For the past two years I have been extensively planning and recipe testing and budgeting for my mobile tamale cart, ¡Holy Tamale! And now, finally, all of my ducks are in a row and I’m ready to start crowd-funding and making everything happen.
Last year I interned at Big Train Farms, and it was hugely rewarding. I spent upwards of 60 hours a week covered in dirt, out in the sun, working harder than I ever have before. I walked away determined to focus on ¡Holy Tamale!: to start and build a company and do something that I love, and is just mine. I also developed some very strong feelings about the importance of sustainability and locally sourced ingredients; I have never eaten so well in my life. This year I am continuing to work with Big Train Farms to ensure that my tamales are filled with only the most delicious spinach, tomatoes, eggs, etc. I just visited NYC to buy the moped that will pull the cart. An electric blue 1981 Pryer trike. You’ll be able to spot me at the various local farmer’s markets and kickball games throughout the Summer. I have a feeling my success will lie largely in the bar scene (tamales and beer are like… pizza and beer…).Since launching my Indiegogo campaign a week ago, I have raised nearly 10% of my goal! I plan to be up and running by the first week of June, and so the fundraising ends in mid-May. I’m asking for $9,000, which covers the cost of the moped, the cart, kitchen rental, parking, permits, and fresh, organic ingredients. Please take a moment to check out https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/holy-tamale and contribute!