In 2011 – I needed to create a hot sauce to accompany a signature dish that was sold at a restaurant that I worked at. The customers raved about the sauce and so many said I needed to try and bottle it. Interested in that idea I began to research how I could go about it. Then, having read an article in Bon Appetite magazine about how a woman funded her food truck dream through Kickstarter I began to see my dream of bottling the sauce was possible. In April 2012 I developed a Kickstarter campaign, hired local students from MICA to film my video about my hot sauce. My goal – to raise $5,000 in 30 days to help finance the bottling. In 29 days I raised $5,135.00 with the help of family, friends, and people who I didn’t even know through my Kickstarter campaign. Shortly, thereafter I was able to sell my hot sauce to local stores in Harford and Baltimore County and even had my hot sauce in Harris Teeters throughout Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C.
I developed Michelle’s Gourmet Hot Sauce in Original and Exotic Blend. The demands of working full-time, having two small children and working on my MBA made it difficult to continue working on marketing the hot sauce. But, I always said once I got my own cafe open I’d bring it back! I’m so proud to announce Michelle’s Gourmet Hot Sauce is back and will be featured in my Mediterranean Platter.