The Empanada Shop Coming This Month to Wood-Ridge


The Empanada Shop, a “gourmet” empanada shop, is coming to Wood-Ridge.

Founded by Joni Caldera and Nelson Contreras, an Italian and Dominican couple each with a seven year old sons, began cooking empanadas together and sharing them with family & friends – to the point where they’ve been known to bring empanadas to every party they attend.

One day Joni saw a “for rent” sign in a storefront window, and she thought, “that would be a great spot for an empanada shop.” She mentioned the idea to her boyfriend, and he said, “let’s do it.” From there The Empanada Shop was born.


The Empanada Shop will gourmet empanadas made from homemade recipes passed down from their Dominican and Italian backgrounds. Flavors will include classic Latin beef, chicken, and pork with Italian flavors like sausage, peppers and onions, tomato, basil, and chicken, and garlic shrimp. Additionally, they put an American twist on the Latin treat with fillings buffalo chicken, broccoli and cheddar, spinach and feta, and chili mac n cheese. For dessert they;ll offer a guava & cheese or apple pie empanada.

They are putting the finishing touches on our shop and plan to be open by mid-December.

The Empanada Shop
251 Valley Boulevard
Wood-Ridge, NJ

[photo source: The Empanada Shop]