As a chef, AuCo Lai sees food as more than just the meals they serve. It's a foundation on which everything in life is built. AuCo's work places a heavy emphasis on their Vietnamese heritage and love of their found home in central Appalachia, particularly Eastern Kentucky. Through their fledgling company, Amity Foodworks, AuCo is working to generate dialogues about food insecurity, and the radical activism being done to tackle it in their communities, through inclusive and representational community meals. They are a member of RUX - The Kentucky Rural-Urban Exchange, a non-profit that brings rural and urban Kentuckians together to celebrate the state's diversity and develop connections for mutual aid between our communities.
They are currently living in Lexington, and part of the team at Epping's on Eastside.
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