Who’s blogging: The co-founders of LatinoFoodie are Art Rodriguez and Stephen Chavez, who are engaged to be married on Saturday, Oct. 12. Art graduated from Le Cordon Bleu in Hollywood, Calif., and cooks at Nestlé corporate headquarters. Stephen is a home cook who over the past 20 years has created award-winning PR campaigns for global food and beverage companies. The blog’s intent is to share favorite recipes, inform readers about upcoming cultural trends and tasting events, and profile new restaurants and chefs. Contributing writer Norma Vega, a world traveler and professor of Spanish language, writes a column called “Cultural Capsules,” offering a historical/societal perspective about Latin cuisine.
Explain your blog name: Honestly, we were torn. But after defining our site’s focus, we realized it made better sense to call the blog LatinoFoodie than Two Hungry Bears as our gay friends may get confused (wink). We knew we wanted to focus on the growing national and global interest of Latin cuisine.
Blogging since: May 2011.
Blogging from: From our kitchen in the hills of Alhambra, Calif., about 10 minutes away from downtown Los Angeles.
Most popular post: Even with all of the exquisite recipes Art has developed using some of the freshest, organic ingredients, one of our most popular blog posts continues to be the old-time breakfast favorite from Stephen’s childhood, Chorizo con Papas.
What you’ve learned about food while blogging: Food is about community for us. It is about sharing the experience with someone. Through the blog we have also learned profound respect for the craft of cooking, photography and writing, the complexities of flavors, and tremendous respect for the people behind the making of great food.
Where do you get inspiration for your posts? We continue to fall back upon family favorites as our inspiration. But we’re hungry for new trends, restaurants, and techniques, so we’re voracious readers and viewers of anything food. Art has an extensive cookbook library at the house that he has collected over the years.
What have you learned from blogging? We learned quite quickly that as a blogger you constantly have to feed the beast. It is not enough to just develop and test a recipe, shoot the photography and write the story. We promote the stories by sharing content on various social network platforms, e-mails, and through online magazines and other media outlets.
Where else can we find you online? LatinoFoodie articles can be found in a variety of online sites, such as The Latin Kitchen, Disney’s Babble and most recently Answers.com, who hired us as Category Expert Writers for Latin food. Readers can also follow LatinoFoodie culinary adventures on Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and Facebook.
What are your favorite food blogs? We absolutely adore: Presley’s Pantry and her wacky videos, Sweet Life Bake, Nibbles & Feasts, the ladies from Muy Bueno Cookbook, Comiendo en LA, and Senorita Vino.