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Owner- General Manager
Food and Beverage Director
The name Casa Costa was chosen for our new location in Old Town Leander. We are in a beautiful, remodeled 1930s house, or "casa", as we say in the Portuguese language. We offer original, home-made recipes from our multi-cultural family from the United States, Portugal, and Brazil. We serve items such as Granny Grace's southern cobbler, Vóvo Aparecida's comida Mineira, and Tia Maria's arroz doce from Terceira, just to name a few.
We will also offer a large variety of specialty drinks, coffees, and good eats, using only the freshest ingredients available. We want to welcome you, our extended family and friends, to our Casa.
The name "Costa" is our Portuguese family name. Since we are a family owned and operated business, the name was chosen in honor of U.S. Army Major George M. Costa, who is a great Portuguese man - Katie's father and Donna's husband. George was born on the island of Terceira in the Azores, Portugal, and immigrated to the United States at the age of 13. He has instilled in all our family a genuine pride and love for our Portuguese heritage and culture - especially the food! We honor George by naming our bakery Casa Costa Bake Shop!
We LOVE cooking and baking for you, and we hope you enjoy your dining experience in the Costa Family Home! Bom Apetite!
Katie Costa Fujita has had a passion for food since childhood that started while baking holiday sweets with her family. She began tweaking recipe after recipe and soon discovered she had a passion for baking. She attended Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Art in Austin, Texas and received her degree in Pastry Arts in 2010; shortly after, she started her home based business "Sweeten Up Bake Shop". Now, after 7 years, the business (and her kitchen!) have burst at the seams! Her little home kitchen bakery has expanded to a dine-in, store-front bake shop in Old Town Leander!
Donna Costa grew up in Southern Illinois on southern cooking - plenty of bacon grease and pork fat - with a spot of English on the side! She brings a love of family and a love of cooking to the bakery. She and her husband, George, traveled to Portugal, the Azores, and Brazil many times. After returning home each time, they worked together in the kitchen to recreate their favorite dishes. They eventually created a cookbook for their children, "Tradiçao", a book of gastronomic delights (family recipes) and stories of George's Portuguese family traditions and recollections. Donna loves to design cakes and enjoys hosting consultations and tastings with brides and grooms to artistically define all their wants and needs for their wedding desserts. She loves meeting with our clients and treats them all like family!
Marcio Fujita was born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He grew up watching his Vovó cook many different dishes from Minas Gerais, Brazil. His history in the food industry expanded when he was 10 years old and living in Torino, Italy, where he worked in a family-owned piano bar assisting in any way possible. Eventually, he worked on a food trailer in Rio and various Italian restaurants in Chicago and Florida. Marcio and Katie brought their family to Austin where he worked as a cook at a South Austin golf club. Marcio loves making Brazilian and Portuguese cuisine and is looking forward to creating and serving some delicious savory dishes.