You are invited to savor the unique culinary talents of two current graduates of the Fuerza Local Business Accelerator Program at Fuerza Local Community Kitchen. Guests will enjoy a meal with flavors from Venezuela and El Salvador and learn how this program has helped turn the dreams of these entrepreneurs into a reality.
Special guest speaker Kimber Lanning will kick off the evening with a welcoming toast and a special tour of the world-class commercial kitchen facility. Guests will then have the opportunity to listen to the unique stories of the Fuerza graduates and learn about their businesses goals for the future.
Funds raised through tickets purchased for this event will help expand the Fuerza Local Business Accelerator into communities throughout the state.
Featured Fuerza Graduates
Mandoca, The Latin Pretzel
Mila Molina and Grace Perez grew up in Venezuela where Mandoca is a staple favorite of the Zulia region, which is rich in gastronomy and cultural diversity. The Mandoca, or Zulian Pretzel, is made of corn, panela, plantain, and cheese, deep-fried and accompanied by sweet and savory dipping sauces. Mila and Grace launched their business in July 2019 with the help of the Fuerza Local Business Accelerator Program to share their cultural history and flavors through the Mandoca. “When a customer tries our product for the first time, we have the opportunity to connect and talk about our tradition and what we have in common in our cultures.” -Mila Molina, owner of Mandoca, The Latin Pretzel.
Pupuseria Doña Rosa
Marta Perez & Doña Rosa Monge opened Pupuseria Doña Rosa in March 2019. After graduating from the Fuerza Local Business Accelerator program, they put the tools and motivation learned into practice and to bring their vision to life creating a Pupuseria. Originated in El Salvador, the pupusa is a thick flatbread stuffed with meat, veggie, or cheese and served with a salsa of tomatoes, cabbage, vinegar and other spices, called Curtido. Marta and Doña Rosa enjoy bringing their Salvadoran cuisine to the community and sharing their heritage with others, who are always treated like family, just like at home.