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Guest Chef Burger Night at Ester's Wine Shop & Bar
May
7
6:00 PM18:00

Guest Chef Burger Night at Ester's Wine Shop & Bar

The monthly Guest Chef Burger Series at Esters Wine Shop & Bar is still going strong after first launching in September 2017, and this line-up kicks off with someone very near and dear to their hearts – Rustic Canyon Family Founder and Co-Owner Josh Loeb! Rounding out the latest series are critically-acclaimed, culinary talent all based on the Eastside (because getting past the 405 is a trek) – Kismet’s Sara Kramer and Sarah Hymanson, Ma’am Sir and Rice Bar’s Charles Olalia and Pastry Chef extraordinaire Isa Fabro.

Tuesday, May 7 – After honing her skills at Water Grill, Hatfields, and Orsa & Winston, chef Isa Fabro of IsaMADE has since gained a cult following for her Filipino-inspired desserts.  Her creations can be found at pop-ups and food events in Los Angeles and throughout the U.S.  In honor of May’s Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, she’s cooking up a burger that celebrates her Filipino-American roots, and will have a sweet surprise to finish!


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***CANCELLED Chinatown After Dark - HAPPY NEW YEAR***
Jan
3
6:00 PM18:00

***CANCELLED Chinatown After Dark - HAPPY NEW YEAR***

***Due to weather, event cancelled. Please return in February for Chinatown After Dark***.

FIRST THURSDAYS RESIDENCY that my fellow pop-up stars and I have been a part of for the last three years!  It’s officially PIE season, so come by to try my famous ROYAL BIBINGKA PIE by the slice, BICOL EXPRESS EMPANADAS, and FOOD FOR THE GODS.

Chinatown After Dark happens on the First Thursdays at Far East Plaza. The monthly event features an opportunity for innovative chefs to test out new menu items and pop-up concepts. Chinatown’s regulars promote specials and other incentives. Each month’s event feature talented musical acts from vocalists to DJs to instrumentals. Good vibes under clear skies in the breezy Southern California evening, join us next time and see what’s new in the neighborhood!

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Found CHRISTMAS Pop-Up
Dec
15
11:00 AM11:00

Found CHRISTMAS Pop-Up

If you missed seeing me at Chinatown After Dark this month, please come join me for CHRISTMAS at FOUND COFFEE!!! This pop-up is a great way to try my famous Royal Bibingka PIE by the slice, Bicol Express empanadas, and FOOD FOR THE GODS. Will also be taking last orders for pre-order pick up whole pies, unless I’ve already SOLD OUT by then!!! Visit BESPOKE for more details.

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***CANCELLED Chinatown After Dark - CHRISTMAS***
Dec
6
6:00 PM18:00

***CANCELLED Chinatown After Dark - CHRISTMAS***

***Due to minor kitchen accident and forecast of rain, event cancelled. Please return in the New Year for Chinatown After Dark***.

FIRST THURSDAYS RESIDENCY that my fellow pop-up stars and I have been a part of for the last three years!  It’s officially PIE season, so come by to try my famous ROYAL BIBINGKA PIE by the slice, BICOL EXPRESS EMPANADAS, and FOOD FOR THE GODS. Also taking pre-order/pick up for CHRISTMAS, so visit BESPOKE for more details.

Chinatown After Dark happens on the First Thursdays at Far East Plaza. The monthly event features an opportunity for innovative chefs to test out new menu items and pop-up concepts. Chinatown’s regulars promote specials and other incentives. Each month’s event feature talented musical acts from vocalists to DJs to instrumentals. Good vibes under clear skies in the breezy Southern California evening, join us next time and see what’s new in the neighborhood!

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Found THANKSGIVING Pop-Up
Nov
17
11:00 AM11:00

Found THANKSGIVING Pop-Up

Join me for Thanksgiving at FOUND COFFEE!!! This is a great way to try my famous Ube Pilinut PIE by the slice, Royal Bibingka mini PIES, and Bicol Express empanadas. I have also SOLD OUT for Thanksgiving, so this may be your only chance to try. Hope to see you!

