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Intersection: Talking Turkey With Hari Pulapaka

For many Americans, Thanksgiving is synonymous with turkey. Hari Pulapaka, executive chef at Cress Restaurant in DeLand, calls Thanksgiving ‘America’s food week’. But he says the Thanksgiving feast doesn’t have to revolve around the turkey.
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From the Pages of Orlando Weekly

Cress Restaurant: 7 Courses, 7 Countries

Although the Trump administration’s travel ban has been blocked by the federal court, it put a spotlight on America’s relationship with immigrants, perhaps nowhere more than in the restaurant industry, which depends heavily on immigrant labor. Restaurant industry leaders noted that 70 percent of their 12 million workers in the US are born abroad, and the importance of immigrant workers to our food supply chain can’t be overstated. According to the National Agricultural Workers Survey, 78 percent of agricultural workers are foreign-born. In response, chefs around the country vowed to celebrate the unique flavors of those seven banned nations. One such chef is Hari Pulapaka, owner of DeLand’s Cress Restaurant. Roughly a week after the ban was announced, Pulapaka tweeted, …
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