ARTISAN STARTUP STORIES

Meet Kaitlin Chamblin, Chef and Founder of ROOTZ Sauce

Meet Kaitlin Chamblin, Chef and Founder of ROOTZ Sauce

When Kaitlin Chamblin moved from her native Lexington, Ky. to Los Angeles seven years ago, she immersed herself in a whole new kind of cuisine. ROOTZ Sauce, the company she founded in 2014 with her husband Al Hodgson, combines her lifelong Southern passion for condiments […]

Meet the Husband and Wife Creators of KYVAN Foods

Meet the Husband and Wife Creators of KYVAN Foods

After ending his career as a professional NFL football player, Reggie Kelly decided to go into the food business. Reggie and his wife, Sheila, created KYVAN Foods together and have now been making delicious sauces, salsas, and seasonings for years. With vegan and vegetarian options […]

Meet Chef Kirsten Helle, the Culinary Powerhouse Behind Mesa de Vida

Meet Chef Kirsten Helle, the Culinary Powerhouse Behind Mesa de Vida

Personal Chef Kirsten Helle made cooking her lifelong career—but this past year, she made the leap into launching Mesa de Vida, a line of healthy cooking sauces. The sauces, made with natural ingredients and inspired by international cuisine, will please vegan foodies and busy families […]

Meet Rococo Chocolates – Masters of “Pleasure and Provenance”

Meet Rococo Chocolates – Masters of “Pleasure and Provenance”

Our friends over at Julie’s Beet marketplace have an amazing secret, Rococo Chocolates. A UK company that operates in London, Rococo is shaking up the chocolate industry with unique flavors like fizzy raspberry, honeycomb crunch, and basil Persian lime (YUM). Rococo Chocolates has a unique […]

Meet Nello’s Southern Crafted & Locally Sourced Tomato Sauces Creating Superior from Simple!

Meet Nello’s Southern Crafted & Locally Sourced Tomato Sauces Creating Superior from Simple!

One of Undiscovered Kitchen’s biggest supporters from the very beginning has been Nello’s! I’m so excited to share their story, what makes them so special and why we love supporting this hardworking and mindful company! Nello’s Sauce, made from scratch in small batches and sourced […]

Meet Dave’s Sweet Tooth: Hand Made. Homemade. Michigan Made.

Meet Dave’s Sweet Tooth: Hand Made. Homemade. Michigan Made.

When Dave Chmielewski first retired as a firefighter from the Detroit Fire Department, because of his love for cooking and baking, he began to make small batches of toffee in his personal kitchen. What initially started as purely as a hobby began to take a […]

Rumi Spice: Helping Afghan Farmers Through the Power of Saffron!

Rumi Spice: Helping Afghan Farmers Through the Power of Saffron!

In May 2014, a team of military veterans got together in Brighton, MA to start Rumi Spice, a line of high quality, sustainably farmed saffron products sourced from rural Afghan farmers. It was then that founders Kimberly, Emily, and Keith set out on their mission. Their goal? […]

Fall in love with chocolate ALL over again with Nibble Chocolate!

Fall in love with chocolate ALL over again with Nibble Chocolate!

Sandra and David have created something REALLY special! I first discovered Nibble Chocolate at the San Diego Little Italy farmers market where I fell in love with chocolate all over again. What makes Nibble Chocolate SO special? Unlike traditional chocolate bars that use 6 or more ingredients, […]

The KYVAN™ Story: From the Gridiron to the Cast iron with Reggie Kelly!

The KYVAN™ Story: From the Gridiron to the Cast iron with Reggie Kelly!

KYVAN™ is a line of soul food, created and made with love by Former NFL Pro, Reggie Kelly and his wife, Sheila. They’ve gone from the Gridiron to the Cast iron! So how does an NFL Pro of 13 years make the leap from football to […]

From South Wales And Straight Into Your Kitchen – The Copper Kettle Bakery Story

From South Wales And Straight Into Your Kitchen – The Copper Kettle Bakery Story

Fill your kitchen with the aroma of the holidays all year round! Helen Coates, founder of Copper Kettle Bakery, grew up in South Wales where she spent hours in the kitchen with her mum and grandmother learning how to make the perfect Welsh Cake! What […]

Break the Cycle of Cravings with PMS Bites!

