May is Asian American and Pacific Islander (APPI) Heritage Month and we want to celebrate and support our APPI business owners in Fort Collins. Check out our interview with Reena Duwal, owner of Tararine Thai Cuisine. Be sure to follow Tararine on Facebook and Instagram.
Can you tell us about how you got started in this industry?
My love of cooking for others began at home. In Nepali culture, it is a tradition to get together and eat. And this is for every single meal, whether it is a daily dinner or a big festival gathering. After moving to the US, I got inspired to share that piece of my culture. Back in Nepal, we have large gatherings in our community, we invite friends, family, neighbors, I cooked for everybody, and I loved every second of it. Cooking for others is something that is ingrained in my DNA.
Why do you think it’s important for our community to celebrate AAPI Heritage Month?
I think a lack of communication creates division. When minorities aren’t sharing their stories, or aren’t getting the platform to share their stories, assumptions are made about them and their cultures. But celebrations like AAPI Heritage Month presents an opportunity to share and highlight our culture, our stories, to finally be able to talk to other communities and welcome them to our beautiful and diverse traditions, food, and customs. Establishing that connection and forming relationships is how we spread love and create safe spaces and become compassionate enough to listen to each other.