An Immigrant’s Journey From Shadowy Food Carts to Successful Entrepreneurship

June 13, 2012 — Tomorrow at lunch time, she will sell her tamales to the financiers who crowd outside the Ferry Building for a taste of the street-food craze sweeping San Francisco. But tonight, she gets to do what she loves most: prepare the recipes learned from her mother and grandmother as a child in Mazatlan, Mexico.

Alicia Villanueva, 51, stands at a kitchen counter stuffing pork and Oaxaceno con rajas into dozens of tamales, her fingers folding the cornhusks in a motion she has performed countless times. A pan of rice the size of a car tire bubbles on an industrial stove across the room. Read More & Watch the Video.

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