I had enjoyed a long and successful list of career endeavors.
In early 2009 I turned my craving for this amazing crunchy, healthy breakfast and snack food into a growing Texas based business that I now call Tay’s Gourmet Granola. It all started with a week-long yoga intensive workshop, where I fell in love with a mix of roasted nuts, seeds and grains.
After returning home, I created my own mix of all-natural seeds, nuts, fruits and oats. I began giving this as gifts at Thanksgiving and Christmas. After rave reviews and multiple requests to make more…the idea of creating a business was born. Before I knew it, I was looking into logos, licenses, manufacturing and then began packaging my incredible gourmet mix.
Never in a million years did I imagine that I would mix granola into another career!
I was privileged to have won the title of Miss Texas 1984 and went on to be named a Preliminary Swimsuit Winner and runner up to Miss America 1985. I have been a commercial actress, and a spokesperson for a nationally recognized health club chain, and numerous other clients. I was also a TV host and a self-published author. In addition to managing my company, Tay’s Gourmet, LLC., I am also a RYT Yoga Instructor, teaching Power Vinyasa Yoga and sharing my passion for a happy and whole lifestyle.
How did I get the name Tay’s Gourmet?
Several years ago my niece began calling me Aunt Tay Tay, because Tamara is a big mouthful for a toddler. The name stuck and now most people call me Tay. I also love how powerfully the granola works through the digestive system, especially when eaten regularly.
Power Granola seemed obvious. I also coined the phrase, “ Beyond Granola” because Tay’s Gourmet is more than a granola, and our company does more than sell granola…we support ChildrensHungerFund.org . There is great reward in helping those who are less fortunate!
I have created four All Natural blends so far, Cranberry Nutty Crunch, Blueberry Coconut Crunch, Power Berry and Banana Pecan Crunch. I also plan to expand to more products in the near future. Tay’s is also a Certified Woman Owned Business, WBENC.