Monday, December 10, 2012

El Rey De La Paella, Miami, Local Sourcing

El Rey De La Paella Catering Company uses some locally sourced Florida ingredients. I met them at this year's Taste of Peru in Miami, Florida. They had the largest pan of paella I had ever seen. Giovanni Fernandez, standing over six feet tall, told me the pans were from his family in Spain.

Giovanni Fernandez of El Rey de la Paella Catering
Company with large pan of seafood paella at Taste of Peru,
Miami, Fla.
It was the third paella company to open in Miami in 1997 when Fernandez's Spanish grandparents started the business. Now the company has 16 styles of paella including vegetarian and Kosher, says Fernandez.

El Rey de la Paella buys plantains and corn from Homestead farmers, seafood from Key West, and other ingredients from Miami-Dade farmers' markets. They also make their own spice mix, which according to Fernandez sets their paella apart from their competition.

To find out more about the company you can go to

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