How we started


Banderas began with Chef Evelyn M. Santiago's passion for creating savory, satisfying international dishes for others to enjoy. What started in the kitchen of her family's home in Nicaragua grew into a culinary journey through locales and flavors in the United States with adventures in Dallas, Tampa, and Atlanta. This passion for food and culture is reflected in the name "Banderas" which is Spanish for "flags." Chef Evelyn takes clients on a culinary trip around the world with visits to the exotic locales they choose while boldly flying the flag of flavor. Tell her what's on your flavor flag and she will bring it to life with the highest quality and freshest ingredients.

Chef Evelyn provides personalized client consultation to ensure the meal prepared in your home or food catered for your special occasion
delivers the highest quality culinary experience for you and your guests.


Banderas offers both planned menus and personalized menus that can be created from a diverse array of international dishes. We offer in-home personal chef services and catering services for your casual gathering, special event, or business meeting. Tell us where your tastebuds want to go and we will take you there without you leaving your chair.


Chef Evelyn M. Santiago is a graduate of the Art Institute of Tampa with a degree in Culinary Arts. She is a member of the American Culinary Federation and has achieved ServSafe Food Protection Manager certification