September Vendor Line-Up
We are excited to announce the vendors for the next New Taste Marketplace: Saturday, September 17th, Noon-5pm at St. Gregory’s, 500 DeHaro Street in Potrero Hill.
CocoTutti – Elyce Zahn = Chocolates and handmade, hand-dipped caramels (pictured)
Bottom Drawer Provisions – Jasmine Smith = Strong cheese, or fromage fort: a cross between cheese spread and French-style fort
Two Bites – Mariebeth A. Arca = Mini-quiches and mini-desserts
Jablow’s Meats – Dan Jablow = Organic, hormone-free smoked meats, cold cuts and deli meats; BLTs featuring homemade five-spice powder bacon
Nute’s Cupcakes – Nute Chulasuwan = Gourmet mini-cupcakes with a touch of Asian flair; homestyle Thai green curry over rice or noodles
Snapdragon Baking Co. – Hway-ling Hsu (featured interview) = Various flavors of brittle, including ginger peanut, cashew, pumpkin seed, black sesame, coconut cashew, ginger cashew, and wasabi pea
Sodacraft – Jesse Friedman = extra dry ginger ale, and raspberry nectarine
Old Skool Cafe – Joshua Kemble & students = Organic Nicaraguan coffee, by the pound and brewed.
Simply Mochi – Linda Lo = Lemon curd, peanut butter chocolate, taro, strawberry cheesecake, seasonal chocolate wrapped strawberry mochi, and bacon-wrapped mochi
Uncommon Pickle – John Herbstritt = Uncommon pickles, including fennel with orange, spicy carrot, baby artichokes & cherries with rosemary
Kevin and Gail’s Chili Palace – Gail and Kevin Kirst = Chili verde and red vegetarian chili, fresh & frozen
Butter Love Bakeshop – Esa Yonn-Brown = Sweet and savory pies
Pachamama Cookery – Maggie Weber-Striplin and Carmen Figueroa = Vegan and vegetarian pierogies
Red Circle Tea – Sina Carroll = Artisan, traditionally processed tea from China and Taiwan
Dandelion Chocolate – Alice Nystrom = Three varieties of dark chocolate bars from Venezuela, Costa Rica and Madagascar
Sajen – Morsinah Katimin = Jamu, a healthy drink with fresh, unprocessed turmeric, ginger, and other spices
Ooh La La Lumpia – Elisa Garibay = Hand-rolled organic pork or vegetarian lumpia
Frozen Kuhsterd – Jason Angeles = All-natural and organic frozen custard
Meet Hway-ling From Snapdragon
Hway-ling, what do you sell at New Taste Marketplace?
Mostly candy in the form of nut and seed brittles: for example, ginger cashew brittle, coconut almond brittle, black sesame brittle, pumpkin seed brittle, Dr. Pepper peanut brittle. Sometimes I bring a salty chocolate cookie too.
Tell me your story: how did you begin making this product?
When my youngest child finished high school last year, it seemed like a good time to start something new. I thought there was a glaring shortage of pies in the area––a shortage that should be remedied. While I was practicing baking pies, the owner of a food truck asked me if I knew how to make peanut brittle. Thanks to YouTube, two days later I DID know how. I started with peanut, then tried almonds, then cashews, then pumpkin seeds, then lots of other stuff. Really, I wasn’t very good with the pies.
What’s your cooking background?
Mostly I learned to cook from my grandparents, my mother, and my own experiments. Once I took an Ethiopian cooking class. And candy-making I learned from YouTube!
What is your favorite food?
Whatever I’m eating at the moment.
What’s your favorite part of being part of the New Taste Marketplace community?
First, I like eating everyone’s food. NTM makes it so convenient! Second, I like to bring experimental products for feedback. People–meaning visitors and other vendors–are generous with their opinions and advice, which helps me improve my stuff. Third, I like the music and festive atmosphere. Fourth, I like that it funds the Food Pantry. Well, I could go on, but you get the idea. I like it!
Read more about Snapdragon and Hway-ling’s products!