Ever wonder what cuisines and cultures might be right under your unsuspecting foodie nose? We know there are lots of great Latin, Chinese, and Japanese restaurants popping up in Denver and this is where a lot of us put the majority of our foodie funds. But let us not forget about Aurora, where 20% of the population was born in another country, and there are more exotic cuisines to be sampled.
The Denver Post described Aurora as the "port of entry" for refugees coming to Colorado, including large populations of Burmese, Bhutanese, Nepali, Somali and Sudanese. Ethiopians were among the first waves of refugees to come to Aurora and today we see Ethiopian restaurants everywhere. The restaurant industry is a promising way for refugees to move beyond menial labor jobs and start to run their own businesses. Of course, the road there is not always easy.
After living in China for 2 years and researching recent trends in Chinese food culture, I decided that upon returning to Denver I needed to find a way for local Coloradans to interact with the international community in meaningful ways. I believe food is the best bridge between diverse cultures and a great way to celebrate diversity. The growing refugee community in Aurora have essential contributions to make, inspiring voices to be heard, and delicious cuisines to be shared.
It is time we put some of our foodie funds towards expanding our Cultural IQs and supporting talented and motivated refugees whom are trying to break into the restaurant world. Like my friend Zin Zin for example, who is determined to open the first Burmese restaurant in Denver. She also designs the menus is the head chef for Burmese Village dinners, which you will find here at the Foodies on a Mission Meetup Group.
Foodies on a Mission Meetup Group strives to bring people together to enjoy foods that are not quite trendy yet and celebrate the diversity of cuisine and culture right here in our backyard! Join us for an unforgettable journey!