Meal-Delivery Platform Shef Empowers Immigrants and Refugees

Providing cooking opportunities, as well as programs for refugees, this for-profit platform breaks barriers to food entrepreneurship

When Alvin Salehi worked as a senior technology advisor under President Obama, he visited the Syrian border to learn more about the refugee crisis and, in doing so, found himself looking into something of a mirror. As a child of Iranian immigrants who came to the US in the 1970s, Salehi knew firsthand that whether one has the privilege of a safe and stable life …

Taiwanese Golden Diamond Dried Pineapple

After China placed a ban on Taiwanese pineapples in April of 2021, Taiwanese pantry Yun Hai purchased over 14 tons of fruit form small, independent farmers from the country and thus, their Golden Diamond Dried Pineapple was born. The golden diamonds, a pineapple variety unique to Taiwan, are handpicked, sliced into rings and dried without further additives or processing. Not only do these sweet snacks …

Cook Like a Local: Flavors That Can Change How You Cook and See the World

Written by one of Houston’s most acclaimed chefs, James Beard Award-winning Chris Shepherd, Cook Like a Local: Flavors That Can Change How You Cook and See the World transforms the commonly held perception that local food must be rooted in centuries-long preparation. For Shepherd, locality is quantified by proximity: “The last census showed that there is no longer a ‘majority’ in Houston. It’s a city of …