Why the name Tamale Boy?Our name, Tamale Boy, came from the public. Our tamales were a huge hit but our business name, Mayahuel Catering, was too difficult to remember. So they started calling me ‘Tamale Boy”.
How did you start out?
At first, I just started going to busy intersections and posting up, putting my name out there. Then business owners started asking me to park at their locations. Local TV station KPTV was a huge supporter, as was the owner of Elliott and Associates who allowed me to park in front of their Tigard office building. Yelp helped really put us on the map when they voted us as Best Dish of 2012.
What makes your tamales special?
My tias make our tamales from a recipe and technique that's been passed down in our family for years. We use the original ingredients and whenever possible, use local, organic sources.
What's your philosophy about what you do?
At Tamale Boy, we are true to ourselves. We work hard, we have fun and we treat our employees well. Our philosophy is to do well, because it’s a representation of us personally.