I started February off by having a conversation with Chris from Char Man Brand. I had a blast talking to Chris and learning about their story. I'm glad he also mentioned the Facebook Group “For the Love of Hot Sauce,” which I've really enjoyed being a part of since he mentioned it. You can listen to my interview with Char Man Brand here: http://www.crafthotsauce.com/podcasts/char-man-brand
As you’ll hear in my intro to the podcast, when I started CraftHotSauce.com, I was far from a hot sauce expert, and I still don’t claim to be, but I’ve learned some stuff along the way. I wanted to share this blog post for tips for coming up with your first recipe.
I welcome you to comment on the post with your suggestions to help others!
Lastly, after a long journey, I’m excited to announce I’m releasing my own hot sauce brand on St. Patrick's Day. (Can you guess what its influence is?).
For the grand release, I’ll be doing a pop-up at our commercial kitchen in Boston, where we’ll be doing a hot sauce tasting party and I’ll be serving Irish corn beef and cabbage tacos.
The more the merrier, so if you are in the Boston area, or know people in the Boston area, tell them to stop by. Here are the event details: https://www.facebook.com/events/155657738567472/
It’ll be a grand ol' time!
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I wanted your first note of the year to come from the hot sauce part of your life. Happy New Year! I hope you’re in good health and I’m counting on 2022 being a great year ahead.
I’m here to share a recent conversation I had, which is now on the Craft Hot Sauce Podcast. Sometimes when I write this newsletter or market a hot sauce, it’s not my most natural channel of communication. The podcast has grown to be my favorite way of connecting with the wider craft hot sauce community and sharing those experiences with you.
Hope you’re enjoying your week as we ease into the winter months. In the past couple of newsletters I’ve described the hustle and bustle of the chili pepper harvest season. I feel like the mania that built up during summer peaked a couple weeks ago at the NYC Hot Sauce Expo.
The event was everything we hoped for with lots of engagement with hot sauce enthusiasts and makers. We gave out more samples of Craic Sauce over a two day period than ever before, receiving lots of positive feedback, especially with our Brian Boru’s Curry sauce.