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Katja and Miguel met in New York City and bonded over food and family. Katja's father is from Spain and her mother is from Puerto Rico; ever since she can remember food was a big part of her life. She was even named after a restaurant where which her father was the maître d'. Miguel parents and Uncle Joe are also from Puerto Rico and taught hem make traditional meals.

Katja’s was officially started in July of 2015, but the idea had been growing over many years. "We started, like many others, for the love of food and good company. It makes us proud to see the looks and smiles on the faces of all who have tried our food during gatherings.

In the end of 2013, our youngest daughter was nominated and accepted into the People to People Student Ambassadors Program, which was planning a trip to Alaska for 11 days. The cost was high, so we told our daughter she had to earn it by fundraising. We would use Katja’s cookies and Miguel’s empanadas for the fundraising. The fundraising was a success, my daughter raised more than enough to go on the trip and many people requested that we not stop even after my daughter’s trip."

Realizing how hard it was to get authentic homemade Spanish and Puerto Rican cuisine in Chester County, the pair set out to combine their backgrounds and focus on one of their favorite dishes - empanadas!

They have become part of the "family" at The Artisan Exchange in West Chester and invite everyone to "feel free to stop by and say hello!"

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