Foodhini was founded on the idea that food can be used to create new opportunities for our immigrant and refugee communities, and also satisfy the appetites of hungry foodies in search of authentic multicultural meals.
Many immigrant & refugee communities face financial, educational, and cultural barriers that can limit their access to sustainable living wage jobs. By providing a platform for communities of diaspora to use their existing culinary skills to prepare and sell their delicious home-style cultural cuisines, Foodhini empowers these communities to bypass those barriers and create new opportunities.
These individuals possess talents that have been developed for years in their homes, and now we are bringing their talents and dishes directly to you. We believe their talents deserve real compensation and our goal is to provide livable wages to all of our chefs. More than that, we strive to create a community for our team members to find economic mobility, and also build new relationships with each other and beyond.
Foodhini covers all the upfront costs, enabling chefs to just focus on what they do best, cook incredible meals for you. Our chefs and kitchen team prepare meals out of Foodhini's Certified Commercial Kitchen, where we commit to food safety and providing the highest quality meal.
As we look forward, there is one thing that remains constant for us. It's the people behind the food, that make a meal great.
How Foodhini Started - From Our Founder
Hi there, thanks so much for visiting and we hope you can enjoy the incredible foods of our chefs!
I just wanted to take a moment and share the story of how Foodhini started. I had just moved to Washington D.C. in the summer of 2014 to attend graduate school at Georgetown and within a few weeks, I found myself craving my mom's Hmong home cooking. Hmong cuisine, can be found to have many different influences such as Thai and Lao cuisine, but is quite unique. Growing up, my mother cooked up simple and tasty dishes, such as stews, stir frys and grilled meats, but she’s famous for her egg rolls, the perfect blend of glass noodles, vegetables, and ground pork, all lightly fried to perfection. Hmong restaurants don’t exist in DC and I found it nearly impossible to find authentic Thai & Lao cooking. I wondered why I couldn’t connect with a local auntie or grandma in the neighborhood and purchase some of their home cooking.
In that moment, I thought of my mom’s story, coming to this country as a refugee of the Secret War in Laos. Upon arrival to the U.S., the only jobs available to her were low paying due to her limited education and English language skills. Growing up, I saw my mom very little as she worked multiple odd jobs to help make ends meet, but she still made time to make our family amazing meals. At the time it seemed almost impossible to think she could make a living wage using her best skill, cooking her incredible Hmong food. That was a defining moment for Foodhini. I realized that if I could create a way for talented chefs like my mom to connect and sell their cultural cuisines to customers like me, we could potentially create new jobs and opportunities for communities of diaspora but also introduce authentic cultural dishes to customers that go beyond current restaurant menus.
In the last few months we've been able to realize our initial vision of creating opportunities for chefs like my mom, and also introduce some amazing food to the city of DC. We're so excited to share our journey with you and I wanted to thank you for being an early supporter and joining us in our mission to enjoy food and empower lives.
Founder & CEO