I met Bravado Spice at the NYC Hot Sauce Expo last year, and their fruit-based sauces really stood out to me. We will both be at the Expo again in a couple weeks and look forward to reconnecting with them and getting some of their craft hot sauces on our website. Their co-owner James Nelson (who was actually on MasterChef season 4) shares a little bit about their background and operation. Many thanks, Bravado!
My passion for hot sauce came from my passion for cooking and entertaining. My team & I love to eat and love spicy food even more! What started out as a table sauce for a dinner party turned into a growing business specializing in bold & unique flavor profiles.
Bravado Spice started in 2012 as a small batch company. We grew over the next 4 years to showcase over 7 products in 37 states. Hand cut fruit, vegetables & peppers. No artificial junk. Our flagship product is our critically acclaimed Pineapple & Habanero Hot Sauce.
My background is tech, so we’ve always approached running Bravado Spice in a different light. We care deeply about customer service, quality & branding. The tools we use enable us to deliver deeper, more enriching experiences for our customers and clients.
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Cottage Lane Kitchen was founded by me in 2010, and it isn't only my business name, but also refers to a secret lane in Chapel Hill, NC where our family homestead was built in the 1950s. Four generations of my family have cooked and preserved spicy peppers out of love and tradition in that kitchen.
The last homemade batch of my family's spicy pepper relish was made by my Grandfather in the early 1990s. He grew chilies around the outside of the house and harvested and pickled them during my summer visits. I remember him watering the empty tin cans he buried beside each pepper plant.
Normally the Craft Hot Sauce Podcast interviews hot sauce makers all over the world. This episode is more of a riff from Brian the host about some of the things his hot sauce company Craic Sauce got up this summer.