La Española Meats, Inc
La Española Meats was founded in 1982 by Juana Gimeno Faraone, and started as a small family business when Doña Juana decided to start importing Spanish products herself. We have been importing Spanish products since 1983 thanks to our founder Doña Juana who couldn’t find Spanish products here in the U.S. and after a long time of missing Spanish products, she decided to create her own company called La Española Meats, INC. and her own brand called Doña Juana to bring to the Spanish community living in the U.S a little piece of their homeland.
As the time has passes by, La Española Meats has grown to become one of the main companies that exports everyday products from Spain to supply all the Spanish residents that come here to get the Spanish flavor to bring it to their homes, and also to offer new products and introduce new tastes to the US society.
The ‘charcuterie’ is made in the company’s U.S. Department of Agriculture-approved plant with the same fine ingredients and cherished recipes that are used by the best producers in Spain.
The company can turn out about 1,000 pounds of sausage a day, which it distributes to restaurants and stores across the country. That is quite a jump from what the company was producing when Faraone purchased it from an old Spanish couple eight years ago. Faraone trained at La Española for a month before the owners turned their formulations over to her. But the first batches of Sausage she made on her own were a disaster. “My Sobrasada, which should always be a beautiful, deep red, developed white spots and I couldn’t figure out why,” she remembers. Faraone consulted a family friend, Father Miguel, a priest from Majorca who had been in charge of hog butchering and traditional sausage making at a Nevada monastery. Together they prepared La Espanola’s first successful batch of Sobrasada Mallorquina. Father Miguel counseled Faraone on a few fine points of sausage making: the correct temperature for the meat before it is ground, how to watch for rancidity in sausages as they cure. Faraone then traveled throughout Spain to observe sausage-making techniques firsthand. Back in the United States she attended professional seminars and eventually obtained her USDA status. Spanish food has vivid, earthy flavors and Mediterranean accents that seem natural for California. But it has only recently been finding a following here. You can prepare Spanish food without the authentic ingredients you find at La Espanola, of course, but your cazuelas, egg tortillas and Iberian bean dishes will be missing that essentially “Spanish” taste. And unless paella is prepared with the sort of soft-grain Valencia rice sold in La Espanola’s deli, it won’t have the chewy texture that reminds you you’re eating the genuine item.
What do they say about us?
- A Second Generation at La Española Meats Introduces Spanish Products to the US | Local Food Eater – May 12, 2019
- A passion for pork and tradition | Easy Reader News – October 11, 2018
- When You Can’t Get To Spain–A Tour of La Española Meats | Empty Nesters – May 8, 2018
- Best of the Best Spanish Artisanal Meat at La Española Meats | Local Food Eater – January 5, 2017
- 16 empresas andaluzas, presentes en La Española Meats de la mano de Extenda | Olimerca News – November 10, 2014
- Still celebrating paella Saturdays at La Española | Los Angeles Times – February 10, 2014
- L.A.’s Idea of Spanish Food vs. What Spaniards Really Eat | LA Weekly – July 18, 2013
- La Española Meats – A little bit of Spain in SoCal | Savory Roads – October 7, 2010
- Vista LA: Where to experience authentic Spain in SoCal | ABC 7 NEWS – January 6, 2018
- Here’s where to find the best Spanish restaurants in L.A. | Time Out Los Angeles – February 19, 2019
- 2018’s Five Great Meals in the Harbor Area | Random Lenghts News – January 14, 2019
- A passion for pork and tradition | Meetup Reader News – October 11, 2018
- Takeout Paella at La Española | Chow Hound – April 24, 2012
- Paella perfection at La Espanola | Blog Diary of a MAD HUNGRY WOMAN – October 14, 2011
- Tour and Paella at La Española | Blog Pleasure Palate – November 15, 2009
- La Espanola Meats | South Bay Foodies – June 21, 2008
- Cafe Iberico Deli: The Reign of Spain | By Lisa Shames in ChicagoIST Food – March 28, 2007