Food solves all problems. As bread is broken, so too are the walls we’ve spent a lifetime building
— probably someone wise

The power of food is hardly something that can be overstated.  Our most romantic dates, raucous family gatherings, stressful days wolfing down sandwiches from the local deli, lonely nights inhaling pints of ice cream, to the very first meal we remember being fed by our parents, food has and always will be a part of our life.  An unspoken language we all shared since the beginning of time.

Our tastes have become more global, our collective Instagram showing an appreciation for all things gustatory.  Yet its strange to see that we are cooking less.  The quicker a meal can be made, the better, and as Michael Pollan once lamented: “we are so eager to to watch other people browning beef cubes on screen but so much less eager to brown them ourselves?”.

Here at Hidden Apron, we believe people should cook more and that spending a few leisurely hours on a weekend preparing a meal rather than finding out a 5-minute microwaveable shortcut is far more fulfilling an experience.  We, like you, are primarily a group of home cooks and day-jobbers.  We're just regular people trying to cook more, eat better, and live well.  

We believe that more than just a simple recipe and a well-lit photograph, we need to celebrate our own personal stories around our food: how and why we eat the way we do.  On this site you’ll find just that.  Stories as told by the various cooks and diners featured on our podcast and through the dinners and collaborations we’ve held. By revisiting the rich food culture we share, we hope to inspire you not only to cook a little more and a little better, but hopefully, to see food as a vital enjoyment that not only keeps us alive, but lets us live.

The Basics

...the regular line-up

Paolo Espanola
Co-Founder || 16 Experiences

Bertha Lina Arimas
Collaborator Supreme || 6 Experiences

Ricky

Ricky Ho
Co-Founder || 8 Experiences


The Conspirators

...friends, partners, everyone who's been a part of our story

 

Chelsey White
Baker || 3 Experiences

Christina Dominguez
Cook/Bartender ||
2 Experiences

Thuy-Ann Le
Server || 1 Experience

Pilipino-American Progress for Unity (UniPro)
Collaborators ||
2 Experiences

Court Tree Collective
Host || 1 Experience

B'ley Villones
(Manila Eat Up)

Sponsor/Photo || 1 Experience

Nicole Ponseca
Maharlika/Jeepney

Host/Sponsor || 1 Experience

Scott Dillon
Twisted Shrub
Supplier || 1 Experience

Liz Ku
Cook || 1 Experience

DJ Micah Vellian
DJ || 1 Experience

Matt Raymundo
Cook || 1 Experience

Mabel Egbenoma
Cook || 1 Experience

Bianca Consunji
Cook || 2 Experiences

Tradell Hawkins
Bartender || 1 Experience

Jiawan Yu
Cook || 1 Experience

Carol Lee
Server || 1 Experience

Advancement for Rural Kids
Collaborators || 
8 Experiences, ongoing

Tiger Beer
Sponsor || 1 Experience

Patricia Noel
Cook || 1 Experience

Lola Rosa's MN
Collaborators || 1 Experience

Larry Schultz Organic Farm (MN)
Supplier || 1 Experience

Rose Ku
Cook || 1 Experience

Kimberly Towers
Server || 1 Experience

Miryam Osorio x Vince Lacsamana
MRMVNC

Performers || 1 Experience

Jappy Afzelius
Cook || 1 Experience

Ciarra Sapigao
Cook || 1 Experience

Peggy Li
Cook || 1 Experience

Angel Yang
Decor/Photos/Cook || 
3 Experiences

Chef Daphne Cheng
(Exhibit C)

Host/Sponsor ||
3 Experiences

The Red Light PH
Host/Sponsor || 1 Experience

Elle&Ken Aprons
Sponsor || 1 Experience

PSA Minnesota
Collaborators || 1 Experience

Hidden Stream Farm (MN)
Supplier || 1 Experience

Sigma Lambda Beta
AB Chapt.

Servers || 1 Experience

Sarah Ung
Gold Spoon Events

Cook || 1 Experience

AB Fofana
Photos/Cook || 1 Experience

Hillary Reeves
Cook || 1 Experience

David Oui
Bartender || 1 Experience

Filipino Kitchen
Collaborators || 
3 Experiences

Chef Yana Gilbuena
(SALO Series)
Collaborator || 2 Experiences

Beatriz Acosta
Collaborator || 1 Experience

COCO-MAT
Host || 1 Experience

Lisa Bauch
Uppercut Gym
Host || 1 Experience

Peter Bian
Cook || 1 Experience

Ekaterina Brycheeva
Server || 1 Experience

DJ Kwey
DJ || 1 Experience

Michael Gonzales
Cook || 2 Experience

MasterChef Jr. Josh Reisner
Cook || 1 Experience