After graduating from the University of Florida, Stephanie began a career in the hospitality industry which turned into a marketing career in country music. As a way to bring acts together, Stephanie would prepare empanadas for shows. One day, a friend called out “Hey Empamama” and the next day she secured the social accounts for the brand knowing that one day she would make something of the Empamamas’ brand.
In August 2015, she quit her job and moved back home to Tampa where she began to put a plan together for Empamamas. What started as a Food Truck dedicated to ‘Not So Basic, American Made Empanadas’ quickly grew
into a permanent location at the newly desired, Armature Works Food Hall. Empamamas prides itself on their signature, award winning empanada, the Tampa Girl which has won over 5 awards in the past year alone. Stephanie looks forward to continuing to grow her brand and expand on a National level in retail as well as in distribution.