Total loan: $8,500


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Longmont, CO, United States / Food

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Norma's story

I was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and immigrated to The USA at the age of 7 along with my 9-year-old sister, mother, father, and grandmother. We settled in New York City where my love of all things food was ignited. As immigrants working towards the American Dream, my parents taught me that education and hard work help transform dreams into reality. My father started his own business and was our role model and inspiration. I learned to take calculated risks from my parents All the while learning my grandmother's and mother's recipes for our traditional Italian/Spanish and English cuisines. Always open to new flavors, when I moved from New York to Colorado I discovered Mexican Cuisine. I loved seeing the joy good food brought to people. I loved cooking for family and friends, and once declared "I wish I could have a restaurant that made folks happy with my food". A few years later my wish came true as I met my business partner of 20 years and started Casa Alvarez Restaurant. Through the restaurant, we were able to support our community through 911, floods, recessions, and fill the soul of our town with good, healthy food. As people's lives get busier convenience is very important and sometimes health goes by the wayside. Having developed food allergies and sensitivities myself I wanted to make healthy, convenient, and delicious foods folks can share at home. No longer having the restaurant and that immediate personal connection, I conduct cooking demos and am able to show how delicious, healthy, and easy it is to prepare meals with our products. Sharing food brings people together, creates a place of cross cultural learning and imprints memories for future generations.