Tad and Gary, Founders
In 2014, Tad moved to Denver, CO and brought the chili to a cook-off at the high school where she taught special education. Out of 40 entries, her chili won the “Best Overall” award; the principal of the school told her that people were fighting over the last few bites and raving at the exquisite and unique flavor. He implored Tad to get the chili to market - it was just too good not to share, and he was sure it would be a huge success.
In the summer of 2017, Tad was ready to develop the chili and take it to market. Conscious Chili, LLC was formed, and with the help of a friend, they researched existing chili on the market, tasted them and ranked the categories and characteristics of each chili. Developing the final product too many months and entailed individual rankings and feedback from over 100 people.
When the final version was decided upon in February 2018, Tad and her business partner and husband, Gary Barr signed a contract with Kitchen Network, Colorado’s only USDA approved bottling facility (www.kitchennetworkdenver.com) and have been submitting samples of the chili to meet the FDA shelf life and HACCP standards. The chili is almost ready for the FDA recipe process approval, which will take 3-4 months before it can go into production. Once this process is complete, The Kitchen Network will be engaged to make, bottle, and label TDC, where it will be sent to the warehouse to be distributed to markets and sold to individual retail customers!
Ty Tandler, a West Point grad and lifelong Air Force vet, loved life, family, and in particular - the Washington Redskins. His elaborate tailgate spreads were renowned for his famous chili. It was so tasty - so unique…what was in it? For many years, Ty’s only daughter, Tad, was his sidekick and partner in prep. Upon Ty’s passing, Tad knew her dad’s chili had to be shared with the world. It’s a fantastic comfort food, good for all seasons!