Althea’s almost famous tasty Jamaican food comes to the center of Long Reach village

Althea’s almost famous tasty Jamaican food comes to the center of Long Reach village

ELLICOTT CITY, MD – Today Howard County Executive Calvin Ball announced Althea’s Almost Famous as a new addition to the Long Reach Village Center. The popular Jamaican food trailer will be parked in the center of the village starting today, May 26, and will be open this week Wednesday through Friday from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Locations and weekly schedules will be posted on Facebook. Owner Althea Hanson is a longtime Columbia resident who started bottling and selling her homemade Jamaican sauces in 2015 before branching out to foodservice and Howard County farmers markets.

“Althea’s passion and entrepreneurial spirit is inspiring, and it’s exactly the type of local small business we’re excited to see expand to Long Reach Village Center,” Ball said. “The progress of Long Reach continues to attract businesses, services and organizations that understand the power of community and have deep roots and connections to a neighborhood. We look forward to residents discovering his Jamaican cuisine and welcoming him to the Village Center.

Hanson, who grew up in Jamaica, found his passion for cooking with his grandmother. She started her business in 2015 while raising funds to adopt her goddaughter from Jamaica. Hanson started by bottling and selling his homemade sauces, which are now professionally bottled in Baltimore and sold at local retailers like LA Mart in Colombia. It quickly spread to catering events, parties and weddings and has recently been a staple at Howard County Farmers Markets. The latest expansion, a mobile food trailer, has finally allowed Hanson to invest full-time in his business, recently stepping away from his old job in real estate.

“I’m excited to venture out into the community, serve great food and give back,” said owner Althea Hanson.

Althea’s almost famous mission is to cater to the tastes of every palate, whether carnivorous, pescatarian, vegan or vegetarian, by serving some of the best island cuisine using all-natural, fresh, high-quality ingredients in an environment family.

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