Family Entrepreneurs: Made in America, Taco by Taco

About the Project

Sept. 19, 2015
The New York Times

View the piece on NYTimes.com in an article by Stacy Cowley: "6 Entrepreneurship Lessons From Family Businesses" 

The journalism unit of Blue Chalk Media produced “Family Entrepreneurs” collaboration with The New York Times video department and business desk. The six-part series celebrates a range of family-owned businesses across the United States—from taquerias to hand-sewn bowties, advanced technological helmets to breweries.

This episode,“Made in America, Taco by Taco,” focuses on an immigrant family business, the Taqueria Izucar—owned by Juan Alonso and Gicela Lopez. In a space less than 100 square feet, the couple runs a busy Mexican take-out restaurant in Brooklyn with the help of their seven children, aged 11 to 24. Gicela and Juan are confident they’re on the right path to their “American dream,” after spending most of their lives working in factories as illegal immigrants. A few months ago, Juan and Gicela pushed their luck and opened a deli a few blocks away from the restaurant, hoping to further establish their business in New York.

“Family Entrepreneurs” is the second major initiative to come from the Blue Chalk journalism unit, designed to report and produce visual journalism with news organizations and knowledge brands.

Contributors

  • Greg Moyer, Executive Producer
  • Andrew Strenio, Series Producer
  • Eleonore Hamelin, Producer
  • Luke Versalko, Associate Producer
  • Peter Hutchens, Director of Photography
  • Greg Snider, Editor
  • Elizabeth Lim, Composer

Services Provided

  • Original Cinematography
  • Original Music Composition
  • Post-Production