2022 Food Waste Solutions Summit

May 10-12, 2022 | Minneapolis, MN





Christina Nguyen

Chef and Owner

Hai Hai


Christina Nguyen is the Chef & Owner of Hola Arepa and Hai Hai restaurants in Minneapolis, MN.  With no formal training and a deep love of street food, Christina and her husband Birk opened a food truck called Hola Arepa in 2011, and have opened two brick & mortar restaurants since then.  Christina brings together her love of bold, tropical flavors & nostalgia for places traveled at both of her restaurants. Hola Arepa serves arepas, small plates & cocktails using Latin ingredients. Hai Hai is a love letter to the flavors & lush tropical beauty of Southeast Asia.  The menu at Hai Hai is inspired by Christina’s favorite foods she grew up eating during her Vietnamese-American upbringing, and other dishes she fell in love with during her travels throughout Southeast Asia. Christina was a finalist for a James Beard Award for Best Chef Midwest for Hai Hai in 2019 & 2020 and a semifinalist in 2018. Her restaurants have been featured in Food & Wine, Bon Appetit, Esquire & more. 


Wednesday, May 11th

3:00pm - 4:30pm

Mainstage Session 2 - Stepping Up to the Plate: The Private Sector’s Role in Fighting Food Waste (Presented in partnership with Food Tank) 

Memorial Hall

Food businesses – from growers to manufacturers to retailers and foodservice providers – generate 63% of total food waste each year. Plus, their actions have a strong effect on how much food gets wasted by consumers too. But the private sector is also leading the way in implementing solutions to reduce food waste. Join food business leaders and leading solution providers in a series of spirited discussions about the important role of the private sector in food waste reduction, the power it holds to enact change, and the ways it is living up to that responsibility.

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