Meet Manos de Maiz!

One of the best things about DC is its street food. From food trucks to farmers markets, there is always something new to try! Manos de Maíz is coming up to their anniversary having been in business almost one year! Woo! Joahna Hernandez, owner of Manos de Maiz, started this biz with hopes of bringing Mexican culture and the original flavors of corn to DC! They use heritage corn which is harvested by hand, their maizopes are handmade and are best enjoyed when you eat them with your hands!

This awesome food vendor sells at local farmers markets such as Mount Pleasant every Saturday! On top of selling locally, they provide full catering services. If you’re looking for some unique and amazing flavors for your event, Manos de Maiz is the vendor for you!

Manos de Maiz are our Featured Vendor for our DC Vendor Social at Gallery O! They’ll have their signature maizopes bites and other yummy street inspired foods for our guests to snack on! Grab your tickets on Eventbrite for the chance to network while munching on amazing food!

I have worked in the hospitality industry for the past 6 years managing restaurants, catering, and private events. I was born and raised in Mexico and I always wanted to bring the original flavors of corn to DC. I started this year selling at farmers markets in DC such as Mount Pleasant and Eastern Market, however, manos de maiz have been almost one year in business.
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I love street food and I grew up indulging on all the different foods made with corn. At manos de maiz we took inspiration from Mexico’s city street food which is better enjoyed when you eat with your hands. Corn is life. Its origin, over 10,000 years ago in the valleys of central and southern Mexico, expanded north into Canada and as far south into Patagonia, has been the backbone of our continent’s growth for centuries. Its sweetness, maintained in each individual kernel, whether young or old, is the brilliance behind every smile in all the communities of the Americas. It is that same heritage corn that we bring to DC from those pueblitos of its origins. Our Maizopes are hand made open faced tortillas layered up with delicious toppings which are inspired by family recipes and traditional Mexican cooking.

I enjoy the process of transforming corn into masa. We follow a traditional technique that was first used by pre-Hispanic cultures to increase the nutritional properties of corn. Once we have corn masa, we are ready to make our maizopes. I also enjoy talking to our customers and telling them the story behind our product.

In December 2015, I visited the community of 100 farmers who we source from. I was there during the harvest and it has bee none of the most amazing experiences I’ve had. I was able to meet with one of the families who have worked the land for centuries since this knowledge has been passed from generation to generation.

I have a team that helps me in the kitchen and during our markets. One thing I love about DC is its cultural diversity and I want to bring that to my business. Fidel from Guatemala, is our maizope man and Ken, from the Philippines, is our sales person and front of the house.

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Handmade trifecta: maizopes, margaritas and mezcal. Perfect pairing for any special fiesta!

Manos de Maiz, Catering

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