Magazine article Sunset

Wrap Artist: These Tortillas Are All in the Family

Magazine article Sunset

Wrap Artist: These Tortillas Are All in the Family

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Little Joaquin Davis dives into the flour with both hands--it's on his shirt, his cheeks, the tip of his nose. "Guess he's in the family business," says Marla Madrid, mother of the boisterous 2 1/2-year-old.

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That business is tortillas--colorful, flavored tortillas--with fresh ingredients like Gilroy garlic, cilantro, and New Mexico chiles.

"Everything here is from scratch--nothing powdered or dried," Marla says of her Santa Fe Trading Company, tucked into a Sacramento warehouse. Inside, apron-clad employees, including Marla's mom, dad, and brother, produce 30,000 tortillas daily.

Creatively flavored tortillas have been in the family for a while. "When we were growing up in New Mexico, my mom would toss crumbled bacon in the tortilla dough," notes Marla's father, Andy. With wife Lola, he opened Mexican-food restaurants in Denver and California. "[Marla] was 11 years old, and she'd work the cash register, standing on top of a big can of tomatoes to reach the keys," says Andy. …

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