Congratulations to Yenny Lorena Alomia Angulo (Lorena), owner and operator of Delicias By Lorena , for being chosen as the Iowa Restaurant Association’s 2020 Faces of Diversity Award Winner!
Lorena is quick to say she was “born to prepare delicious foods” and anyone who has tried her Latin-inspired cuisine is quick to agree. A native of Colombia, Lorena grew up working in the kitchen at her grandmother’s side. She learned about the restaurant industry by watching her adoptive father in action in his restaurant and found her way into the industry when her father became ill and needed help with his establishment.
While working in Colombia, she met and later married her American husband and biggest fan, Joshua. They moved to the US and Lorena decided to put her passion into action. As it turns out—people were more than happy to pay for her flavorful foods. When the couple settled in Des Moines, she started cooking for friends and acquaintances, soon word-of-mouth recommendations led to corporate catering bookings. In October, Lorena expanded her catering business to include a home bakery. Like the rest of the industry, she needed to pivot her business in response to the pandemic.
Lorena’s gift and commitment to adding some flavor and variety to Des Moines’ catering and home bakery scene made her the hands down favorite for the Iowa Restaurant Association’s 2020 “Faces of Diversity” honors.
To celebrate with Lorena and all of the other award winners, get your tickets for the Celebrating Excellence Award Ceremony and Grand Tasting Gala! Visit restaurantiowa.com to learn more.