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Esneider Arevalo

Esneider Arevalo

Esneider has over 25 years of experience in the New York City food scene, most recently as co-executive chef at Angelica Kitchen, one of the city's first vegan restaurants. Originally from Medellin, Colombia, he enjoys introducing visitors to the diverse immigrant neighborhood of Jackson Heights, Queens, where he has lived for the past three decades. He performs in a hardcore punk band, is an avid swimmer, cyclist, and runner, and loves to travel.

Food tours given by Esneider Arevalo

Let Esneider guide you through the borough of global eats on one of our Queens walks
January 25, 2019

Native Dish: Esneider Arevalo’s Arepas

Queens -- Based on NYC Media’s new food TV series, “Native Dish: United Flavors of NYC,” Culinary Backstreets brings you a behind-the-scenes look at some of the New Yorkers featured in these short videos. The series, which aims to celebrate New York City immigrants from all over the world, focuses on one individual and one dish at a time as a means through which to explore the myriad cuisines represented in the city and the people who make them. Read more
December 24, 2018

Best Bites 2018: Queens

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Queens -- The largest of New York’s five boroughs, Queens is the home of over two million people, half of them born outside the United States, speaking more than 150 different languages. It’s also home to countless immigrant stories of the most classic kind: a newcomer arrives and sets up shop – or, more frequently, cart – selling the food of his or her homeland as the first step towards making it in America. Read more
November 4, 2018

Celebrating Day of the Dead in Queens

Queens -- Last week, while on one of our Queens culinary walks, one of the bakers we normally visit asked us to come to her house so that we could see her family’s personal altar for the Day of the Dead. She explained the tradition to us in detail, shared her homemade sweets and gave us parting gifts. It was a special day, and we feel so lucky that she opened her home to us.