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TPT's New Digital Series 'Relish' Finds Community Through Food

November 13, 2019

Relish is a new web series sharing stories of cultural heritage in Twin Cities communities through the universal language of food. In each episode, host Yia Vang of Union Hmong Kitchen takes viewers inside the home kitchens of local chefs as they serve up an ingredient or dish that has personal and cultural meaning to them.

Created by Twin Cities PBS, find Relish at


Six chefs share their stories in the first season of Relish.

  • Pang Vang, chef Yia Vang’s mom, walks us through her Hmong-style steam buns and why she came to make them. | Episode Release November 6
  • Jose Alarcon of Popl Vuh, uses heirloom maize from his native Mexico to make authentic tortillas and tetelas. | Episode Release November 13
  • Ann Ahmed of Lat14, explains the significance of sticky rice in Laotian culture and in her own home. | Episode Release November 20
  • Brian Yazzie of Intertribal Foodways, explains the uses of Indigenous corn, squash, and beans in the traditional Native dish called Three Sisters. | Episode Release November 27
  • Lachelle Cunningham of Chelle’s Kitchen, turns a soul food favorite on its head when she incorporates black-eyed pea flour and vegan substitutes. | Episode Release December 4
  • Jamal Hashi, Somali chef and founder of Safari Express, toasts whole spices for the Somali- style masala he uses in his Basil Holy Herb recipe. | Episode Release December 11

Relish is made possible by the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund and the citizens of Minnesota.

© Twin Cities Public Television - 2019. All rights reserved.


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