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Happy Hawkerdays

November 20th, 2018 Posted by Blog 0 thoughts on “Happy Hawkerdays”

It’s that time of year again! This holiday season, when you give the gift of Hawkers, you will get a little something in return. For every $25 spent on gift cards for your friends and family, you will receive a $5 bonus card that can be used towards your next visit.

Come in between November 21, 2018 and December 31, 2018 to take advantage of this holiday offer!

Buy $25 purchase of gift card(s), get a $5 bonus card.

Buy $50 purchase of gift card(s), get a $10 bonus card.

Buy $100 purchase of gift card(s), get a $20 bonus card.

 

GET YOURS NOW

 


 

RESTRICTIONS

Gift Cards may only be used for future purchases (not same day).

$50 values may be split across cards in $25 increments.

$100 values may be split across cards in $50 or $25 increments.

Cards can be used at any Hawkers location toward any food/beverage purchase.

Gift card value does not expire. Please make sure to verify all values after issuing cards.

Skip the Straw

Skip the Straw

September 11th, 2018 Posted by Blog 0 thoughts on “Skip the Straw”

The average person uses 1.6 straws per day. It’s no wonder they’re among the top ten items collected every year during Ocean Conservancy’s International Coastal Cleanup. In fact, volunteers have picked up more than 9 million straws and stirrers from beaches and waterways over the 30+ year history of the International Coastal Cleanup!

Unfortunately, many more continue to make their way into our ocean, where they pose a real danger to sea turtles, albatross, fish and other ocean wildlife.

In an effort to help reduce the amount of plastic waste in our oceans and waterways, we here at Hawkers will no longer be offering plastic straws to our guests. While plastic straws will still be available to guests upon request, we urge you to take a stand with us and help combat this growing epidemic.

As a way to show our support and kick-off this movement, Hawkers will be giving away stainless steel straws to each of our guests who come in to the restaurants between October 11th and 14th. This straw is our gift to you to show our thanks for your support to this cause!

To learn more about the skip the straw initiative and to make the pledge to skip the straw, visit:

https://oceanconservancy.org

one straw per bar guest, while supplies last. Color options may vary by location and availability. 

YEAR OF THE HAWKER TAKEOUT CONTEST

August 30th, 2018 Posted by Blog 0 thoughts on “YEAR OF THE HAWKER TAKEOUT CONTEST”

We’re giving one lucky winner free Hawkers takeout for a year! Here’s the DL on how to enter!
Step 1: Order some delicious Hawkers takeout, we’ll slip in an exclusive Hawkers magnet in the bag.
Step 2: Place your magnet on your car, cubicle, locker or anywhere imaginative to Share the Fare!
Step 3: Snap a creative photo of your magnet and tag #yearofthehawker with your social media post to enter the contest.
Stay tuned after October 7th to see if YOU’RE our lucky winner!

No joke… a free year of all your Hawkers favorites. Just be sure and order takeout between September 10 and October 7 (or while supplies last) to claim your magnet!

RESTRICTIONS APPLY
1. (1) magnet per order
2. September 10 through October 7
3. For carryout customers only
4. Does not apply to any 3rd party delivery service orders
5. Contestants must use the event hashtag to be entered to win
6. One Winner will be chosen and notified via social media
7. While supplies last
8. Promotion applies to food and non-alcoholic beverages only
9. (1) $100 gift card per month for 12 consecutive months

What are you waiting for? Find your nearest Hawkers and order your takeout to keep from missing out!

FIND A LOCATION

The Bourdain Effect

June 22nd, 2018 Posted by Blog 0 thoughts on “The Bourdain Effect”
Anthony Bourdain Introduced the World to Street Eats

Photo Credit: Laurie Woolever

 

The Hawkers’ experience emerged from the idea that Americans were (finally) ready for adventure – to try, even embrace, flavors, textures, and cultures from a global influence that had been previously kept a secret from Main Street USA. A group of adventurous pioneers pushed the concept that through food we could open the minds of society and bring people together. “Foodies,” as they came to be known, were led and inspired by a raw, no-nonsense, ask-the-tough-questions, journalist-meets-chef, that cut his teeth as a line cook – and if you’ve ever worked in a restaurant, you appreciate what line cooks have been through.

Chef Bourdain had a palpable coolness about him. His bold approach was the only fit for introducing the world to authentic food, cultures, and traditions – no one else could have done what he did. No one else had the guts to try. He taught us that pushing the envelope means more than just being adventurous.

It means being appreciative and respectful of what other cultures have been enjoying for generations – flavors and foods that we are now lucky enough to enjoy, too. As my 71-year old mother said, “food today is what rock n’ roll was in the 60’s. Everyone is talking about the next hot restaurant or flavors the same way we talked about bands back then.” 

Opening the Door to Mainstream Street Fare

In 2010, Bourdain started to become a household name for millennials and the doors opened for restaurateurs across the globe – the Bourdain Effect. That same year, four guys who idolized travel and adventure (a real foodie never wants the label), grew tired of the same old restaurant offerings. Three Asian-Americans with generations-old recipes and their token white guy who grew up in their homes with their families decided to take a page from Bourdain’s book – they took a bold leap with hopes that mainstream Americans shared the same pent-up frustration with expected concepts and watered down flavors.

