HAWAII — The Philippine consulate general in Honolulu, in partnership with L&L Hawaiian Barbecue, hosted an industry mixer for Filipinos working in the food and beverage industry.
The networking event at L&L's Ala Wai Golf Course serves as a prequel to Filipino Food Week this June, with the aim of showcasing the Philippines' cuisine to the world.
Attendees were treated to some of L&L’s specials like garlic chicken, kalua pork, and chow mein.
Hawaii-born and raised Walter Espiritu attended the mixer to meet Fil-Am restaurant industry professionals.
He shared that he, too, was looking forward to the upcoming Filipino Food week.
"It allows Filipino cuisine to be shared with the general Hawaii public. I mean, it's huge to have these different restaurants be able to share different Filipino cuisine outside of Filipino restaurants," he said.
Filipino Food Week is an initiative of the Philippine Embassy in Washington DC, together with the 10 consulates all over the US, to promote the country's cuisine to a wider audience.
About 19 restaurants are set to participate in Filipino Food Week, which will run from June 9 to 15 in parts of Hawaii.
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