Local Puerto Rican native honored during Hispanic Heritage Month
On Monday WDBJ News7 reported that Karyna Nevarez a native of Puerto Rico was recognized by Virginia Senator Tim Kaine during Hispanic Heritage Month. From September 15 through October 15 and celebrates Americans whose heritage is Hispanic-Latino-Latinx. Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua's independence day is on September 15th, Mexico's on the 16th, and Chile's on the 18. Columbus Day or Día de la Raza AKA is observed on October 12th.
Nevarez is the Inclusion Coordinator at the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine where she works year-round in outreach and engagement "with prospective students who are underrepresented in medicine". The Senator’s office said that Nevarez also works to "enhance cultural competence for the school’s students, staff, and faculty by designing and presenting workshops and training through the school’s identity-focused student organization."
The tastes of Puerto Rico
WSLS News 10 revealed that Nevarez and her husband are the owners of Delicias Boricua a Puerto Rican restaurant at the Crafteria on Church Ave in Downtown Roanoke. The couple says they desired to make the food from their indigenous heritage and opened about six years ago as a catering business. The family began offering tropical flavors as well as herbs from Puerto Rico. Now, since moving to Downtown Roanoke they are happy to have a place to call their own.
Nevarez told News 10 “It is just very exciting,” “It is something we have dreamed about for a very long time.” Delicias Boricuas moved to the new location earlier this year and offers rice and meat dishes and also sweet desserts like a coconut pudding called tembleque.