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Relish shares 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. Viewers learn about and celebrate the diversity of our communities, inspiring them to explore their world in a whole new way. Relish is made possible by the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund and the citizens of Minnesota.
Relish shares 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. Viewers learn about and celebrate the diversity of our communities, inspiring them to explore their world in a whole new way. Relish is made possible by the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund and the citizens of Minnesota.

Relish: Hassan Ziadi’s Spice-Infused Walleye Tagine

Like many ocean-flanked countries, Morocco's coastal waters churn up a mix of cultural influences. Situated in the northwestern corner of Africa, the country's coastlines...

Relish: Justin Sutherland Shares His Grandmother’s Sukiyaki

  Justin Sutherland grew up in the suburbs of Minneapolis, but his culinary education as a child stretched around the world. Sutherland’s culturally rich upbringing centered...

Relish: Raghavan Iyer’s Smoky Yellow Split Peas

Chef Raghavan Iyer pulls a jewel box-like antique spice box from a shelf, lifts the cover and reveals six evenly spaced compartments filled with...

Relish: Stine Aasland’s ‘Koselig’-Inspired Norwegian Waffles

“There are as many waffle recipes as there are people in Norway,” explains Stine Aasland, founder of Nordic Waffles,  as she whips up a...

Relish: Jamal Hashi’s Hand-Toasted Gedo Masala

  When asked to name the one, dish-saving ingredient that makes all the difference, Chef Jamal Hashi doesn't hesitate for a second: Without question, the...

Relish: Lachelle Cunningham’s Soulful Vegan Black-Eyed Pea Banana Pudding

“I feel like the black-eyed pea is really this symbol of triumph and tenacity,” says Chef Lachelle Cunningham, who has a long history of cooking...

Relish: Brian Yazzie’s Indigenous Ingredient-Rooted Three Sisters Dish

  Diné chef Brian Yazzie first stepped into the kitchen as a young child while living on the Navajo Nation in Arizona, a formative experience...

Relish: Ann Ahmed’s Laotian Sticky Rice & Roasted Tomato Jeow

  Ann Ahmed was destined to be a chef. Drawn to the kitchen since she was a young child, she found that cooking provided a...

Relish: Illustrator Xee Reiter Sketches the Stories of Food

On a warm, sunny August afternoon, artist and Relish illustrator Xee Reiter shows me around her extensive home gardens in Saint Paul, Minn. From traditional...

Relish: For Host Yia Vang, Food Starts with Family

  "I think the Twin Cities is an amazing food town," says Chef Yia Vang. He should know since he's one of the many chefs...