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“Que Rico, Venezuelan Empanadas” is a successful family business in Homer. Jessica Hahn and Jeannette Aragones, daughter and mother respectively, are determined, innovative and unafraid of new challenges, offering the unbeatable taste of Venezuelan food and desserts to all Alaskans.
Although sometimes there are obstacles and the process looks complicated, “if you have a dream like having your own business, of course you can achieve it!” Jessica Hahn and her mother Jeannette Aragones, both from Caracas, Venezuela, tell Sol de Medianoche. They arrived in Homer more than a decade ago, a city located in the Kenai Peninsula, which has also been known for a long time as the Halibut fishing capital.
In this beautiful place, with the helping hand of the community, the advice, and regulations of the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and having all the permits from the police and fire agencies, Jessica Hahn, still remembers when “in January 2021 we bought the food cart, and it was totally empty. It took us a year to design and install all the equipment. My husband and I installed everything, electricity, plumbing, equipment and more, for its operation.”
The dream of the family business becomes a reality In April 2022, already with all the permits in place, menu, equipment, and the desire to succed, “Que Rico Venezuelan Empanadas,” begins its tasty work, undoubtedly a place that you can not miss; located at 3657 Main Street next to Sweetgale Meadworks and Cider House. The food cart is open all summer long, every Saturday and Sunday from 1 pm to 6 pm.
When you visit the food cart, you will enjoy the tasty specialties offered by Jessica and Jeannette. Their menu offers irresistible cordon bleu empanadas of chicken, shrimp, ground beef, chicken, cheese, ham and cheese. All are quite popular as they are gluten-free. They also offer two Venezuelan desserts, la marquesa de chocolate, and torta de arequipe y queso. Being the torta de arequipe the favorite one, it sells out very quickly! - What satisfaction can you share with us from bringing part of Venezuelan gastronomy to the city of Homer? “The acceptance we have received from the people of Homer has been very special, the comments and the happy faces fill our hearts. We are always striving so that our products have quality ingredients, prepared on demand, and, of course, with a lot of love and dedication to place the Latino culture high in the world.” If you get to visit Homer this summer, don’t forget to visit “Que Rico, Venezuelan Empanadas.”
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