are Joe Jr. age 13 and George "Dub"
the turn of the century, Mama Joe and Papa Joe Korkames
came to America. In 1929 they settled in Fort Smith, Arkansas
where they opened a small café, they named "The
Famous Café". The café was a popular
hangout for the area's high school students and other youth from
around the city. The kids would often remark that "The
Famous Café was famous for it's chili". In fact,
chili became so popular that Papa Joe began packaging it
in one-pound hand wrapped bricks to sell to his customers at the
café. At that point, Papa Joe decided to market the chili
for retail sales in grocery stores around the state. Sales were
great and Papa Joe established
Famous Chili Company"
Papa Joe's death, his son Joseph Edward Korkames (picture on left)
took over the Fort Smith operation. To keep pace with the ever-growing
demand for Famous Brand Chili products, Joe Korkames automated
the Fort Smith facility to mass-produce the Famous and 4 Star
brands of chili in a boil-in bag for easy preparation. Along with
the retail brands, the Famous Chili Company has an institutional/
restaurant line of great tasting Heat & Serve products.
The conveniently packaged Famous Premium Homestyle Beef Chili,
Famous Hot Dog Chili Sauce and Famous Brand Taco Filling
are ideal for preparing many Mexican and Southwestern recipes.
Quality Wholesome Products are a timeless tradition at Famous
Chili backed by decades of family pride. Today, the Company is
still owned and operated by the Korkames Family, now in their
3rd generation. Famous Brand Chili is still made using
the time-tested recipe that Mama Joe and Papa Joe used to start
the company 75 plus years ago.