Long lines of people wait their turn to purchase bags of popcorn all over Chicago during the after work hours. I’m not a big popcorn fan, thus the phenomena is an odd sight. When a coworker brings a bag of the classic Chicago mix, I carefully pick out my individual flavor. She tells me to eat the flavors combined. “Gross!” I thought, “A mixed bag of caramel and cheese popcorn sounds like another crazy Chicago food idea.” This is a city that eats fried chicken and spaghetti together or places peppermint candy in pickles. One day, I meet this super web designer, Jimmy Thomas, a brilliant creative thinker. He invites me to take a lunch break to get some popcorn. Fine. I order one small caramel popcorn bag. He buys that strange mix. Again, he mentions the popcorn taste better when it’s mixed. Exasperated, I start a long-winded explanation of how anyone could enjoy a gross mixed bag of popcorn, “…caramel and cheese… why would anyone…” As I start the next sentence of my compliant, he places a handful of the Chicago mix popcorn in my month. “…Yum. Okay. Ummm…” was my humbled response. Guess what? I was in line the next day for my mix bag of popcorn.
Many years later, I learn Jimmy has started a food company, RedPandora. He’s making sandwiches, salads, and Chicago’s favorite salty and sweet treat, popcorn. It’s made with natural ingredients and unique flavors. His flavor combinations are wild compared to that classic Chicago mix. RedPandora and MyLifeRunsOnFood.com have teamed up together to spread the good news about his popcorn and food and to offer a contest. It doesn’t include shoving handfuls of his popcorn in your mouth. All you have to do is guess this year’s Oscar winner in the following categories: Best Pictures, Best Actor in a Leading Role, Best Actress in a Leading Role, and Directing. The contest and details are at the end of this inspiring food story interview with Jimmy Thomas of RedPandora. Read more