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Bits + Pieces

15 Feb

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1. Perri, EWI’s Outreach Coordinator, and Mariana, EWI’s graphic design volunteer, attended Language ETC’s Community Services Fair in DC on Tuesday

2. On Thursday, Perri and Mary, EWI’s Program Manager, had a great social media planning meeting at Cosi in Virginia Square!

3. This week EWI graduate and volunteer, Velma Crawford, was interviewed on Mining the Heart radio show on XM radio.

4. EWI graduates Aida and Lizzie came to our office (just in time for some surprise VDay chocolate covered strawberries!) in preparation for the Micro-Business Lending Conference in Richmond on February 25th and 26th. The two fantastic food entrepreneurs will be part of the “Meet the Micros” segment of the conference. Marga will introduce the women entrepreuners and discuss the role that technical assistance plays in the development of micro enterprises. She will moderate a discussion with the women about their work, needs, and their business goals for the future.

5. Development Associate, Alexandra, met Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor while out and about in DC! So exciting!

6. We celebrated Valentine’s Day with lots of roses, chocolates, heart shaped brownies, and a lovely Lebanese lunch! We hope you all had a great day celebrating loved ones, too! 🙂

Happy weekend, everyone! Don’t forget to check back on Monday for a Mondays With Marga post and a new Coach’s Corner!


Meet Trinidad!

6 Dec


Trinidad Coopman is from Santiago, Chile and her home-catering business “La Serena” is named after her hometown of Serena, where her entire family comes from as well as many of her timeless recipes. Serena translates to “calm” in Spanish, which is exactly how Trinidad wants her clients to feel when they hire her to cater for home parties and everyday household food.

Trinidad is not only a self-taught chef, but also a visual artist, who enjoys cooking and sees it as an art. Her food products are diverse, ranging from savory entrees and appetizers to sweet cakes and chocolates. Her dishes are made with all natural ingredients and more importantly, a lot of heart. The most popular feature items have been the Chilean style cheese or spinach and ricotta empanadas and the Tres Leches Cake.

Trinidad wants to eventually expand her talents and open a business where she can sell her sweets, wraps, and hang her art pieces on the wall and put them for sale.  Trinidad has used the EWI course to help her structure her business. She has now set goals that are completely realistic and is working towards reaching them. She claims that she has also learned that she has a special talent for marketing and really enjoys talking to people, networking and selling directly to the public.

EWI has had a great impact on Trinidad’s business vision. According to Trinidad, “Every class was very educational, but it was also fun. We would share personal experiences and it was nice to hear that other women are going through similar situations. I gained a lot of confidence in myself and my business thanks to all the knowledge that I acquired in the ETS class.”

With her extroverted personality, Trinidad not only wants to deliver a good, but also provide a service—making her customers happy and full of delicious and gourmet food.


A very special and heartfelt thank you goes to Trinidad for her generous contribution of 100 fortune cupcakes for the 10 Year Anniversary Benefit! Her cupcakes were a delight to all our guests and received with rave reviews. Thank you, Trinidad!

Mina Alemzadeh
Alexandria ETS Intern

Are You an Iron Chef?

12 Mar

Do you have a favorite recipe? If so, we want to hear it! EWI is seeking submissions of recipes of all sorts; appetizers, soups, salads, main courses, side dishes and desserts – we want it all! Send your submissions to emily@ewint.org.

We can’t wait to see them!

Call for Recipes

6 Mar

We are still accepting YOUR favorite recipes! Do you have a recipe that your friends and family rave about? Do you view cooking as an art? Do you have an amazing recipe from your home country? If you answered yes to any of these questions then we want to hear from you! Send you best, most authentic recipe to emily@ewint.org, including ingredients and directions.

We can’t wait to see your tasty submissions!