When Dave VanWye rediscovered his grandmother’s chili sauce recipe after the demise of his mom, he had no thought it might blaze a brand new profession path.
The Indianapolis resident started making batches of the sauce and providing it to household and pals, who advised him it was so good he ought to bottle and promote it. So, he did.
4 years later, Wonderful Hazel’s has grow to be so common, it’s in 75 retail places and has been shipped to 40 states. The corporate’s merchandise are consumed in every single place from Carmel’s Resort Carmichael to the College of Kentucky to the Hilton in downtown Louisville.
Wonderful Hazel’s — named after VanWye’s grandmother — lately opened a storefront on the southeast nook of Vary Line Highway and Metropolis Heart Drive.
“We’re a pandemic opening as a substitute of a pandemic closing,” VanWye stated.
VanWye, who beforehand labored for 35 years in IT, expanded his choices past chili sauce when he discovered a use for the gallons of tomato-infused water he had been pouring down the drain within the course of of constructing the sauce.
“I don’t actually prefer to waste, so I got here up with a recipe for the Bloody Mary combine, which is now outselling the unique chili sauce,” Vanwye stated.
Wonderful Hazel’s additionally sells scorching sauces and a seasoning combine initially blended for the rim of cups containing Bloody Marys. Van Wye stated the seasoning combine pairs properly with eggs and numerous meats.
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