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Back in 1980, fresh out of college and penniless, Park Kerr had an idea - I had two ladders and a nail-studded two-by-four covered with chile ristras. I think I bought them for 3 bucks in New Mexico and sold them for $15 in El Paso on a street corner. The message was clear - people were hungry for hot stuff. By 1982, Park and his partner, mother Norma, were know as The El Paso Chile Company, and their hand-crafted chile wreaths and ristras graced the covers of the Neiman Marcus and Horchow Collection catalogs. In an attempt to develop a less seasonal business, they created their first gourmet food products with playful names like Snakebite Salsa, Sweet Texas Fire, and Hellfire and Damnation. In the early 90s, Parks brother-in-law and sister, Sean and Monica Henschel, moved to El Paso, joined the company and helped build it into a solidly successful family business. Trend-setters at that time, their product line and original packaging expanded into a line that now proudly boasts 17 dips and salsas, 5 barbecue sauces, 6 condiments, 6 best-selling cookbooks (written by Park), and a dizzying array of imaginative gift, snack and drink mix selections. Recently, as a reaction to his mid-life crisis, Park began distilling and marketing TEQUILA NACIONAL, a premium, 100% blue agave tequila, a life-time passion. If you are ever out in the West Texas town of El Paso, be sure to stop by and visit The El Paso Chile Companys Chile Shop, housed in a rustic factory building and run by Monica. Full of unique treasures from south of the border and beyond, you will find a wide array of useful and fanciful items - as well as lots of salsa, drink mixes and cookbooks. Remember the El Paso Chile Company rule of thumb: You can never go wrong consuming from the three food groups - Salsa, Snacks, and Margaritas!