First of all, thank you for coming to my page. I'm so excited to have you here! This project is a long-time dream that I am finally able to think of as a reality. This web page, and the video above, mean so much more to me than just words and images.
The essence of my project is to introduce my food, the Mexican food of my home, to all of the different people and cultures of this country that is my new home. The tamales that I want to serve are a project of love, of respect for the food and the people who will eat it and offers me the chance to make a living for my family doing what I love to do. Even more, getting to do this project will allow me to carry on the traditions of my mother and grandmothers. My project is about when traditions become customs, and I know you will feel that.
I plan to do this by launching Tamales Los Mayas, a mobile tamale cart, in the City of San Francisco. I've been working with La Cocina (www.lacocinasf.org) to plan a business that will be successful, and I have been approved to sell at Justin Herman Plaza (http://www.yelp.com/biz/justin-herman-plaza-san-francisco) and at Off the Grid (http://offthegridsf.com/) already, and just based on the taste of the tamales.
But in order to begin, I still need permits, equipment, insurance, start-up costs and a great looking tamale cart! All of which are expensive. Once I can get these, I plan on selling seven days a week throughout the city, and looking to expand the business, create jobs and educate anyone who wants to listen about my culture and history. To me, this opportunity is a commitment to pass on the good luck that I've had to another woman entrepreneur just like me.
The money that I'm asking for in this project will go to funding:
1) My Tamale Cart: With the generous help of excellent designers (www.thekitchensite.com), and La Cocina, I would like to buy a tamale cart and make it beautiful. I believe that my food should have a vessel that is exciting as the food itself. The cart I have my eyes set on costs $11,000 (though there are some others that I could settle for).
2) My Licenses and Permits: In order to legally operate in this city (and, yes, tamales are also delicious illegally, but who wants to run from police?) I will need to file for an LLC, take out general liability insurance and worker's compensation. All of this will cost something close to $2,000.
3) Equipment: Finally, I will need the equipment to cook and serve the tamales. La Cocina has a lot, but it's about time I get my own, and every little bit will help me get those tamales closer to you. Cost? $1,000.
So, as you can see, it's not a little, but it's also not a lot. I know that people will love these tamales; that it will bring a smile to your face, and all I need is a little kick to get started, and then we're off and away.
Thank you for reading, thank you of thinking of supporting me, and I hope to serve you tamales soon. Because my tamales are stuffed with love and the best people are stuffed with my tamales!
- (30 days)