DER Weekends: Inside Filipino Food Pop-up Sarap Detroit with Dorothy Hernandez

A Filipino Food Pop-up run by Dorothy Hernandez and Jake Williams sets up shop at Framed Bar in Hazel Park.

Dorothy Hernandez and husband Jake Williams put their spin on Filipino food through Sarap Detroit.

In  the latest installment of DER Weekends, Sascha Raiyn and Hernz Laguerre, Jr. bring listeners into Detroit’s Filipino food scene with Dorothy Hernandez from Sarap Detroit.

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Early listeners of the Detroit Evening Report may remember Dorothy Hernandez as one of the original hosts of the podcast. But Dorothy has also been working to raise awareness of Filipino food in the Metro area.

“Food is just the biggest thing for Filipinos,” she says.

“There’s a pretty vibrant and close-knit Filipino community.”

Dorothy says when she moved to Detroit, her connection to Filipino food helped her find community. Now, she and her husband Chef Jake Williams are sharing their spin on traditional foods from the Phillipines through their project Sarap Detroit.

Dorothy was interviewed by Ryan Patrick Hooper on WDET’s Culture Shift about the Sarap Detroit pop-up at Framed Bar in Hazel Park. They will be in residence until June 4, 2023. The bar is open Wednesdays from 5pm-10pm; Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 5pm to 11pm; and Sundays from 4pm to 9pm.


  • Sascha Raiyn
    Sascha Raiyn is Education Reporter at 101.9 WDET. She is a native Detroiter who grew up listening to news and music programming on Detroit Public Radio.