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New Orleans con Sabor Latino: Maritza Hyde

Maritza Hyde is originally from Guatemala and is the owner of Pepperoni's Cafe located on Hampson Street in Uptown New Orleans. Pepperoni's Cafe is an Italian restaurant that also features fresh juices and a full breakfast menu. Maritza Hyde and her husband opened the restaurant in Gentilly before moving to Elysian Fields, then Uptown.



This interview with Maritza Hyde was conducted by Tulane student, Jake von Halle as a part of the Southern Food & Beverage Museum's New Orleans con Sabor Latino exhibit. This exhibit was the result of a joint effort by Tulane University, SoFaB, and community partners.

In Dr. Sarah Fouts' interdisplinary seminar, Food, Migration, & Culture, Tulane students worked with Latino members of the New Orleans food industry to create a series of oral histories exploring the role of Latin culture in our city's restaurant scene. With stories ranging from famous restauranteurs to line cooks, New Orleans con Sabor Latino demonstrates the diversity of experience within this community, as well as their vital contributions to the Big Easy.

Special thanks to the Tulane University Stone Center for Latin American Studies, the New Orleans Center for the Gulf South, and the Tulane University Center for Public Service for their assistance and support of this project.

Kelley Crawford is a professor, writer, mentor, dancer, and constant questioner. If you would like to contact Kelley Crawford, you can email her at kelley@nolavie.com.