Mami’s origin began over 50 years ago when Estela Rodgriguez, oldest of ten siblings, responsibility included providing meals for her nine younger siblings while her parents were working in the fields of Piedras Negras, Mexico. Estela developed a love and passion for food at the young age of thirteen, even more so, providing others with a unique and authentic experience while enjoying Mexican inspired meals.
When you come from humble beginnings, you show your love through your abilities. Her strongest ability was her cooking. She passed this on to her children who have passed it on to their children. The love and passion became more evident to the public in 2003 when her daughters Elisa and Elsa started catering. In 2004, the oldest daughter, Elsa, went public by opening up the first location in Muscatine.
In 2011, the company was handed down from Elsa to her son, Gerardo (Jerry) Vasquez. Jerry had a vision to share his grandmother's love around the nation. In December of 2011, friends Chance Kleist and Tyler Tiecke became partners in Mami's Authentic and the first location was opened in Iowa City August of 2012.
Today the Mami's team has three location in two states with many more to come!
221 S. Gilbert, Iowa City