Cooking with Friends is a celebration of food, community, and gathering around the table; a homecoming for friendships young and old and those not yet formed. The ethos of this series is connection, celebration, and honest conversation, during which we will invite local Minneapolis and St. Paul chefs into the studio kitchen at Khâluna for a collaborative and intimate dining experience. Our hope is that this series is filled with love, hope, positivity, connection, and great food! We can’t wait to share a meal with you.
Christina is a self-taught chef who brings together her love of bold flavors & nostalgia for places traveled at both of her restaurants. Hola Arepa serves arepas, small plates & tropical cocktails using Latin ingredients and is reminiscent of a sun-bleached, lively Latin American cafe. Hai Hai is a love letter to the flavors & lush tropical beauty of Southeast Asia, and is inspired by her favorite foods she grew up eating and other dishes she experienced during her travels through the region. Christina was finalist for a James Beard Award for Best Chef Midwest for Hai Hai in 2019 & 2020 and a semifinalist in 2018. Her restaurants have been featured in Food & Wine, Bon Appetit, Esquire & more.
Appetizer: sakoo, shrimp rolls, siin swan.
Christina's Dish: Bun Cha (char-grilled marinated pork belly and pork patties in a fish sauce-vinaigrette broth with rice noodles and herbs)
Ann's Dish: Lao style papaya salad with crispy pork strips
Dessert: passion fruit cremeux.
Wine will also be on offer.
Allergies: pork, gluten, dairy, soy, shellfish, finfish, tree nuts. Not vegan or vegetarian friendly.
If you are interested in learning more about our offerings, please fill out the request form and we will contact you to discuss details.Request information