Vietnamese Focus: Generations of Foodies – Saturday, Nov 7th!

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Please join us to hear about the life and culinary journeys of these 8 Vietnamese American chefs, culinary instructors, and food entrepreneurs!

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10:00 am – 11:30 am:  Panel 1: Innovative Flavors, Redefining Cooking + Q&A
Genevieve Erin O’Brien > chef, performance artist, college lecturer
Haley Nguyen > chef, former owner of Xanh Bistro, culinary instructor
Thai Pham & Cyndee Nguyen > owners of Backhaus Sweets
Moderated by James Dinh, Viet Focus Art & Exhibition Director
11:30 am – 12:00 pm:  Food Tasting for Panel 1
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm:  Panel 2: Crafting Cuisine, Creating Community + Q&A
Lynda Trang Dai > owner of Lynda’s Sandwiches, professional singer/entertainer
Gia N. Ly > partner of Zen Restaurant, Crepe Corner, and Nguyen’s Kitchen, president of Vietnamese American Chamber of Commerce
Moderated by Tram Le, Viet Focus Co-Curator
1:30 pm – 2:00 pm:  Food Tasting for Panel 2
2:00 pm – 3:30 pm:  Panel 3: Healthy Food, Flourishing Businesses + Q&A
Mai Nguyen > owner of Au Lac
Quan Tran > owner of Pho Saigon Pearl, chiropractor
Moderated by Dr. Linda Trinh Vo, Viet Focus Co-Curator
3:30 pm – 4:00 pm:  Food Tasting for Panel 3


Vietnamese Americans have lived in extraordinary times, surviving war, displacement, and resettlement.

VIETNAMESE FOCUS: Generations of Stories showcases the diversity of the Vietnamese community in Orange County, California, the largest outside of Vietnam. OC Parks in partnership with the UC Irvine Vietnamese American Oral History Project (VAOHP) present this exhibition, which includes interactive features, photographs, documents, artifacts, ephemera, original artwork by Trinh Mai, and oral histories from VAOHP and the UCI Libraries Orange County & Southeast Asian Archive Center (OC&SEAA), as well as materials from private collections.

The exhibition, panel discussions, and food tastings are FREE & OPEN to the public.


1-hour metered parking is available on nearby streets.  For longer-term parking, public parking structures and lots are available nearby, visit: