Laura Patricia Ramírez runs Tortillería y Taquería Ramírez in a section of Lexington, Kentucky nicknamed “Mexington” for the amount of Latino immigrants living in the area.
In the United States, Yucatecan cuisine can be hard to find outside of Los Angeles and San Francisco. And for the patrons of The Mayan Cafe, it took some getting used to.
In 1990, Latinos in Kentucky represented 0.6 percent of the Bluegrass State; the 2010 Census saw them make up three percent—about 132,00 people, the majority Mexicans. And more come every month.
If it wasn’t for a fired motel worker, I’d never think of doing an oral history of Mexican restaurants in Kentucky.
There is a whole other world to the racetrack than the one we know.
To read Omar’s story in full, and many more from refugees that have resettled in Kentucky, pick up Aimee Zaring’s just-released Flavors from Home: Refugees in Kentucky Share Their Stories and Comfort Foods.
In this episode of our Gravy podcast, radio producer Nina Feldman brings us the story of Derby Pie, a longtime staple of Louisville, Kentucky.
“Popular culture is mass culture. It’s mass-produced. It doesn’t strive for authenticity, for craftsmanship, so much as to promote consumption.”
Crave Lexington is a free food and music festival near Lexington, Kentucky, taking place September 13–14, 2014.