(Editor’s Note: This article was written by Liz Keller and appeared in The Union, last week.)
Smoked Bloody Mary mix. Thai and tomatillo hot sauce. Smoky bacon ketchup. Mexican milk chocolate
If you’re a foodie with a taste for unique, small-batch artisanal products, Purveyors Pantry in Nevada City might be paradise.
The store serves as the retail location for Auburn-based manufacturing facility Purveyors Kitchen, which creates its own recipes and goods and acts as an “accelerator” for food entrepreneurs looking to turn their ideas into reality. The facility sources ingredients, cooks sauces and packages the finished products for about 80 purveyors.
Purveyors Pantry offers samples of everything in the store.
“Really, it’s a tasting room,” said Karen Foley, who owns Purveyors Pantry with husband John. “The idea is, you don’t go home with anything you don’t like.”
Customers also can sign up for the pantry’s “tasting club” inside the store or online to receive notifications about upcoming events, as well as recipes. This winter, the store will be setting up “guest gigs” for tasting club members, where purveyors will demonstrate recipes using their products.