And they did.

Over the next 7 years, we would see the entire restaurant landscape change as consumers shifted to demanding more authenticity and less bastardized versions of the real thing. To be clear, authenticity doesn’t mean a mirror image of something else – that’s replication. It does mean being true to the experience, flavors, and values from which you were born. Not letting financials get in the way of experience, but rather enhance it. “Keepin’ it real”, as Bourdain might say.

Fast forward to 2018, and we are in the apex of a food revolution. Sadly, Mr. Bourdain is no longer with us. But, he empowered his legion of ‘foodie soldiers’ to march on for the cause, challenge the status quo, and push people out of their comfort zone—not for the sake of making them uncomfortable, but because they just may like it.

If my mom was right, and “food is this generations’ rock and roll”, then Anthony Bourdain is our Elvis. An icon to be remembered and a reason for us to continue hawking Southeast Asian street food to guests who would otherwise miss out.

It’s been a fun ride together, Mr. Bourdain.

Lanterns of Love: May 2018

April 30th, 2018 Posted by Blog, Uncategorized 0 thoughts on “Lanterns of Love: May 2018”

Hawkers Asian Street Fare is proud to partner with Easterseals Florida with the “Lanterns of Love” campaign. This May, show your support by donating a “Lantern of Love” to hang in a participating Hawkers location*.

Easterseals Florida

About The Easterseals Camp Challenge

Easterseals Camp Challenge is a fully accessible facility located on 63 wooded acres in Sorrento, Florida. Our camp provides a unique experience for children and adults with disabilities and special needs to have the opportunity to actively participate in camping activities, engage in social interaction with peers and achieve life changing experiences. From campfires to hiking on the nature trail to climbing the high ropes course, campers engage in a variety of enriching outdoor activities in a natural Florida setting.

Camp Activities

Most of the camp’s activities, although geared around having fun also possess a therapeutic component. Our camp provides a respite to families who need to exhale from the stress of being a full time caregiver. Campers stay with us overnight and so there is an emphasis on independence prompting for dressing, eating, hygiene and other skills of daily living. The activities available at camp include many enriching and fun opportunities such as: climbing a ropes course, participating in drama and music groups, archery and shooting range, learning to swim, sports and games, social events, and much more. For many campers, camp is an annual tradition with some individuals having attended camp for over 20 years.

Easterseals Day Break

Easterseals Florida

Easterseals Day Break at the Miller Center in Orlando provides person-centered, adult day care services for adults, seniors, and veterans experiencing dementia, developmental delays, memory impairment, or any other need for personal care (if we want to delete the bullets). Members enjoy activities designed with each individual in mind to benefit their core balance, cognitive and motor skills, problem solving, socialization and other important skills. Easterseals aims to bring a sense of independence, stimulation, and contribution to the quality of life of members and their families. Participation in the adult day program allows time for caregivers and family to work outside the home and provides support for caregivers and other family members.

Licensed Practical Nurses and Certified Nursing Assistants ensure that every member of the Easterseals family is cared for through health monitoring, medical care, and administration in a safe, familiar environment. Easterseals’ Arts and Wellness program provides activities that focus on the arts to enhance quality of life by allowing all members to express themselves creatively. The Activities Staff specializes in designing and facilitating research based programs from recognized partners. These unique experiences improve physical and psychological well-being.

Easterseals FloridaThe Murray Child Development Center

In Tampa, The Murray Child Development Center serves children 12 months to 5 years of age where we assist families with preventive health care, serve as a liaison between a child’s physician and the school, implement therapy and early intervention plans in the classroom setting. We use Beyond Cribs and Rattles and The Creative Curriculum for Preschool which are comprehensive research-based curricula that feature exploration and discovery as ways of learning.

Our teachers modify their classroom curriculum as needed such that each child receives specialized instruction which meets their unique needs. Each child is screened for delays upon enrollment and at their birth month using the Ages and Stages Questionnaires (ASQ). Based on these ASQ’s and any additional information provided by the family, physician or therapist, goals are created. The teachers work collaboratively with therapists and families to support success in reaching goals and developmental milestones.

Easterseals Florida

Easterseals Florida

Together we can change the way the world defines and views disability.

The issues facing people with disabilities has become increasingly complex in the 21st century. But together, we can work to seek a society in which everyone is included and valued for who they are, free to strive for what they want, educated to pursue the career they want and encouraged to follow their dreams.

 

DONATE TODAY!

 

To donate please visit Easterseals online here, or visit your local participating Hawkers Asian Street Fare.

*Visit Hawkers Asian Street Fare for more details. Participating locations include: Orlando, Jacksonville, Neptune Beach, St. Pete

“Share The Fare” For an Authentic Hawkers Experience

December 20th, 2017 Posted by Blog 0 thoughts on ““Share The Fare” For an Authentic Hawkers Experience”

SHARE THE FARE!

