Total loan: $10,000


Oakland, CA, United States / Food

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Erica's story

I grew up in the Bay Area. The youngest in a family of five. The kitchen was always the hub of our house, where everyone came together to share stories, laugh, and connect. Food brought us together. One of the reasons I followed my Dad into the food business was seeing how much joy it can bring to peoples' lives. That led me to a 10 year career managing some of your favorite packaged food brands like Lucky Charms and Yoplait. As work and travel led me further away from home, I came to love new cuisines like empanadas that weren't part of my family's traditions. Instead of connecting through food, it became a wedge driving us apart. Somehow, my fascination with empanadas seemed like a rejection of my family. That's when I got in the kitchen and started making empanadas myself. I tried out different recipes. Hosted empanada parties for friends. Finally, I was ready to face my toughest critics, my family. Sharing the empanadas with them provided a better window into the cities and cultures I'd experienced than any photo album ever could. A picture may be worth a 1000 words, but good food is undeniable. Today, half of my family still can't pronounce empanadas (I'm working on that), but they ALL know that empanadas are delicious.