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Congressman Lipinski Announces 2020 State of the Union Guest Bertha Montes Garcia

WASHINGTON — Congressman Dan Lipinski (IL-03) announced that chef and small business owner Bertha Montes Garcia will accompany him to the annual State of the Union Address on Tuesday. Montes Garcia owns and operates Xocome Antojeria in Archer Heights and is a symbol of the strong food scene and small businesses opportunities in Southwest Chicago.  

As a young girl, Montes Garcia worked with her aunt selling tlacoyos at a street stall in the Tlatelolco neighborhood of Mexico City. She immigrated to the United States at the age of 15 and spent nearly two decades working in banks around Chicago. During those years, she prepared her now widely acclaimed blue corn masa and pambazos only for friends and family but often dreamed of going into business doing what she loved. In June 2018, Montes Garcia decided to take a risk and expand the audience for her cuisine. Working with son David, who brought years of restaurant experience to the venture, she opened Xocome Antojeria. The restaurant received excellent reviews, and in 2019 the magazine Chicago named Xocome Antojeria one of its Five Best New Restaurants of the year.

Montes Garcia has also developed a reputation as a leader who gives back to the community. She donates food to area churches and non-profits that help address homelessness and food shortages. Later this week, Montes Garcia and her team will prepare 600 tacos for the Grand Chef Experience event in Chicago benefiting the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

Congressman Lipinski got to know Montes Garcia after stopping by her family-run taqueria after a local event. He was impressed not only with the food but with the kindness and passion of its proprietor. Congressman Lipinski and Montes Garcia became friends, and on August 29th, 2019, he spent the day serving food at Xocome Antojeria as part of his “Dan at Your Service” events that allow him to see firsthand the needs of area small businesses and non-profits.

“Through her hard work, Bertha has managed to create a successful small business that brings new jobs and delicious food to the Southwest Side,” said Congressman Lipinski. “She exemplifies the passion that so many residents of our district bring to their work every day. I am honored that she is willing to join me for this year’s State of the Union Address.”

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