Owners of South American market to sell fresh food at their first popup event

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The owners of a new local cafe and market, La Celeste, will debut their South American cuisine Sunday in Lawrence at their first popup event.

Hosted by local restaurant and butcher shop Leeway Franks & Butcher Sunday, La Celeste will sell freshly made bakery foods and imported goods, according to a post on the market’s Facebook page.

This will be the cafe’s first public event since announcing their opening plans at the beginning of this year.

La Celeste, owned by married couple Mathias and Gloria Jaime, specializes in treats from all over South America — specifically Río de la Plata cuisine, which is based in Uruguay and Argentina. 

Mathias on Friday said that they are still searching for the right storefront location, but for the time being, patrons can place online delivery orders for imported goods. Orders are delivered on Wednesdays and Sundays, and since the popup is scheduled on a Sunday this week, patrons can make orders online for pickup at Leeway Franks, Mathias said.

The menu designed for the popup event will include à la carte dishes, pastries and drinks, including ham and cheese empanadas, pascualina (leek and spinach pie), sorrentinos a la Caruso (filled pasta in a creamy sauce with bacon and mushrooms), arroz con leche, dulce de leche and more. Combination orders will also be available.

The popup event is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 23 at Leeway Franks & Butcher, 935 Iowa St. in Lawrence. A 10% discount will be given to patrons with a Lawrence school district badge or a University of Kansas or Haskell Indian Nations University ID, according to La Celeste’s Facebook post.

La Celeste’s next public appearance will be on Saturday, May 6 at Fiesta Argentine, a community event with live music, vendors and games at Emerson Park in Kansas City, Mathias said.

Read more about the Jaime family and their new business in this article from January. Visit lacelestelfk.com to learn more about La Celeste, and follow the Facebook page to stay updated with the cafe.

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Maya Hodison (she/her), equity reporter, can be reached at mhodison (at) lawrencekstimes (dot) com. Read more of her work for the Times here. Check out her staff bio here.

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