Izzat Freitekh was born inside Old City Jerusalem, Israel, as was his father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. In 2007, when political tensions grew in Jerusalem, Mr. Freitekh made the decision to move his family of eight to the United States. He chose Charlotte to be close to his son, Tariq.
Hally Chirinos grew up working the register at her parents’ (Henry and Delmi Chirinos) restaurant El Pulgarcito, where her heritage is showcased in a menu featuring Honduran, Salvadoran, and Mexican foods that keep customers returning weekly for a familiar taste of home.
Michael Twitty’s call-to-change, written for the food media, also serves as a thoughtful challenge for consumers.