For five years, chef Jackie Mendive has turned her home passion for making traditional artisanal Argentinean empanadas into a thriving business selling thousands of empanadas a month.
Join Jackie in celebrating these tasty treats April 8 on National Empanada Day.
Originating in Spain, the word “empanar” means to wrap in dough in Spanish and Portuguese. Today, over 30 countries put their own regional spin on empanadas.
These dough wrapped meat, cheese, or fruit pockets are a staple in many cultures with varying names from meat pies to pasties. Jackie’s empanadas are filled with with her own unique recipes celebrating her Argentinean heritage. With over a dozen available types of empanadas ranging from steak to gluten free to vegan, Empanadas on the Go offers the perfect way to celebrate National Empanada Day.
An active mother of five, Jackie understands the challenges of feeding a busy household. Empanadas offer a quick and nutritious way to provide a hearty meal or healthy snack. As Jackie’s business grew, so did her menu. In addition to her selection of regular-sized empanadas, she offers a smaller size popular for gatherings and make the ideal social distance appetizer.
Customer Eileen Bartels said, “What I love about Jackie’s Empanadas is that in 20 minutes on one tray, I can make exactly what each of my kids wants so we can all sit down to a family meal together. Whether gluten free, meatless or meat-lover, everyone is satisfied and together.”
“And her subscription service option means that I can quarterly deliveries of my family’s favorites so I am never out of options,” Bartels added.
Jackie’s mission extends beyond keeping New York and Connecticut area families stocked with empanadas; she also works to fight hunger back in her home country of Argentina. With every bite of Jackie’s Empanadas, she donates a percentage to local charities and supports CONIN del Viso, a program in Buenos Aires that fights infant malnutrition.
In honor of National Empanada Day, Jackie’s Empanadas On The Go is offering 10% using the code “EMPANADA”, available to Fairfield County, Westchester County, Manhattan and Brooklyn.