Spicing Things Up
You may be surprised to learn that the state with the fastest-growing Latin American population between 2000 and 2015 was Georgia, according to the Pew Research Center. That demographic change has spurred demand over the last 10 years for Latin American cuisines at Talk of the Town Catering & Special Events in Roswell, a suburb of Atlanta, according to Andrew Brackner, executive chef and owner. As people see so many different cultures living next door, he says, they are “naturally curious” about every aspect—“most importantly, their food.” Brackner has had requests for items from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Cuba and Nicaragua, often because a family member or guest of honor is from that country, but sometimes simply because a client is “fascinated by that specific cuisine.” He is not alone in feeling the impact of America’s evolving demographics, with Mexican still the major ethnic minority but other Latin nationalities starting to disperse nationwide. As they do, their flavorful cuisines are showing up on catering menus, too.
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