changes she had, and how she ultimately started her 50-state underground tour. She shares struggles she had to overcame along the way, and advice she gives to those looking to pursue an entrepreneurial path and their passion.

Along with discussing the current Food Filipino movement, we talk about her book, No Forks Given, a compilation of stories of her journey and people she met during my 50-state tour, that she said taught her a lot about letting go, resilience, faith and trust.

“Don’t be afraid to rattle the cage” – Jessica Caloza, Commissioner of Los Angeles Board of Public Works

Jessica Caloza was 4-years-old when she immigrated from the Philippines to California. She is now Los Angeles’ Commissioner on the Board of Public Works, the first Filipino in the position and one of the youngest in City Hall. How did she get here?

Together, we discuss her journey and what transitioned her into public service and government. We also discuss her commitment and lens in public service as a 1st Generation Filipino woman, and why she’s passionate about representing Filipinos and underrepresented communities.

Jessica also highlights her focuses, from building pipelines for the youth into public service and politics to coalition building with other communities, and what makes her proud to be a Filipino in government. She also talks about her love of Filipino food culture, lends advice in pursuing a path you’re passionate about… and why Filipinos make a great fit for being in government!

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