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KIKI ARANITA
+ ABBE STERN
CHEF + OWNER

POI DOG
PHILaDeLPHIA, USA

 

Kiki Aranita is the Co-owner and co-operator of Poi Dog, a restaurant, food truck and catering business in Philadelphia. Both the restaurant and the food truck have received Best of Philly awards and local and national acclaim. Raised in New York City, Honolulu and Hong Kong, Kiki specializes in the hybrid cuisine of Hawaii, which draws upon Filipino, Japanese, Okinawan, Chinese and Portuguese influences. She also cooked for the Terroir lunch in 2016.

Abbe Stern is the Sales & Marketing Manager for the food and beverage outlets at the Rittenhouse Hotel in Philadelphia, and founder of Fooding Forward, a consulting agency that connects people who have food with people who need food. Having worked in the hospitality industry all her life, Abbe's insight into the inner workings of commercial kitchens led

her to form a non-profit focused specifically on re-purposing food waste coming from restaurants and hotels.