Tony Chachere’s® Famous Creole Cuisine is celebrating its 50th Anniversary! 50 years ago, the company began as a retirement hobby and a life-long dream come true for the company’s namesake, Tony Chachere. Mr. Tony was a noted sportsman, chef, and bon vivant of Opelousas, Louisiana.
As Tony made his unsurpassed culinary delicacies for friends and family, he’d exclaim, “tonight, I’m gonna make ‘em cry,” and always dreamed of one day writing a cookbook full of recipes of his beloved native cuisine.
In 1972, after Mr. Tony retired for a second time, the 65-year-old did just that—writing and publishing his now infamous Cajun Country Cookbook. He sold the first 10,000 copies out of the back of his station wagon within weeks. Among the many recipes in the book was that of his favorite homemade seasoning, and Gulf Coast residents began asking where they could buy his trademark blend. Before he knew it, Tony Chachere’s Famous Creole Cuisine was born.
Mr. Tony semi-retired (again) in 1981, at the age of 76, though he continued to develop new products and perfect his recipes.
Mr. Tony’s famous seasoning has been used in dozens of cookbooks, cooking contests, and even a few movies. In March 1995, Tony was honored as the first inductee into the Louisiana Chefs Hall of Fame. He passed away one week later, three months shy of his 90th birthday. Tony Chachere lived a legendary life and will always be remembered as a man who was “at home” with everyone who knew him.
Now, 50 years after the company’s inception, the Chachere family carries on a tradition of Creole/Cajun authenticity in flavor through its line of seasonings, marinades, dinner mixes, salad dressings, and more for pantry and table. The nationally recognized brand is still family-owned-and-operated, led by multiple generations of the Chachere family. With Mr. Tony’s grandson Don at the helm, the company has reached new heights. It is still operated in Opelousas, Louisiana, but now in a 150,000 square-foot facility with more than 100 full-time employees.
As part of the celebration, pick up your commemorative can of Tony’s Original Creole Seasoning. Order it now at tonychachere.com.