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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: 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...

Relish: Jose Alarcon’s Mexican-Inspired Mole Verde

When a young Jose Alarcon knocked on the door of a Twin Cities restaurant asking for a dishwashing job, little did he know that,...

Relish: Pang Vang’s Hmong-Style Steam Buns

Steam buns - those delicate little presents of deliciousness - are a staple in many East and Southeast Asian countries. Chef Yia Vang, host...