How Rebel Hot Sauce Was Born...
Ever since childhood, Antonio Garcia has always felt right at home in the kitchen. He remembers the first time he helped his mother make tortillas how she [said to him "Mijo, don't let your tortillas look like sandals."] [told him not to let his tortillas look like huaraches (sandals)]. It was in that kitchen on a mountainside in Michoacan, Mexico where Antonio's passion for cooking began and his goal to one day own a restaurant. Determined to pursue his dream, he would eventually immigrate to California at the age of 17, finding his way to Sonoma County.
Unafraid of hard work and hungry for knowledge, Antonio seized every opportunity he had to work in various aspects of the food industry. Finally, in 1998, he achieved his dream and opened Cazadores Market and Taqueria. He now had his own restaurant in which to continue honing his skills as a chef. Never one to settle and open to adventure, Antonio had a new goal in mind: creating a hot sauce that would pair great with any kind of food. A perfect hot sauce. A hot sauce for all!
It was at this time Antonio's second son, James Garcia, joined him in his journey. James had just finished serving six years in the United States Air Force and upon hearing of his father's new project, he decided to join him. After much experimentation and finally gaining their taste buds back, the hot sauce was complete. All that remained was naming it. Thinking about his father's grit coming from another country with only the clothes on his back, and his own resilience from serving in the military, James knew it didn't take an ordinary mindset to accomplish one's goals. It takes a tough one, a mindset not willing to give up in the face of adversary. It takes a rebel's mindset. And so Rebel Hot Sauce was born.