RVA News brings it home this week with a short Q&A that proves two things – the owner of Nate's Taco Truck is passionate about what he does, and he's a man of few words.
What Nathaniel Ramon Gutierrez – "Nate" to his customers and friends – does is sling tacos and burritos. In the rain, and in the cold of winter. In the thick, oppressive heat of summer. At night, and in the afternoon, and even in the mornings.
How good are Nate's tacos?
There are three things our daughter Thea – just two-years-old – wants when we visit the South of the James Market on Saturday mornings. She wants to see "Mister Blues", who plays his guitar and sings in his distinctive voice at the front of the market. She wants to buy produce from "Miss Organic" (Amy Hicks of Amy's Organics) and she wants an "eggie burrito" from Nate's Taco Truck.
What are the bigger events during the year that you set up to sell?
Best Friends Day is a big one. Tons of kids on bikes hungry for tacos. Earth Day was pretty big, and a couple of big weddings.
Can you describe a typical work day?
No, it varies between Taco Nate and Dad Nate, Summer, and college.
Can the job be hazardous at times?
YES. Just a couple of weeks ago I had to go to the emergency room with heat exhaustion and dehydration. It gets up to 130 degrees in my taco truck sometimes.
How would you describe your relationship with your customers?
I love my customers because they love my tacos.