Celebrity Chef to Highlight Local Restaurant in New Digital Series

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WEB EXCLUSIVE Morgan Street Food Hall’s Buena Papa Fry Bar has a little taste of fame.

If there’s one thing that unites everyone in the world, it’s food. And on March 17, award-winning celebrity Mexican chef and TV personality Pati Jinitch (from the PBS television series Pati’s Mexican table glory) will come to Morgan’ Street Food Halls Buena Papa Fry Bar as part of a new digital series called thrive on food with the association Stand together.

The series highlights the stories, contributions and influences of local immigrant chefs on local culinary scenes. During this special visit to Raleigh, Buena Papa co-owner Johanna Windon (originally from Bogota, Colombia, who immigrated to the United States when she was 6 years old) and her husband, James, will chat with Jinich about “how, as Americans, we are all united by our common connection of people from all over the world to contribute to our country, especially through food.

Jinich will also cook side-by-side with Buena Papa’s chefs in a Dinners, drive-ins and dives– style format (minus bleached blonde hair…), which will premiere on thrive on food half April.

Buena Papa Fry Bar

But before you plug into this little fry day activity, a little throwback to Buena Papa… The husband and wife team founded the casual restaurant in 2021 in Raleigh. Buena Papa’s (which translates to “good potato”) menu was inspired by the Colombian food Windon grew up in – and fun fact, the entire menu is in Spanish in an effort to help English-speaking diners learn the language – plus many ingredients are specially imported from Colombia.

Once you try Buena Papa’s loaded fries (topped with everything from Colombian refried beans and fried pork belly to meatballs and tomato sauce to grilled chicken and tzatziki), you won’t. You can never go back to regular fries again…and that’s something everyone can agree on.

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