In one of the most emblematic streets of Brooklyn, New York, near the area where John Travolta made a famous walk for the Saturday Night Fever movie, is the Guatemalan restaurant “Deli Food Corp” that offers a variety of products, as well as breakfasts, lunches and dinners to satisfy the palate of migrants and Americans, which they have been doing for several years now.
Behind this business is a Guatemalan family originally from Totonicapán, which began by selling chuchitos de masa, salsa and chicken from house to house, but over time the desire to improve led them to promote the restaurant that they materialized several years ago.
“Little by little, the idea was reached that it would be nice to set up a Guatemalan restaurant, as there was not much before, because we have about 15 years there,” said Elizabeth Chamorro in an interview from the local with La Hora.
LEARNED TO PREPARE GUATEMALAN DISHES
The manager of the business says that she came to the United States when she was just two years old. His parents are from Totonicapán and they still live in the United States.
Putting the chapín touch to the meals became an adventure for Elizabeth because, although she did not live in the country, they wanted to offer something that would bring to the minds of the chapines the flavor of their peoples.
“They taught me to make chuchitos, tamales, rice and potato patches, stuffed peppers, stuffed peppers, pepián, all those foods,” he explained.
When they first installed the restaurant in that area of New York, Elizabeth remembers that there were not many compatriots in the place and there were no stores, so when ordering their dishes the customers were delighted with what they found, in addition, they decided to combine it with the sale of Guatemalan products articles.
The fame of good taste is also the result of the work that his parents did to instill in him the importance of Guatemalan dishes, “they already knew us and they were like, finally, there is something Guatemalan around here.”
A FAMILY ENTREPRENEURSHIP
Over time, Elizabeth and her family decided to add products that the nationals consumed in Guatemala and now you can buy in the restaurant from soups to prepare, oils and fried foods, to typical crafts.
“They started asking for things that we didn’t have yet, we found them, we looked for them and we started having them in the store, this belongs to the family,” he remarked.
To carry all these products, they have the support of several companies, in addition, they order other items, now they even offer masks with typical embroidery.
EXPECT TO TRAVEL TO TOTONICAPÁN
Behind the “Deli Food Corp” counter, Elizabeth says she hopes to travel to Totonicapán to meet her family who live in the country.
She went to High School, but like her loved ones, the desire to undertake is in her blood and that is why she promoted this project; his only entertainment is his children and of course the restaurant.
WHAT WILL YOU FIND AT THE SITE?
As Guatemalan gastronomy is wide, the place offers a variety of articles and dishes, so you can order from beef broth, pepián, stuffed, chuchitos, patches, among others.
Of course, for the end of the year parties you can also order tamales and chuchitos, “they ask us a lot for tamales, that is requested in advance so that they work,” he recalled.
If you arrive, consider that the hours are from 11:00 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. and the interviewee explains that the name of the restaurant is because the mission is to prepare some Guatemalan craving to satisfy the compatriots. The location is near the Bensonhurst neighborhood of Brooklyn at 86th St.
A PRIDE TO REPRESENT GUATEMALA IN ONE OF THE LARGEST CITIES IN THE USA.
Representing the country in one of the most important cities in the United States, for Elizabeth is a real pride, mainly because different cultures from various countries converge in that place.
“We have been doing this for some time and we love to see our people come and still offer something Guatemalan, like it feels nice,” he said.
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