Secret Aardvark was founded in 2004 by creative and culinary genius Scott Moritz. His love of travel, surfing, making music and telling stories was matched only by his passion for discovering the flavors of the world.
Stacy shares how they began hocking sauce at Portland farmer’s markets and have grown to be available in over 1,000 roadhouses, eateries, and groceries all over the world.
Scott’s life in food began when he entered a chili cook-off at age thirteen. He went on to start a pie company, several catering businesses, a tamale cart, and was a co-founder of Portland’s own Salvador Molly’s. His adventures ended far too soon when we lost him to pancreatic cancer in 2009. Scott’s passing left Stacy and the Secret Aardvark family to carry forward his dream of sharing his unique, flavorful, and affordable sauces with the world.
Music guest is Scotland Barr & the Slow Drags and their song 1000 Roads.
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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.