Paul Young

Educator, Designer, Culinary Explorer




pop-up events

Champaign-Urbana is home to an amazing variety of restaurants serving a broad range of international cuisines. Despite all this abundance, we’re still missing out on several important culinary traditions. Our goal is to fill in that gap with unique dining experiences not typically available in the Champaign-Urbana area. We hope these pop-up events will offer adventurous foodies exciting new culinary experiences without having to drive to Chicago, St Louis, or Indianapolis.


Our common vision is to encourage new cultural discoveries by sharing celebrations of diversity and making more meaningful connections to the world — a mission that is more precious now than ever. Each pop-up event will be a unique experience hosted by locals with a passion for ethnic cuisine and international travel.




Royal Persian Feast
Chef's Table: Royal Persian Feast

A fantasy banquet featuring elaborate silk road-inspired dishes at Harvest Market on Sunday, July 21, 2024





Bullet Train to Kyoto

A multi-course Japanese fantasy foodie safari with sake, wine, highball, and beer pairings on Sunday, June 9, 2024


Pan-Asian Singapore Hawker Tour

A vegetarian foodie safari at Strawberry Fields Café on Sunday, May 19, 2024 (co-hosted by Sirisha Bhandaru and Paul Young)


Mumbai Street Food Tour

A guided survey of the best eats available in this vibrant city on Sunday, April 14, 2024 (Guest chef: Sirisha Bhandaru)


An Evening in Český Krumlov

An authentic five-course traditional Czech meal with wine and beer pairings on Sunday, March 17, 2024


Valentine's Dinner in Napa

A romantic five-course gourmet meal on Sunday, February 11, 2024


Formal French Dinner in Paris

A classic seven-course gastronomic meal on Sunday, November 12, 2023


Tapas Crawl in Barcelona

A Spanish small plates feast on Sunday, October 22, 2023


Greek Sunset in Santorini

A six-course Greek meze dinner on Sunday, September 17, 2023


An Evening in the Cinque Terre

A four-course Italian pesto feast on Sunday, August 20, 2023


Bullet Train to Osaka

A six-course Japanese fantasy foodie safari on Sunday, July 16, 2023