Meet Our Vendor: Natasha Alphonse Ceramics

Where does your passion for food come from?
Connecting to nature, enjoying the nourishment and beauty that we can create with the food we choose to make and eat.
Tell us about your culinary journey.
 I have always been around the food service industry, that lead me to thinking a lot about food presentation and how that changes the experiences we have when eating. I have always been an artist, making pottery seemed to be a natural progression of wanting to make art that could be more interactive. We spend so much time eating, I wanted to create pieces that get to be used everyday and elevate the experiences of making and serving food.
 
Where is your favorite place to eat?
 Picking through my garden as I walk through and water.
What will our fans find at your booth this fall?
A special clay product that is made for cooking directly on an open flame. This clay can be used on the stove, or in the oven. I am creating some pieces of cookware, lidded stock pots and skillets!
What’s the best part of your job?
 The freedom to run with new ideas, work at my own pace and to trust my vision. Being a creative maker and small business owner, I get to go with my gut and really explore things that truly excite me!

Meet Our Vendor: handmade. la conner

Tell us about your culinary journey.
 
I went to culinary school for a year, and LOVED learning all the basics! I wish that I was able to put those skills to use more with food, but learning how to build basic recipes has come in very handy with the business I have today.
Tell us about a new product you are working on.
I’m working on some old products, actually! I’m bringing back some old favorites – waterproof snack bags and cloth towels!
 
What will our fans find at your booth this fall?
You’ll find our hand wash, lotion, and bar soaps – along with our cleaning products that are perfect for helping clean your kitchen naturally!
What’s the best part of your job?
Creating beautiful things that people like to leave out on their counters. 🙂

Meet Our Vendor: Iris and Poppy’s Kitchen

Where does your passion for food come from?
 It comes from my family. I remember my grandmother cooking what I dubbed Friday stew–a delicious and savory mish-mash of the week’s leftovers. In it could be fried chicken, beef steak, and some veggies. She had to find ways to stretch food, especially with a dozen people to feed. To this day, I don’t know how she made that stew so yummy. My passion for food also comes from just being around good food all my life. My mom and dad, aunts and uncles all are amazing in the kitchen.
Tell us about your culinary journey.
It all started when I burnt bacon when I was in high school. My mom made me cook bacon and I didn’t now how, so it burnt. I was traumatized after that experience and did not go near a stove until I was well into college. To be fair, my parents owned a restaurant and I just went there to eat. Often times my mom and dad would pack me bucketfuls of food to take to school; there was no need to cook for my self. Things started to change after college. I had to learn how to cook. Interestingly enough, I felt right at home in the kitchen; probably through osmosis or some genetic predisposition, I discovered I enjoyed cooking and feeding people.
What will our fans find at your booth this fall?
 They will find my super addictive and savory Garlic Peanuts! If they are garlic lovers, they will love these peanuts! Garlic Peanuts are great paired with beer, wine, cocktails and other beverages! It’s also an interesting addition to a recipe. If they are looking for unique and delicious food gifts, I’ve got them packaged in cool Kraft bags and ready-to-gift jars.
What are your goals for your business in the next year?
 Aside from selling at a farmer’s market next season, one goal is to expand my business and have people reach for a package of Iris and Poppy’s Garlic Peanuts while standing at the checkout line. Another goal is to launch a new flavor in the summer.
What was your biggest challenge when starting out?
 Getting over the hurdle of self-doubt. When I decided to start this business, I went through a lot of soul searching and questioning my ability to carry this through. Fortunately, I’ve got some incredible people around me who believe in me and my product and have shepherded me through to the other side.

Meet Our Vendor: Riley’s Spice of Life

If you like it hot, check out Riley’s Spice of Life!
Where does your passion for food come from?
I spent 30 years in the food and beverage industry and can appreciate locally sourced, sustainable foods and great flavors, and my husbands passion is everything BBQ. He has taken some pitmaster classes and makes a brisket to kill for!
Where is your favorite place to eat?
For a great steak, Jaks Steakhouse!
Tell us about a new product you are working on.
We are working on a espresso orange rub with a hint of cacoa, great on brisket!
What will our fans find at your booth this fall?
Our 6 flavors of handcrafted dried salsa seasonings, gourmet chili seasoning (award winning) and bbq rubs
What are your goals for your business in the next year?
To add a line of artisan style mustards to compliment our bbq rubs.
What’s the best part of your job?
Traveling the country together and meeting great people!

