Do You Know José & Tiffany Cruz?

José and Tiffany have been living in their home on Callaghan since 2003.

This isn’t José’s first home in Lavaca — he grew up here and attended the Bonham and Brackenridge schools. He lived in St. Albans and Essex Junction, Vermont, and in Chicago before migrating back to our corner of San Antonio.

José is a graduate of the New England Culinary Institute and a chef by profession. He has been cooking professionally since 1997. He operates his own business — José’s Vegetarian Catering — and has been cooking part-time at La Tuna Grill since 2008 (If you’d like information on José’s Vegetarian Catering, you can reach José at José has generously provided culinary delights at more than one neighborhood event!

Tiffany grew up in Austin and has lived in Texas all her life. She did her pre-college education at the Liberal Arts Academy of Austin, and then went to UTSA. She graduated from there with a degree in Art History. She is fluent in Spanish and has been working for the City of Helotes since 2005.

They met in 2001 through mutual friends and were married earlier this year at the home of Tiffany’s grandparents — a breathtaking ranch in the Hill Country outside of Austin.

They share their home with Duke — an adorable Continental Toy Spaniel whom they adopted from the Humane Society in 2004. Duke enjoys treats, walks, belly scratches, and hanging out with José and Tiffany. You can tell at a glance that Duke is a very happy, healthy and much-loved family member (and he looked great in his tux at their wedding)!

Tiffany and José enjoy gardening, home improvement, good wine, reading, and bicycle rides. They are active in the neighborhood. José is currently a Director of the Lavaca Neighborhood Association. He was chair of the recent LNA National Night Out Block Party, and both he and Tiffany worked hard to make that event such a success. When asked how they feel about Lavaca, they responded “We love our neighbors and our neighborhood!”

Originally published December 7, 2011 in the Lavaca & Friends Happy Hour update.

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