Discover The Best Fusion Cuisine In The World at Kultura Festival 2016 Chicago

Discover The Best Fusion Cuisine In The World at Kultura Festival 2016 Chicago

On this episode of #InTheKitch, I spent some time at Salero Chicago for a pop-up dinner event collaboration with Chef Chrissy Camba of Maddy's Dumpling House and Filipino Kitchen. 

Filipino food is becoming more and more of a culinary force in the United States as many chefs and restaurateurs are coming out to share the beauty of this dynamic fusion cuisine known as Filipino food. With deep influences in Spanish cuisine, Malaysia and all parts of Asia, Filipino food was a best-kept secret of true foodies for many years. Chefs of this generation often come from immigrant parents or even themselves, just like me who was born in the Philippines and migrated to San Francisco, California when I was only 9 years old. 

These chefs and foodies are now out in the U.S. culinary scene and paving a magnificent way to share our cuisine to the masses and teach people through menu creations, festivals, social media, food trucks and more, and make others fall in love with the flavors of the Philippines - our homeland. 

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CHICAGO, SEPTEMBER 20, 2016 ­­-- In a groundbreaking partnership with Filipino American Network (FAN) Chicago, Filipino Kitchen will host the 9th annual FAN Adobofest at Kultura Festival. Adobofest has been held for years at St. Paul and LaBagh Woods on the city’s northwest side. Five home cooks will compete in an adobo Taste-Off. Their work will be judged by a panel of chefs and restaurant professionals to find “Chicago’s Best Home-Cooked Adobo.” Potential contestants can sign up for the adobo home cooking contest at the FAN website. Additionally, the annual balut eating contest will also be held to promote voter registration. Balut, a Philippine street food, is partially developed duck or chicken duck embyro.

“Since 2008, Adobofest has grown by bringing our community together around food, family, culture and fun,” said Edgar Jimenez, Executive Director of Adobofest. “Year after year, we are so proud these home-cook competitors get recognized by their community, food professionals, restaurateurs and chefs. The trophies are well deserved!”

“When we use the hashtag #pinoyssupportingpinoys on our social media, it’s not a gimmick. It’s a real strategy to get our community moving forward together,” said Natalia Roxas, co-founder of Filipino Kitchen. “We wanted to find a way to make a joint event work for the community, and we’re so pleased to host Adobofest at Kultura.”

Kultura is a contemporary Filipino-American food and arts festival taking place at Logan Square's Emporium Arcade Bar and Surf Bar, 2363 N Milwaukee, on Sunday, October 2, from 11 AM to 6 PM. Carefully curated to appeal to those who identify with Filipino culture and the curious or uninitiated, Kultura Festival highlights the best in Filipino-American food and arts in Chicago and the Midwest.

Kultura Festival will showcase over twenty Fil-Am chefs, visual artists, DJs and performers. Started in 2015 by food media and events group Filipino Kitchen, key additions to the program include Philippine indigenous art group Katao Living Traditions from the San Francisco Bay Area, and from Toronto, acclaimed Filipino-Canadian contemporary dance company Hataw and modern Filipino tribal music crew Datu will make their US-debut performance. Kultura festival tickets can be purchased online at


Filipino Kitchen uses Philippine cuisine to connect Filipinos everywhere with our cultural heritage and the possibilities of our shared future. Based in Chicago, we cook and share our delicious cuisine at pop­up meals and food events. On our website, Filipino Kitchen documents with photography, interviews, stories, and recipes from the makers and appreciators of Filipino cuisine and its continuing evolution. We hope to lead a long-­coming renaissance by connecting across the diaspora with our shared love and pride of our food. The masterminds and masterhearts behind Filipino Kitchen are two Filipino Americans and an honorary Filipino: writer Sarahlynn Pablo, photographer Natalia Roxas­-Alvarez, and project manager Caitlin Preminger. Filipino Kitchen is online at and on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Snapchat.

The Filipino American Network (FAN) is a Chicago-based cultural education networking 501( c ) 3 organization focused on engaging and reconnecting Filipino-Americans with their Philippine culture and traditions through events and opportunities that include monthly mixers and our annual events such as Adobofest, The Chicago Filipino-American Film Festival, Senior Gift Basket Drive and Piyesta Pinoy. For more information, please go to

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