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San Diego chef Danilo ‘DJ’ Tangalin’s second pop-up to benefit earthquake relief efforts in the Philippines

SAN DIEGO, CA October 9th, 2018 | Chef Danilo “DJ” Tangalin poses for photos on Tuesday at Bivouac C
Chef Danilo “DJ” Tangalin, most recently executive chef at Bivouac Ciderworks, has embarked on a new adventure: the launch of his first solo restaurant, Maya Eatery.
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Danilo “DJ” Tangalin, one of the highest-profile Filipino chefs in San Diego, is on the pop-up bandwagon these days, with his next event set for Thursday.

This pop-up — the second he’s done since leaving Bivouac Ciderworks — is being billed under the umbrella of Maya Eatery, the Filipino bistro he’s set to launch with business partner and North County restaurateur Archie Soria.

All proceeds from the event — tickets are $85 each — will go to earthquake relief efforts in the Philippines, which was rocked by several tremors earlier this week, including two measuring 6.1 and 6.3 on the Richter scale. Sixteen people so far have been reported killed, with 81 injured.

Maya — a catch-all term for small birds in his native Philippines — will be Tangalin’s first foray into the restaurant world on his own. Expected to open this spring, Maya Eatery’s culinary concepts were first unveiled at a pop-up event a few weeks ago held at a private home in San Diego.


Tangalin has been a part of the local culinary landscape for years, having worked in many of the top kitchens in San Diego, from Sea 180 Coastal Tavern to JRDN to Tidal and, most recently, Bivouac Ciderworks, where he was executive chef.

These pop-ups, Tangalin says, are meant to give diners “a taste of what we have been working on” in advance of Maya Eatery’s debut.

On tap Thursday is a nine-course meal that will showcase Tangalin’s take on Filipino classics.

Tangalin, along with other notable Filipino chefs in San Diego, has been on the forefront of the local Filipino food movement, holding sold-out collaboration dinners and infusing local menus with Filipino-influenced dishes.


In August, he will travel to Houston to be a part of “Around The World In 10,000 Bites,” a culinary event that will feature 10 renowned chefs, including French chef Dominique Crenn of Atelier Crenn in San Francisco and Brazilian chef Manu Buffara. At the event — only 100 tickets are available — each chef will create 10 courses each with diners tasting a total of 100 courses, plus a grand dessert.

In a Union-Tribune interview last year, Tangalin shared his philosophy on food.

“I cook with my heart and what I know, and this is food I know,” Tangalin says. “I truly believe if you build it, they will come.”

Maya Eatery pop-up

When: 6:30 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. Thursday, April 25

Where: Franco on 5th, 3334 Fifth Ave., Bankers Hill

Tickets: $85


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