How did you get into the catering business?
Well, I’ve been in Houston for 11 years. I moved here from Laredo to get my culinary degree from the Art Institute of Houston. I graduated in 2009 with a degree in baking and pastries, and became an event manager at a large restaurant chain here. Then, three and a half years ago I opened up my own catering business.
Have you always had a love of cooking?
No, it developed after I got my first degree in accounting, and was working as an accountant in Laredo. I was getting tired of sitting in front of a computer all day, crunching numbers. So I decided to make a career change. I love being here in Houston now, and I love my job.
What’s your favorite part of the job?
Meeting people. Just the satisfaction of making customers happy with an event; making it a special occasion, whether it be a wedding, a baby shower, a birthday. That to me is just so rewarding.
What are the biggest events you cater?
I do events for a lot of nonprofit organizations here in Houston, like M.E.N. Incorporated—I’ve done their gala. But really the biggest events I do are weddings.
In addition to your catering business, you also operate a breakfast taco restaurant called Tacos La Frontera. How did that come about?
When I was initially looking to open my catering business, I came across this space for lease with a kitchen that used to be a taqueria and meat market. So after I signed the lease and opened the business, I had all these customers from the area coming in and wanting to know if I would be serving tacos. It wasn’t supposed to be that, but I began serving breakfast tacos, as well as coffee and soda. It’s only open in the mornings, 6 to 11, Monday through Friday.
Why did you decide to open your business in Spring Branch?
I looked at several locations, including places in Montrose and the Heights. But I found the best building in Spring Branch. It already had a kitchen, so I didn’t have to install too much equipment. And it’s close to my house—I live literally ten minutes away.
What does the future look like for David Alcorta Catering? Are you looking to expand?
Well, I’m definitely expanding my business to include more clients. I’m already doing some work outside of Houston.
What changes have you noticed in Spring Branch over your time here?
It’s definitely growing and changing. There are several new apartment complexes going up a few blocks from my shop, so that’s great. The area north of Long Point has definitely been improving. The neighborhood is really turning around.
David Alcorta Catering and Bakery. 7507 Hammerly Blvd. 281-501-1660. davidalcorta.net