We had the good fortune of connecting with Tomasz Wasiuk and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Tomasz, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
Since I was a teenager, I found myself often putting hot sauce on my meals. Fast forward to now I have a fridge full of different hot sauces. Over this past year I have had a lot of time on my hands. I grew inspired by local companies such as High Desert from Tucson, Arizona Spice Co. based out of Mesa and various vendors from the food truck scene. I started experimenting with different sauces until I finally found a sauce my girlfriend, brother, and I thoroughly enjoyed. Which happened to be my jalapeno pineapple sauce, Green Hill Zone. Now alongside making my sauces, I have been collecting video games over the past 10 years. So when brainstorming a name for my new sauce, it was only natural that I chose something video game related. Thus started the theme for my brand.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
I am most excited about getting my business out there. Now that I have seen and felt the love from people who have tried my sauces. I can not wait to release more. (I have a new sauce to promote starting in September. Stay tuned for that!) As of right now the hardest thing I have overcome is the learning to deal with the anxiety of starting a new business. Will people like my sauce? Is this worth it in the end? How am I going to afford all this? What I have learned is to take small steps, no need to take it all on at once. You can move at your own pace, some days you are not going to feel inspired. Just remember it is all a learning process and keep moving forward. The other day I accidently melted some of my extra shrink wrap with my heat gun. This caused me to use a different type of shrink wrap for my bottles that I find works better. I want the world to know I am out here putting out sauces that will not only give you the heat you want in your meal but also enhance the taste of it. I want to put the fun into eating food.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
This is a fun question. I am always on the lookout for new restaurants around the valley to visit. Right now I currently have a few go-tos. If you are looking for a fun bar with great wings and entertainment. I would check out Stadium Club in Chandler. They are a locally owned business that have my absolute favorite wings. They typically have karaoke Tuesday to Sunday and have good prices on drinks. The spot to go to for pizza is Vito’s Pizza in Mesa. Vito’s has been around for years and have always been a family favorite. Their Chicago-style thin crust pizza is hard to beat! For date night my spot is Vincitorio’s Ristorante in Tempe. Their atmosphere and dishes are absolutely perfect. I recommend their calamari and their Seafood Fradiavolo. As far as craft beer in Arizona, we have a lot of great micro breweries. Pick a spot and I am sure you will enjoy it. Wilderness in Gilbert, classic Four Peaks in Tempe, and Cider Corps in Mesa; just to name a few. If you are feeling sushi definitely give Sushi Ave. in Gilbert a shot. They have the freshest and tastiest rolls. Now if you want something warm like ramen, without even hesitating go to Nishikawa Ramen in Chandler. The hand make authentic Japanese ramen. Everyday they make a batch of fresh noodles and broth. If you are new to the southwest and looking for some authentic Mexican food, check out Taquitos Jalisco in Mesa. They make a killer burrito and street tacos. If you are looking for a great burger joint. Matty G’s has some great food and you can find them all over Arizona… alright, now I am hungry… is it dinner time yet?
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I would like to give a big shout out to my brother, girlfriend, sister, and my parents. They helped me hone my cooking skills as well as pushed me into starting my own business. Without them I would not have the confidence in moving forward with this new adventure. My brother is a trained sous-chef and my mom has always made great homecooked meals. I have learned a lot from the two of them about pairings, textures, and cooking techniques.
Other: Tik Tok: tomaszheat MySpace: tomaszheat (yes I even made one of those…cause you never know! haha)