Tad and Gary, Founders
In 2014, Tad moved to Denver, CO and brought her 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 took many months and entailed individual rankings and feedback from over 100 people.
When the final version was decided upon, Tad and her business partner and husband, Gary Barr partnered with Western Meat, Inc., as their co-manufacturer (www.westernmeatdenver.com) and are just weeks away from production. This delicious chili will be sold frozen and will be sent to the warehouse to be distributed to markets and sold to retail customers!
My dad, Ty Tandler, graduated from West Point in 1950 and became a lifelong Air Force pilot. He was passionately dedicated to his country, family, and football. Dad’s elaborate tailgate spreads were renowned for his delicious chili. I was his sidekick and chili prep-partner for many years. Today, I’m proud to share Dad’s legacy with the world so everyone can enjoy his awesome comfort food, in all seasons! . . . Tad, Ty’s daughter