Q: WHAT IS UNION KITCHEN?

Union Kitchen is, well... a kitchen. But what if a kitchen was more than the sum of its parts? More than the counters, sinks, and appliances that fill a space? What if a kitchen was the idea that a person’s life shapes the way they cook?

Union Kitchen is that idea. We cook from who we are. We train others to do the same. When we make a meal to share with you– we share our very selves.

Food is meant for more than survival. It tells us a story. It’s a story carved on wooden boards and written with folded steel. Food is scrawled in searing heat and revised with measured time. It’s a story poured from uncorked journeys and seasoned with aged strife.


Q: WHAT IS A POP-UP KITCHEN?

“A growing trend within the pop-up restaurant industry is ‘restaurants-within-restaurants,’ where chefs rent out portions of existing restaurants for an evening to open their multi-course pop-up.” (quote from popuprepublic.com/popupdining)


Q: WHAT KIND OF FOOD DO YOU SERVE?

Combining local traditions with those from back home, Union Kitchen will bring Hmong flavors to American palates – and forge a new expression all our own.


Q: what is hmong food?

Hmong food isn't a "type" of food, but it is a philosophy of food. If we look at the narrative of the Hmong people you find that they are a "wandering" people group. The Hmong people have migrated from the hills of Thailand and Laos to the valleys of Southern California and planes of the Midwest. From these eclectic places, they've collected food traditions and adapted to a variety of food culture. The cultural DNA of the Hmong people is intrinsically woven into the expression of the food that they make. Plainly put, who they are as a people group is best shown in the food that they make.