During this session, we’ll be talking with Alexa and Matt Alfaro, sibling co-owners of Meat on the Street! They’ll be teaching us about kamayan – a Filipino feast served communally on banana leaves eaten with your hands.
The MKE Food School is a center for learning, innovation, community-building, and resource-sharing. We’re working with people that grow, harvest, sell, deliver, prepare, eat, write, and talk about food because we want to create the space for an inspired and inclusive conversation around Milwaukee’s community table.
During this time of virtual connection, the MKE Food School is partnering with NEWaukee’s Cloud Café to bring you a series of micro-lessons, sponsored workshops, and online conversations that have been thoughtfully designed for people who love to eat and like to learn. All are welcome.
Alexa and Matt Alfaro
Founded on the philosophy that food is love, sibling co-founders Matthew and Alexa Alfaro decided to embark on entrepreneurship by representing their culture through cuisine. In 2013, Alexa Alfaro dropped out of engineering school her senior year to pitch a Filipino food truck to her parents, Raymund and Debra. They agreed to fund their first food truck and Meat on the Street hit the streets of Milwaukee June 26th, 2014.
Chef Matthew Alfaro grew up in the kitchen with his father, Raymund. Ray came to the United States from the capital of the Philippines, Manila when he was 16. The only US college graduate of his 11 siblings, Ray provided a 'dream' life for his kids.
Meat on the Street is a food truck, brick-and-mortar, and catering service. Matthew and Alexa define their 'why' as providing cultural representation using food as their medium. Food is the central part of the Filipino culture. We introduce our culture through cuisine and give our customers the ability to enjoy moments through Meat on the Street meals with their loved ones. Food is love.
Meat on the Street’s current resume includes:
• Selected and published in a cooking anthology, The New Filipino Kitchen cookbook in 2018
• Two appearances on the Food Network; Guy’s Grocery Games in 2018, Family Restaurant Rivals in 2019
• NBC News and Serious Eats features in 2019 specifically talking about creating and growing an Asian business in the midwest
•Top 5 food truck 2016-2019 for OnMilwaukee
•Top 50 restaurants, Top 20 casual spots, Top 15 best dishes from Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s dining critic, Carol Depotolla in 2019