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Mana’s Haitian Caribbean Food: A Taste of Haiti in Garden City, KS

Today, Hermana and Jose Jacques, the proud owners of Mana’s Haitian Caribbean Food LLC, a Haitian restaurant inside the Food & Brew Hall on Main St. in Garden City, KS, share their story. With their daughter, Darley Jacques, translating, they discuss their journey from Haiti to becoming part of the first food hall in Western Kansas and the first Haitian restaurant in Garden City.

From Haiti to Kansas: A Journey of Determination

Originally from Haiti, Hermana and Jose Jacques have lived in the United States for close to 8 years. Their American journey began in Orlando, Florida, where they spent seven months before relocating to Garden City six years ago.

The Jacques family had established a successful restaurant in Haiti, but the country’s political instability made it difficult to sustain their business. With a vision for a brighter future, the Jacques family moved to The United States. Motivated by a desire for better opportunities and the fulfillment of long-held dreams.

Mana’s Entrepreneurial Spirit

Hermana has always been business-oriented. She recalls, “I’ve never been somebody who has been able to work a 9 to 5 job. I’ve always felt more comfortable being my own boss. A lot of the success I’ve had in life is in positions where I have been my own boss.” This entrepreneurial drive is something she attributes to her mother, who instilled in her the mindset of a go-getter. Her husband, Jose, is her steadfast supporter, always encouraging her to pursue her dreams.

Cooking has been a part of Mana’s life since childhood. She takes traditional Haitian recipes and adds her unique twist, making them her own. This blend of tradition and innovation is what makes Mana’s Haitian Caribbean Food LLC

Overcoming Challenges and Embracing New Beginnings

The transition from Haiti to the United States was not without its challenges. Leaving behind family and familiar surroundings was difficult. The Jacques family had to adapt to a new language and culture, but they approached these challenges with resilience. “Leaving your country is not easy. It’s not something that you can just pick up and easily do,” Jose reflects. Despite these obstacles, they believe in their ability to accomplish their dreams anywhere in the world.

Mana’s Haitian Caribbean Food LLC represents a significant milestone not only for the Jacques family but also for the community of Garden City. The restaurant’s inclusion in the Downtown Vision project came as a fortunate opportunity. After searching for a suitable location to open their restaurant, the offer to join the Food & Brew Hall was the perfect fit. “It was a connection that we did not expect to happen but we are so thankful that it did,” Hermana shares.

Pride and Aspirations

The Jacques family takes immense pride in their achievements since moving to the United States. Their children are excelling academically, with one pursuing a Master’s degree in Washington, D.C., another studying finance and economics at Wichita State University and another just finishing high school. “Aside from our family, being the first Haitian restaurant in Garden City and having the opportunity to expose our Haitian cuisine and culture to the community is something we are most proud of,” Jose says.

Looking ahead, the Jacques family hopes that Mana’s Haitian Caribbean Food LLC will thrive and eventually expand to its own location. They aim to continue their collaboration with Downtown Vision and enhance the visibility of the Haitian community in Garden City. “We hope that this is so successful we are able to open our own restaurant and our own location,” they express.

A Unique Culinary Experience

Mana’s Haitian Caribbean Food LLC offers a culinary experience that is both authentic and unique. The Jacques family wants the public to know that their food is crafted with care, using fresh, non-frozen ingredients. “It’s not just about the taste; it’s about how we cook the food,” Mana explains. They emphasize the use of vegetables, meat, and fresh ingredients to create healthy, delicious dishes.

For those who have never tried Haitian cuisine, Mana’s Haitian Caribbean Food LLC promises a delightful experience. “It is the best food in the world,” Darley declares. Each dish is a testament to Hermana’s creativity, blending traditional Haitian recipes with her own flavors and spices. “Not all Haitian food will taste the same; each will have different variations, and I definitely have my own variations of my own food or recipes of the original Haitian recipes,” adds Hermana.

As Garden City continues to grow, the Jacques family is proud to contribute to its diversity and culinary landscape. Mana’s Haitian Caribbean Food LLC is more than just a restaurant; it is a celebration of culture, resilience, and the pursuit of dreams.

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