Doña Mari Hernandez is one of the longest tenured employees at Veracruz All Natural. She started in 2013 at the 6th and Waller food truck location, now home to the East Austin Hotel and Sixth and Waller restaurant. Doña Mari recalls being in a park when she learned about Veracruz All Natural from a girl who recommended the business as a great place to work. If you have eaten a taco from the food truck on E. Cesar Chavez or at the new location on Webberville, chances are that Doña Mari cooked it for you!
Doña Mari has continued to work for Veracruz All Natural for the past seven years because she loves to cook and believes the quality of food is very high. La Reyna taco is her favorite, and her favorite position to work in the trailer is in front of the grill. She works hard, and that is not only essential to the business, but it is also important to her as she supports her family as a single mother and sets an example to her kids.
Three of Doña Mari’s daughters have worked for Veracruz All natural over the years, so it really has been a family endeavor, which reflects the family values of the business, run by sisters Reyna and Maritza and prominently includes the sisters’ mother, La Ley, Doña Reyna, and Maritza’s daughter Lis. Originally from Santa Cruz de Juventino Rosas, Guanajuato, Doña Mari now considers Central Texas her home, and Veracruz All Natural her extended family.
Doña Mari is an optimistic woman. Even when work is hard, whether that be when tickets are piled up and customers are waiting, or when she is working over a hot grill when it is over 100 degrees outside, Doña Mari keeps perspective by dwelling on her love for cooking and her gratitude for working in a place that reflects her mentality of quality ingredients and delicious food. She says, “I’m not going to cook something that I won’t eat myself!”