¡Hola! Meet Our Team
Familia Kitchen was founded in Chicago by Latinas hungry for home.
Kim Caviness grew up in Santurce, Puerto Rico to a Puerto Rican mom and American dad, and loves cooking for family and friends. Kim’s favorites: arroz con pollo, maduros, garlicky tostones, her mom’s flan, her sister’s coquito, and her cousin Anjie’s pozole verde, avocado serrano salsa and homemade tortillas. She learned to cook from her mom and “El Libro,” Cocina Criolla, the Boricua cooking bible. Kim brings 20+ years content experience, including as chief content officer of three U.S. content marketing agencies, working for Condé Nast Traveler and WebMD: Familia Kitchen Co-Founder, CEO & Editor in Chief.
Lisa Hunt Stevens grew up in San Diego and is a world traveler who has been to more than 18 Central and South American countries and Caribbean islands. She knows her way around a taco de pollo asado (please pile hers high with queso, guac and cilantro), green enchiladas and chilaquiles. Lisa brings 20+ years in advertising, sales and partnerships including Kraft Heinz My Food and Family, O, The Oprah Magazine, Food Network Magazine, and Bon Appétit to her role: Familia Kitchen Co-Founder, Chief Growth Officer & Publisher.
Angela L. Pagán, a Chicago native with Mexican and Puerto Rican roots, has siempre loved food. Though she considers herself a better baker than a cocinera, she loves a good cooking-competition show. A third generation Latinx-American, Angela is happy to stay connected to her cultura by digging into fascinating anthro-comida topics like “Why Do We Feast With Tamales and Atole Every Feb. 2—on Candelaria?” In addition to being a staff writer for TheTakeout.com, Angela is Familia Kitchen Director of Social Strategy.
Isabelle Banin is a journalism student who enjoys reporting about comida latina for Familia Kitchen. A native New Yorker, Isabelle knows her way around great food and loves to write about what she eats and cooks. Fun fact: She is a Division 1 fencer at Northwestern University. Isabelle’s favorite recipes include arroz con pollo, any kind of flan, empanadas (especially with beef), and tamales. She also loves all the variations of salsas and pico de gallo sent in by Familia Kitchen home cooks, especially if they are spicy. Isabelle is Familia Kitchen Editorial Assistant.
Ana González Quaid was born in Texas and grew up in Chicago with two sisters and one brother. Her parents are both from San Luis Potosí, Mexico. Her mom, Gregoria—“Gollita”—is a family-famous cook. Ana’s favorite dishes: Her mom’s tacos de huevo, caldo de pollo and porkchops with tomatos and carameliezd onions. Ana is Familia Kitchen’s Mexican cuisine adviser.
The 20 Latino Places We Cook Our Way Home to
Familia Kitchen’s Recipe Contests
Each month we’ll post a contest for one traditional dish. Everyone with Latino roots in the United States and a go-to family recipe is invited to enter.
Contest details: Once you submit your family’s recipe and family food story for a contest, Familia Kitchen’s editors will go through all the entries and hand-select the most intriguing top 3.
What does intriguing mean? Good question. It’s a combo of:
• most delicioso
• most traditional and authentic
• most essential list of ingredients and techniques
• most interesting
• most cookable—it demands to be made!
FK editors will then cook and photograph the top trio of recipes and post them as that month’s contest Familia Kitchen Contest 3 Finalists.
This Is Where You Come In
Everyone in the Familia Kitchen community is invited and welcome to vote for your favorite recipe in each contest. The recipe that receives the most user votes becomes that month’s Familia Kitchen contest winner.
We’ll hold recipe contests 12 times a year—one per month, supplemented with articles and/or videos about each dish’s history, lore, techniques and/or ingredients. We celebrate the first 12 winning recipes with profiles and family-food stories of the cooks who submitted them in our Familia Kitchen Cookbook, plus other content platforms.
The Familia Kitchen Cooking Our Way Home Grand Prize
At the end of each calendar year, the 4 recipe contest finalists who receive the most votes will be entered to win that year’s The Familia Kitchen Cooking Our Way Home Grand Prize. You and everyone in our Familia Kitchen community will be invited to vote for the year’s número 1 contest recipe. The winner is awarded a prize trip to their Latino homeland. The Grand Prize includes: flight + 2 nights’ hotel + 1 amazing meal at a great local restaurant there.
Every recipe and food story shared by our community of cooks and published here at Familia Kitchen celebrates our deep respect for abuela cooking. These are the loved Latino dishes passed down generación to generación, simplified and perfected over time to become favorites and core to their familia fabric.
Familia Kitchen is advised by our Council of Abuelas on Latino culinary traditions and best practices. Our abuelas review recetas and advise us as we cook and write about each of our 20 Latino destinations, making sure that we only share platos, preparations and ingredients that are authentic, trusted and delicioso.
¿Listos? Join Us at Familia Kitchen
Están invitados to join the Familia Kitchen community in our ambitious and exciting mission: to collect, curate and celebrate our traditional culinary heritage by creating the most complete and authentic online treasury of U.S. Latino family recipes and food stories.
• Help us collect your favorite family recipes and food stories.
• Sign up for our Familia Kitchen Newsletter.
• Email us with ideas for a recipe contest starring your Latino homeland’s signature dishes.
Let’s inspire the next generation to learn how to cook our favorite time-honored Latino recipes—and pass them on to their grandchildren.
Together, we’ll honor and preserve nuestra cocina Latina and abuela-cooking traditions. Gracias for su apoyo, comunidad Familia Kitchen!
See you in the kitchen.