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Community Highlights: Meet Ange Zuniga of Taconmaye Mexican Foodtruck

Today we’d like to introduce you to Ange Zuniga.

Alright, so thank you so much for sharing your story and insight with our readers. To kick things off, can you tell us a bit about how you got started?
Carlos has always had an incredible love for cooking and seeing others enjoying his food. For years we have had friends and family ask us about opening a restaurant. I (Angie) have always worked in the corporate world but his cooking was a hobby I was happy to enjoy as well! When we relocated to Austin for my job, Carlos was looking or something new. He was previously a welder in West Texas and before that in home remodeling in Atlanta. When we moved to Austin, as many foodies do we checked out the local food trucks and it hit us that the dream could become a reality in Austin. We began our hunt for a foodtruck. We took our savings and bought an old bread truck that was already built out for a foodtruck. Carlos painted the truck orange and I began to hand paint our logo on ‘Big Orange’. Building Taconmaye from the ground up, we have learned so much about running a small restaurant business. We have two older sons that help between their own jobs (23 & 19) as well as our three teen girls who help on the weekends. We named the guy painted on the truck Don Lucas after our three years old Lucas because he has always said that was him since he started talking. Today, Big Orange has a new paint job from two amazing local Austin painters and we have added a food trailer to our fleet as well as adding to our Taconmaye team. We are currently working on partnering with a local brewery business on bringing the Taconmaye menu to their kitchen full time.

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
It definitely hasn’t been a smooth road, you make adjustments along the way as you learn the ropes. Our old truck has had many mechanical issues along the way. When you are moving around, pipes get jostled, equipment gets moved and repairs are needed. There have been times we’ve prepped and arrived to an event and equipment fails or we’ve ended up on the side of the road. Weather definitely plays a factor in causing some struggle. Customers don’t want to come out in the rain, we are working to find solutions around this but in the coldest of winter and the heat of the summer, there is not much that can help the situation sometimes with an outdoor venue. But the biggest struggle is when you are very small-owned business, your family situations and life affect the business. It is a very human business, not like other larger chains or businesses where they may be able to move forward. Sickness, illness, loss has all been something we’ve dealt with and it’s hard not to be transparent and honest with your customers. You don’t want them to think you are ignoring the business but are faced with situations that have created a roadblock for you.

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your business?
Our business is an authentic Mexican foodtruck. Carlos was born and raised in Northern Mexico, his grandmother was an amazing cook that provoked Carlos’ love for the kitchen and food. He realized there was a need for authentic Mexican food in North Austin. We are most proud of our brand because Taconmaye was built with 100% heart and passion from the ground up, along with the support of family and friends. We look forward to growing and continuing to provide our food to the community. Bringing a piece of Mexico to parties, celebrations, and dinner table.

What matters most to you?
Feeding our community delicious food is what matters most along with our family and friends. In Mexico, it is common the heart of the family is in the kitchen, this is where the memories happen and tradition is built. Building a family culture of hardwork and pay off rewards, pursuing dreams and never giving up for our children to follow.

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Window image @Doug Gephardt

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