Fortitude Founder

Allen County
Founder Profile

Flora

Barron

Business

Flora & Lily’s Mexican Kitchen

Founded

2017

Grant Date

May 2019

Idea

Fresh-made food packed with spicy, Mexican flavor.

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Bringing a touch of ethnicity and diversity to the city of Fort Wayne.

Flora Barron and her family were entrepreneurs in Mexico and brought their experiences to the United States. Flora & Lily’s Mexican Kitchen food truck was born with help from her sister, Lilia Horta, and her mother, Judith Diaz.

Flora & Lily’s is a family business at its core. Their recipes have been passed down from the family’s time in the restaurant business in Mexico, allowing Flora to bring authentic Mexican tastes to Fort Wayne.

Everything that Flora & Lily’s serves is made fresh to order. Everything from the burrito bowls to the quesadillas to popular shrimp tacos are made on-site, which means every bite from the food truck is packed with fresh and spicy Mexican flavor.

In fact, Flora’s family recipes are so fresh that they were noticed by a dietician at the University of Notre Dame when Flora & Lily’s food truck visited the campus to serve the football team before a game.

Flora and her family pride themselves in bringing diversity and culture to Fort Wayne through their work on the food truck. Now that Flora is becoming more involved in the entrepreneurial community, she hopes to be a support system and a positive example to other Hispanic entrepreneurs who want their businesses to succeed.

Going into its third season, Flora & Lily’s Mexican Kitchen food truck goes where the people take it. They have been involved in Ted’s Market, Lunch on the Plaza, and Gearfest. They have also been hired to cater private events at wineries, universities, and concerts.

Flora has high hopes for the future of Flora & Lily’s. She hopes to purchase another truck to target different areas of Fort Wayne, get involved in catering during the truck’s offseason, and eventually open up a brick-and-mortar version of Flora & Lily’s.

For now, Flora & Lily’s Mexican kitchen is working on decreasing its environmental footprint. With $1,000 from the Fortitude Fund, Flora is looking at biodegradable packaging options.

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