So you want to know how it all started. Hello my name is Dan Pillera my wife Stacy and I are the founders of Olympus Fare. Our story begins like many other food entrepreneurs, but has some twists and turns along the way.
Our neighbor planted a massive garden every year. He would plant more than anyone could possibly use and then tell us to take as much as we wanted. I had a restaurant background and started to think of ways to use the tomatoes. The first thing we tried was marinara and it was a little disappointing. Then we found an old salsa recipe and decided to try salsa. Since our family was huge consumers of salsa it made sense to try to make some salsa for ourselves. I looked at the recipe and made adjustments for health and flavor reasons, and most importantly made a very big change to the processes used to craft the salsa. From day one the family was hooked.
The next year our family started our own garden with several different types of tomatoes, peppers, and onions. When all was said and done we had more salsa than we could eat in a year. So we began to give it away. The responses were always amazing, and people began to ask if they could get more. I began taking salsa to my colleagues, and the responses again were very positive. Just one taste and people started suggesting that I sell it on the market. Requests for more salsa were pouring in from friends, family, and co-workers; however I never took it too seriously.
After the economy took a big hit in 2008 I was laid off from the company I had always thought I would retire from. The following 4 years had me working in five different locations for three different companies. In January of 2014 I was laid off once again. Devastated and extremely frustrated, I sat down at my computer and began to search for jobs one more time. After a few exhausting weeks of searching and searching, my wife Stacy suggested that he should produce salsa for retail sales.
That night my family and I were watching a movie “Percy Jackson” that was based largely on Greek Mythology. The next evening I couldn’t sleep, so I stayed up watching “Wrath of the Titans” another movie based on Greek Mythology. The following morning I had the idea to use the Greek Gods as inspiration for our flavors of salsa. The Greek gods of course lived on Mt. Olympus thus our company name “Olympus Fare” was born. “inspired by the God’s and enjoyed by the mortals”. That is the answer to why a company created by a man half Italian half Irish and that produces primarily a Mexican condiment centers their company around Greek Mythology. Most importantly our mission and vision is to provide healthy food options for our family and yours.