Preceded only by California and Hawaii, more Filipinos call Illinois home than anywhere else in the United States. October is Filipino Heritage Month and to celebrate, Filipino Kitchen – a trio of Filipinos (two native, one honorary) who share recipes and stories through a thoughtfully curated blog and pop-up events – hosts Kultura Festival at Emporium in Logan Square next Sunday, October 4. The all-day event is built as much for those close to Filipino culture as it is for those intrigued by Filipino food, art and music.
Chef Kristine Subido of the late, lamented Pecking Order joins local chef and writer of What’s Cookin’ Chicago?! Joelen Tan-Kenny; Chef Bryan Collante of Untitled; Chef Eui-Jeong Kim of Rodelio Agilbot’s E + O; and Hapa Chicago, a regular vendor at Sauced Night Market. Visiting chefs include Brooklyn-based Yana Gilbuena, fresh off a pop-up dinner tour of all 50 states called SALO Series, and Rob Menor of Papa Urb’s in California.
Each dish costs $5 to $7 and Emporium’s full bar will be open for business. “We want folks to mill around the place, meet the chefs, choose what they like,” says Filipino Kitchen co-founder Sarahlynn Pablo. “We are curating the dishes and working with the chefs so there is a wide variety of Filipino food for the public.” There will also be music and live art from Filipino Americans completing the experience.
Emporium Logan Square
2363 N. Milwaukee Ave.; (773) 360-8774
Tickets: $10 ($5 student/senior); available online or at the door