South-Central Mexican and Central American Gourmet Cuisine & Culture
Mesoamerica offers naturally vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free foods, and more. But fully enjoying the dishes of this region isn't possible without understanding how the ancient cultures behind them came to be.
AMALIA MORENO-DAMGAARD is a bilingual chef entrepreneur born and raised in Guatemala and author of the nine-time award-winning, bestselling book Amalia's Guatemalan Kitchen: Gourmet Cuisine with a Cultural Flair.
Amalia is an advocate of regenerative farming, sustainability, and DEI. She helps individuals and organizations of all sizes develop a broader understanding and appreciation of Latin cultural nuances using traditional, healthy gourmet cuisine as a platform for keynote speaking, representing brands, consulting, and teaching. A graduate of Le Cordon Bleu with a master's in international business, a prior corporate career, and travels in all seven continents, Amalia is also the cofounder and chief board advisor of Women Entrepreneurs of Minnesota.
Her community work includes board service, philanthropy, media-driven food and culture education, and empowering and mentoring women. She was named Woman in Business Champion of the Year by the US Small Business Administration-Minnesota District Office and received the Catalyst and Advocate Awards by Women Venture and NAWBO-National Association of Women Business Owners-Minnesota, respectively, among other accolades.