Meet Cheryl Baun
248 Main Street, Nyack, NY 10960
Cheryl (she/her/hers) is co-owner, along with her husband, Chef Paolo Garcia Mendoza, of Karenderya, a casual restaurant in Nyack, NY, focused on Filipino-inspired cuisine. Despite having had no formal training in the hospitality industry, Cheryl finds that her skills in fundraising, relationship building, and donor communications translate well into building a community-based presence for the restaurant. After almost a decade volunteering for various Filipino community organizations, she is thrilled to have the opportunity to raise awareness about Filipino culture in Rockland County through food. In 2018, Karenderya was named in Esquire’s annual list of “Best New Restaurants in America.
Cheryl has always been passionate about learning about, talking about, and of course, eating food. Having spent almost a decade volunteering for various Filipino community organizations, she is thrilled to have the opportunity to raise awareness about Filipino culture here in Rockland County through food.
Building upon 20+ years working in the non-profit sector, Cheryl finds that her skills in fundraising, relationship building, and donor communications translate well into building a community-based presence for Karenderya. She served as the executive director of the Arts Council of Rockland and currently sits on the board of directors of the Rockland Business Women’s Network.
Cheryl is a graduate of Vassar College and received a Masters in Urban Planning from the Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service at New York University. She also completed the Entrepreneurial Training Program at the Women’s Enterprise Development Center.
In 2022, Cheryl was honored as a “Woman of Leadership and Vision” by the Nyack Center and “Servicewoman of the Year” by the Rockland Business Women’s Network.
Karenderya is a casual, community-oriented, Filipino-inspired restaurant based loosely on carinderias, or roadside eateries, found all over the Philippines. Our menu references Filipino cuisine staples combined with modern interpretations of many southeast Asian flavor profiles. We are a family-owned and operated business, and we strive to create a welcoming and relaxed atmosphere where all are welcome.