I swear we’ve seen stuff about the Vermont Pepper Works online before, but this is a great article from the Burlington Free Press online about their company. Check it out:
Hot-sauce maker spices up South Burlington
By Lynn Monty, Free Press Staff Writer • January 14, 2009
Developing sauces is Jeff Mitchell’s passion. Mitchell, 35, of Bakersfield has run Vermont Pepper Works and Green Mountain Co-Pack in South Burlington for three years. He and his wife have been making sauces together for 10 years.
When most people think of Vermont they think of cheese or syrup, but as Mitchell said, “We do peppers.”
Mitchell and his wife, Julie, both with degrees in the culinary arts from Schenectady County Community College, moved to Vermont to work in a Stowe restaurant in 1999.
“I was cooking in Stowe, and we were making hot sauce at home,” Jeff Mitchell said. “We brought it in to work, and they told us we should bottle it. So we did.”
With their first, “Roasted Garlic and Carrot Cayenne Sauce,” Vermont Pepper Works was born with the idea to produce only handmade, local and all-natural sauces in small batches.