IMMIGRANT ROOTS SERVED JAMES BEARD STYLE IN UNION GAP, WASHINGTON
An immigrant from Piedras Negras in Coahuila, Mexico, Felipe Hernandez moved to Eastern Washington in 1957 to work in agriculture. Decades later, his American Dream continued when he opened Los Hernandez Tamales in 1990 in partnership with his wife June and daughter Rachel. The Hernandez family passion blends their heritage with the local ingredients (like pepper jack cheese + locally grown asparagus) — through tamales only.
The flavor of both their story and their food caught the attention of the James Beard Foundation this year: Los Hernandez Tamales was named an American Classic winner, one of only 100 other restaurants in the country to win that award since 1998. It is the first Washington state restaurant outside of Seattle to win the award. It’s a bold and authentic story that could only pair with another American classic, Budweiser.