One year ago, Mike Valencia won first place in the Hot Sauce contest and a dream was born.
"And we had so many orders and people just went crazy over it that we started our own company just from this," Valencia said.
One trophy and one chip at a time, Valencia only does this part-time. His regular job involves running an auto shop up in Round Rock.
"It'd actually be a dream come true for me if I could do this 100 percent and follow my dreams," Valencia said.
That might be cool, but hot was the word of the day. Over 200 individuals entered sauce in the contest. There were three winners: red sauce, green sauce and special sauce.
A panel of judges vote on the winner, but impressing the masses is very important, too.
"This is a great way to try them and almost at no risk,” Jeff Baker said. “You don't have to buy them and the ones you like you purchase and the ones you don't maybe you just keep going."
All sauce is similar, but it's the tiny variations in these hundreds of dips that pack the place out.
"Everybody has their own style here, so it's pretty neat and each of them kind of has their own base. Each is different in their own way," Valencia said.
This is more than affirmation or pride for Valencia. It's his future.
"It's great, I couldn't have ever imagined anything like this and I'm very fortunate to be part of it," he said.
The Capital Area Food Bank collected canned food at the door.
Last year they received almost 1,600 pounds of non-perishable items. They hope to match or exceed that this year