Serving up some of LA’s most mouth-watering Mexican cuisine, Los Angeles’ very own Yuca’s Restaurant founder, Socorro Herrera, is being honored at the Ceremonial Proclamation of the Resolution of the City of Los Angeles: Día del Yucateco (Yucatan Day) on Friday May 24th, 2013 at 10 a.m. at the Los Angeles City Hall.
Herrera, A.K.A. Mama Yuca, will be honored at the ceremony, presented by Casa de la Cultura Maya (House of Mayan Culture) and honorable councilmember Ed P. Reyes. This special ceremony will celebrate the hard working people of the Yucatan living in LA who have made a significant effort to promote their culture and the state of Yucatan. Socorro Herrera used her culinary passion combined with her family’s dedication of community development to make a cultural impact on this city.
Officially a local favorite and one of USA Today Travel Guide’s Top 10 places to eat, Yuca’s came from humble beginnings nearly 40 years ago when Socorro turned an old shoe shine booth into a thriving little taco stand. In 2007, the family opened a second location, Yuca’s on Hollywood, not far from the taco stand; that location has flourished in popularity the way the taco stand did. Their delicious, authentic Yucatan recipes have been enjoyed and highly praised by a vast amount of food lovers, tourists, and food critics.
Aside from helming a popular taco stand, Mama Yuca also excelled in the role of Christmas toy and wreath vendor, fashion industry sample-maker and Avon representative. Socorro’s efforts at Yuca’s, along with her daughter, Dora, won the restaurant the acclaimed 2005 James Beard award and put Yuca’s on the map as one of “America’s Classics.” Since receiving its first press review by the Los Angeles Examiner, food connoisseurs have taken an acute interest. Yuca’s most popular items have been featured in many publications including LA Magazine, Westways, IN STYLE, Vogue, Ciudad Magazine and Gourmet Magazine.
Today, Dora Herrera continues to follow the family’s tradition of success. Hand-picked by Fresh & Easy as the Hispanic spokesperson of its Ready-to-Cook line last summer, Dora visited different cities across the country to promote the line. She appeared on morning television showcasing how to BBQ and grill the delicious hassle-free meals. Her segment was featured on the Las Vegas, NV Spanish network Telemundo affiliate KBLR-TV and Telemundo station KUNA-TV.
Still serving the community with good food and love, Yuca’s success and longevity is definitely the product of Socorro’s enduring life motto – if you’re going to do it, do it well. And according to a great portion of Los Angeles, Yuca’s certainly does it well.