ENCLAVE ADVENTUROUS SUPERFOOD
From Chef Lando’s Southeast Asian cultural upbringing in San Diego, to her extensive world travels, living in Hawai’i just for the tropical fruit, and finding inspiration in local ethnic enclaves, Enclave creates meals with unique ingredients loaded with flavor and nutrients that will satiate the most adventurous tastes.
CHEF LANDO'S STORY
Lan Thai, aka Chef Lando’s story begins in a refugee camp in Thailand, where she was born to parents fleeing the communist takeover of Vietnam. Growing and cooking food was not a luxury in her early life, but a precious necessity; she literally doesn’t remember learning to use a knife–it was as much a part of her developmental experience as learning to walk or speak. It’s difficult to overstate the fundamental role that food, its production, and its preparation played in her life, just as its difficult to overstate the visceral connection that she developed with cooking as a result. The potential of food and culinary tradition to sustain, connect, and lift up families and communities is a chief contributing factor in her view of cooking and eating. This deeply-layered perspective shines through in the cuisine she creates, which manages to be both grounded and elevated, an achievement born of a life lived through food.
“I like to cook food that tastes delicious while you’re eating it, and making you feel even better after.”
- Chef Lando
Like many of today’s greatest entrepreneurs, Lan left a successful career to follow her passion for cooking. After graduating Cal Poly San Luis Obispo with a B.S. in Graphic Communication, she worked for Adobe Systems for 6.5 years before leaving to pursue her dreams. Since then, Lan has parlayed her passion for food into a bevy of forward-thinking businesses.
+ Enclave Adventurous Superfood - Founder/Chef (current)
+ Happy’s Hawaii Green Catering - Owner/Chef (2009-2018)
+ Farm-to-Chopstix Craft Beer Pairing Dinners - Creator (Collaborations with Lanikai Brewing, Maui Brewing, Honolulu Beerworks, Waikiki Brewing, Stewbaum & Stonewall, Aloha Beer Co, Green Flash, Hess Brewing, Saint Archer, San Diego Surf Film Festival, Two Farmtables & A Microphone)
+ Guest Chef: Wanderlust Turtle Bay Oahu, Gerry Lopez & Kai Lenny SUP & Yoga Retreat, Pow Wow Hawai’i, Hawaii Food Safety, Keep the Country Country, North Shore Land Trust, Broadstone Makers Quarter Resident Chef, Saffron & Sage Resident Chef