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."