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SEAD Project offers SEA language, culture, history workshops

Registration for The SEAD Project’s annual spring language workshops are now open. The eight-week long program in Minnesota offers classes in Hmong, Khmer, Lao and Vietnamese. They will also incorporate lessons in culture and history. The workshops are open to students at least 17 years old and/or those who have heritage backgrounds in the offered classes. All levels of fluency are welcome. However, because the Khmer and Vietnamese classes are pilot workshops, they are only currently allowing Khmer and Vietnamese heritage students to enroll. Early registration pricing starts at $150 until Feb. 18 and will increase to up to $250 for late enrollment. Need-based scholarships are also available for students. Registration closes March 17 and classes begin March 30. More information can be found here or by emailing Register today!

Meet Sabrina + Eric: The couple behind Minnesota’s Soul Lao food truck

In Lao, the literal translation of setting your heart on something is to thung jai het. Embodying this saying in their everyday mantra in food, family and life is Soul Lao‘s wife and husband duo (now trio) Sabrina Boualaphanh and Eric Phothisanh, along with their biggest fan—their toddler, Willow. In the beginning of their cooking journey, the couple moved from Minnesota to the west coast, searching for purpose and identity. They traveled to Laos and Thailand in 2015 to learn how to cook Thai food, going to and from different cooking schools in Bangkok and Chiang Mai. The two made everything from scratch using fresh ingredients bought at the market that day. Photisanh and Boualaphanh said that trip was eye-opening, both personally and for their careers. The couple decided to return to Minnesota in 2017 to share their food and culture with the community. Soul Lao started with local pop-ups to introduce Lao comfort food to Minnesotans. A year later, their following on social media turned into a full-blown food truck that can now be seen around the …