about us

We are a husband and wife team that started Poppa Joe's Kitchen in March 2020. Together we have Culinary School degrees, years in kitchens with experience across a wide variety of cuisines, and over 20 years in marketing, Customer Service & Business Management. We support and love our community and are passionate about fresh ingredients made in ways that truly celebrate flavor. 

Working and creating from our cottage kitchen making safe, full flavor, fresh dishes for our surrounding community here in La Crescenta, throughout the San Fernando Valley, San Gabriel Valley, and parts of Conejo Valley. 

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our incredible story

poppa joe's kitchen began 2020

We are here to bring people in our community together over food that either reminds them of home, places they've visited, or to introduce something new to you and create a beautiful memory of flavor. We strive to source a majority of our seafood and produce from local farmers and purveyors in the greater Los Angeles Region. By sourcing products from our local area, we continue to support local farmers and friends. By using ingredients that are present in our region, we are able to serve foods that are fresher, buy food that is produced in a fair and equitable way, and support our farmers who are striving to improve the quality of our food.

Poppa Joe, Joseph Serna, followed a dream to become a well-versed culinary magician and moved from the San Fernando Valley where he called home to attend culinary school in Philadelphia. It was there he found a passion to learn about all cuisines and wanted to somehow unite them in his personal journey as a chef. 

After years of being in the kitchen, he met his now wife, Michele or Momma Serna, and they combined forces to start Poppa Joe's Kitchen. 

Like most things in these uncertain times, we are starting off with care and strategy. Starting off by connecting with our local community first, with long term dreams of building a catering company to reach more of our surrounding counties. 

Keep an eye on us... we have only begun.



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