A new catering service and women's worker cooperative has opened in Richmond, serving up Latin American cuisine with a range of flavors and influences.

Fusion Latina Cooperative will launch Friday with an opening celebration from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Richmond Civic Center, and will include lots of free tasty samples, said co-owner Alexandra Escobedo.

Fusion Latina Cooperative comprises seven Richmond women, all equal owners of the company. Escobedo said most of the women are from Nicaragua and Mexico, although each brings a different cooking style. They will take catering orders for a variety of events and deliver to the site. Place orders at fusionlatinarestaurant@gmail.com or call 510-730-6072.

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