Kiki Aranita, Poi Dog
Kiki Aranita spent seven years as co-chef and owner of Poi Doga restaurant and catering company that served Hawaii’s local food. She closed its Center City Philadelphia location in July 2020 but has kept the brand alive in large-scale pop ups and retail sauces. For years, her goals involved celebrating the underrepresented cuisines of multicultural origins and collaborating with other chefs. She has continued to cook, through chef residencies at Jose Garces’ Volver, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Bok Bar and more. At the end of 2020, she launched a line of retail sauces rooted in Poi Dog’s Hawaii-style cuisine that is available nationwide. Chili Peppah Water, Guava Katsu, and Huli Huli are available bottled for retail and the Huli Huli is also available in a food service format.