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Mexican Immigrant-Turned-Irvington Chef Honored During Restaurant Week

Celebrating Restaurant Week in Irvington, are from left: Natasha Caputo, director of Westchester County Office of Tourism and Film, Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino and Juan Aguilar, owner of La Chinita Poblana.
Celebrating Restaurant Week in Irvington, are from left: Natasha Caputo, director of Westchester County Office of Tourism and Film, Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino and Juan Aguilar, owner of La Chinita Poblana. Photo Credit: Provided

Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino visited La Chinita Poblana restaurant in Irvington on Thursday to celebrate Hudson Valley Restaurant Week (HVRW).

La Chinita Poblana, owned by Juan Aguilar, is one of seven restaurants offering Latino cuisine during restaurant week. While visiting, Astorino highlighted Aguilar’s story and how he opened his popular Irvington restaurant.

At 13 years old, Aguilar immigrated by himself to the United States from Puebla, Mexico. His first job was washing dishes at a local restaurant, but soon he learned to serve as a bus boy and eventually as a waiter. As he continued to succeed in the restaurant business, Aguilar became sous chef at popular Westchester restaurants, including Red Hat on the River in Irvington. In 2013, Aguilar opened La Chinita Poblana as a tribute to his home cuisine and the rich culture in Puebla.

“Mr. Aguilar’s story truly shows us that the ‘American Dream’ is alive and well,” said Astorino. “Hudson Valley Restaurant Week is the perfect time to try new restaurants and cuisine throughout the county, while getting to know our local entrepreneurs.” Astorino said.

HVRW celebrates top restaurants, giving diners the opportunity to enjoy exceptional dining at an approachable price point. Three-course, prix fixe dinners are $32.95 and lunches are $22.95 (plus beverage, tax and tip). For more information on La Chinita Poblana and all restaurants participating in Restaurant Week, visit the Valley Table’s page: https://www.valleytable.com/hvrw

“We are very excited to have more and more restaurants join Hudson Valley Restaurant Week each year,” said Janet Crawshaw, publisher of The Valley Table magazine, the founding sponsor of HVRW. “La Chinita Poblana is one of the many restaurants that adds to the great variety and culture of this event.”

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