Meet Our Vendor: Parlo Snacks

Where does your passion for food come from?
The desire to gather friends and family around to enjoy delicious food together!
Tell us about your culinary journey.
I”ve lived and worked in several different countries teaching cooking, taking cooking classes and workshops, and sharing food with friends and family. From each part of the world, I’ve collected treasures of taste and passion to share. I rolled that into my dream project here in Portland, which was starting my own snacking company, Parlo! Parlo was started (and named for) my boys, Parker and Arlo, and also happens to be a ‘tip of the hat’ to our time spend living in Italy, as parlo also means ‘I speak.’ I wanted something better than I was finding in the stores for snacks for my boys, so I brought them into the kitchen with me, handed them the ingredients, and together we blended our 1st batch of Parlo!
Where is your favorite place to eat?
At my kitchen table, surrounded by my family
Where do you source your ingredients?
As locally as possible– I’m most proud of the fact that the delicious hazelnuts in my snack mixes come from a mere 30 miles away!
Tell us about a new product you are working on.
A whole 30 snack blend…slow roasted & toasted cashews, coconut, and cranberries, tossed with beautiful spices and herbs. There will also be a holiday variation on that theme with pistachios as well and a touch of maple syrup.
What will our fans find at your booth this fall?
3 different snack mixes; all for different moods. My classic snack mix is flavored with ginger and cinnamon; my holiday blend is cardamom, clove, orange, and apple; my happiest hour blend is rosemary, fennel, old bay, chili and plantains.
What’s the best part of your job?
Hearing my customers say ‘mmmmmmmmmmmmmmm’ as they enjoy their Parlo snacking experience!!!!!!!!!!!

Meet Our Vendor: Finnriver Farm and Cidery

So excited to try Finnriver Farm and Cidery!  Are you guys getting so excited for our show??
Where do you source your ingredients?
We grow our own apples and pears on our farm in the Chimacum valley. We also work closely with other farms around Washington state to source all of the other ingredients that go into our cider like honey, lavender, stone fruit and so much more!
Tell us about a new product you are working on.
We are working on expanding our Sour Cider Line. Stay Tuned…
What will our fans find at your booth this fall?
A collection of seasonal and traditional ciders, Our beautiful line of Brandywines and spirited wines. Along with great gift ideas and samples galore!
What’s your favorite part of this food movement?
Consumers knowledge and investment about where their food and drinks come from. We really are seeing a huge amount of growth in people asking questions that are important to them and their families . Seeing people who want to support local businesses and buy ethically made products reinforce what we do everyday.
What’s the best part of your job?
Getting to connect people with the land through our beautiful cider. Having the opportunity to discuss traditional cider making methods and building community around what we do.

Meet our Vendor: MADISONWARE

If you are looking for some other sweet gifts for the holiday’s let us introduce you to MADISONWARE.  We are really into this stuff and think you will be too.

Where does your passion for food come from?
My Mom, Ellen Louise spent most of her time in the kitchen when we were growing up. She was an amazing cook and was always experimenting. She took a lot of pride in setting the table and how things looked. We lived overseas in Singapore for 6 years and she had a huge collection of blue and white china: plates, bowls, teapots, vases, all in different patterns. She would search in all the little shops wherever we traveled looking for new finds. I’m sure I got my love of pattern mixing from her.
Where is your favorite place to eat?
Raccolto in West Seattle … homemade pasta 2 block from our home! My Husband And I and I love it!
 
Tell us about a new product you are working on.
My current goal is to create matching sets!! Because I’m always following my creative instincts while I’m working, I tend to get constantly sidetracked by texture. Old textiles, ribbons and trims inspire me. I incorporate texture and patterns into all of my pieces.
What will our fans find at your booth this fall?
I create handmade cheese stones, platters, salt pots, and butter dishes. I believe that everyone should have art in their life and things that you use everyday can bring you happiness and reflect your personal style. These are the pieces that I make for you. A special platter or a cheese stone for entertaining or a spoon rest that’s home is on the kitchen stove. I want to make your kitchen and table a unique reflection of your individuality.
 What’s your favorite part of this food movement?
I love the creativity that is happening in food. I love that people are experimenting like never before and that that so many cultures are bringing their food to the masses. I grew up in Singapore and was exposed to so many flavors at such a young age. Eating prawns in sweet black sauce and chicken satay at the hawker stalls when you’re 10 will make an impact!
What’s the best part of your job?
I get excited when someone finds a piece that they can’t set down, a piece that they just fell in love with. It happened to me and it’s when I became mesmerized by ceramics, and what started my journey that has brought me here.