Break the Cycle of Cravings with PMS Bites!

In 2012, PMS Bites founder Tania Green decided to write down how each of her days went. What started as a simple practice to work on becoming more mindful and reflective turned out to be how Tania discovered her passion. She realized that most of […]

Startup Story: Kurt’z Kreations Signature Organic Sauces & Spices!

Startup Story: Kurt’z Kreations Signature Organic Sauces & Spices!

Developed by Kurt Zellerhoff, Kurt’z Kreations 100% organic, preservative and salt free Tripe ‘D’ signature sauces and spice blends were created to bring your food ALIVE! Ranging from mild to STUPID hot (Yes!) Kurt has created a diverse line of flavors and fire levels. Dip, Dump and Drizzle (there […]

Wozz! Kitchen Creations Handcrafted With Individual Palettes And Creativity In Mind!

Wozz! Kitchen Creations Handcrafted With Individual Palettes And Creativity In Mind!

Meet Warrick – AKA Wozz – and Ashley, founders of Wozz! Kitchen Creations – multi-purpose sauces, spice blends, salts, jelly, dukkah, dressings, relish and condiments – all handcrafted by the couple with individual palettes and creativity in mind! Each of their products have a story, […]

Kitchen Millie turned a childhood favorite into a two-bite business!

Kitchen Millie turned a childhood favorite into a two-bite business!

Meet Michelle Wax, founder of Kitchen Millie based in Boston, MA and known for their unprocessed and always fresh two-bite cookies! In her younger years, Michelle and her brothers would set up a lemonade stand at the end of their street and would wake up extra early to bake […]

Stuart & Co. Challenges You to Get Your Rub On!

Stuart & Co. Challenges You to Get Your Rub On!

Meet Michael Stuart of Stuart & Co.! This Brooklyn-based culinary mind is all about supporting the community. Starting out as a boutique catering company and expanding into a small-batch artisanal brand, his company keeps it real while keeping it delicious. Stuart & Co. focuses on quality and […]

Stroopies! The Journey of a Dutch Delight Coming to America

Stroopies! The Journey of a Dutch Delight Coming to America

The Dutch stroopwafel, named the Stroopie by its many admirers, is the perfect sweet addition to your morning coffee or tea! We in North America had been missing out on this delectable treat for hundreds of years, but now, thanks to Ed McManness and Dan Perryman and their company 7°South, […]

The Spirit Of Cacao, A Raw Chocolatier Making Superfood Chocolate!

The Spirit Of Cacao, A Raw Chocolatier Making Superfood Chocolate!

Chocolate doesn’t have to be a guilty pleasure anymore, due to the raw and healthy ingredients used to make this one! Find out how this chocolatier uses raw ingredients to make this cacao chocolates filled with immune boosters. The Spirit of Cacao is a raw chocolatier […]

TastyMakes Superfood Snacks For a Better Body, Mind & Spirit

TastyMakes Superfood Snacks For a Better Body, Mind & Spirit

TastyMakes snacks are something you will go coo-coo for. These snacks were inspired by the drive to make healthy snacks based on a plant based diet that would nourish your body instead of harming it. Read more below to understand how these ingredients come together […]

Pure Provisions Food For The Journey

Pure Provisions Food For The Journey

Pure Provisions, based in San Francisco, was developed by three outdoor enthusiasts on a mission to create healthy and functional snack foods for active lifestyles! Their goal was to create portable products that wouldn’t spoil, that would keep you energized throughout your adventures and would be as good for your […]

Deaf Man’s BBQ Sauces Merging The Gaps In Communication

Deaf Man’s BBQ Sauces Merging The Gaps In Communication

Deaf Man’s BBQ, created by Rasool Rahim, is a collection of gourmet BBQ sauces that range in flavors from smokey sweet to spicy pepper and some one-of-a-kind favors like Bourbon Elite and Mango XXX mild – all perfect for a family BBQ, tailgate party, or as dipping […]

CocoBurg: The Vegan Coconut Jerky on a Mission

CocoBurg: The Vegan Coconut Jerky on a Mission

CocoBurg has created the world’s first raw, vegan, gluten-free, soy-free, and minimally processed coconut jerky made exclusively with USDA Organic ingredients and hand made in small batches in Brooklyn NY. It’s perfect for vegetarians, vegans, and carnivores alike! If you’re a vegetarian or vegan, you know the daily […]

Sprout Nourishment: Eat Healthy, Exercise Often, And Live Well!

