Anthony Kerzman’s Original Documentary
Building a New Flavors Food Truck
New Flavors introduces the culture of our newest friends and neighbors. It opens opportunity into the local economy. And it engages the community’s young and vibrant members who strive for diversity, inclusion and an abundance of options.
We (the Mahs) left our birth country, Liberia, for the Ivory Coast to seek refuge from the civil war. We lived in the Ivory Coast from December 3, 1996 to November 12, 2002. Our departure from the Ivory Coast was due to the outbreak of another rebel war in the at country. we escaped
-> Continue reading Meet the “Taste of Liberia” Team
Fifi was born and raised in Malaysia, a multi-ethnic country in South East Asia where food always comes with a pack of flavors. Fifi left Malaysia in 2009 and continued her studies in Korea before moving to the United States. And while she continued to travel to and live in other countries, what she couldn’t
-> Continue reading Guest Post – Fifi, the Chef behind “Seri Pandan”
Guest post from a New Flavors renter/chef/entrepreneur/friend: Hi, my name is Dinesh Mishra (Danny)and here is my story. “I came to the United States in 2010 as a student at MSUM in Moorhead, MN. Then I moved to Kentucky to continue my school and help my uncle to start a Nepali Indian restaurant. Since
-> Continue reading Meet Dinesh Mishra
What a remarkable moment. This process of building a truck, building a team, building a company, building a sustaining foundation has been going on for so long, it is a bit difficult to stop and recognize the moment that just happened. This past weekend, New Flavors hosted Elias Dean at the Grand Forks Art on
-> Continue reading A remarkable moment
OUR FIRST RENTER . . . Elias Dean. – May 4, 2017 – Alley Alive. Downtown Grand Forks. Elias is not just a renter but he’s been an advisor and mentor on the business side of running this New Flavors operation. Our goal has always been twofold – provide economic opportunity to our new neighbors
-> Continue reading Our first renter (insert drumroll)
So tomorrow is the big day. The New Flavors Food truck, hosting Elias Dean of Steers Somali Restaurant will be at Grand Forks’ Alley Alive event. It’s been quite a process and through these postings, I’m going to fill you in on the whole thing. Let it suffice to say there is an equal mix of anxiety
-> Continue reading And we’re off!
Welcome to New Flavors Food Truck! This site, like the full project to bring New Flavors to the Grand Forks, ND area through New American food and culture, will be up and running soon. Check back for progress.
What is a New Flavors Food Truck?
The New Flavors Food Truck is a generic food truck available to new American residents to incubate new food-service businesses. Food is a social connector. Immigrant populations in other cities have effectively integrated by sharing their traditional cuisine with those unfamiliar with their country. The New Flavors Food Truck is an opportunity to celebrate emerging cultures while providing job and educational training to new Americans – as well as an opportunity to test, refine and incubate food service businesses at lower risk than opening a storefront location. Importantly - ok, VERY importantly - New Flavors is here because of Knight Foundation and, specifically, Knight Cities Challenge. In seeking ideas of any size to benefit Knight Communities, the KCC is an unparalleled effort for civic innovation, social disruption and community building.
Providing Economic Opportunity
New Americans specifically will get a chance for easy entry into the food sector.
Creating opportunities for new cultures to be explored by community members in a fun, non-threatening and, oh yeah, YUMMY way.
By creating vibrant, diverse activities to this college town, NFFT will help reinforce Grand Forks as a great place for young talent.
Promoting Civic Innovation
NFFT exemplifies and therefore encourages civic innovations - the necessary actions that help to strengthen robust cities with thriving economies and quality of life.