1st Annual CA Hot Sauce Expo Review

My experience as a vendor at the 1st Annual California Hot Sauce Expo, 2015
By Scott Zalkind, Owner/Operator/Hot Sauce Guy/Towel Folder/Recipe Creator/Visionary/Custodial & Recycling Engineer, and resident hot sauce geek at Lucky Dog Hot Sauce

After vending at the 2014 NY Hot Sauce Expo, when Steve Seabury announced that there would be a California Hot Sauce Expo I could not send in my application fast enough. I didn’t know where the event would be, which other vendors would be there, or how many tickets would sell – and frankly I didn’t care. New York was an amazing time. Connecting with so many of the great sauce makers out there, and sampling my own products to an entirely new demographic makes for a fantastic weekend. The prospect of doing so in a stunning California location in July was even more appealing. I was in from the word “go!” – Steve Seabury throws a hell of a party. Also, it should be noted here, I have a personal ban on “1st year” anything – I’ve been burned several times in the past from such events, but this was the exception to the rule.

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REVIEW: Lucky Dog Hot Sauce – Red Label Medium Fire-Roasted Pepper Sauce

1- Red Label - Medium Fire-Roasted Pepper Sauce

From the age of 5 all the way until I was 21, I had a dog named Lucky. I loved my dog very much, and when you grow up with a dog that many years he is more than family, more than your protector, he truly is your best friend. You can see that 16 years went by, and in dog years that is 112 years old. So in reading about Lucky Dog Hot Sauce as you will see below, their company is named after their beloved dog named Lucky. So right there I am rooted for positive reviews from our team. Lucky Dog Hot Sauce presently has 3 styles, starting with the red label which is their medium fire-roasted which a balanced blend of habanero, serrano and jalapeno peppers. Next week we will review their green label which is their mild version of fire-roasted chiles, but the cayenne pepper replaces the habanero. Then in week 3 we will review their last hot sauce, the orange label which is their hot fire-roasted chile version using cayenne, jalapeno, serrano and a heavy dose of orange habanero to kick it up a notch to three. They are in the process of making an even hotter version they will call their black label which will be an extra hot, extra garlic sauce.

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