As a child Jose Chavez knew he wanted to pursue cooking as his career and at the age of 13 Chavez made his first apple cake. Now at 25, Chavez owns Mi Little Oaxaca Bakery & Cafe in Eureka.
After graduating from the International Culinary College of Oaxaca, Mexico, Chavez came to the United States to fulfill his goal of starting a business, just four years ago. Chavez reunited with his father in Kansas City and quickly moved to see his sister in Fortuna who he hadn’t seen in 10 years.
“This is how I started my cakes here in Humboldt through my niece and nephews for their birthday parties, through the guests I started to gain clientele and that’s how everything started,” Chavez said.
Chavez can bake all types of pastries like tres leches, chocoflan, and special birthday cakes. As a customer you can request to create any form of cake with certain designs or pictures on it. Chavez also sells sandwiches, tortas, and on weekends Chavez has special tacos with handmade tortillas.
“There are a lot of people who haven’t for a long time been reborn of authentic Mexican cake and I want to remind you of all sorts of things because you can’t go to Mexico to eat like conchas, galletas (cookies), pasteles de tres leches,” Chavez said.
Chavez understands that for many people, it’s been a long time since they’ve had authentic Mexican pastries and he wanted to remind people of them.
“I went to the cafe the first week it opened and I love the tres leches cake, it tasted just like the tres leches cakes I grew up with at every birthday party,” Christina Torres, a customer said. “The owner has also been super friendly the several times I’ve been back to get more desserts.”
Mi Little Oaxaca Bakery & Cafe in Eureka is now open Monday through Saturday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Sunday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 3943 Walnut Dr A, Eureka, CA 95503.
“My vision is first, God willing, is to bear all this pandemic and then I want to expand a little more and open another store in Fortuna or Arcata,” Chavez said. “Keep following and supporting us because it is a very difficult time and the truth is as Latinos we should gather together and come to the store as support to help us with more income.”