Enjoy ‘slow food,’ support local farmers at this Warner Robins empanada shop


Sonya Green

Rikki Waite, the owner, says her mother, Sharon Crookshanks, is always at the restaurant folding her mother’s recipes into delicious empanadas.

WARNER ROBINS, GA — Rikki Waite, the owner of My Grandma’s Empanadas in Warner Robins, serves up more than her Panamanian grandmother’s prized recipe. Her restaurant offers support to local farmers, artisans, community members and organizations.

“My mission here at My Grandma’s Empanadas is to really build community through culinary art,” Waite said.

The art is in everything from the how the empanada is made to where the ingredients come from. Waite considers her approach to food as part of the “Slow Food” movement.

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