Funded! This project was successfully funded on June 2, 2012.


Help La Sonrisa bring our boutique style empanadas into a market near you with the launch of our frozen food line.

La Sonrisa began in the Spring of 2010 with the simple idea of offering our unique, family inspired empanadas at street fairs in New York City. We knew we had something special in our great tasting, deliciously prepared empanadas, so we turned a simple idea into a lifelong passion.

Our goal is to start a frozen food line and have La Sonrisa Empanadas in local supermarkets and grocers. We hope with the efforts of this Kickstarter to start this journey by completing our production facility and having the funds to kick start this project.  

Here are some of the things we need:

  • Commercial Freezers & Refrigerators
  • Commercial Stoves 
  • Food Packing Equipment 
  • Stainless Steel Tables & Racks 
  • Packing & Promotional Materials
  • And Much, Much More!

       Ariel                   Lauren                   Elvis

The name, La Sonrisa, is derived from the Spanish word for smile and that is precisely what we intend to put on the faces of everyone who has the opportunity to enjoy our awesome empanadas. 

With a lot of of determination, enthusiasm and luck, we set out to introduce our empanadas to as many people as possible. Our dream began and continues to grow by working street fairs, music festivals and special events. Our customers also enjoy our empanadas and other dishes at our food truck in Jersey City, NJ.

La Sonrisa has gotten alot of positive press this past year, with write ups in  TimeOut NY ( and New York Magazine's GrubStreet. We were also called one of "The Four Best Things to Eat at the Columbus Circle Holiday Market" this past December by the Village Voice ( You can also catch a quick glimpse of us on Bravo's hit show "Bethenny Ever After" (

We are excited and humbled by all the possibilities. And with your help, we will be able to bring a genuine smile to many more people, by giving them a chance bite into a La Sonrisa Empanada. 

Thank you and don’t forget to Sonrisa!

(Box cover of Vegetarian Empanada)

(Box cover of Coconut Curry Empanada)

(Box cover of Classic Beef Empanada)

(Box cover of Roasted Chicken Empanada)

(Box cover of Pulled Pork Empanada)


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    Voucher for lunch at any of the La Sonrisa locations; this includes two empanadas of your choice and our cucumber mint lemonade!

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    The La Sonrisa digital Cookbook, try some of our favorite recipes in your own home! And you still get everything mentioned above!

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    You will get everything mentioned above along with a live virtual interactive cooking lesson given by La Sonrisa's founder Ariel Rodriguez; he'll walk you through making a delicious three-course meal that will make anybody smile :)

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    Dinner Party Time! If you live within 20 miles of Manhattan, the La Sonrisa team will come to your home and throw a dinner party for you and 9 guests and everything mentioned above!

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