What a pleasure to meet and chat with Susan McCashew of Saucy Sue’s Sauces. Her trademark saying is, “It’s all about the sauce!” As she explained how she decided to specialize in making sauces, I understood. “After years of cooking and sharing my passion with customers and friends it became clear that ‘the sauce’ was what elevated an entre to the next level. My experience was that someone could cook a protein, but if you could create a really good topping for it, it was magnificent.”
Although Susan has a BA in Business, and previous work experience in the fields of mental health and hospital administration, she ultimately landed in the food industry. “Most of my education and experience came through cooking my way through college. I continued to develop my passion through working with other food artisans - and learning through them - and just being a foodie.”
Here’s something that surprised me: Saucy Sue’s Sauces has only been in business since May of this year. She’s quickly making a name for herself and her starter product line of caramel sauces and chutneys. Using only seasonal fruits and vegetables in her products, they are made in small batches, with high quality ingredients, without any preservatives or stabilizers. They are already quite popular at the Doylestown Food Market and Sue expresses her appreciation to the co-op for being willing to carry her products.
For now, this foodie business owner creates her magic out of the Artisan Exchange, a shared food manufacturing facility in West Chester. “There’s a lot of collaboration - fifty food artisans - we sometimes share in the purchase of ingredients and there’s a market on Saturdays for selling our goods.”
What most inspires Susan? “I’m passionate about not only cooking fresh and complex foods but I’m committed to the entire process – the quality and the source of the food; the care of every part of the process; and the energies that are present in each of those parts of the process.” She continues, “I value clean fresh food; I like unique and amazing flavors; I love nature and I like to be seasonal about my products.” And some final reflections: “I believe my gift is to make people laugh and smile and love their food and have a different experience. I believe in being part of the community; I like being a small business owner and supporting other locally owned businesses.“
Learn more about Susan and her product line at: saucysuessauces.com.
Interested in sampling some exotic chutneys such as Apple Ginger, Blueberry Jalapeno, and Mango Red Pepper, or some yummy caramel sauces such Salted Caramel, Ginger, Bourbon Vanilla and Pumpkin? Stop on by to meet Saucy Sue on Fun First Friday, December 4, from 5 – 7 pm; and again on Wednesday, December 16, 4:30 – 6:30 pm. And by the way – the chutneys and caramel sauces make great holiday gifts!