Native manufacturing firm with hidden gems in Albuquerque’s meals business

ALBUQUERQUE, NM (KRQE) – A locally based film production company highlights the hidden gems of Albuquerque’s businesses. With ‘Enchanted Foods of ABQ’, Sopapilla Productions also hopes to demonstrate the resilience of these small business owners. When it was difficult to get acting roles, Keith Allen and Felicia Masias decided to start their own production company, rooted here in New Mexico.

“Everyone who starts a business has to start somewhere,” said Masias when speaking about their company compared to many others from abroad. “Come in, film and then go, and we want to make sure we come in, film and stay.”

A big goal of theirs was to keep all New Mexican crews busy. However, they also use it to highlight business in the state. “It got to this thing, where the whole point of the company is using our platform to try and promote small businesses, local businesses,” said Allen. “That is what we wanted with the show and that is our company’s mission.”

They are now starting their second season of “Enchanted Foods of ABQ”. The series reveals the hidden gems of small businesses in the city while portraying the resilience of owners during the pandemic.

“We have six restaurants. We have everything from an 8 pound burrito to Korean fusion to an aspiring Michelin-inspired chef, we have a tea room, whisper bar and even lowrider, ”said Allen. “We went through a long list, but our goal is to find small businesses that are super unique and super tasty.”

One of the shops for the new season is The Ivy Tearoom near the North Valley. The tea room was hit hard by the pandemic shutdown as they settled into their new home.

“The first time we had to close our doors was devastating,” said Amanda Ng, owner of The Ivy Tearoom. “We started selling tea online, we started doing take-away. We did everything we could to survive at this point. To be honest, it was the second shutdown that really influenced us. “

The appearance of the tea room in the show will offer everything from tea specialties and cocktails to the outdoor igloos for the winter. Ng says it’s nice to see a manufacturing company focus on local businesses. “We want local television too,” said Ng. “I think this is such a special way to present companies in a really fun way.”

The production works with the One Albuquerque Virtual Visionaries program to make the series possible. They hope that others will learn an important lesson from them. “Make sure you shop and eat locally,” Masias said. “That keeps Albuquerque going.”

You can see the first episode of the new season and all past episodes on YouTube. The rest of the episodes of the new season will be released once a week.

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