Laza Food & Beverage (Guelph, ON Canada) offers Ethiopian and Eritrean cuisine in a variety of ways

By Troy Bridgeman ( |

The ability to overcome obstacles, recognize opportunity and maintain a zest for life have been trademark characteristics of Guelph entrepreneur Melku Gebrekristos and she is just getting started.

“This is a very supportive community but people are not always eager to try new things,” she said.  “We just have to be consistent – be out there everywhere.  The more they see you. One day they will try.”

Melku Gebrekristos launched her trademark brand Laza Catering in 2009 selling authentic Ethiopian-Eritrean food at the Guelph Farmers’ Market, local festivals and other special events.

“In the beginning I was selling prepared food and injera, which is a different kind of bread,” she said.  “Then I started doing my own hand-blended spices, selling hibiscus tea and baking with teff which is one of the super grains. It is gluten free and very nutritious.”

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In 2014 she opened her own shop on Ontario Street.

“I started takeout and a buffet,” said Melku Gebrekritos.  “It was more convenient for me to grow and expand the business and that is why I ended up having my own bottled drink.  It is one of my best selling items.”

To market the drinks and her growing product line she incorporated the business under a revised name Laza Food & Beverage.

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