How did it all begin?
It started as a fun side project after going to a Hakka restaurant with my friend, Tara, the Saucy Goddess (how fitting that Zsolt Sauce was born from this moment!). They had a bowl of vinegar with hot peppers chopped up in it as a condiment on the table. I loved the idea of a sauce that had no sugar and that you could just splash onto food, so I made some of my own milder version to share with friends at a regional Burning Man party, called Hyperborea.
I shared this with people at festivals I went to regularly for fun over the summer of 2018, and after sharing it at the last festival of the season, I got a request to buy my sauce. Well, it was clear that I had to give the sauce business a try. A month and a half later, I created a logo, sourced a plastic container producer as the festival I debuted at, called Harvest Festival (https://harvestfestival.org/) did not allow glass, and I sold my first round of bottles. It was a huge hit, and even though it was a side business, a year and a half after my debut, I'm now in 41 stores in 18 cities, and I'm still growing, even through Covid!
I've come to realize that we need to have a different approach to how we do business that doesn't focus on making money but on making life better for everyone, globally. My vision is to teach people globally how to make the sauce locally, using locally sourced ingredients. It will always be made in small batches and made by hand, and never in a big factory. A portion of all sales will go to a fund that will serve one purpose: to fund projects that are all about how to make life better for everyone on the planet! Globally focused but community-based. It will be open-booked management so everyone will know what's happening with every penny of Zsolt Sauce, I will eventually get rid of packaging so you can just bring your own container to a refill station and I will be accepting crypto currencies.
I will help make life better for everyone, one drop of sauce at a time!
So what's so special about Zsolt Sauce?
First, it works with EVERYTHING! Add it to salads, marinate your steaks, put it in any mixed drink or beer or wine or whiskey, use it as a condiment on your fries, burgers, pizzas, pasta's, chicken wings, mix it with other sauces, use it as a BBQ dressing, posters, fish or oysters to name a few!
And what else is amazing about Zsolt Sauce? The flavour experience! When you try it, put a drop or two on the middle of your tongue, 4-5 if you have a medium heat tolerance, or give it a little squeeze if you find Jalapenos mild. You'll start with the zing of the vinegar, then a bite from the pepper which doesn't build or linger, followed by 8 flavour changes over the course of 30 seconds before settling into a delicious after-taste than lingers for about 5 -10 minutes!!
And who can enjoy Zsolt Sauce? Well, my youngest taster, on record through my Instagram page, was 6 months old. She gave the cutest smirk after she sat with the flavour changes for the 30 seconds when asked how she liked it!
People who don't like hot sauce realize my sauce is a flavour enhancer, so if you can handle pepper (as in salt and pepper), you'll love my sauce!
And best of all, no refrigeration required with a 5-year shelf life! And with the health benefits of organic apple cider vinegar and with only one other ingredient, red Thai chili peppers, it can meet the dietary needs of vegans, keto, gluten-free, oil free and salt-free requirements. Delicious, healthy, works on everything and everyone can enjoy it and it can be left on the counter!