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Dames Who Read – A Place at the Nayarit

August 16 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm


THE BOOK: A Place at the Nayarit

How a Mexican Restaurant Nourished a Community by Natalia Molina

In 1951, Dona Natalia Barraza opened the Nayarit, a Mexican restaurant in Echo Park, Los Angeles. With A Place at the Nayarit, historian Natalia Molina traces the life’s work of her grandmother, remembered by all who knew her as Dona Natalia – a generous, reserved, and extraordinarily capable woman. Dona Natalia immigrated alone from Mexico to L.A., adopted two children, and ran a successful business. She also sponsored, housed, and employed dozens of other immigrants, encouraging them to lay claim to a city long characterized by anti-Latinx racism. Together, the employees and customers of the Nayarit maintained ties to their old homes while providing one another safety and support.

As Les Dames focus on our own during this year of recovery, it is only appropriate that we feature Dame Maria Concannon, who immigrated from Mexico, but soon found herself a single mom in a strange country with no way to support herself…until she opened her own restaurant, despite being a kitchen neophyte. Years later, she and her son are still running their restaurant, though in a new location. The food is always delicious, and Maria is to be admired for her many achievements.

We will hear her tell her story whole we enjoy her delicious authentic Mexico City style foods. You will realize that her story is not unlike that of the book – the matriarch who encouraged and supported her staff and won the admiration of her customers, not just for the food!

You must be registered by noon on Friday August 12


August 16
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Don Juan’s Cantina and Taqueria
650 Northwest Highway
Park Ridge, IL 60068
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