Nadia Wotrang opened her first restaurant during a snowstorm in late December of 2022. This may be her first solo business venture, but she learned much from her two brothers who own and operate restaurants with Jamaican dishes perfected and inspired by their mother, Lu-Cynthia Hayden Brown aka Mama Lu.
Four months after opening her doors she received an email from Alan Stern, the Minnesota Twins’ performance chef, requesting an opportunity to try dishes from Nadia’s menu. With his own expertise in Caribbean, Pan-Pacific and regional American delicacies, he was thrilled to find a local restaurant offering authentic Jamaican dishes. He placed Nadia’s Jamaican Kitchen on the list that the MN Twins provides to visiting teams as an approved caterer. Nadia’s has steadily gained raves and loyal customers throughout the baseball season. Nadia has received word that they will remain on the preferred catering list in 2024.
CBS affiliate WCCO TV recently invited Nadia on their Mid-morning show for a cooking demonstration of Mama Lu’s oxtail with butter beans stew. All of the dishes she prepared for the crew were met with delight.
Nadia told us, “We have had orders from 9-10 teams ranging from the Astros, Blue Jays, Mets, Rangers, and the Oakland A’s. We easily accommodate requests for vegan meals though our most popular options are Mama Lu’s oxtail with butter beans, jerk chicken and pork, and island curry goat and chicken. No meal is complete without our Jamaican rice & red beans in addition to our popular fried plantains.”