When it comes to bbq sauces (and there are rows of them at the grocery store), you can choose the same one-note red goop you have been using for years or go for the two-note slight improvement that features one of the weird dudes on the label of bbq sauces these days.
But if you are tired of food boredom and want your tastebuds to live as I do at the highest level of enjoyment, you could step up your game today.
Yes, welcome, my friend, to the multidimensional world of taste that comes inside each bottle of Saucy Dotty’s Original Gourmet Sauce.
No kidding. Saucy’s sauce is like 3D for your taste buds. It is similar to the expansion of taste one experiences when sipping a craft beer at Presqu’ile Brewery versus the letdown of a dull tailgate beer.
I am talking a world of taste difference. And — blow a line of ancient Roman Trumpets right now —the creator of this amazing brown goodness lives down in our own Gosport.
If Saucy Dotty’s Original Gourmet Sauce don’t get to you, the story of its creator will. Either way, you are going to be a better person for knowing about Saucy Dotty’s Original Gourmet Sauce. So pull up a rib, splash on some of Saucy’s Sauce and let me inform you of the salience of Saucy Dotty.
The story of the sauce’s creator, Dorothy Worobetz is a story is one of persistence and re-invention. Dorothy has had more heart attacks than I have had crowns installed on my overused molars. Yet they haven’t stopped her. She’s been a college prof at Loyalist and St. Lawrence colleges in electronic assembly, the owner of a fleet of taxis in Picton and Belleville, a country ’n western bar owner as well as a restaurant owner in Welland Ontario. Head of the Brighton Ladies Legion Auxillary. President of Brighton Probus.
She’s 77. That’s right. Seven of Seven. And still bringing it. Used to be a redhead she says which explains why she is dogged, combative and determined. She went toe-to-toe with the Big C last year. And still, she kept on going. That was when she launched Saucy Dotty’s Original Gourmet Sauce. Worked through the pain. Literally.
Her latest adventure started quite innocently. During a tour last year at the Ontario Agri-Food Venture Centre in Colborne, the group was asked if any of visitors had an idea for producing something at the facility. The large setup in the industrial part of the town provides everything the small producer needs to take a raw food item from field to a finished, marketable product. Recipe development, cooking, blending, freezing, packaging, labeling, etc.
Dorothy’s hand shot up. She had Aunt Agnes recipe for gourmet sauce that she has been turning out by the gallon for friends and family for years.
It wasn’t long after that she was in there having put some of her savings up to pay for ingredients and containers and everything else associated with the costs.
She along with help from her family and the people at the facility started producing 35 box batches. She has been back since then. Special Effects in Brighton, a furnishing and home decor store at 85 Main Street has sold 22 cases on its own.
It has been a good association with the OAFVC, she says. “Without them, I wouldn’t be here…I wouldn’t have done that..” But she adds, “I am their poster child.”
At present Saucy Dotty’s Gourmet Sauce is in 12 specialty stores in Northumberland and Quinte. She likes to do tastings when she presents her sauce on meatballs. She has had great success getting the word out about it.
“One bite and they are buying it. Of ten that try it, 7 or 8 buy it. “
“We are looking 4 litre bottles because I believe there is a very big market in restaurants and bars.”
“It is sweet with a little bit of a bite. It is its own taste People are actually putting it on a spoon and eating it. It is unique.”
There are a lot of sauces in the world, what does she think about all the competition?
“I don’t care. I know what mine is. I know what I am doing with it. I don’t have a distributor yet but the word is spreading. And it is spreading in a lot of places. I have to patient.”
As for how she balances the slog to increase her customer base and problems of distribution against the fact of her age and her goals to find a distributor, she says, “When it happens it happens…I am one of the most positive people you ever meet You give me a negative I will give you ten positives back. There isn’t anything you can’t do. As sick as I was I got through last year. With a lot of peoples help.”
“I am determined. I am just doing. I don’t have a business plan. Never had one. If it goes it goes. I am anxious for it to hit big. I am really working at it because I have so much confidence in this sauce….I don’t think it will fizzle out.”
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