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New Korean pop-up dinner series to host first event in Canton

A new pop-up series will make its debut in Canton later this month.

Collin Morstein and Irvin Seo have teamed up to create Haenyo, a pop-up brand centered on Korean cuisine that will host a mix of ticketed pop-up dinners and informal events open to the public. The first event, Haenyo on the Square, is set for May 29 at Holy Crepe Cafe in Canton (2929 O’Donnell St.).

Haenyo on the Square, which runs 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., will offer three types of Korean pancakes served from Holy Crepe’s counter, including green garlic, seafood and potato. The organizers will also serve banchan (Korean condiments and sides), salad, fermented radish soup and lettuce wraps. Prices will run $6-$10 at the BYOB event, open to the public.

The idea for the pop-ups was born from a dinner party Morstein and Seo threw before Seo went on a five-week trip to Korea, Morstein said. After a successful evening, they wanted to expand the concept.

The Haenyo founders met while working at Parts & Labor.

Seo will handle the menu and manage the kitchen for each event.

The brand name is a nod to the women divers (known as haenyo) of Korea’s Jeju and Udo islands. It’s a dying profession in which women harvest seafood such as sea urchins, conch, octopus and oysters.

Following the Baltimore event, the Morstein and Seo plan to host a ticketed dinner ($25) at Compass Rose Bar + Kitchen in Washington, D.C., (1346 T St. NW). The menu and date have not yet been finalized for that event, but Morstein said they will look to create “Korea after dark” with food to reflect the theme.

“We want to sort of tweak the menu based on the venue,” Morstein said.

They’re aiming for about two events a month, he said. Later in June, they hope to return for another pop-up in Baltimore.


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