Lucy and Michael Tamayo, Owners
Customer Satisfaction Specialist for aroma, taste, and touch and co-founder of La Tortilla Factory Inc., Santa Rosa California. In the early years, and while attending SRJC, Mike managed La Tortilla Factory's taqueria and restaurant which were later sold as the company focused on the wholesale tortilla market. In the early 1990s, he attended the American Institute of Baking at Kansas State University, receiving a certificate in baking science and technology. Mike graduated from Sonoma State University in 1993, and then received a certificate in Food Industry Management Concentrated Program from the University of Southern California's Marshall School of Business. Mike has been acknowledged by several trade magazines for being the pioneer in the tortilla industry and responsible for the birth of the entire specialty tortilla product category in the six billion dollar a year industry.
Gabriel Castillo, Event Manager
Gabe was born and raised in Sonoma County, the heart of wine country. He began to nurture his passion for culinary cuisine by drawing from the region's vast culinary styles and fresh ingredients. In his youth, he studied grape varieties while cultivating vineyards and bottling wine in the Dry Creek Valley area. Later, he was taken under the wing of the Tamayo Family, when he joined the famed La Tortilla Factory. There he became involved in all aspects of the business from manufacturing through distribution. Inspired to quench his appetite for the industry, he attended the California Culinary Academy in San Francisco, graduating with an emphasis in Management. He continued his educational growth at California State University Sacramento, earning a Bachelor of Arts in Entrepreneurship. For nearly five years, Gabe was involved with Sacramento’s premier bed & breakfast, the Amber House. Over that period, he helped manage the site, and preserve its elite status as Sacramento's only AAA Four Diamond Inn. Gabe recently reunited with Michael Tamayo, to aid Michael with his newest endeavor, Sonoma Latina Grill, Marin County's hottest organic Fresh-Mex restaurant. Currently, Gabe is generating new business for the restaurant, while leading the catering division and helping manage operations.