From Mexico City to award winning restaurateur
Born and raised in Mexico City, Ana Beaven studied communication and visual design in Mexico and after graduating she moved to Houston, Texas where soon she started working for a visual design retail company. After some years testing local food restaurants she decided to open her own restaurant to offer authentic Mexican culinary experience to Houstonians as she enjoyed in her native Mexico City in her grandmother’s house.
After two long planning years that went from finding the location, sourcing authentic Mexican recipes and ingredients and looking for the perfect Mexican chief cooks known as "mayoras", on September 15 of 2012, Mexico’s independence, day Ana opened “La Cuchara”.
Today La Cuchara sits in the heart of Houston, completely run by a female kitchen staff employs nearly 40 people, and with eye-catching colorful murals by recognized Mexican artists as surrounding, is one of Houston’s favorites restaurants, recognized with many awards including best Mexican restaurant by the Houston Press.
Together with her business venture Ana Beaven is very vigorous in the Latino community through various organizations and donations including Rothko Chapel, Buffalo Bayo Partnership, Hermann Park and Latino Giving. Ana often organizes events welcoming chefs and artisans and aiming to bring together the Mexican community in the U.S. and maintain the Mexican traditions.
When asked what means to be a Mexican in the US Ana said “gives me so much pride for our food, art, people, music and geography. Things that I took for granted while in Mexico are suddenly an incredible source to show and be proud about”.
More Info. http://www.cuchararestaurant.com