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Following 2 successful crowdfunding projects via Kickstarter, Entrepreneur Michael Anderson has launched his 3rd project paying homage to his father’s hometown of Tampa Bay (Ybor City). Blue crab lovers looking for a bold seafood sauce with a kick can get a bold flavor enhancer that will transport them back to 1920’s Tampa and the glory of days of Ybor City.
It’s called “Crab Chilau” aka Crab Enchilado, a forgotten dish, known only to the natives of the Tampa Bay area which dates back to the 1920’s when the Ybor City district was bustling with life, culture and ethnic street food. Introduced by Cuban immigrants and further influenced by Italian, Spanish and Tampa's African American community, Chilau is as identifiable with Tampa as Gumbo in New Orleans. Michael’s version is a concentrated condiment which he describes as bold low-country/gulf-coast flavor with plenty onion, bell pepper, celery, garlic and a spicy kick of cayenne pepper! Chilau is also known as enchilado, enchilau, shalla (shala), shilaw, shilah to name a few, but one thing all Tampa natives agree on, it's damned good!
“Those in the-know recognize Chilau is as much a “Tampa Thing” as the Tampa-Style deviled crab. Chilau does not only represent a historic time and flavor of Tampa Bay, it represents cultural diversity and a lifestyle of down home cooking, seafood and family. I grew up eating my grandmother Minnie’s Chilau at our family gatherings and the fact that I get to bring this product to life while she is still living is what I'm most proud of!”
~ Michael Anderson
Michael is the founder of Spice Crafters LLC located in Orlando, FL, a boutique flavor studio specializing in hand crafted spice blends, seasonings and condiments. Launched in 2010, Michael’s creations have won awards from such publications as Fancy Food Magazine and Gourmet Business Fine Foods Quarterly. Michael was recently featured in Orlando Signature Magazine’s June 2016 Issue as a Grill Master Dad to share tips for amazing BBQ. The products released by Spice Crafters are truly an expression of art, culture, and creativity. Michael believes in creatively pushing the envelope on new flavors and creating new traditions for his customers.