As a food- and history-obsessed Miami native, Mandy Baca grew up surrounded by an abundance of food traditions; ones that were both traditional and non-traditional in nature as is the case in immigrant households assimilating to life in the United States. That catalyst would eventually lead her to the School of Hospitality at Johnson & Wales University and then abroad to the Food Studies master’s program at the University of Gastronomic Sciences in Italy. In the past, she has held various positions within the hospitality industry and contributed to local and national publications. She was also included in Zagat Miami’s 1st 30 Under 30 list of gastronomic game changers.
In 2013, The History Press published her first book, The Sizzling History of Miami Cuisine: Cortaditos, Stone Crabs and Empanadas, which details Miami’s rich food culture. In November 2014, Globe Pequot Press published her second book, Discovering Vintage Miami. She currently resides in the vibrant city of Miami and continues her quest to advance the interest in local food culture and inspire excitement and change in people’s consumption habits through local community initiatives and writing.
In 2016, Baca launched Magic City Vintage, an expansive research project chronicling Miami’s history.