Karen Waikiki, with 6 part-time and 17 full-time employees
Karen started Primavera in 1991 after years of working as the chef at a Mexican restaurant in Sonoma. All of Primavera’s products are made by hand in a commercial kitchen. Corn masa (the main ingredient in tortillas) is made both fresh from dried corn and from pre-ground corn flour. Primavera is always experimenting with new recipes and employees have made several contributions to the menu.
Primavera uses many organic products, including corn, corn flour, tomatoes, squash, melons, chiles, and eggs. Many fresh vegetables are sourced directly from local farms; the remaining are purchased through a local supplier that sources nationally and internationally. Corn and beans are grown in the United States. Pork and beef come from Niman Ranch, and chicken comes from local suppliers.