Hometown Hero--Trina Brown

The signs of Cinco De Mayo most folks know usually involve beer.

But Trina Brown is trying to change that image with a few jalapenos and a taste of her family's homeland.

"We are part of the Mexican culture and the American culture and we celebrate both of those," says Trina.

The owner of downtown Savannah's Rail Pub, each yeah Brown serves up a free traditional Mexican feast in honor of the holiday.

Its just part of a year round charitable spirit she shows.

120 hours of slicing and stuffing goes into the dinner, which celebrates the Mexican Army's defeat of the French back in 1862, and the independent people who made it happen.

"Just take the idea that these people were unarmed and undermanned and beat the big French army," explains Brown. "When you think you can't do something, achieve a goal, be successful in life that you can."

Brown believes her work ethic comes from her heritage.

"I bartended, I worked in the kitchen starting out," says Brown. "12 years later we're still here and most businesses don't last 5 much less 12. Basically perseverance, dedication and commitment will get you pretty far."

When she first started the business 12 years ago, Trina says she cried every night when she went home. Now a successful business owner, she tries to give back to the community, one dish at a time.

"If someone needs help you need to help them," explains Trina. "Doesn't matter what race they are, brother or sister, lend a hand. That's what I subscribe to. That's my goal in life, to be the best human being I can be."

And that's why she is this week's Mexican-American WTOC Hometown Hero.

If you would like to enjoy some of Trina's cooking, the party starts at noon Saturday at the Rail Pub in Savannah. Dinner is served at 6.

Reported By: Andrew Davis adavis@wtoc.com