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LALS: Tacos and Pasteles in a Philly Cheesesteak State | Interdisciplinary Programs

Mar 28, 2018
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Williams Hall - Herbert A. Roemmele Global Commons
31 Williams Drive
Bethlehem PA 18015

Jenny Chao Office of Interdisciplinary Programs

Latin American and Latino Studies presents "Tacos and Pasteles in a Philly Cheesesteak State." Krishnendu Ray, Chair of the Department of Nutrition and Food Studies, New York University.

Across the Lehigh Valley, many restaurants offer Latin dishes that cater to both non-Latinx and Latinx communities. From Puerto Ricans and Mexicans to Dominicans and Colombians, these restauranteurs are part of a long history of Latinx immigration in the Lehigh Valley. Currently, Latinx communities in Bethlehem make up 25% of the city’s population. According to a 2017 report in Business Insider, Bethlehem even boasts the third best taquería in the United States: Aqui Es: A Taste of Mexico.

For this panel Krishnendu Ray, a sociologist at NYU and author of The Ethnic Restaurateur, will provide his expertise on the food and restaurant industry, showing the longstanding influence immigrant entrepreneurship and labor has had on the food industry in the United States. We will then hear from local restaurant owners, including Juan Sosa and Daniel Flores of Aqui Es: A Taste of Mexico, who will present on their entrepreneurial experiences and innovative dishes in the Lehigh Valley. Light food and drinks will be provided.

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