Lilian Dirrebes


Lilian Dirrebes is an artist and community organizer born and raised in Portland, Oregon.


One sentence to describe yourself: Palauan by blood, Pacific Islander by spirit, and a Portlander by birth.

What will you be presenting on? With graduation season upon us, Lilian will be presenting on the struggle of navigating different graduation festivities in Portland as part of the Palauan diaspora.

Best piece of advice you ever got about cooking: After I graduated from high school, my father told me: "the most important thing you can take with you to college is bread." I'm not sure if that's figurative or literal, but it's resonated deeper than I anticipated.

If you could only eat one meal forever, it would be: I heard someone respond to this by saying salad. I'm stealing that answer because anything can be a salad if you put your mind to it. I'm probably going to re-brand my future ice cream sundaes as "ice cream salads" from now on.

Favorite food: I love ukaeb. It's a Palauan dish of crab meat cooked in coconut milk stuffed into a small crab shell.

Recommended reading: Do yourself a favor and pick up the new collection of poetry by Kathy Jetn̄il-Kijiner that just came out.

Best meal(s): I'm a huge fan of the mansaf they serve at Petra House in Vancouver, WA.

Food you’d like to try: I'd love to try breadfruit mofongo one day.