When Alexandria Guevarra was escalating up in the Bay Region, she used most of her evenings as her mother’s prep prepare dinner and pastry chef. Her mother would make dishes like chicken adobo and kare kare though Guevarra chopped onions, peeled garlic. These times, with her mother in the kitchen area, are the types that define their marriage: For all their dissimilarities, the throughline — the way Guevarra most often interacted with her Filipino tradition during that interval of her everyday living — was as a result of meals.
Now, Guevarra’s pop-up, Allie G’s Pastries, has develop into a person of the most remarkable Instagram meals firms born out of the last two a long time, an exploration of her culinary identification that incorporates her personal and skilled history. And starting right now, August 19, Portlanders will be capable to test her hen adobo pot pies and kaldereta empanadas a few times just about every week, a residency in the out of doors kitchen on Kenton cafe Derby’s back again patio.
When Guevarra moved to Portland in 2016, she commenced working as a bartender at Multnomah Whiskey Library. In the pursuing a long time, she moved up the ranks powering the bar — that is, until finally the pandemic began. She started bringing meals of pancit, lumpia, and hen adobo to her unemployed coworkers, complete with mini-pies and pastries. Their encouragement was too much to handle, so with the guidance of — and a great deal of nudging by — her former colleagues and good friends, she commenced to put together her pop-up.
In the time because her to start with pop-up, marketing pre-ordered meals out of her domestic kitchen on New Year’s Eve, buzz encompassing Allie G’s Pastries has developed exponentially. Bi-weekly, Guevarra has hawked corned beef pandesal, hen adobo pot pies, and ube cheesecakes for pre-buy by way of her Instagram account. She begun showing up at bake profits and markets, advertising pastries at the Nikkei Bake Sale and Zuckercreme gatherings. Whilst working the Turo Turo Barbecue at the Aspect Garden Farm, Guevarra met Judith Stokes, a Portland culinary entire world vet and the owner of Derby. Inside a 7 days of understanding each individual other, Stokes available Guevarra the restaurant’s outside kitchen area for a two-thirty day period-least residency, in which the baker and chef could provide her adobo pot pies, pancit, and lumpia a few evenings each individual week. “I’ve recognized about Judy for a although, and the truth she’s also Filipina is good,” Guevarra says. “When I initial moved in this article, I was the only Filipina I knew… I felt like we were being relaxed with every other correct absent.”
The menu at Allie G’s pop-up will be completely savory, a compilation of some of her best hits with a couple of rotating, seasonal dishes. Just since Guevarra will not be marketing sweets doesn’t indicate she’ll stay away from pastry altogether — lots of of the Filipino dishes Guevarra helps make include her pastry education. She fills many doughs and breads with Filipino standbys: Just one of her empanadas encases a middle of meatless kaldereta, a hearty vegetable stew, and she bakes buns crammed with braised pork asado. But her signature — possibly the dish she is most proud of — is the chicken adobo pot pie. “When I was (building the recipe), I cried eating it for the first time,” she states. “It was the greatest issue I experienced ever built.”
Guevarra’s tactic to her food items is to typically adapt her mother’s recipes and make them her very own. For case in point, her “Mama G’s Lumpia,” named for her mom, is Guevarra’s own vegan interpretation of the dish. “I was producing matters my mother taught me to, or cooking them with her on Zoom, but I observed my personal twists,” she suggests. “I would remember what she designed, but I would make it mine.” The shop’s pancit will swap out seasonal vegetables from the Filipinx-owned Kasama Farm, one of Allie G’s handful of meatless dishes.
On Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, shoppers will walk up to the outdoor stand on the back again patio and put orders directly from Guevarra those people fascinated in drinks can order them from Derby’s bar. The present prepare is to remain at Derby for two months, but Guevarra may possibly keep lengthier if it feels like a excellent healthy. There will be some times in the upcoming two months when Guevarra will not be at Derby — she will be promoting pastries at the Street Bazaar and Style for Equity — but commonly, the Derby pop-up is some thing like a exam-run for a possible cafe or bakery in the foreseeable future. “I’ve been relying on the guidance of these attractive individuals,” she says. “This is the phase I want to finding my have position.”
In general, Guevarra’s whirlwind 2021 has been extra than a specialist triumph it is been a very important evaluation of her own romantic relationship with her Filipino American identification. She has participated in antiracist bake product sales, lifted revenue for the Asian Mental Health and fitness Collective and the Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon, and donated to the Filipino Bayanihan Middle. “As a child, I desired to come to feel close to whiteness, for the reason that I didn’t sense linked to Pinoy society. Individuals would say, ‘Oh, Allie wasn’t born in the Philippines, Allie doesn’t talk Tagalog.’ I felt like I was not sufficient,” she claims. “Doing my individual antiracist perform, I recognized I felt ashamed of who I was… This is the minimum I can do proper now.”
Allie G’s Pastries will be open setting up at 4:30 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, at 8220 N Denver Avenue.