Inspired by my love of music and all things that bring the heat, I’ve been working on the recipe for Scarlet Fire® in small batches for several years. Until recently it was only available to friends and family. The early-stage recipe made its first public appearance in 2011 - during a campsite taco dinner with friends in Yosemite National Park.
It wasn’t until 2017 that I applied for the trademark and artist Jim Pollock began working on the label art. I signed up to be a vendor at a pop-up market and bottled a few gallons of sauce at the culinary school where I was teaching. I sold out of hot sauce that weekend and began the arduous process of searching for a co-manufacturing facility.
In June of 2019, I ran a successful Kickstarter campaign, raising funds to move forward with the company. 9 months and several co-manufacturers later, I produced the first small-scale commercial batch of Scarlet Fire. Launching a business during a pandemic has not been easy, but I continue to push forward.
Over the years I’ve held many positions in the food industry including: chef instructor and hospitality educator, fine-dining chef, food stylist, food writer, sushi chef, and kitchen manager for a cooking channel production. When I’m not making hot sauce, I run Fresh Beets Kitchen – a gluten-free personal chef service.
Thank you for your support!
Stay Spicy, Marla - Founder and CEO