Meet Our Vendor: Samfuego Foods

We got introduced to Samfuego Foods this summer when he vended with us at First Thursday.  This stuff is so good you will be hooked in no time if you like it hot!

Where does your passion for food come from?
My grandfather was a chef in England and I feel I inherited that same passion from him: creating art through food. Food is love and it’s how I contribute to the world.
Tell us about your culinary journey.
I have worked as a chef for 25 years most recently at Google. I did not know much about cooking or even realized this would be my path. I soon realized creating with food seem to come natural to me and I was then blessed with many teachers who were put in my path and I hope I have been and will be the same for others.
Where do you source your ingredients?
We source from as many local farms as possible
Tell us about a new product you are working on.
Our next venture we will begin moving into seasonings and rubs to pair with our sauces.
What will our fans find at your booth this fall?
We will be offering 3 different salsas plus a special limited addition flavor for the extra spicy lovers and 6 different Hot sauces. We process all of our products by hand in small batches, offering a variety of different flavors and spice to please the palate. All of our products are plant based, vegan and gluten free.
What are your goals for your business in the next year?
To move into retailers and begin building a larger online presence.
What was your biggest challenge when starting out?
Believing in myself enough to create the business. I had the vision for it but was caught up in a bit of fear and played the “what if ” game, this kept me stuck for a moment. Once I moved through this the business was born and has moved forward quite quickly.
What’s your favorite part of this food movement?
Going back to roots where we are using ingredients that are grown from the earth and being able to create something from a place of passion and love.
What’s the best part of your job?
My business/career has created the space so I may connect with the part of me that loves to create play in the imagination.

Meet Our Vendor: Moxie Nosh

I don’t know about you guys but I have gotten really obsessed with nut butters over the past few years.  I am super excited to try out Moxie Nosh to add to my favorites!
Where does your passion for food come from?
At Moxie Nosh, we believe that every person deserves to eat real food that energizes the body and fuels the soul. We have a passion for creating healthy food that people can feel good about putting into their body.
Tell us about a new product you are working on.
We are currently working on the launch of our newest flavor – Trail Mix Butter! It is a blend of peanuts, almonds, sunflower seeds, chia seeds, flax seeds, dried cherries and sea salt. Perfect for spreading on toast or eating by the spoonful
6) What will our fans find at your booth this fall?
Expect to find our almond and cashew butter + our seasonal flavors Pumpkin Spice cashew butter and Gingerbread cashew butter. We will have all flavors available in 4 or 12 oz jars.
What are your goals for your business in the next year?
Growth. We want to expand our distribution and get our product on Amazon.
What was your biggest challenge when starting out?
Our biggest challenge was LAUNCHING! After 5 years of kicking around the business idea, we finally got serious and took the leap. The first step is always the hardest and we are so happy we did it.
At Moxie Nosh, we believe that every person deserves to eat real food that energizes the body and fuels the soul. We have a passion for creating healthy food that people can feel good about putting into their body.

Meet our Vendor: Sage & Sea Shrub

We have seen many folks over the years HOOKED on Sage & Sea Shrub.  Delicious shrubs that can be used with soda water or in a yummy adult beverage.  The choice is yours.

Where does your passion for food come from?
My Great Aunt and Uncle, who taught me how to make shrubs.
Where is your favorite place to eat?
In the center of a group of friends, making and sharing the best!
Where do you source your ingredients?
Farms and farmers markets throughout Oregon and Washington, mostly.
Tell us about a new product you are working on.
We are always willing to try a new flavor!
What will our fans find at your booth this fall?
Small bottles for gifting, and fall flavors like apple ginger and pear vanilla!
What are your goals for your business in the next year?
More wholesale!
What was your biggest challenge when starting out?
Getting people to taste a VINEGAR drink!
What’s your favorite part of this food movement?
Simple food locally sourced beats organic hands down.
What’s the best part of your job?
Meeting new people and seeing that “oh!! that’s delicious!!” face.