Cristina Enriquez and her husband Adrian Libatique began Lasa, their from-home catering service in October 2022. Friends would rave over dishes they brought to potlucks.
Over time friends and family were ordering from them for parties, and after they became increasingly popular, the couple was encouraged to bring the delightful flavours of the Philippines to more of the community.
“Me and my husband are both full time health-care workers," Enriquez said. "The only time that we can cook is whenever we both have a day off.”
Lasa generally offers meals every second Saturday of the month. Enriquez says the Filipino-style noodles, made with chicken and vegetables and their pork spring rolls are top sellers. They like to switch up the dishes available, trying out chicken noodle soup, pork buns and breads.
Thunder Bay’s appetite for variety and authentic recipes has motivated great local chefs.
Enriquez says the city’s grocery stores have risen to the demand for more international flavours. In the past ingredients were sourced from Winnipeg or shipping from Alberta.
“Now, our local groceries have Asian aisles, where we can get a few of our ingredients so it’s easier for us to produce and replicate the taste of the food back home.”
Lasa announces their upcoming meals on their Instagram and Facebook pages. Customers can place their orders by instant message, email or phone. Lasa also offers event catering, which Enriquez expects to be even busier as the snow melts and outdoor parties commence.
“We’re targeting a lot more meal options especially for this summer, when people are out and about and kids are not in school.”
Lasa’s menu has something for everyone, unique and delectable flavours that will make any event more memorable. Be sure to check their social media for upcoming menus and new offerings.