We had the good fortune of connecting with Thomas Murry and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Thomas, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
I’ve always dreamed of owning my own food business. I have been in the restaurant industry since I was 16 and having my own restaurant or serving my food somehow was something I had always thought about. I was inspired one day by seeing some local sauce brands here in Denver. It hit me that I had a handful of recipes for sauces that I had already developed and I started researching the world of food manufacturing. I spent the majority of 2018 researching, getting licencing in order, getting the necessary education certificates, getting recipes approved, and making a business plan to launch. Winter 2018 I launched and began getting the brand out to the public. I started off with my Jerk Sauce and BBQ Sauce. From there I released a Red Salsa. Took those to the 2019 BBQ Festival in Frisco and my BBQ placed top 25 and salsa top 10. This year I released my Pineapple Fire Salsa. Since then I’ve bottled hundreds of gallons of sauce and salsa and have begun venturing into the catering and private chef world. Eventually I would like to have a food truck or a brick-and-mortar, or both as well as having my sauces and salsas on every store shelf and in everyone’s kitchen.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
My entire working career has been centered around restaurants and food. I started working when I was 16 as an expo/busser and since then I have worked my way up in the industry. A lot of my time was spent in kitchens. Operating them and opening them. There was a time I was working directly with the Culinary Director of a Texas based group and I helped develop and test out new recipes that we would later roll out to the entire company of 30+ locations. I owe a great deal of thanks to that group as I got a significant amount of base knowledge of kitchen operations that has helped me to this day. With every company I would work for, I would leave with new knowledge and understanding of how I would later develop my ideas for not only my own food creations but how I wanted to operate as a business. I always knew, even at a young age, that at some point I would have my own restaurant or would be cooking my recipes and style for people. The idea of Mr. Murry’s Kitchen came from developing a jerk sauce that I would make every time my family got together. Then it became everyone’s favorite and it was put on a menu at a restaurant for over a year. Now I have a line of 4 sauces and salsas where you can find in multiple stores and online portals. Now I am doing catering for weddings and events where I focus on creating custom menus that works with everyone’s style and budget. I also own Broadway Market Studio, an event space where we host private events, elopements, and styled shoots.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
This town and state has so much to offer for everyone. I am always so excited when friends and family come to visit. For any first time visitors, there are plenty of must do’s. You have to hit up Voodoo donuts one morning. From the basic to the elaborate, most have never seen a donut shop like it. An afternoon can spent be spent in the downtown and RiNo areas exploring the dozens of craft beer spots and admiring the amazing artwork on all the buildings while you walk around. Red Rocks is a close and amazing place to check out with great trails and views all around. While you’re there you can check out the Coors Brewery. Their tour is always a lot of fun. I always recommend spending an afternoon checking out St. Mary’s Glacier. Easy hike with an amazing view. You get the best of hiking and being in the middle of the mountains without having to truly go back-country style. From there, you definitely have to check out one of the many mountain towns. Winter Park has a great BBQ spot called The SmokeHouse. Breckenridge main street has everything any visitor could want. Keystone hosts Lake Dillon which is great to boat on. Vail village is gorgeous and a lot of fun when the farmers market is in town. So many wonderful and fun must do’s here in our colorful state.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Much credit goes to a handful of wonderful people in my life. My Grandmother who had me on a step-stool at the age of 2 cooking breakfast with her in the kitchen. My Grandfather who’s confidence and support significantly impacted my current success. My parents who have endlessly been there for me and supported me with whatever I wanted to do. And my amazing and loving wife who has pushed and striven for my greatness even in times I didn’t see it. For everything they have done, I am immensely grateful.
Shelby Murry, Flower and Ivy Photo