Before Ellie Tiglao started her Filipino pop-up cuisine venture, PAMANGAN!, she worked in neuroscience.
“It wasn’t for me for many reasons,” she says. “But I love science and the processes of discovering and exploration and innovation around it.”
The 30-year-old California native found a similar mindset in the culinary world. “A lot of it is unexpected [and] about wanting to push the boundaries and bring more knowledge,” she adds. Tiglao started PAMANGAN! (meaning “something to eat”) with her brother, R.J., forming the kitchen duo Kulinarya in 2014 as means to test the Boston area market with intimate pop-up dinners and industry nights at venues like Fuel America and Journeyman.
Now living in the Cambridge, Tiglao is pursuing consistent efforts for PAMANGAN! including recurring monthly events at Aurum in Jamaica Plain and Ames Street Deli in Kendall Square after finding success from her guests and hospitality colleagues thanks to her pop-up events. R.J., a former chef, lives full-time in San Francisco and works in IT, but occasionally returns for the events, working in the kitchen alongside his sister.