Ventures entrepreneur, Oscar Fernandez of La Panaderia, is proud to announce his grand opening at Seattle Art Museum’s Olympic Sculpture Park Café!
La Panaderia is a family owned and operated bakery and food cart with a firm belief that fresh, natural, and local ingredients create delicious products and lasting memories. Brother and Sister Oscar Fernandez and Felicitas Flores have been dreaming of opening their own café to share stories and recipes from their native Mexico. In early 2016, Oscar and Felicitas came to Ventures for support in making their dream come true. Eager to move their business forward, Oscar and Felicitas participated in Ventures’ business development, financial, and marketing courses as well as specialized food business courses.
When SAM approached Ventures about a partnership to bring an emerging entrepreneur to the café space at the Olympic Sculpture Park, La Panaderia was a clear choice. Oscar and Felicitas’ initiative, hard work, and passion for sharing their culture and traditions will serve them well in this exciting new partnership between SAM, La Panaderia, and Ventures.
“The combination of a once in a lifetime opportunity the right timing, and of course everybody’s hardwork made this opportunity possible. Thank you so much to Ventures and the Seattle Art Museum for helping us make our American Dream come true. Please come and share the taste of our traditions.” Oscar Fernandez
Their menu specialties include handmade tamales, made with non-GMO, locally sourced masa and organic coconut oil instead of pork lard. They make savory tamales including red mole, chicken, vegetarian, vegan, and dessert tamales in strawberry and pineapple. Their menu also includes paninis with chorizo, turkey, ham, and tender cactus. Oscar’s first love is traditional Mexican pastries and he hopes to open his own full-service bakery someday. (He makes stunning cakes of original designs, made from scratch.) Customers will find his polvorones or Mexican cookies at the new location on the Olympic Sculpture Park. For the summer, La Panaderia will be serving Aguas Frescas and Mexican Shaved Ice. These refreshing treats are made with fresh fruits and organic raw cane sugar in flavors like strawberry, mango, and tamarind. A perfect treat for a stroll through the park on a hot summer day.