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Shannon Greathouse

I am paying it forward to a community that saved my life. I want to share my love for food and life with this community. Do it with passion!

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How long have you been cooking?

I have been cooking in some form as soon as I could push up a chair and see above the counter. I remember both of my great grandmas teaching me to never ever skimp on the butter. We weren’t a family that was big on hugging or affection, so what we couldn’t say with words, we said with food.

What is your signature dish?

I have a few favorites but I would have to say that I am most known in my area and the surrounding areas for my tamales. While I learned how to make them in a very traditional way that was passed down through generations, I enjoyed putting my own spin on them. People have really supported me over the years. In fact, it is because of my tamales that I was able to open a small restaurant. I have traveled up to 5 hours to deliver dozens of them. I hope to be able to manufacture them for stores soon

What will you do with the $50,000?

I will invest it in my restaurant. I had started this business with no capital and no funding whatsoever. With this money, I will save my business that has been shut down during the pandemic. I will be able to keep a dozen people employed in our small community. This money will change the lives of many people, not just mine.