Chris Teal turned a spatula through a pot as the smell of garlic and onion moved through the air.
The veteran chef was stirring ingredients for food sold at Tasa, a new Filipino stand in Central Market.
"If it works here, it will work anywhere," said Ken Diaz, who manages the business with Teal.
Diaz and Teal have worked together for more than 10 years as restaurant consultants in other locations. This year, they decided to open their own stand in York.
"This area is predominantly a meat-and-potatoes place here in Dutch country," Diaz said. "But we think people will develop an appetite for Filipino cuisine."
Meat and potatoes are also part of many Filipino dishes, he said. Recipes include chayote - a vegetable that cooks like a potato - chicken, pork, rice, vegetables and more.
Tasa also has gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan options with its rice-noodle bowls, which contain no MSG.
The vendor sells six rice bowls, side dishes, rotating specials and one dessert.
Tasa opened earlier this year but had a ribbon cutting on Thursday.
"We've been received with open arms in this area. People want great cuisine. We're offering great Filipino comfort food," Diaz said.
Seasonal vendors, too: Tasa is one of the vendors to open in Central Market during the last few months. Seasonal vendors are also opening through Christmas, filling the downtown market to 95-percent capacity, said Aeman Bashir, acting manager of the market.
Central Market has 47 full-time vendors and seven seasonal vendors, she said.
"Things are going well. Seasonal vendors add a new energy, and the outlook is very high as we await the next market manager," Bashir said.
Central Market board members are expected to announce a new market manager in the next few weeks, she said. Previous market manager, Casi Babinchak, resigned her post earlier this year for a position at another company.
While the board has searched for a replacement, LettUsKnow opened in September.
The business, owned by mother-and-son team Pam Bupp and Trae Grabosch, sells create-your-own salads and wraps topped with homemade dressings.
"I just love being in the market. If we ever run out of produce, we can just walk over to one of the other stands," Bupp said as she pointed at nearby Dietz Produce.
She said she wanted to help her son, who is a chef, start his own business and thought the market was the perfect location. Though he was talented enough to cook anything, what the market needed was another stand selling healthy food, Bupp said.
"We looked around and didn't see anything else like this in here," she said. "The response has been overwhelming."
Teaching stand: Y.O.U.T.H. Program Inc. received such a good response last year that the seasonal vendor is back for a second time, said stand manager Debbie Mancuso.
The program is a student-run business that teaches young people in York County every aspect of running an agricultural business.
Students use wool from animals at Mancuso's family farm to make hand-crafted gifts sold in the market.
All proceeds go back to the program.
"It's a tool to mentor youth, and the market provides an opportunity to make that happen," she said. "It's been a total learning experience, the response has been great, and the biggest reward is getting to know youths from so many different backgrounds."
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