DENVER, COLORADO – On May 17, 2019 Mi Casa Resource Center hosted more than 100 people at “Taste of La Receta” to celebrate the graduates of their new mobile-food business accelerator. La Receta, which means “recipe” in Spanish, was launched in 2019 to support early-stage entrepreneurs who are running food trucks, catering companies, push carts, and other food-based businesses. The program’s 20 graduates completed a rigorous 12-week course in business fundamentals and food regulations. In addition, they were provided access to capital and commercial kitchen space; mentorship from successful chefs and business owners; and, 1-on-1 business consulting.

“La Receta is addressing a need among the low-income and minority entrepreneurs we serve to help them grow their businesses so they can sustain their families, create community wealth, and contribute to Denver’s vibrant economy,” said Monique Lovato, CEO of Mi Casa. “We are very grateful for KeyBank’s support of this program and are so proud of all the business owners who are graduating from our first cohort.”

“Taste of La Receta” was presented by KeyBank as part of their lead gift in support of the program. “KeyBank has been a proud supporter of Mi Casa for seven years and it is thrilling for us to be part of the graduation ceremonies for the first La Receta cohort,” said Debbie Trujillo, Regional Corporate Responsibility Officer for KeyBank’s Rocky Mountain Region. “At KeyBank, we consider small business to be the backbone of local communities and we are proud to see these entrepreneurs achieving their dreams of starting and running a small business in the food industry.”

In the end, our judges awarded three prizes based on taste, presentation, and originality. The winners of the tasting competition were:

  1. Taco Block (Adrian Bonilla)
  2. BBQN’ Kenya (April Yiadom)
  3. La Sirena Gitana (Rosalia Avila)

The winners each received a check that will help them grow their businesses.

Our second cohort begins in August and we’ll be celebrating round two of “Taste of La Receta” on November 21st. Learn more about applying for our second training cohort.

You can also support these entrepreneurs by hiring them as caterers for your next event! Download our catering referral list.

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