You see them on Facebook. You remember them from your travels. You’ve drooled over them while watching cooking shows. That Sriracha mayo from Empire Mayonnaise Co. in Brooklyn. The bacon rub from Southern Culture Foods in Decatur, Georgia. The Thai cucumber sauce from Bangkok by way of Ayara Thai Sauces in Westchester, California.
Although Artizone started as a way to get the products of Dallas’ artisan vendors more easily into your hands, this food delivery and local artisan advocate recently has expanded to make your gourmet world a tad bigger.
“It is our dream that when a person is looking for something new and unique to inspire everyday cooking, they will think to check Artizone first,” says vice president of market operations Amber Dietrich. “To accomplish this, it is necessary to source products that are not currently available locally. It is also fun to discover what other artisans are doing throughout the U.S.”
It started with the mayo. “We started offering unique artisan products that cannot be sourced in Dallas at the beginning of this year,” Dietrich says. “It started from a customer who asked us to source Empire Mayo from Brooklyn and has built from there.”
Artizone food specialists attend national events like the Fancy Food Show to learn about the products first hand from the people who make them. Any product that is not sourced from a local artisan is found under the store “America’s Got Palate” on the Artizone website.
Other offerings: burger, black bean tortilla chili and white bean chili seasonings (as well as a variety of grilling herbs) from Backyard Safari Co. in Covington, Georgia; green tea latte (and in its traditional form) from Sencha Naturals in Los Angeles; pizza sauce from Leonardo’s Pizza Sauce in Burlington, Vermont; and pancake and waffle mixes from Southern Culture Foods.
If you’d rather drink your dinner than eat it, try Backyard Safari’s Grow Cocktails kit, complete with everything you need to start your own cocktail garden (and recipes). The company also offers a Grow Salsa now found through Artizone.
Stay tuned for more national products to be available: “It is our hope that local artisans will continue to follow their passions and create products they love so we can source them locally,” Deitrich says. “But to keep things fun, we will continue to add a few new products every quarter.”