My Father comes from a very humble ‘rancho’ or town where he spent most of his life in poverty under very poor conditions. As the oldest of three siblings he took on the responsibility of putting food on the table to help his mother, and began working at a very young age.
My Father taught me :
- You must work hard in order to be successful
- You can overcome any obstacle in life
- Be grateful everyday for the blessings you have.
As my father grew older, he found out he had a knack for creating authentic Mexican foods ; he sold tamales, roasted corn, esquite (cooked corn kernels), among other things.
My father was the first in Minnesota to introduce a corn roaster at festivals. He prepared them Mexican style and he they were a hit. He now has three corn roasters which are busy all summer at festivals and events such as Grand Ol Days, Lumber Jack Days, Taste of MN, Cinco de Mayo, and of course every weekend outside the business! For information on Tomas bringing the corn roaster to your event, please contact Tomas Jr, firstname.lastname@example.org
My mom migrated to the United States with her family when she was 10yr old. She is one of the youngest of nine. As a young woman while her siblings worked as migrant workers in beet fields in Minnesota and Colorado. My mom would baby sit and care for her nieces and nephews. She watched her mother and older sisters create authentic mexican recipies and, she found she really had a passion for cooking.
My mother began experimenting in the kitchen, she would take any cookbooks she could get her hands on! My mother also attended Mechanical School of Arts High School where she says one of her favorite classes was home economics. My mom overcame distinct obstacles and endured racism, discrimination, and poverty, but her perseverance kept her moving ahead.
Mom oversees the quality of the food at El Burrito Mercado, and is an advisor for the management team. Mom makes regular trips to Mexico for purchases of the Mexican fine art and folk art which you will find all over El Burrito Mercado.