BRICIA LOPEZ

Having been born and raised in Mitla, Oaxaca, rich in culinary tradition and indigenous food culture, Bricia comes from a long lineage of Oaxacan Mezcal craftsman. She grew up in her grandmothers kitchen where alongside her mother and sisters, lived the traditions of mole and true artisanal cooking. Her father founded Guelaguetza in 1994, a Oaxacan restaurant that has become a temple to Oaxacan food and tradition in Los Angeles and the US. She began working alongside her family in the restaurant business at a very young age. Bricia is a graduate of Mount Saint Mary’s College, majoring in Business Administration. She is currently a partner at Guelaguetza and today, spearheads all operations alongside her three siblings. 

Bricia has become a staunch proponent of Oaxacan culture and an integral figure in the gastronomic culture of Los Angeles.  In past years “Bricia” cocktails began popping up in LA’s bar scene with a couple more in Chicago. The “Sweet Bricia” made Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Jonathan Gold’s 2011 55 Essential Cocktails list. She has participated as a judge and a panelist in several food and spirits events discussing authenticity in Mexican cuisine and mezcal’s influence in mixology and in today’s spirits market.  In 2013, Mayor Eric Garcetti named her LA's official Mezcalera.  Bricia was chosen one of LA Weekly's "Best of LA" in their annual People Issue.  She is currently working with GOT MILK for the second year on a campaign targeting the Hispanic market, where she serves as a spokesperson mixing Oaxacan influenced ingredients with Milk.  On October 2013, Zagat named her one of 16 Power Players in LA’s dining and drinking scene.  In 2014 she was named one of LA's 30 under 30 by Zagat. 

Bricia is a founding member  of  The Taste of Mexico Association and produced their 2014 and 2016 annual Taste Of Mexico Food Festival.  Council President Herb Wesson awarded her a special recognition in October 2013 for her contributions and achievements within her community and inspiring other women as leaders.  Most recently, Bricia was also invited to the White house to participate in a roudtable discussion with President Obama and eight other of the country’s business leaders on immigration and economic issues.  She has also spoken of young immigrant issues in front of Mexicos president, Enrique Peña Nieto. 

Referred to as a “Oaxacan Princess” by Jonathan Gold, Bricia has been quoted on her expertise by several publications, including Conde Nast Traveler and The New Yorker. Bricia’s and her family’s story has been featured on local television, numerous blogs and several publications including two cover story for Los Angeles Times, LA Weekly, OC Weekly, Los Angeles Magazine, Brand X, Sunset Magazine, a featured story on KPCC, GQ and Travel and Leisure.  Most recently, Guelaguetza was chosen as the best top 10 Mexican restaurants in the country by Travel and Leisure.   This coming May 4th, 2015, Bricia and her family will be awarded with the highly coveted ‘American Classics’ James Beard award  for their restaurant's Guelaguetza local character and lasting appeal.