Filipino food is having a moment, with awareness and appreciation of the cuisine growing across the nation. And that’s good news for businesses like Meat on the Street, a food truck that’s been serving a broad range of Filipino dishes since 2014.
This week we are talking to Meat on the Street owner Alexa Alfaro about the evolution of the business, the challenges it has faced and the vision for the future, including a pending rebrand that brings its Filipino roots to the fore. Along the way, she offers insights into her experience as an Asian American, her desire to educate customers about Filipino culture and the need for all of us to come together, listen, and use our curiosity to create understanding.
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Lori is an avid cook whose accrual of condiments and spices is rivaled only by her cookbook collection. Her passion for the culinary industry was birthed while balancing A&W root beer mugs as a teenage carhop, fed by insatiable curiosity and fueled by the people whose stories entwine with each and every dish. She’s had the privilege of chronicling these tales via numerous media, including OnMilwaukee and in her book “Milwaukee Food.” Her work has garnered journalism awards from entities including the Milwaukee Press Club.
When she’s not eating, photographing food, writing or recording the FoodCrush podcast, you’ll find Lori seeking out adventures with her husband Paul, traveling, cooking, reading, learning, snuggling with her cats and looking for ways to make a difference.