In the heart of Washington, D.C.'s Blagden Alley, Causa, a gastronomic gem has been making waves since its grand opening in May 2022. This Peruvian fine dining establishment, led by the visionary Chef Carlos Delgado, has not only brought the flavors of Peru to the nation's capital but has also elevated the culinary scene with its fresh philosophy. In its young life, Causa has already achieved significant milestones, with the biggest one being recognized with a Michelin star this past fall. What sets Causa apart is that it is the first D.C.-based Peruvian establishment to earn a star led by a Peruvian owner and chef.
2022 was a significant year for the Latino Economic Development Center as we battled through the lingering effects of a global pandemic while managing the incredible internal and external growth of our organization. As we emerge from the pandemic with renewed strength and unwavering commitment, we are delighted to showcase the continued expansion of our organization. In the past fiscal year alone, we welcomed over 30 new team members who have bolstered our capabilities to go above and beyond for our community.
Aurora Market, a beloved "modern mom-and-pop shop" founded by Active-Duty Army Retiree Pablo Ortiz and Rahel Kassa, has quickly become a cherished establishment in our community since its opening in January 2022. With a recent expansion to a second location, Aurora Market continues to grow as a pillar of support, nourishment, and connection, embodying the power of community-driven entrepreneurship.
Meet Kahlilah and Chamara, two women with inspiring stories featured in last month’s POWER newsletter. POWER: Prioritizing Our Women’s Economic Rise is a three-year project supported by JPMorgan Chase that brings together community-based organizations, government agencies, and institutions to accelerate the wealth creation among Black and Latina women in West Baltimore.
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Alvaro De La Rocha turns to the Latino Economic Development Center for assistance with HOA fees after being turned away by several other organizations. Frustrated by the lack of understanding, Alvaro finds hope in LEDC's willingness to listen and help him get set on the road to recovery.