Hot Tamale Co.
Owner and chef Cheryl McCabe was cleaning hotel rooms dreaming of a life filled with passion and purpose. After scouring the internet for ingredients, Cheryl began her quest to re-create the authentic Mexican cuisine she knew as a child. The first batch of beef tamales didn’t live up to her expectations, but she refused to give up and made a few adjustments. She brought the second batch to the neighboring Studio Center, where artists with palates from all over the world had an opportunity to critique the new creations. The response was unanimously positive and it was suggested she take her food in front of a larger audience at the local Johnson Farmer’s Market. The fifty tamales she prepared for the market sold out within one hour. The following week, one hundred tamales went in even less time. The writing was on the wall; people were talking and tamales were selling!
After finishing off the Farmer’s Market season with tremendous success, Cheryl settled in for the winter to reflect and plan for the upcoming year. The next few months were anything but restful as locals began knocking on her apartment door in hopes buying a tamale...or five. Throughout the winter, she cooked day and night in the 6 x 6 apartment kitchen. Devoted patrons drove from hours away and waited in her crowded living room or outside in the snow to receive their delicious tamales.
By January of 2011, Cheryl knew beyond a reasonable doubt that her tamale business had outgrown the tiny apartment. Tripling her monthly overhead, she took a leap of faith and signed a lease on a new venue at 75 Rte 100 C for her to prepare Mexican food full-time. She poured her heart into her business and by the end of that year she had sold tamales and an extended menu of authentic Mexican food at over 140 state fairs and markets across Vermont.
Hot Tamale Co. is currently a to-go location in Johnson, VT that delivers home made authentic Mexican food using ingredients shipped directly from from Mexico combined with locally raised organic produce and goods.
It is our dream to bring latin culture to life by opening a full service restaurant in the college town of Johnson, VT, giving students and local artists a place to engage and explore the traditions of Mexico. We have begun a loyal following of our Mango, Verde, Casa & Hot Mamma salsas and would love to jar our products so that we can deliver them to those who cannot visit our restaurant.
Hot Tamale Co. is cooking up authentic Mexican food every day supporting local farmers and communities. We need your help to grow into something greater...larger...more fulfilling...more able to help.
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