Sprout Nourishment: Eat Healthy, Exercise Often, And Live Well!

Sprout Nourishment, founded by Jaci Salley and Benjamin Murken in 2014, is a nutrition, exercise and wellness company that encourages, consults, and supports people to eat healthy, exercise often, and live well. Sprout Nourishment’s goal is simple: to educate the masses about true health, provide nutritional information and to help […]

Founder of ProCakes Takes On the Old Boy’s Club of the Food Industry

Founder of ProCakes Takes On the Old Boy’s Club of the Food Industry

Yummy, guilt free food is hard to find, but look no further! Caren Magill, the founder of ProCakes, has created the perfect comfort food that tastes even better than its traditional counterpart – protein packed pancakes! Caren created ProCakes pancakes with fitness fanatics and food lovers […]

STARTUP STORY: HOT WINTER HOT SAUCE

STARTUP STORY: HOT WINTER HOT SAUCE

Hot Winter is a fermented hot sauce made from All Organic ingredients. Founded by Shaun Winter, Hot Winter features heirloom chiles AND garlic, as well Shaun’s very own Hot Winter Pepper: a new variety of pepper that he began cultivating in 2009. Hot Winter maintains […]

STARTUP STORY: MASON JAR COOKIE COMPANY

STARTUP STORY: MASON JAR COOKIE COMPANY

Mason Jar Cookie Company has re-imagined the iconic Mason Jar with fun and easy-to-make mixes for cookies, brownies, granola, pancakes and more, all using wholesome ingredients.  The Mason Jar Cookie Company’s mission is to give anyone, whether they’re a master baker or rookie in the kitchen, the […]

Green Mountain Mustard Pushes the Limit With Their Unique Flavors

Green Mountain Mustard Pushes the Limit With Their Unique Flavors

Green Mountain Mustard, based in Vermont, handcrafts small-batch mustards that push the boundaries of flavor and freshness! The Green Mountain Mustard brand is known for it’s wacky flavors such as Atomic Rooster Sriracha Mustard and Sweet Sombrero Jalapeno Mustard! Green Mountain Mustard started out as a “let’s just see if […]

Gustus Vitae Transports You Around the World with Their Seasoning Blends

Gustus Vitae Transports You Around the World with Their Seasoning Blends

Gustus Vitae Condiments, which means “taste of life” in Latin, creates gourmet seasoning blends and finishing salts. Based in Venice Beach, California, Gustus Vitae uses high quality local and international ingredients to transport their customers to the worldly locations their blends are named after. We had originally planned […]

STARTUP STORY: I HEART KEENWAH

STARTUP STORY: I HEART KEENWAH

I heart keenwah quinoa clusters are a complete source of superfood ingredients made in Portland and Chicago. This snack features naturally nutritious quinoa, the “mother of all grains,” along with nuts, berries, cacao nibs, and all-natural sweeteners. Originally launched as an experiment among four friends, […]

STARTUP STORY: FARMER FREED

STARTUP STORY: FARMER FREED

Farmer Freed culinary salt blends are handcrafted with seasonal ingredients from local farms along the California Central Coast. As the Regional Production Manager at Jacobs Farm/del Cabo Inc., founder Emily Freed has observed how the variety of culinary herbs, vegetables, and edible flowers changes along with the seasons and wanted […]

McClure’s Pickles Use High Quality Ingredients and a Top Secret Recipe

McClure’s Pickles Use High Quality Ingredients and a Top Secret Recipe

McClure’s Pickles handcrafts high quality and all-natural pickles, relish, potato chips, and bloody Mary mix. For brothers Bob and Joe McClure, it all began with their great grandmother’s pickle recipe. With it, the McClure brothers sought out the freshest ingredients to create the best tasting, […]