Pink Line Project's Jackie Fishman recently met up with Alexandria-based entrepreneur Drew Davis, creator of Tamales Pechuca, available in select supermarkets. [Photo by Jackie Fishman.]
Pink Line Project's Jackie Fishman has uncovered DC's best kept culinary secret -- Tamales Pechuca, made locally in Alexandria and available in area supermarkets. [Photo by Jackie Fishman.]
What do the Mexican city of Pachuca and Washington, DC have in common?
Answer? It is Drew Davis, owner of the hottest new local tamale and Mexican specialty business in the Washington, DC area. Drew’s brainchild, Tamales Pachuca is sold in the prepared foods section of eight Whole Food stores throughout the DC, Arlington and Alexandria areas. Business is booming, especially for the vegan spicy tofu tamale which has found itself a unique niche in the diets of vegans throughout the DC metro area. Tamales Pachuca sells more than 3,000 fresh, never frozen, tamales a week and one-third of those sales belongs to the vegan, spicy tofu flavor.
Drew has taken some of the best tamale recipes from the city of Pachuca, the capital of the Mexican
state of Hidalgo, and given them a gourmet twist that has proven very popular with the Whole Foods
consumer in general and vegans in particular.
“Tamales are a scarce item in the Washington, DC area, primarily because they are so labor-intensive to prepare,” explained Drew, a US Army veteran and Ohio-born, Southern California-raised entrepreneur who has made Alexandria his home for the past ten years. “But it makes so much sense as a delicious new lunch and dinner item because they are made with corn so they are always gluten-free and lend themselves easily to the vegan diet.”
Besides the vegan spicy tofu tamale, other fusion tamale flavors include feta Florentine, roasted
peppers and mozzarella, and Portobello mushroom and parmesan. Each tamale comes out of the
microwave with a melting goodness that is unique and satisfying. The ground corn which makes up the main ingredient of tamales is similar to polenta and works well with a variety of ingredients to create traditional Mexican treats that taste gourmet and provide wholesome, savory meals that are familiar and unique at the same time.
Drew grew up the 11th child in a family of 12 children in Southern California. “I have a super-fast
metabolism and wanted to eat all the time,” he says. "My mom got tired of getting up in the middle of the night to cook for me and one day when I was about nine, she turned to me and said, ‘Son, here is the kitchen and there are the pots and pans and refrigerator, it is time for you to cook for yourself.’"
This was the beginning of his love of cooking and experimentation with different foods and creating
recipes. Other specialties coming out of Drew’s kitchens include salsas, flan, and taquitos. Meat tamales are not far down the road as Tamales Pachuca expands and adds to its menu.
Drew has plans to expand Tamales Pachuca and is interested in speaking with investors who are
interested in being part of this fresh new concept.
“We are excited to provide healthy, all-natural Mexican food to an increasingly health-conscious
society,” states Drew. “Our foods are freshly prepared and never frozen because the flavors are best when they are enjoyed close to the time they are made.”
Tamales Pachuca also caters and takes orders online and on the phone. You can reach Drew with your order at firstname.lastname@example.org
or call him at 571-482-0861.