Pampalasa celebrates its Filipino heritage and cultural pride by supporting and ensuring sustainably sound business practices and products for a responsible, cultural dining experience, positive working environment, and meaningful involvement within its local community in San Francisco through charitable activities.
"Like many American-born Filipinos growing up, I always wondered why there were never any Filipino restaurants around. I always wondered why Filipino food and Filipino culture were never mainstream like all the other Asian foods and cultures out there, especially since we were such a big population. I just figured maybe our food was just too intimidating to non-Filipinos because it was always served in that 'turo-turo' style (point-point) which didn't always have descriptions or signs explaining what the dishes were. And then there were always all those different vinegars and condiments served along with it to make it even more confusing. I don't know, whatever the reason, I just want to open people up to Filipino food and culture so that they'll discover that we are so much more than just lumpia, adobo and Manny Pacquio..."
Jennifer is an American-born Filipino and spent most of her life traveling abroad and living in five other states before coming out to California on her own. After moving to San Francisco she quickly established a new life for herself exploring the outdoors, racing endurance races, paddling outrigger canoe and volunteering her free time with many local, Filipino, and Asian & Pacific Islander causes, namely with the Asian Women's Shelter, so that she could “give back.”
Jennifer had always wanted to open a restaurant since college. She wanted the restaurant to be her tool for sharing her Filipino culture, and also for giving back to the community in a much bigger way that her volunteer work could not. Along with working in the food industry, Jennifer still volunteers her time as a culinary pavilion manager to local Filipino foodie events such as the Pistahan Parade and Festival and Savor Filipino.
Jennifer is proud of her Filipino American heritage and is excited to be part of the next generation of "entrepinoys" looking to share and express their culture through food. She hopes to one day have the opportunity to reopen her brick-and-mortar version of Pampalasa, again. Until then, as a popup concept, she is still grateful to be able to live out her dreams of sharing a little bit of her Filipino culture with all of you.