Amalia Moreno-Damgaard is an award-winning-bestselling author, chef and seasoned entrepreneur born and raised in Guatemala City currently living in the Twin Cities. She helps businesses develop a better understanding and appreciation of Latin cultures through healthy gourmet cuisine and culture education. Amalia consults and partners with brands to build strategies around the Latin culture to connect them with the Latin market effectively through custom projects, programs, activities, or events.
Prior to launching Amalia LLC, Amalia had an executive banking career and earned a master’s degree in international business and culture from St. Louis University. After graduating from Le Cordon Bleu and extensive traveling, Amalia started a business to teach others about the cultural synergies in Latin America. Her background and experience sparked the idea of combining business, food and storytelling. Guatemalan and Latin cuisine give Amalia the avenue to express herself in a delicious and creative way. Much of her time in and out of the kitchen includes exploring new ideas and cuisines, researching, developing and testing original recipes, teaching, traveling and writing, mentoring other women entrepreneurs, working on special projects, and consulting. Amalia also designs themes and menus for a variety of events and strives to keep healthy Latin and Spanish cuisine and culture at the forefront of everything she does. Her clients include Fortune 500 companies, professional organizations and business groups, nonprofits, universities, schools, and many more.
Amalia’s bestselling book Amalia’s Guatemalan Kitchen-Gourmet Cuisine With A Cultural Flair, won 9 first-prize national awards, including Best Foreign Cuisine Book USA by Gourmand World Cookbooks. She is now working on her second book. Amalia is a bilingual contributing writer for Twin Cities’ Latino American Today and for Guatemala’s Revue Magazine and Siglo21 national newspaper. Her articles include insights, tips, healthy cooking techniques, and anecdotal experiences and recipes from her travels about food culture worldwide. Her work has been featured numerous times on press and media and has been the feature story on various publications, including Edina and Eden Prairie Magazines.
Amalia also enjoys supporting the community through charitable donations of her time and skills. She is on the Executive Board of Common Hope and Latino Economic Development (LEDC) and also is co-founder and president-emeritus of Women Entrepreneurs of Minnesota (WeMN.org), a nonprofit organization that fosters women entrepreneurship.
Fish, to taste right, must swim three times: in water, in butter and in wine (Polish Proverb)