HOW IT STARTED
Growing up in a big Italian family meant hours in the kitchen, hovering over a simmering stove and grazing through ingredients until the final product was ready. Once Dave moved out of his childhood home, he found himself repeating those same steps, but taking a new twist on flavor with ingredients that he was able to grow himself.
Growing, harvesting and creating became his passion. Soon, the garden was overflowing with peppers and the first big batch of Culture Hot Sauce was made. Through Dave's involvement and travels around the world with outrigger canoe racing, he has been immersed in worldly foods and flavors that cultivate comfort, happiness and enjoyment.
By creating products inspired by distant travels but created with locally sourced ingredients, we are able to connect with small, local and family owned businesses to succeed together and create products that people love to use and share. Our goal at Culture Hot Sauce is to continuously create a product that inspires curiosity, promotes health and wellbeing, and brings people together with good food made great.
Allow me to introduce myself, my name is Dave Krueger, and I would love to share my background in cooking with you.
I got really into spices, but it was all new to me. I would read the ingredients and learn what herbs and spices went well with others. I paid close attention to their use regarding ratios, freshness, color, and how to treat them. This quickly became a passion of mine and over time that passion grew stronger. Now I would consider myself a spice freak. In my travels around the world for racing, I bring back some of the freshest and best spices and ingredients. I am familiar with many varieties and where the known regions of the world are best to grow them. I suppose I am slightly obsessed and even excitedly ask my friends that mention a trip of theirs with, “Ohh, can you please bring me back some of this?!”