Caracas Arepa Bar

In today’s episode, we had the pleasure of speaking with co-owner of Caracas Arepa Bar, Maribel Araujo. Caracas is a Venezuelan arepa bar with 3 locations in NYC — one in Manhattan in the Lower East Side, one in Brooklyn, and a 3rd summer location in Rockaway Beach. Maribel’s business journey has not been without challenges, as one of her locations was damaged in a fire, and another washed away by Superstorm Sandy. Her ongoing stories of resilience are sure to inspire. 

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Khe-Yo

For the first episode of season two, we had the opportunity to sit down with Soulayphet “Phet” Schwader from Khe-Yo, located in Tribeca. At Khe-Yo, Phet is cooking traditional Laotian cuisine with modern touches, at a hip and vibrant location in Tribeca. Chef Phet was born in Laos and came to Wichita, Kansas through a refugee resettlement program as a young child. Sadly Phet’s biological father passed away while living in a refugee camp, and you’ll hear Phet share how he decided to embark on a journey to find out more about his late father. 

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