Foodies know something that the rest of the world doesn’t realize until they taste it: condiments are kingmakers. Hot dogs rule over a humdrum realm without mustard to jazz up the royal flavor. French fries without ketchup belong in the culinary dungeon. But when’s the last time a condiment got top billing? Everyone knows that it’s the condiments that take a standard menu option and turn it into a gastronomic walk on the red carpet. But let’s be honest: we take condiments for granted, and we forget that, loyal though we are to mustard and ketchup, other condiments are equally fit to occupy the royal thrones of taste enhancement. Maybe it’s time to shake things up in the kitchen. That’s why appetites all over the country are waiting for Sassy’s Tomato Jam, a condiment that’s all about flavor, and just what your recipes have been waiting for.
Some people might wonder . . . why another tomato-flavored condiment? But Kate Beck figured that it was time that ketchup had a little competition. Kate is an event planner and television host, so when she was concocting a brunch for New Year’s Day 2014, she had to add a little sass to her Hoppin’ John cakes, shirred eggs and arugula salad. After mixing up several test batches, and going a few rounds with taste testers, the tomato jam recipe was in the making and a business was born.
Kickstarter is waiting to season your cookbooks with a crowdfunding campaign that will inspire you to regard the tomato with renewed affection. Sassy’s Original Tomato Jam is equal parts sweet and savory, with a hefty helping of sass layered into the flavor. The Chesapeake Sassy’s Tomato Jam will turn you into an honorary Marylander thanks to its salty, spicy flavor. Both flavors are gluten-free and vegan. Kate Beck’s campaign has two goals. One is to follow up on the delicious success of Sassy’s Tomato Jam, which first landed on taste buds on November 14, 2014. The second goal is to launch an online store in May, 2015, so that their project can be available to the waiting palates of many more. She estimates that her campaign will need to raise $11,000 by March 2 in order to meet the crowdfunding goal.
People who love food believe that everyone should partake, enjoy, and go back for seconds, particularly the more than 15 million children in America who don’t have enough to eat. That’s why Sassy’s Tomato Jam is designating a portion of the proceeds from every jar sold to support two national programs dedicated to fulfilling that mission. Sassy’s Tomato Jam’s donations to the No Kid Hungry & Share our Strength is the company’s way of sharing gratitude for their support and paying it forward while celebrating their many blessings.
Living in Baltimore, Maryland’s rich local food scene where foodpreneurs abound, Kate knows that foodies have high standards. So, from that first small batch, Sassy’s Tomato Jam aimed for the crown. Whether you’re the type of person who’s going to add your tomato jam with a measuring spoon or you’re someone who layers it on by the cupful for gusto, your kitchen staples, picnic menus, and cocktail party hors d’oeuvres will definitely serve up food that’s fit for a king.