New Year, New Home!

Happy 2022! With this new year comes a big transition for us: We moved! The LARiA Project has a new home-base, New Orleans, LA, and it is now housed at the Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. New Orleans brings new opportunities for our work, building our network within a a cityContinue reading “New Year, New Home!”

A Mexican Food Story, As Told By Mariana Pelaez

When asked to describe Mexican food, many people might think burritos, queso dip, Taco Bell, and Tex-Mex. While these foods of course exist, both in the US and in Mexico, Mexican food on this side of the border tends to be overly simplified and stigmatized as cheap, greasy, unhealthy hangover food. The reality is thatContinue reading “A Mexican Food Story, As Told By Mariana Pelaez”

Let’s hear from customers!

After gaining insights on Latin restaurant environments from owners and staff, we are now seeking information from customers. These restaurants want to ensure that customers are truly enjoying the food and service offered. This input is extremely important for us. As we begin to work with restaurants to develop innovative ways to facilitate and promoteContinue reading “Let’s hear from customers!”

Healthy eating promoting innovations in restaurants: A look at the past 20 years (New Publication!)

Sharing our latest publication, examining how restaurants have created innovations facilitating healthier eating in the past 20 years.

First round of listening sessions completed!

We are thrilled to share that this week we completed our first round of discussions with owners of Latin American restaurants! The discussions provided us with needed insights on the experiences of restaurants owners during these difficult times. At the same time, we also learned about the innovative approaches restaurants have taken to survive theContinue reading “First round of listening sessions completed!”

Introducting LARiA

This post was originally published in Comida Studies, introducing the Latin American Restaurants in Action Project, written by the project director, Dr. Melissa Fuster. Last March, when I drafted my dispatch for Gastronomica’s special edition on Food in Times of COVID-19, I wrote from a place of uncertainty. My article, Community Health Research, Restaurants, andContinue reading “Introducting LARiA”