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Chinatown After Dark - THANKSGIVING
Nov
1
6:00 PM18:00

Chinatown After Dark - THANKSGIVING

FIRST THURSDAYS RESIDENCY that my fellow pop-up stars and I have been a part of for the last three years!  It’s officially PIE season, so come by to try my famous UBE PILINUT PIE. Also taking pre-order pick ups for THANKSGIVING, so visit BESPOKE for more details.

Chinatown After Dark happens on the First Thursdays at Far East Plaza. The monthly event features an opportunity for innovative chefs to test out new menu items and pop-up concepts. Chinatown’s regulars promote specials and other incentives. Each month’s event feature talented musical acts from vocalists to DJs to instrumentals. Good vibes under clear skies in the breezy Southern California evening, join us next time and see what’s new in the neighborhood!

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NO KID HUNGRY LOS ANGELES DINNER
Oct
26
6:00 PM18:00

NO KID HUNGRY LOS ANGELES DINNER

Good Morning 🤗!!! I am proud and honored to be part of the @nokidhungry Los Angeles Dinner. No child should go hungry in America, but 1 in 5 kids in California will face hunger this year. The No Kid Hungry team is working hard to change this starting with our “Breakfast After the Bell” program to ensure kids start their day with a healthy meal. Since the campaign’s launch, No Kid Hungry and their partners have connected kids struggling with hunger with more than 750 million meals. 
Line up includes host @jessetyler and chefs @kalichefkevin @alimentola @_full_court_press @chefraygarcia @hrockenwagner @milescooks @chefsangyoon @chefbrookew @sqirlla @shannon_swindle @christinatosi.

In the spirit of Filipino American History Month, I will be serving up my famous Royal Bibingka PIE (as seen in LA TIMES) feat. Wanderlust Ube Malted CrunchTM ice cream to the lucky guests.

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FAHM:  "Long Distance Stories: Filipino American Storytelling from 'Manong' to New Media"
Oct
25
6:30 PM18:30

FAHM: "Long Distance Stories: Filipino American Storytelling from 'Manong' to New Media"

Visual Communications and Long Distance podcast are proud to present Linda Mabalot’s 1978 documentary film MANONG on Larry Itliong Day during Filipino American History Month. Mabalot’s narration, combined with archival images, animated sequences, and poignant interviews with old members of the manong generation offer deep insight into the lives of some of the first Filipinos in America.

The screening will be followed by an excerpt from an episode of Long Distance, a new independent narrative podcast about life in the Filipino diaspora. There will be a pre-reception and post-screening discussion with guests and audience members about the past and present of Filipino American storytelling through nonfiction forms like documentaries, podcasts, and more.

As a sponsor, I will offer #isafabropastries during pre-reception. CLICK LINK for FACEBOOK EVENT PAGE AND PLEASE RSVP!!!


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FAHM: An Afternoon of Merienda and Kapeng Barako - PRIVATE EVENT
Oct
19
3:00 PM15:00

FAHM: An Afternoon of Merienda and Kapeng Barako - PRIVATE EVENT

In celebration of Filipino American History Month, I will be giving a presentation on Filipino merienda and coffee with my colleague Jay Eusantos of FOUND COFFEE for the Asian Affinity Group at Reed Smith LLP.

Merienda (meryenda or minandál) is a term encompassing two light meals: the first is a morning snack that may correspond to either brunch, elevenses or second breakfast; the second one is the equivalent of afternoon tea. Merienda taken in the early evening around sunset just before or in place of dinner is referred to as merienda cena. Merienda is a dish or snack smaller than the traditional "full meal" consisting of rice and a complementary viand (unless the merienda is taken as brunch or merienda cena), coupled with either a cool or hot drink (usually coffee). Common fare may be sweet or savory, ranging from breads and pastries (notably pandesal), desserts and sweets, to street food.

