Theresa Barrett moved to Mexico to grow to be a trainer in 2013. As a result of she missed the delicacies of her native Jamaica, she started cooking her favourite dishes to get pleasure from a style of dwelling. Now because the proprietor of the “dwelling” restaurant La Xaymaca, she remembers first sharing her dishes along with her co-workers and the way, after tasting her cooking, they advised she begin a enterprise as Jamaican meals was not simply discovered within the space. Increasingly more folks realized about her cooking and have become desirous about Jamaican tradition and delicacies. Barrett instructed an interviewer from travelnoire.com, “I had folks coming as much as me asking to strive Jamaican meals, and I’d reply ‘present me your cash,’” they usually did.
Barrett, who’s initially from Kingston, began to host personal tasting occasions at her dwelling in Mexico Metropolis. She had constructed up a following and went into the enterprise full time in August of 2018 by internet hosting friends at her dwelling on a weekly foundation. At her clients’ options, she began to make severe efforts to market and model her enterprise on social media. As soon as she made that call, her enterprise actually began to develop.
The preliminary title of her enterprise was “Jamaican House Cooking,” however one buyer advised that she change it to one thing that might make her stand out from the competitors. She selected “La Xaymaca,” which references the unique title of her dwelling island of Jamaica with an added Spanish twist. The menu at La Xaymaca consists of genuine Jamaican dishes with some Mexican influences as most of the spices Barrett ceaselessly used are usually not frequent in Mexico Metropolis.
Because of COVID-19, Barrett can now solely present meals solely on Saturdays and solely on a takeout foundation. The menu at La Xaymaca modifications ceaselessly, giving clients an opportunity to get pleasure from completely different dishes over time. Barrett can be providing digital cooking lessons and plans to journey all through Mexico to provide in-person lessons as soon as it’s protected to take action.
Barrett instructed our group, “The enterprise began in my dwelling and remains to be operated for dwelling nevertheless it’s solely take-away on Saturdays solely in the intervening time. Prior to now earlier than COVID-19, I’d have friends in my dwelling weekly the place I’d share a weekly menu which additionally modifications infrequently. Mi casa es su casa!”