Co-founder

Juan

Juan was born in La Paz, Bolivia. He spent his formative years there alongside his parents, sister Carla, and extended family. At the age of eight, Juan moved to the US. Even though his roots were sown in Bolivia, he found a home away from home in Northern Virginia and began to thrive. In his late teens and early '20s, Juan spent his Summer breaks in Bolivia. There he grew a deep appreciation for the way of life he experienced. He was immersed in the culture, and some of Juan's most unforgettable memories are from the time he spent there- particularly the vibrant nightlife Bolivia offered. Juan hopes to share a piece of that culture with others through their experience at Casa Kantuta.

Co-founder

Carla

Carla was born in La Paz, Bolivia, on June 13th. She moved to the US in the '90s. She lived in VA for most of her life and moved to DC proper in 2010, one year after she started the lifestyle blog "SpicyCandyDC" in 2009. Through her blog, she collaborated with national brands such as South Moon Under and was featured in local and national publications such as The Washingtonian, NOVA magazine, Elle and more. Carla is known for being a collaborator and is always finding ways to bring the creative DC community together. Carla is also the founder of a social media agency (SCDC The Agency) which she runs with her brother, Juan.

The Mixologist

Lou

Luis B. Aliaga aka Lou is Bolivian/Venezuelan. As a child, he grew up in Virginia, lived in Maryland as an adolescent, and moved to DC as an adult. He is literally from the DMV. After college, life took a challenging turn for him, and he felt separated from the world mentally and spiritually. However, a friend introduced him to the food and beverage industry. Lou started as a doorman on the hill and worked his way up to AGM & Beverage Director at Roy Boys. Through his hard work and dedication, he has developed a passion for service in this field; and it's been so fulfilling, to say the least.