On the streets of Asia, hawker dishes are typically shared amongst a group of friends and family.  Each member of the party selects a different hawker stall and retrieves their favorite items. The group reconvenes at a communal table and shares the dishes and drinks so everyone can try the wide variety of menu items.

Our dynamic-dining format is heavily inspired by this idea. When you order your scratch-Asian food at Hawkers Asian Street Fare, it will come out made-to-order, just as it would at a hawker stall. This ensures your food is at its peak freshness, and the perfect temperature to enjoy.

Of course, some guests may choose to have their own meal and that’s OK too, but for larger parties, sharing in a family-style meal is a great way to sample tons of unique flavors in one meal.

Here at Hawkers, we wanted to provide that same variety of flavor to our guests, which is why we provide a small-plate oriented menu where sharing is encouraged!

Authentic Food, Real Experiences

Sharing authentic food and experiences from the streets of Asia is an important part of what Hawkers is all about. This is why instead of forks, you’ll find a tin of chopsticks on your table at Hawkers Asian Street Fare. Next time you’re with us, give them a try! After all, that’s what you’d experience at a hawker stand in Asia.

Haven’t quite honed your chopstick skills yet? Never fear, a fork is happily delivered upon request!

 

 

 

 

A Taste of Victory in Atlanta

December 18th, 2017 Posted by Blog 0 thoughts on “A Taste of Victory in Atlanta”

HAWKERS ASIAN STREET FARE Wins Taste of Atlanta 2017

HAWKERS Wins “Best Taste” at Taste of Atlanta

Since we started Hawkers Asian Street Fare in 2011, the guys and I have been chomping at the bit to bring one to Atlanta. One of our favorite cities in the south, Atlanta is a haven for foodies that don’t want to make the trek to New York or L.A. (or Singapore for that matter). Fresh peaches, Chick-fil-A, Buford Highway ramen – Atlanta’s food scene is legit.

During the site selection process, we kept coming back to Krog Street Market and Ponce City Market, walking the belt line between the two and knowing that we wanted to contribute to the Beltline community. It was 1 part arts and culture and 1 part revitalization – everything we love in neighborhoods with character.

In 2017, we were able to secure our favorite location, behind Krog Street Market on the Beltline, in what we feel is the best neighborhood in Atlanta, Old Fourth Ward. We are set to open there in 2018.

Neighborhood? Check.
Site? Check.
Telling people about us in a brand new (huge) city?  Umm.

 

Sometimes you just have to go back to your roots.  Every new market we’ve gone to, we have made an effort to entrench ourselves in the community. This is easy, since we only choose communities that we can really stand behind, and Atlanta would be no different.

 

Let the Traveling Begin.

Through the past year, we’ve met fantastic people in Atlanta, all of whom have been incredibly supportive and given us great advice. But, one message was consistent – “you guys have to do Taste of Atlanta!”. So, with a little help from some friends in Atlanta, we were able to get the elusive invitation to 2017 Taste of Atlanta.

There was only one problem. We don’t have a restaurant there yet.

The Hawkers team thrives on challenge, so for the next 3 months we prepared for what would be the biggest Hawkers’ Road Show yet. We designed and built an entire new food show set up. We mapped out essentially an entire Hawkers’ kitchen with mobile equipment.  We listened to Outkast on repeat over and over (ATLiens album, of course).

Finally, we were ready. With an 8-person crew and enough food for an army, we convoyed up I-75 to stake our claim. We were representing Hawkers, Orlando, and foodies around Florida.  Is Florida culinary for real? We think so, and I’d be lying if I said we didn’t bring our A-game to prove it.

After 10 hours of set up and a good night’s rest we were ready for the first customer.  Before the gates opened, I remember someone saying “I hope we get a line of people”… and line we got. Non-stop line for 2 days straight. Guests were supportive, other restaurants were supportive, and everyone was excited to have Hawkers joining the Atlanta food scene. At one point, we ran out of our Singapore “Chilli” Crab (fried soft-shelled crab with tomato-tamarind sauce on it) and a woman literally cried to me. I felt terrible, and she now has an invitation for our opening night in Atlanta.

In a matter of 48 hours, all the fears of the big city subsided and we were in our element. Smiling guests, camaraderie with our team, delicious food – what could be better?

#winning

We weren’t expecting to win. We don’t even have a restaurant in the market yet for crying out loud. In our minds, we participate this year and we compete next year. So when they announced “Best Taste of Show goes to…” we didn’t think anything of it.

“…Hawkers Asian Street Fare!”

Wow. Everyone loves to participate, but nothing beats taking home a trophy. The pictures, posts, hashtags, and celebration dinner ensued. What a great end to an even better weekend.

I look at that trophy and it symbolizes so much for me – and I have to tell you it’s not an impressive trophy. It reminds me of how thankful I am to everyone who helped Hawkers get to Atlanta – our team, our supporters, our families. It reminds me of the unrelenting dedication to success that our team feeds on. And it reminds me of the memories built over 3 days with some of my best friends.

Now on to Charlotte…

 

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