Tabasco sauce will receive the full Cajun treatment on Monday when the spicy condiment maker unveils a new sauce-inspired restaurant at its Avery Island, Louisiana headquarters. The McIlhenny Company, which makes Tabasco, is launching the restaurant called 1868 (the year Tabasco was founded) as part of a major expansion of its visitor center, according to The Advocate. The revamp will help mark the company's 150th anniversary.
"We're going to be able to smell it and choke on it and cry from it again."
Visitors will find Cajun dishes like jambalaya, pepper jelly boudin, and Cajun crawfish nachos, and raspberry chipotle ice cream on 1868's menu with different flavors of Tabasco incorporated into the recipes, reports The Advertiser. The company plans to eventually expand into international cuisines, encouraging foreign visitors to incorporate the vinegar-pepper sauce into their home cooking.
In addition to the restaurant, the McIlhenny Company is rolling out a new museum that highlights five generations of Tabasco history, as well as expanding tours of the hot sauce headquarters. Apparently Tabasco ended all-access tours of the facilities in the 1980s during a time of heightened concerns over product contamination. Since then, tours have continued but on a much more limited basis. The new tours, set to begin later this year, promise to make visitors feel the heat with trips to the barrel rooms where the sauce is aged for three years. "We're going to be able to smell it and choke on it and cry from it again," says Linda Clause, manager of the Tabasco Pepper Sauce visitor center. 1868 swings open Monday at 9 a.m. In the meantime, brush up on your knowledge of one of America's spiciest and most prolific exports.