AL DÍA to recognize restaurateurs as assets to Philadelphia reopening

The Philadelphia food and restaurant scene has long been one of the highlights in the city of brotherly love.

Aside from the city’s usual historic food associations of cheese steaks, pretzels, and ice cream, the Philadelphia food scene has expanded significantly over the past three decades, making Philadelphia the doorway to one of the most attractive cities to visit this summer.

Philadelphia now has over 6,000 restaurants and has more restaurants per capita than New York City. Many of them were built by immigrants who repopulated Philadelphia over the past 30 years.

“The restaurant scene in Philadelphia has been quietly changed by immigrants who became restaurant owners who pour all the flavors of the world into our now hugely enriched cuisine, which is now mixed with the sumptuous gastronomy from dozens of countries around the world,” Hernán Guaracao, AL DÍA founder and CEO, said in an Op-Ed article on April 5th.

Later this month, AL DÍA will have an annual edition in English and Spanish devoted to the economic and cultural contributions they all make – without being limited to narrow terms such as “Hispanic”, “Black”, “Asian”, ” European ”,“ Jewish ”or“ Arabic ”.

“They’re not just narrow-minded, they’re narrow-minded,” Guaracao said. “As leaders, we should all highlight the extraordinary cosmopolitan capital our hometown as a whole has amassed, rather than breaking it up again with the racist and racist undertones.”

“As in the beginning of the republic, Philadelphia is the meeting place,” he said.

The bilingual publication will also host a virtual event in English to recognize the contributions of Philadelphia restaurateurs to our cultural diversity as well as the troubled economy.

From European to Latin American, Indian to Asian, from the Caribbean to the Mediterranean and the Middle and Far East, they are all a multitude of cuisines today found across the city that have made Philadelphia a mecca for foodies.

This is largely due to the individual efforts of the immigrants who settled in Philadelphia over the past three decades, reversing the devastating population loss the city suffered for 50 years and decimating the city’s population by nearly 40% . Many of these new residents, who came from all over the world, became restaurateurs or restaurant owners, making Philadelphia one of the most diverse and cosmopolitan urban centers on the east coast.

The AL DÍA Top Restaurateurs edition and the virtual event are designed to “provide the overdue recognition of the diverse and multicultural men and women who have made the determination to set up their own businesses to support their families, boost our economy and live the American dream “. To become restaurateurs in our city, “announced the media company on its event page.

AL DÍA has been documenting the existence of these entrepreneurs for 3 years, writing and publishing their little-known stories. He initially hosted them for live demonstrations at the Independence Blue Cross LIVE Center on Market Street and 19th, next to the AL DIA offices, and recently wrote the individual stories of dozens of them scattered across town.

“Almost hidden in the narrow streets of our city, we spotted dozens of them who, unsurprisingly, with the resilience that only comes with the determination of immigrants, have figured out how to stay in business by passing the numerous hurdles of the Have overcome shutdowns. so devastating to businesses big and small, ”wrote Guaracao in his Op-Ed piece.

According to the Philadelphia Department of Health, these are now the 6,000 restaurants in Philadelphia, making it a city with more restaurants per capita than New York City, BillyPenn reports.

The 2021 annual edition of the AL DIA Top Restaurateurs will appear on Wednesday, April 28, the same day on which the event takes place. Information on sponsorship and tickets can be found here.

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