Today we’d like to introduce you to Tiffany Molina.
Hi Tiffany, we’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
My fondest memories growing up are centered around weekend family & friend gatherings. Mealtime was where we shared our kwento (story) both old and new. As a single mother of two daughters, it is important for me to keep that tradition alive. “kwento” was inspired by replicating that nostalgic feeling through various Asian & pacific island dishes as well as extending that family like hospitality to you.
As a single mother, I never had the time to stop and slow down and focus on myself. This vision had always been a long-time dream of mine to recreate and with everything coming to a halt due to Covid, it finally pushed me in a position to put my money where my mouth was. Needless to say, between asynchronous learning with my girls, I started laying out the menu. I spent the next three months planning & buying everything necessary to be safely up and running. In June 2020, I bought my first grill (taco cart). I had it delivered on site to our very first pop up. We sanitized it & started cooking! It was a very busy first five months and we’ve had amazing turnout with sell-out events and consistent orders.
Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
No major setbacks as of yet! We came to a halt in December as per the lockdown again. With covid number rapidly growing, we found that taking all precautions would be best for us a family-owned business and the safety of our newly found customers.
Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
I’ve always had an eye for the arts throughout my life. I’ve worked as a special FX makeup artist & hairstylist on set also a visual merchandiser & stylist so esthetics has always been a big part of my life. Within this vision of recreation of those nostalgic feelings with home-style cooked food, it was also important to me to set the vibe within how each dish was plated. I like to play with color & texture to draw into the theme. Just as much and we play with flavor and grain while conceptualizing.
What matters most to you?
KWENTO is a word derived from the Philippines. Its true meaning means “story”. The Pan Asian cuisine is our forte but as the founder of the company, I am a Filipino American woman looking for a way to connect my culture into company. I’ve talked about nostalgia within the company and how it’s driven me here. I’ve made some of the best memories at those family parties exchanging stories over all the great home-cooked dishes. I found it most important to recreate that for the consumer for them to make their own memories & comradery with those whom they choose to share their meal and moments with.
- Email: Teemolina@kwentola.com
- Website: Kwentola.com
- Instagram: @kwentola
- Facebook: @Kwento_la
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