The People who bring us the New Flavors
Here are a few of the people who are renting the truck, investing their time and energy, testing their cooking and business skills, and introducing differences that makes us who we are as a community.
This page will showcase the renters. The new entrepreneurs. Our neighbors and friends. Our new businesses. The families and friends who work together to strive, achieve and succeed. The People who bring us the New Flavors.
The Story of the Mahs – A Taste of Liberia
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 to Guinea for refuge.
Our stay in Guinea lasted a year and we moved to the US for resettlement or family reunion through the UN and Lutheran Social Services.
Our decision to cook is based on our belief that food can help to bridge the gap between people. When people begin to have nice tastes of hour meal, friendship follows . Then, whatever ill feeling they may have had are reduced.
Therefore, we pray and hope our preparations will add to existing food in the Grand Forks community.
We are pleased to extend our thanks and appreciation to be able to contribute to the community.
Rose Stokke from THE WOK
Rose’s culinary story beings as a poor girl from Pampanga, Philippines, known to be the culinary capital of the country.
Her culture and her mother inspired her interest in cooking at a very young age. Rose often helped cook and sell Filipino dishes alongside her mother and eventually, although facing deep poverty, she decided to work in the food industry and try her luck in the Middle East as a member of the service crew at one of the prestigious La Cigale hotels in Qatar.
From taking orders to becoming a sous chef, with no formal training, Rose has found success in the competitive world of food. Cooking is something she loves to do and sharing her culture through food with a Filipino restaurant is part of her dream! She now lives in Grand Forks with her loving and supportive husband of five years, Kurt. He has played a large part in encouraging her to share Filipino food with the Grand Forks community.
Explosive flavors and exciting tastes tickle your taste buds and everyone is bound to find something in the Filipino culinary world which will light your flame!
Fifi AbuBakar – Seri Pandan
Facebook – @Seri_Pandan
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 leave behind was her food.
Having no Malaysian restaurant in Grand Forks, she started to cook and share her food with friends at the same time share her culture and the story behind it. Full with flavor and spices. Fifi’s recipes are passed down to her from her grandma.
Having tons of complements on her food, Fifi tried out to be on Season 8 of “Masterchef”. She made it to the top 80 contestants from 150,000 applications and was flown by the “Masterchef” team to LA and had a “mini-Masterchef” competition. Although she did not make the finals, it was an experience that made her realize that Malaysian Food is something that she had to share with everyone in Grand Forks.
She is a favorite flavor in the truck and her loyal followers are complemented by new fans with every event.
Dinesh (Danny) Mishra
Dinesh Mishra (Danny)and here is my story came to the United States in 2010 as a student at MSUM in Moorhead, MN. He then moved to Kentucky to continue my school and help his uncle start a Nepali Indian restaurant.
After school, Dinesh joined the US Army as a engineer and was deployed to Kuwait and Afghanistan for a year. After His return, he and his wife, Ashmita decided to start their own restaurant and serve authentic Nepali Indian food to the Fargo/ Moorhead community. With his friend Mr. Padam Gurung – who is head chef and business partner – the Himalayan Yak, was born.
They have now turned their sites to the GF Market. With a large Nepali and Bhutanese community in Grand Forks and a rapidly growing fan base through the GF area, Dinesh and the Yak crew are becoming local favorites. (PLEASE continue to support them and asked them to set up a brick and mortar shop in Grand Forks!)
Ilhaam, Noura and Mona have been cooking for years. (Pictured is Noura and Ilhaam . . . and not Mona.)
It’s a family thing.
They were part of the successful Juba Cafe on South Washington. Until that horrible night when someone threw a ‘fire bomb’ through the front window. It was a heartbreaking event and driving by the location still brings back difficult memories.
They have spent time working at the Al Amin grocery and now are ready to rebuild Juba. They have a plan and a location and are in New Flavors to bring their culinary features to the Grand Forks community.
We welcome them back and can’t wait.
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 and friends and introduce new people and cultures into the Grand Forks community in a low-risk, common way.
Elias already owns and operates an amazing business, Steers Somali Cuisine, that is loaded with fantastic food so there’s nothing we can teach him about running a business.
However, he wants to reach out into new customers, new corners of our community. That’s where we can help!
Elias was born in the war torn Mogadishu in the early 90s and moved with his parents to Kenya.when then moved to Asia and made a move back to Africa .
Elias learned cooking while he was young at home as his parents used to be away most of the day. It was at this time he first thought he might want to have a restaurant of his own and hoped one day it would be his dream job.
His first born daughter, Olivia, will be seven this summer and he hopes she will join him and her ‘mum’ soon. (They remain out of country, awaiting the chance to reunite)
While he waits, he works. He works a lot.
One next goal is to bring his fare right to the middle of the downtown Grand Forks night scene, introducing his delicious somosas (sambusas) to college students and hook them on his fare.
We think he’s got a solid plan.
Not only is the food delicious, but we at New Flavors know our college students will appreciate the diversity, the ‘hipness’ of Somali food from a food truck and, as a result, will help form a better connection with the community. Win-win-win.
We think Elias will expand his customer base in a huge way. He is a friendly, professional and giving person and a smart business man.
Please take the time to visit Steers Somali Restaurant at 2915 S. Washington St. You’ll thank us.
Here’s to Elias and his “New Flavor”. Our community is richer.