CHICAGO -- In its second year the Kultura Food and Arts festival in Logan Square aims to delight your senses.
Chef Björn DelaCruz of New York's Manila Social Club is the creator of one of the festival’s biggest talkers: the Cristal Ube Golden Donut. Each handmade donut takes 90 minutes to make, and includes ingredients like Ube, a sweet purple yam found in the Philippines, Cristal (yes, as in the champagne) and 24K gold leaf.
"Were trying to expose Filipino food and introduce it to as many people as possible," DelaCruz said. "The conversation just isn't about the donut now, it’s about Filipino ingredients and culture and food, and it’s quite exciting.”
Chef AC Boral brought his Naks Tacos to Kultura from Long Beach, California.
"Most people don't know the Philippines and Mexico have a really deep history, centuries deep, since the 19th century with the Spanish Galleon trade,” Boral said. “Manila and Acapulco were the primary port cities, [so] there was a lot of exchange of goods and ingredients and culture.”
Kultura also features local culinary favorites like Chef Chrissy Camba of Maddy's Dumpling House. Chrissy is a “Top Chef” Season 10 and “Chopped: Grill Masters” alum. She says cooking her sweet and savory dishes for Kultura is a cake-walk compared to her time on Top Chef.
“It was very, very stressful; you don’t really sleep and you are nervous and you are in a house with strangers; some people can assimilate pretty quickly, but I am not one of those people," Camba said.
If you're still thinking about that Cristal Ube Golden donut you're going to have to travel to NY to get one and it’s not cheap; one donut will cost you $100.