Upohar Ethnic Cuisines

About Upohar

Upohar is a “social impact” catering business and a Certified B Corporation, specializing in multicultural menus. A minority-woman-owned business, we consider the impact on people, planet, and profit when making business decisions. 

Meaning “gift” in Bengali, Upohar offers the gift of global cuisines to our customers, and the gift of business opportunity to our  supply chain vendors.

Our mission is to elevate minority-owned and women-owned micro food businesses and connect them to new markets. Upohar caters large upscale events that provides visibility to these chef-owned micro food businesses, generates supplemental revenue for them, and cultivates appreciation for the different ethnic cuisines they prepare.

Our leadership team

Srirupa
Sri Dasgupta

Founder/CEO

Stephanie Longhi

Director of Operations & Special Events

The Story of Upohar

Hello! I’m Srirupa Dasgupta, founder and owner of Upohar — a catering business with a social mission to alleviate poverty.

In 2011, when I started the business, Upohar offered the gift of exciting new cuisines to the community. And the gift of employment opportunity to those who were “unemployable” — new immigrants and refugees with a cultural or English-language barrier, people experiencing homelessness, people with a prison record, and anyone in need. This made sense during the Great Recession when jobs were scarce.

Over the years, Upohar evolved from a part-time catering company in 2011, to a restaurant with catering services. In 2014, we opened a vegetarian restaurant at which we served our popular “world buffet” featuring a fully vegan and gluten-free menu. We added a food truck in 2016 and expanded our catering services to offer full-service. And in 2017, we acquired a stand at Lancaster Central Market, serving authentic Puerto Rican food. Then came COVID and we pivoted. We closed the restaurant, and spun off the market stand as a separate business, allowing Upohar to return to our catering roots.

Although much has changed over the years, Upohar’s mission has not. We continue to offer the gift of food and the gift of opportunity. 

Post-COVID, Upohar’s gift of opportunity is for our fellow business owners in the hard-hit food industry. We source our extensive repertoire of authentic global cuisines from local minority-owned, immigrant-owned, women-owned small and micro food businesses. These people are experts in their culinary traditions, and this is why our clients rave about the food we serve!

So enjoy our gift to you, knowing that it gives back to the community every time.

NPR

A Restaurant That Serves Up A Side Of Social Goals

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Susquehanna Style Magazine​

Women of Distinction

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The New York Times

A Global Feast in an Unlikely Spot: Lancaster, PA.

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Making Business a Force for Good

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Below is our active score for FY 2022. Our last verified score was for FY 2021. See the full report.

B Corp Active Assessment for Upohar (FY 2022)

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