Drew's Organic Thick and Chunky Hot Salsa
This traditional Pico de Gallo style salsa is reminiscent of those served in the taquerias of Mexico. There, subtropical climes coax the richness from ripe tomatoes, endow peppers with robust flavor and searing heat, and nurture a bumper crop of cilantro, onions and garlic. Chef Drew takes only the finest certified organic vegetables and prepares them with spices and a squeeze of lime.
Certified Organic by Vermont Organic Farmers, Richmond, VT.
100% Organic Ingredients: Organic Diced Tomatoes, Organic Crushed Tomatoes, Organic Onions, Water, Organic Jalapeno Peppers, Organic Garlic, Organic Cilantro, Organic Lime Juice concentrate, Organic Cider Vinegar, Sea Salt, Organic Cumin, Organic Black Pepper.
Chef Drew Starkweather founded Drew’s All-Natural in 1995. Drew received his first restaurant job at the age of 12, and during the following eleven years, worked his way through the ranks to become head chef at the prestigious Deerfield Inn in Historic Deerfield, Mass. It was here that people began to discover his all-natural salad dressings and marinades.
Before long, customers at the Deerfield Inn started requesting bottles of the dressings to take home. It was from this popular demand for the chef-created salad dressings that Drew’s All-Natural was formed. Drew designed the labels himself, and produced and packed those first bottles in his own kitchen. Chef Drew’s philosophy from the beginning was to offer products that were chef-created and nature-inspired, using quality natural ingredients.
Within a year a regional natural foods distributor picked up the line, making it available to customers in hundreds of stores in the northeastern U.S. Consumers were pleased to find a dressing made of all-natural ingredients with innovative flavors, and the line quickly grew beyond Drew’s production capacity.
In 1999, after outgrowing the initial production facility, Chef Drew decided to accommodate for the rising demand by constructing a new production facility in Chester, VT. The state of the art facility increased Drew’s production capacity by 800 percent, and new distribution quickly created demand for the additional output.
In 2001, Drew’s All Natural sought and achieved organic certification for its production facility. That same year, the company introduced its line of all-natural salsas, including Hot, Medium, and Mild. In 2003, the original salsa varieties became USDA Certified Organic, and Drew’s introduced a fourth variety, Double Roasted salsa. Drew’s All Natural Double Roasted Salsa debuted at Natural Products Expo East, a major industry trade show held in Washington, D.C, and was recognized there with a coveted “Taste of Expo” award.
In 2004, Drew’s All Natural was awarded registration by NSF International, the not-for-profit health and safety company, for complying with its stringent Good Manufacturing Practices.
Today, Drew’s All-Natural remains privately owned and Drew is still very much involved in the daily activities of the company. Drew’s ranks among the top three shelf stable salad dressing brands in the natural products industry and is still one of the fastest growing brands in the country. The company’s top-quality dressings and salsas are now available nationally wherever natural products are sold.