Origen (pronounced oh-ree-hen, meaning “origin” in Spanish) was inspired by Chef & Owner Rosa Martinez’s childhood in a small town in Oaxaca. As a young girl, Rosa would cook and sell tamales in the town square with her mother. The experience left her with a love for cooking her mother’s recipes.
Since moving to the United States, Rosa has been on a nearly 30-year mission to share Oaxacan food and culture through her hearty moles, tamales, enchiladas, and more. In 2016, she decided to launch Origen and showcase Oaxacan flavors through events, catering, and a restaurant she plans to open in the Bay Area.
Origen was born out of Rosa's belief that Oaxacan cuisine in the Bay Area is underrepresented, and her appreciation for tradition, family, and quality gives her cooking that special sazón.