Hispanic Heritage month is celebrated every year from September 15th to October 15th. Hispanic Heritage month originally started in 1968 as a weeklong observation and became a law 20 years later. Latinos are the fastest growing economy, contributing 2.6 trillion dollars to the United States as of 2018 while representing 18% of the population. Some areas that have seen significant contributions from Latinos are gastronomy, music, and sports like baseball and boxing.
At South Key Management, this holiday is especially important for us as two of our key team members have Hispanic Heritage!
Giovanna, our Director of Communications, was born and raised in Northern Virginia, but both of her parents are from Lima, Peru. As a first-generation American, Giovanna is happy to talk to anyone about her Peruvian heritage, especially Peruvian food, which is quickly gaining popularity as the best gastronomy in the world. She even learned how to make ceviche most recently!
“For me, Hispanic Heritage Month is a time to celebrate what being Hispanic in America is and how much we have to offer. It’s an everyday celebratory mix of sharing what you know and love about your heritage and finding comradery in the multinational Hispanic norms we all share as Latin Americans.” Said Giovanna. “There is so much beauty in Hispanic cultural diversity! From differences in Spanish dialects and accents, to music genres and food, there is just so much richness to delve into.”
Martha, our Director of Housekeeping is from Monterrey, Mexico, but has lived in the US since she was five years old. In addition to working for our team, she has brought a taste of Mexico to Savannah with her catering company, Lety’s Tacos, where she serves deliciously seasoned tacos made without sour cream or ground beef. Her menu includes Asado, Al pastor, Chicharron, Carnitas, and Barbacoa tacos. “I am so happy to provide food that both Americans and Mexicans love!”
Hispanic Heritage month allows us to celebrate all the contributions Hispanic people have made to our world. A way that you can help celebrate this month during your stay is to support Hispanic owned businesses. Here are five local restaurants South Key Management recommends.
This Latin American Restaurant features Peruvian rotisserie style chicken. Also on the menu: salads, bowls, wraps, and traditional Peruvian sides.
Located: 5205 Waters Ave. Savannah, GA
If you are looking for authentic, affordable Cuban cuisine, the Cuban Window Café is the place to go. This Cuban restaurant is known for their authentic affordable Cuban food, specifically the $5 breakfast. Their menu also has pressed sandwiches, Cuban specials, and smoothies.
Located: 1116 Abercorn St. Savannah, GA
If you want small plates and tasty drinks, stop by Tandem Coffee and Spirits. This bar offers everything from coffee and pastries to unique specialty drinks and tapas. Located in a historic building, you will be able to enjoy atmosphere as well as food and drink.
Located: 225 E Bay St. Savannah, GA
If you’re looking to experience delicious authentic Peruvian food that will not disappoint, Giovanna highly recommends you try La Casita Peruvian Restaurant. Located just 30 minutes west from Savannah in Richmond Hill, GA this quaint “little house” (la casita) is owned and operated by Peruvians that know how to leave bellies full and Peruvian cravings satisfied! Or if you prefer to stay in the area, you’ll be delighted to know that they also offer take-out!
Located: 104 Dogwood Ave, Richmond Hill, GA 31324
If you are coming to visit Savannah during Hispanic Heritage month, make sure to take advantage of the many Hispanic owned businesses in the area for one of your meals. Don’t forget to check out the South Key Management properties to find a place to stay during your visit. South Key Management is your key to southern comfort!