My friend stopped by my place with some leftover churros he had made for his daughter’s birthday party. I was beyond excited to try this fabled treat of his, and from that first bite, I knew he had something people would like to eat. When I told him between hurried bites that he should open his place, an awkward silence welled up and stifled our smiles. My friend did not have access to the needed resources for such an endeavor’s staggering overhead costs. His silence has haunted me since, mainly because I was once in his shoes. Indeed, the American dream is still relevant! There needed to be a way to connect local cooks to consumers interested in his fantastic food. In our kitchen at Muju International Groceries, we let people use and sell their authentic, delicious, and unique cultural foods, especially refugee and immigrant grandmothers and mothers from different cultures. Not just bellies were filled, but hearts and the community were strengthened. After successfully running this kitchen for a year and serving thousands of meals, my co-founder, Aayushi, and I developed an app, Chula, a local cook-to-consumer connection segment in the online local food marketplace. Through this platform, local cooks like my friend Jose, can connect with local users and share their homemade meals for a monetary gift without facing mind-boggling upstart and overhead costs. A changing generation wants more than the food- to know an individual, share their culture, and become part of their success story- can directly gift local cooks for their homemade meals.
Local users, cooks and farmers will create a local system for healthy, fresh, and sustainable food.Sincerely,
We are introducing the Chula token, our custom-built crypto token designed to revolutionize how you pay for food. You could send a Chula token to a local cook wallet for a meal in the future. Welcome to be part of the future of decentralized building local community with Chula tokens!
Ujj, the founder, cook and serve Nepali food at Muju International Groceries, NY.
Chula is a local cook-to-consumer platform where local users, cooks and farmers who have problems connecting, listing, ordering, and processing payment can now do all of that on our app, Chula.
Chula is a cost-free platform where local farmers and cooks can list their fresh produce and homemade meals, establishing a direct connection with consumers.
Thanks to Chula, my culinary journey transformed into a movement – a movement to reclaim and celebrate our culinary heritage. As more cooks like me joined the Chula community, we collectively wove a tapestry of flavors that told the tale of a resilient culture refusing to be forgotten. With Chula, we not only grew our businesses but also cultivated a sense of pride and appreciation for our Puterican roots, one plate at a time. As I listed my unique Puterican dishes on Chula, I witnessed a community of food enthusiasts eager to learn and taste the forgotten flavors of our culture. The app acted as a facilitator, connecting me with individuals who appreciated the narrative behind each dish. In turn, my food business flourished, and the stories of Puterican culture began to echo in the hearts and kitchens of those who tasted the authenticity on their plates. Chula's commitment to sustainability mirrored my own aspirations. The app encouraged local sourcing, emphasizing the importance of supporting nearby growers and producers. This not only strengthened the ties within our community but also contributed to the larger goal of building a sustainable and resilient local food system.
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After moving to the States, my whole day revolves around what I am harvesting and cooking. Cooking and feeding Nepali food to my dear ones is rewarding. Now, because of Chulā, my circle of dear ones has grown without any overheads. Tula R.
I came to this country undocumented, like my friend Ujj, founder of chulā. I used to be a chef back in Mexico, but because of a lack of resources, I could not see serving legit homemade Mexican food until my food inspired him to found Chulā. Jose F.
I have always planned events with my grandchildren and kids around Jamaican food. Providing real homemade Jamaican food shows respect and creates a space where we can share culture. Now, I can do events and cook Jamaican food to share my Jamaican food and culture with more people. Femi J.
Chula has become my go-to platform for turning my garden produce into a valuable resource. It's more than just a marketplace; it's a community-driven initiative that brings together like-minded individuals, ensuring that the fruits of my labor contribute to the well-being of my community. With Chula, less waste and stress, and more satisfaction in knowing that my garden's bounty is making a meaningful impact in the lives of those around me.
The vegan Momos (chilli and steamed) and Noodles- the food here is fantastic. Depak G
This place is like a home kitchen for me & my husband. Mainly the host is amazing & cooks from the heart ❤️. Neha T
If you are driving through Utica, this is the place to stop and have your taste buds satisfied. Ritwik S
You have to try their samosas and 315 bowl...amazing and at a very reasonable price. Mark H.
The people are great, and if they're serving samosas, do yourself a favour and buy a couple or 20.Frank B
A cook invited me to sample his hot dishes he had made that day. All four things I tried were delicious! Highly recommend.Crissy P
Delicious food and drinks, great selection, warm people and big hearts! 5/5 from me!!Nicolas L
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