Press 2013

American Express Open Forum: How A Single Email Or Call Changed These 9 Businesses

August 27, 2013 – Darlene Tenes owns CasaQ, a company that designs Christmas ornaments. She went to a Latina Style Business Series luncheon where the keynote speaker was from Macy’s. When the luncheon was over, she rushed over to meet the woman to give a 30-second elevator pitch on her products. Tenes says the woman was intrigued and gave her a card. Read More


Verizon Wireless: Small Business Spotlight: How one California businesswoman is powering her business on the go

October 17, 2013 – When entrepreneur Darlene Tenes’ Hispanic holiday ornaments were included in the 2007 Latin GRAMMY gift bags given to celebrities in attendance, her lifestyle business, CasaQ, took off. And with that success so did her days of hectic meetings, events, countless client phone calls and seminars. Read More


Latina Style Magazine: Latina Entrepreneurship and Business Ownership in San Jose 

October 27, 2013 – Darlene Tenes is a one-of-a-kind woman. Not only have her Latino roots played a major role in the person she has become but she found a way to share her culture through her company—a successful entrepreneurial endeavor. Read More


Latin Kitchen: Pan Dulce Glass Christmas Ornaments by CasaQ

November 13, 2013 – These cute as pie—er, pan dulce—glass Christmas ornaments would make a fantastic hostess gift for a holiday dinner party. They come packaged in a gift box, accompanied by a
 card explaining the history behind the design. This year, ornament maker CasaQ is partnering with the non-profit organization Vision Literacy to raise funds for immigrants who can’t read or write in English. Read More


Mercury News: Sal Pizarro: Tamale Time

November 20, 2013 – I love a good tamale any time of year, but they’re a very popular dish during the holidays (and not just among Mexican-American families, I’m learning). And I’ve got to hand it to Darlene Tenes of CasaQ for combining a tamale-making workshop with a traditional “mercado” this Sunday at the Mexican Heritage Plaza in San Jose. Read More


She Knows: 10 Creative themes for the perfect holiday party

November 24, 2013 – Darlene Tenes of CasaQ says, “Nothing is more fun than to mix up a batch of sangria and gather a crowd to hand-roll Christmas tamales! The hostess prepares (or buys) the masa and filling and teaches everyone how to properly wrap and fold the tamale. It’s a great way to have great conversation and share stories and laughs with family and friends. Read More


KTVU-Fox: Bay Area People – How to make tamales for the holidays

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August 8, 2012 – CasaQ is Tapped to Create Original Film and Foodie Events for ¡VivaFest! Celebrating the 20th Anniversary of Like Water for Chocolate and End of the Maya Calendar

November 3, 2012 – CasaQ Ornament Collection featured on Fab’s newly launched Holiday Pop-Up Shops