Among the fifty-some local food artisans I talked with in 2012, there were some real standouts, products I purchase again for myself and as gifts. Some of them are straight-out-of-the-package delicious, while others play a shining supporting role in preparing other foods, but they're all pretty spectacular.
'Spicy 'n Sweet' on Serious Eats
Michael Marino and Jorge Moret came to the food business from the design world—Marino has a furniture design background and Moret is a graphic designer—and pursued it from a desire to create something tangible. "We were tired of jobs where we weren't making anything," Marino explained. "We wanted to bring something to market."