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Melissa & Gil Ruiz / Co-Owners of Pink Stone Chili Co.

Hello! Thank you for your interest in Pink Stone Chili Co. My name is Melissa Ruiz and I am currently living in North Georgia. I am, at first, a housewife and mother of 2 kids currently living at home and one in California. I am second, the sole owner of this gourmet hot sauce/salsa company that recently was established in January 2021, although I have been making this sauce for over 20 years!

I was born in Michigan, but spent most of my life in L.A. County, California. That is where my love for the Mexican culture and food began.

I married in 1998. My biggest adventure, I’d have to say! It is because of him (my husband Gil), that I had to learn how to make chili, (we from the U.S.A would call it hot sauce or salsa). And yes, the word had is correct. Gil ate this sauce on literally EVERYTHING. At first I couldn’t even try what I was making because it was too hot for my pure pallet. But, after a few years and being convinced of the benefits eating this stuff would bring, I am now addicted! I hope you give it a try. I know you will love it!

The beginnings of Pink Stone Chili Co could never have developed if it wasn’t for my husband’s heritage. Born in Morelia, Michoacán Mexico, he recalls his early childhood with memories of running and playing around the beautiful statues, colonial architecture, lavish fountains and the historic cities aqueduct, never giving a second thought as to what makes that place so special…the pink stone that they were constructed from! 

That isn’t the only gem that comes from Morelia. The food! And man, could his family cook! But there was 1 thing in particular that his grandma passed down to his mom and sister, the making of hot chili sauce. My husband literally ate it with EVERY meal. I quickly realized that I had to start making it for him, but he kept wanting it hotter and hotter! So my hot chili sauce, Ansia, spanish for craving, was formulated. Even though my man STILL wants it hotter, Ansia has been the crowd pleaser for years and I am not changing it. My husband quickly realized that I needed a milder version, but didn’t want to make your typical tomato based salsa. So I played around in the kitchen and came up with this Medium Heat recipe, which is now our best seller! Go figure.

About 6 months ago we decided to up our marketing and advertising. We purchased a 1960 Morris Minor 1000 pickup trucklet. This thing is so tiny! It catches the attention of all eyes! I use this vehicle for my farmers market stand, to be a bit different than the other vendors.

 

 

Ted Jenkin / Oxygen Financial
(Host)

Lee Heisman / Savant CTS
(Host)

Melissa Ruiz / Pink Stone Chili Co
(Guest)

Gil Ruiz / Pink Stone Chili Co
(Guest)