Breakfast Before Business at Avenida Venezuelan

Breakfast Before Business at Avenida Venezuelan

July’s Breakfast Before Business was the most delicious to date! Our host was Avenida Venezuelan Food, a fast casual restaurant serving traditional Venezuelan food for breakfast and lunch. It also happened to fall on the day, one year ago, when the restaurant first opened its doors. We were honored to be included in the celebration.

About Breakfast Before Business

Breakfast Before Business is all about breaking out of your regular routine. Rather than starting your day alone at a computer, you could start it mixing and mingling with GNHCC members and friends. We guarantee that you’ll leave with a boost of inspiration and energy to put toward achieving your dreams!

This is not a members-only event and there is not cost to attend. We welcome all business owners and professionals serving the Greater Norwalk area.

Breakfast Before Business will return in the fall. Stay tuned for upcoming dates!


La Calle Arepas Bar Turns 1

La Calle Arepas Bar Turns 1

Happy Birthday, La Calle Arepas Bar! Thank you for throwing a delicious, lively, and inspiring celebration!

One year ago, Javier Eastman acted on his dream, opening a cool and casual restaurant that serves the everyday food of his hometown, El Vigia, Venezuela. He wears his love for Venezuela on his sleeve, and translates it to the plate. La Calle uses only the most authentic ingredients: masarepa flour, plantains, and Venezuelan sodas, to name a few; and all dessert recipes come from Javier’s mother. The restaurant values family and treats customers like family.

We are so proud to have Javier as a GNHCC member, representing La Calle and his two other businesses, Avenida Venezuelan Food and Causality Tattoo Company.

NICE Festival Vendor Sign-Up is Now Open!

NICE Festival Vendor Sign-Up is Now Open!

NICE Festival Vendor Sign-Up is now open! NICE Festival is an annual event that was created to celebrate the diversity in our community with international food, art and music. It also includes a vendor area, where artists, businesses and nonprofits can promote themselves and sell their products. Each vendor receives a designated area approximately 10ft x 10ft. Prices range from $225-$450, depending on your organization type and product category. For example, businesses pay more than nonprofits; food businesses pay more than artists. If you are interested in vending at the NICE Festival, follow the steps below: Deadline: April 30, 2019.

Step 1:

Complete the Vendor Form.
Click to download the Vendor form.

Step 2:

Return the Vendor Form to:
Janet Evelyn
Executive Director
20 Elmwood Ave, Norwalk, CT 06854
Email: • Phone: (203) 919-3000

Step 3:

Select Vendor Type and make a payment.
Click to review vendor types and prices.

Step 4:

Complete required additional forms.
Click to review additional forms.

Javier Eastman Opens Two New Restaurants in Norwalk

Javier Eastman Opens Two New Restaurants in Norwalk

Javier Eastman is a tattoo artist and fine artist, working in oil paint and pencil. He’s an admirable dreamer. A man who since childhood followed has follow his dreams. Most recently, he fulfilled his dream by not opening one, but two Venezuelan restaurants — Avenida Venezuelan Food and La Calle Arepas Bar — in collaboration with his brother, Harold.The siblings grew up in Venezuela, cooking alongside their mother, whose recipes are at the heart of their menus.

In addition to honoring their family and culture, they are dedicated to honoring culinary excellence, by offering the most thoughtfully sourced and freshest ingredients. We hope you enjoy the beautiful photos of their food below. For Grand Opening photos, click through our Facebook album. Javier is also the owner of Causality Tattoo Company. We are proud to welcome all three of the businesses as new members!

About La Calle

La Calle offers Venezuelan staples such as stuffed arepas, empanadas, pastelitos, and other breakfast and lunch fare, as well as a full dinner menu with steak, wine, and beer.

The reviews are in:

“Great food and service. I was impressed by the variety of the menu. This is authentic Venezuelan food.”

“The service and food were top notch, and the menu had a plethora of delicious meals to choose from. Will be visiting again and again.”

About Avenida

Avenida’s menu creates a fusion of Venezuelan and American cuisine, offering unique takes on burgers, hot dogs, and pies; in a modern and laid back setting.

The reviews are in:

“The cheese empanadas and vegan arepas were unbelievably delicious, and my husband really loved his pabellón criollo!”

“Definitely recommend! We will be back.”

Women Entrepreneurs Gather to Learn and Inspire

Women Entrepreneurs Gather to Learn and Inspire

On Saturday, June 10th, Greater Norwalk’s Latina women entrepreneurs gathered at the American Legion for a brunch and networking event, organized by Maldonado Consulting, Cricket’s Whisper, and Nuestra Cultura Catering. The three businesses share a passion for empowering women to be themselves, and trust their instincts, in both their personal and professional lives; so that they may succeed on their own terms. They believe that empowerment begins with knowledge that we are all in this together, and strong mentoring and teammate relationships.

“We laughed, we cried, and gained a unified respect for each other.” – Lillian Maldonado

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