NW Elixirs Giveaway!
Our fridge is practically overflowing with condiments that we don’t use, like fancy chutneys, jars of garlicky pickled things and mystery marinades that probably expired last year. Most of these jars are nearly full, so I can’t bring myself to get rid of them. I feel so guilty about wasting food. I guess you could say that I’m a food hoarder. It’s ridiculous, really. But if you’re like me, you have tried-and-true faves, and you don’t need to stray. One of our new favorites is Portland-based hot sauce company NW Elixirs . Not only have these sauces earned a prominent space in the front of our fridge, but I spotlighted one of the sauces on my recent live TV segments. And because telling you these sauces are awesome doesn’t do it justice, one lucky ready will have the chance to taste these sauces for themselves. I’ve partnered with NW Elixirs to give away a gift basket for one lucky reader!
Chef Andrew Garrett took the time to chat with me about why his sauces stand out. Here’s what he had to say – and then scroll down for giveaway!
When did you start NW Elixirs and why?
Well I started NW Elixirs in 2010. I had left the restaurant I was the Executive chef of to go back to school in order to learn more about how to run a business; I was tired of working for others and I wanted to be educated enough to approach investors with candor and thorough information. I had been making this hot sauce for a long time and people always told me how good it was so I figured with going back to school coupled with a start-up business, I could use the business for research projects and the like. While I was starting school I was also working private events for a media company, the company had been working with Williams-Sonoma on a networking event to introduce them to some of the awesome local producers. The company wanted to introduce me as demonstration chef for the stores. I guess I have a big personality. I decided that I would take the hot sauce and get an opportunity to pitch them on it and get a feel for the real deal. Well they loved the sauce and wanted to take it to 220 stores. And so the NW Elixirs story began. What’s funny is; I am originally from Sonoma, CA and I can still remember when Williams-Sonoma was just a small catalog shop, and I was able to watch them grow, only to become a vendor in their stores. Full circle.
What’s the most unique ingredient you work with?
The most interesting ingredient that I work with is fish sauce. Most folks don’t really know what to use it with, or they are turned off by the smell. But I love to use fish sauce in anyway, from Pork meatballs to stir fry brussels sprouts.
What is the last thing you put hot sauce on?
I put NW Elixirs hott sauce #1 on my lunch this afternoon. I made a toasted Farro Salad, with fresh mint, chervil, dry cherries, and feta cheese. Topped with oven roasted chicken marinated in NW Elixirs #3 Hott Smoke.
What would your last meal be?
Tete de chochon prepared by Chef Aaron Barnett of St. Jack.
What are your favorite spots to hangout and eat in PDX?
St. Jack, Departure, Luc Lac Vietnamese Kitchen, Bowery Bagels, The Original Dinerant, Sand Bar at The Fish Grotto, The Pub at the Yard at Lumberyard.
What’s your most used kitchen tool?
Of all my kitchen toys I most use my pasta roller attachment for my Kitchen Aid mixer.
What are you doing for fun when you’re not in the kitchen?
I am usually playing Rugby, foraging in the hills, fishing on the rivers, or going for long rides on my road bike.
What do you think is the next big ingredient in food?
I think the next big thing will be hot sauce, just by the research I’ve done on the condiment market consumer reports show that hot sauce is on the rise.
You can’t be a real chef in Portland without a really cool tattoo. Or two. Do you have one?
I have 8 tattoos, 3 of which are all about peppers, I actually have my hot sauce on my arm, the chemical compound of capsaicin (the chemical that makes peppers smell good and spicy) and also a Chili Pepper shooting guns on the inside of my biceps.
Drink of choice?
I love Genki Su drinking vinegar. Their stuff is amazing.
Find out where you can buy NW Elixirs by clicking here. Or, enter the giveaway to try it free!