the beginning...


Husband and wife duo Alex and Les Olano started their business in November 2013. Alex has been a cook and in the restaurant industry for years. He is from Lima, Peru and used his Grandma's recipe of her traditional Peruvian baked empanada as the inspiration for Olano's Empanadas. Peruvian is the number one cuisine in the world currently, and they so excited to share the flavors of Peru with the community of Kenosha (and beyond). Their love of food, family, and flavors is the foundation of their business and they are looking forward to the journey ahead!

All of their empanadas are baked with fresh ingredients. Currently, they are a pre-order only because they rent a shared kitchen incubator at HALO (Homeless Assistance Leadership Organization) in Racine. The program is called Recipe for Success and has helped them get their business off the ground. Their goal is to purchase a food truck with a fully equipped kitchen. They set up a GoFundMe page to raise money towards their goal.

Alex and Les are thankful to their family for supporting them since day one and thank each and every customer they’ve gained along the way. Pre-ordering is available, which can be made by calling, emailing, or through Facebook. Stop by one of their weekly farmers markets in southeastern Wisconsin to try some of their delicious empanadas! 

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