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.
Dino Mehic owns and operates Euro Grill & Cafe and Bosna Market. His son, Mesa Mehic, helps run the restaurant and market. He tells his story in the Charlotte’s Central Avenue Corridor oral history project.
Brunswick, Georgia’s The Farmer & The Larder restaurant serves a forward-facing menu while paying homage to an agricultural legacy that reaches back to the Reconstruction era.
An “Dan” Nguyen owns Lang Van, a Vietnamese restaurant in the Shamrock neighborhood of Charlotte. Ms. Nguyen is from Saigon, Vietnam and arrived in Charlotte in 1999. Listen to her story of setting out on foot to find work in a restaurant and her path to eventual ownership of that restaurant.
Caroline Coke is co-owner of Island Grocery & Grill in Charlotte, North Carolina. She shares her story of immigration and entrepreneurship in the Charlotte’s Central Avenue Corridor oral history project.
On Tuesday, November 28, students from Georgia Tech’s Generator Workshop will set up in an empty storefront on Buford Highway to host an Ideas Fair, a one-night open house showcasing creative and workable concepts for Buford Highway designed to preserve and promote the corridor’s cultural diversity.
To close the 2017 SFA symposium Maria Godoy, a senior editor with NPR’s Science Desk and the host of The Salt, asked: What did we learn? What burden will we shoulder together?
In sharing stories of panaderia at the 2017 Southern Foodways Symposium, Lisa Donovan reflects on her Mexican grandmother and how those places influence her understanding of identity.