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Filipino Cuisine Pops Up in Oakland Pop-up: Chef Yana Gilbuena

Updated: Feb 22, 2016 09:35
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Filipino chef Yana Gilbuena thrives on traveling and cooking Filipino food. In 2014, she embarked on a 50-week pop-up dinner tour across the 50 U.S. states, and wrapped up the Canadian provinces in 2015.  She started the Latin America Tour in January 2016 but has to postpone due to unforeseen circumstances.  The Latin America Tour will resume in May 2016. This is your last chance to eat with her stateside before she takes her pop ups to South America!

“Sama Sama” means “together” in Tagalog, or Filipino. This is a collaborative dinner featuring local ingredients from local CA farms at the same time donating $10 of each ticket sale to the NOTAFLOF



  • Dates: Monday, February 22, 2016

  • Time: 7 pm

  • Tickets: $55

  • Location: 5653 San Pablo Ave., Oakland, 94608

  • Local sustainable meat from True Grass Farms of Valley Ford, California.


About Yana Gilbuena | The Salo Series 

Self-taught Filipino Chef Yana Gilbuena thrives on traveling and cooking Filipino food. In 2014, she embarked on a 50-week pop-up dinner tour across the 50 U.S. states, and wrapped up the Canadian provinces in 2015. Starting in 2016, she’s taking The Salo Series to South America. This is your last chance to eat with her stateside!

Salo is not just about the food, it’s about the people for Yana. “You never know who you’ll get to meet that night. Everyone comes in not knowing [each other]. It becomes networking, but not in a sleazy kind of way. They’re coming together, because they’re curious about Filipino food or they love Filipino food. So at the end of the night, everyone becomes a family, especially when you’re eating with your hands. There’s no pressure of being so formal with the fork and spoon on the right. I just feel like it lessens that expectation and it’s just fun when you see people digging in!” – [source for quote: The Chef’s Connection]

About Chef Emma Emmerich

Caregiver by day, chef by night whether she’s caring for children or preparing your food Emma’s passion is getting to know and love people. The local Oakland foodie is self taught and has perfected the art of cooking local, sustainable, and organic food. In all her chef endeavors she sources from local farmers whom she has cultivated relationships with over years of working and  shopping at the farmers markets. She typically donates her time as a chef cooking for local fundraisers and bringing food to the homeless in west Oakland as well. Working with seasonal selection is Emma’s passion, she can dream up dishes at a moment’s notice! Emma is excited to learn from and collaborate with Yana for this pop up dinner. We can’t wait to meet you! You are what you eat, and more importantly you are supporting local farmers, chefs, and your own health by investing in your local food system. Join us in celebrating the local food movement!

Here’s your opportunity to feast on lengua sisig and coconut pandan garlic rice. And for dessert, there’s a creative version of that comfort food halo halo; that sweet and quirky trifle like dessert with sweetened kidney beans, jackfruit, shaved ice, condensed milk and ube (taro) ice cream.

Monday, February 22, 2016 @ NOTAFLOF Collective Community Salon and Art Space,  a Queer and Alternative Community Center and Salon.7PM – 9PM

5653 San Pablo Ave., Downtown Oakland

USE THE CODE: stuart35    Tickets can be purchased here

We’re only offering a PAIR of discounted tickets, so if the code doesn’t work, you’re S.O.L.

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