Thursday, August 30, 2012

Rhode Island Red

Only In Rhode

About 8 years ago, we received a product submission from two ladies that had just developed a new hot sauce. They named their product "Rhode Island Red". Now, as you may know, the RI Red is a rooster that also happens to be the State bird of Rhode Island. You may not know that I am a  pushover for a decent pun, and this one being Only In Rhode Island in nature, was too good to pass up.

So, the ladies presented us with sample and I swear to you that I ate that hot sauce every day for a week - I could not stop once I has the perfect warm glow that enhances the food you put it on, it doesn't overpower the food and leave your mouth feeling like a raging inferno!
RI Red Hot Sauce
RI Red Hot Sauce

Only In Rhode Island was the first store to take a chance on this new product and offer it in our stores. Since then, they've made a great success of their business and have added two more products. We love their products, we love their energy, and we love their story!

Read for yourself how a couple of girls from Rhode Island created the next great sauce company!!

Since a chef started the company, our story is naturally told through a recipe!

Recipe for Sauce on the Side
Yields one fantastic business committed to bringing creative, all natural sauces to the masses!

1 super-talented, creative chef (Linda Kane) working at Johnson & Wales University
1 delicious, addictive, all natural hot sauce recipe
1 co-worker (Aimee Fontaine), willing to do the day-to-day organizational work

Method of preparation:
Bring chef, coworker and hot sauce recipe together at a restaurant table and let simmer for 2-3 hours. For best results, add wine and grilled pizza.

A Rhode Island-based company that produces all natural sauces using fresh ingredients to offer creative and flavorful alternatives to the ordinary condiment.

To maximize results, add 1 creative guy with sales and marketing experience (Eddy Ricci Jr.)!

What’s In A Name?
So, the company actually had a name before it was even a company and the hot sauce even had its name before it was actually a hot sauce.

“Sauce on the Side” is a restaurant phrase attached to a “special” order when a guest has requested their sauce to be served on the side instead of on top of the food item. “SOS” is kitchen slang for the phrase. Appropriate, we thought, for our business since we cater to special needs of sauce lovers everywhere, and because our sauces will “rescue” you in times of trouble! S.O.S. says it all!

As for the hot sauce, the Rhode Island Red is the official state bird (Vincent is the name of the rooster on our label).  But really, can you think of a more awesome name for a hot sauce from Rhode Island!

The cowboy on the Cowboy Ketchup bottle’s name is Jake - just a name we thought fit! 

Our Motto
Go ahead…play with your food!

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