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City Manager's Report: Hillsboro's Food Entrepreneurs are Cooking

by Michael Brown, Hillsboro City Manager

Post Date:07/31/2017 4:33 pm

Photo of Michael Brown, City ManagerThe next time you feel hungry, why not step out of your comfort zone and try something new? Hillsboro’s unique mix of restaurants and food trucks reflects our City’s cultural richness, and makes it easy to discover dishes from around the world.

Hillsboro is home to a diversity of flavors. You may already know about our outstanding Indian restaurants or the wide variety of excellent Asian cuisine, but there are many other Hillsboro chefs sharing their passion for food each day.

Cocinemos graduation 2The City of Hillsboro is helping community members to pursue their dreams. This spring, the City launched “Cocinemos”, which translates to “cooking together” or “let’s cook”.

Cocinemos is a food entrepreneurship program that helps local Latino entrepreneurs overcome linguistic, financial, and cultural barriers to successfully start and grow food-based businesses in Hillsboro.

The City is partnering with local nonprofit Adelante Mujeres to provide business coaching, training, asset building, and other technical assistance to several local entrepreneurs:

  • Lucia Silva of La Mixteca Oaxaca is opening a Mexican restaurant this summer inside Su Casa Imports in Hillsboro.
  • Reyna Rojas of Los Papalos will use the commercial kitchen for her Mexican food catering service, which uses local organic products.
  • Eugenio Flores of Paleteria Flores is selling his frituras (chips) in 4 local stores, including Yesenia Bakery in Hillsboro.
  • Rosalva Martinez sells her artisanal Rainbow Ice Cream at M&M Market, as well as at the Tuesday Night Market.
  • Cristian Barajas of Sweet Teriyaki makes and sells teriyaki chicken, shrimp, and beef, as well as noodles and rice, at M&M Market. Cristian is exploring ways to sell his homemade teriyaki sauce.

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One of the biggest challenges to starting and growing a food-based business is gaining access to a commercial or commisary kitchen. Starting this summer, this group will have access to the newly renovated Hillsboro Community Senior Center kitchen to develop their recipes and prepare foods for sale.

We hope you will join us in supporting these home-grown local entrepreneurs, and in supporting our established restaurants and food-based businesses.

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