Kapeng Barako (Spanish: café varraco or café verraco; English: barako coffee) is a coffee varietal grown in the Philippines, particularly in the provinces of Batangas and Cavite. It belongs to the species Coffea liberica. The term refers to all coffee coming from those provinces. Barako is the Philippine term for the male stud of an animal, itself taken from the Spanish varraco, and has become associated with the image of a tough man.

History and special merienda feat. kapeng barako menu will be served.

***THIS IS A PRIVATE EVENT ONLY FOR ASSOCIATES OF ASIAN AFFINITY GROUP AND REED SMITH LLP***

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LA FOOD BOWL: NO MODERATION
May
19
4:00 PM16:00

LA FOOD BOWL: NO MODERATION

No Moderation is an LA Times Food Bowl event hosted by L.A. Kitchen. In honor of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, join L.A. Kitchen along with Chefs Diep Tran, Saeng Douangdara, and Isa Fabro for a dynamic evening of cultural exchange. The chefs will share and learn about each others’ Vietnamese, Laotian and Filipino cooking traditions whilst demoing their signature dishes. Join us for an evening of exploring culinary styles, family traditions, and culture through the palates of three unique chefs.

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LA FOOD BOWL: A CADRE OF COOKS
May
11
7:00 PM19:00

LA FOOD BOWL: A CADRE OF COOKS

LA FOOD BOWL and FEASTLY PRESENT:

A CADRE OF COOKS.

Dinner and Storytelling with chefs Stephen Barkulis (Chef/Owner ChefBarkulis LLC), Isa Fabro (chef, IsaMADE), and Geo Mialma (former lead cook at Water Grill).

A collaboration between former line cooks share their tales of growing up during the last days of haute cuisine in Los Angeles.  Multi-course dinner with optional wine/beer pairing.  Learn about the real lives of cooks through their words and food.

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Chinatown After Dark
May
3
6:00 PM18:00

Chinatown After Dark

FIRST THURSDAYS RESIDENCY that my fellow pop-up stars and I have been a part of for the last three years!  Come by to try my famous MANGO ROYALE, BANANA LATIK, and NEW LATIK PUDING dishes.  Also taking pre-order pick ups, so visit BESPOKE for more details.

Chinatown After Dark happens on the First Thursdays at Far East Plaza. The monthly event features an opportunity for innovative chefs to test out new menu items and pop-up concepts. Chinatown’s regulars promote specials and other incentives. Each month’s event feature talented musical acts from vocalists to DJs to instrumentals. Good vibes under clear skies in the breezy Southern California evening, join us next time and see what’s new in the neighborhood!

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Chinatown After Dark
Apr
5
6:00 PM18:00

Chinatown After Dark

Come Celebrate PIE DAY early at Chinatown After Dark, where I'll be selling my famous Mango Royale, Banana Latik, and NEW surprise PIE flavor.  Last month I sold out just after 8 pm, so please come early.  Also taking pre-order pickups, so visit BESPOKE for more details.

Chinatown After Dark happens on the First Thursdays at Far East Plaza. The monthly event features an opportunity for innovative chefs to test out new menu items and pop-up concepts. Chinatown’s regulars promote specials and other incentives. Each month’s event feature talented musical acts from vocalists to DJs to instrumentals. Good vibes under clear skies in the breezy Southern California evening, join us next time and see what’s new in the neighborhood!

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Chinatown After Dark
Mar
1
6:00 PM18:00

Chinatown After Dark

Due to the overwhelming response to the LA TIMES article, I will be making my famous Royale Bibingka PIE, in addition to my legendary Mango Royale.  Limited quantities, so please come early.  I usually sell out by 9 pm! 

Every FIRST THURSDAY at FAR EAST PLAZA in DTLA CHINATOWN.  CHINATOWN AFTER DARK happens First Thursdays at Far East Plaza. The monthly event features an opportunity for innovative chefs to test out new menu items and pop-up concepts. Chinatown’s regulars promote specials and other incentives. Each month’s event feature talented musical acts from vocalists to DJs to instrumentals. Good vibes under clear skies in the breezy Southern California evening, join us next time and see what’s new in the neighborhood!

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