About us

About us

Welcome to LA AREPA!

Your ultimate destination of mouthwatering Venezuelan street food in beautiful Portland, Oregon! Our passion lies in serving you authentic cuisine that bursts with traditional flavors and recipes, bringing a little piece of Venezuela directly to your plate.

La Arepa is a family affair, founded by the dynamic duo of Antonio Gutierrez and Elsy Rodriguez back in July 2010, fueled by their love for Venezuelan culinary heritage, they opened our doors in the vibrant SE  Portland neighborhood. With the support of a local organization and the entire family, their dream became a reality. As their daughter, I joined the family business in 2016, a special leap year that marked a magical milestone for us. On February 29th, my husband and I opened La Arepa’s second cart, embarking on a journey of growth and expansion.

Since then, we have been dedicated to enhancing our brand both online and offline. We’ve revamped our website, diversified our menu, and ventured into catering service to bring the flavors of our country to your special events. Whether is a gathering at home, an office celebration, or an outdoor event, La Arepa is here to cater to your taste buds, all with the goal of better serving our valued customers. With each passing year, our customer base continues to grow, fueling our passion to share our Venezuelan roots and culture even more.

As food carts owners, we purposefully selected pods known for their strong community connections. We believe in the power of coming together, just like the supportive Oregonians who rally doing challenging times. Whether it’s the current pandemic or the devastating fires, we have witnessed firsthand the strength and resilience of our community. In turn, we are committed to supporting both our local community here in Portland and our beloved Venezuela.

At La Arepa, it’s not just about the food; it’s about forging connections, sharing stories, and creating memorable experiences. We invite you to join us on this culinary adventure where our passion for Venezuelan cuisine meets the warm embrace of The Portland community. Together, let’s celebrate our roots, savor delicious flavors, and build a stronger, more vibrant community.

We have recently opened our new location inside The Zed, where we serve a delectable array of Venezuelan delights such as Cachapas, Pepitos, and more.

At La Arepa, we take pride in delivering an unforgettable culinary experience that will transport you straight to the vibrant streets of Venezuela with every bite. Our dishes are prepared with love and care, capturing the authentic flavors of homemade Venezuelan food.