Member Spotlight: Humboldt Hotsauce
Humboldt Hotsauce has been bringing flavor-centered heat since 2009. Lets check in with owner Cal Ferris and hear how this Humboldt County business has become a nationally recognized name in the hot sauce game.
How did Humboldt Hotsauce start?
“I owned a Cajun-Caribbean restaurant in Portland, OR with my wife, Heidi Ferris. We featured spicy dishes like Jamaican Jerk Chicken, Curried Goat, Oyster Po’ Boys and Blackened Catfish. We decided to expand on our popular tableside condiment, which was a Habanero-mango chutney. I went to college in Humboldt and wanted to move back… we decided to close the restaurant and start playing around with hot sauce recipes. We picked up and moved to Humboldt to start a hot sauce company, and it’s been thriving ever since.”
What are you most proud of?
“We are most proud of our stature in the hot sauce industry. It’s very competitive but it’s really just a big family of people who love peppers and hot sauce. We enjoy going to all of the hot sauce expos and trade shows where we get to to try other people’s sauces, talk shop, and learn off of each other’s experiences. It’s always so interesting to hear from different makers from all over the world. Every part of the Country looks at Hot Sauce in a different way. Humboldt (and California) is all about local, all natural, gmo-free, and organic. We also love spreading the word about Humboldt County and all of the amazing small artisan craft businesses that are coming out of this area. We are so proud to be a part of this booming foodie era here in Humboldt County.”
Where can people find your hot sauce?
We are located at most any store in Humboldt County. We are also featured on several hot sauce websites along with on Amazon.
It is no wonder Humboldt Hotsauce’s dedication to creating high quality, healthy hot sauce has lead them to such great success, and we proudly commend Cal and Heidi for their amazing work. Head on over to their official website, check them out on Facebook, or stop by any local market to add some flavor to your foods!