We love Tamale’s so much, we decided it needed a day! On Tuesday’s watch out for our cart rolling by your table with the freshest and most delicious tamales made tableside. Executive Chef Dennis takes pride in our tamales and changes up the flavors each week. Although our Tamales are made with corn husks, you may find some wrapped in Banana leaves as well. Some interesting facts about Tamales comes from deliastamales.com and we thought it would be fun to share with you:
The origins of the tamale date back to the time of the Aztecs, Mayans and Incans. Although widely debated, the first tamales were developed for transporting foods more efficiently during war. Gaining popularity, they became a part of ceremonies, rituals, feasts and fiestas. The word “tamale”, or tamal in Spanish, derives from the Aztec word of the Nahuatl language, tamalli, meaning “wrapped food.” Europeans brought chicken, pork, olives, raisins and other foods with them to the new world and tamales became more elaborate.
And of course, what would a great blog be without an incident? Who eats the husk of the tamale? Well, there is one incident known as “The Great Tamale Incident”. Former President Gerald Ford was visiting San Antonio, and while at a reception at the Alamo, he grabbed a plate of tamales and began to eat…without removing the husks. The event became known forever as The Great Tamale Incident.