Beautiful things happen when you take two very inspired artists, shake them up, and put them in a glass. Linda Fox and Don Horrigan live and breathe creativity and have bonded over this mutual trait. Surprising ideas flow and beautiful products manifest into reality.
Why Should Chefs Have All The Fun?
Sumptuous syrups were created by Linda in the Spring of 2009 specifically for Bartender Extraordinaire Don who was working in Hardwick, VT. The chef was doing fun and creative things in the kitchen with local ingredients, and Don wanted to have some of that same fun in the bar. Linda, using fruit from her garden – rhubarb, strawberries, red raspberries,and wild blackberries, created syrups with a definite fruit-forward flavor by using a large volume of fruit in each bottle. The cocktails that Don created with the syrups were a great success. One night, he looked at the customers around the bar and every single customer was drinking a cocktail made with Linda’s syrups. Over the next year and a half, Linda created a variety of syrups for Don to play with including: Ginger, Many Mints, Blueberry, Pomegranate [way better than commercial Grenadine], Hot & Smokey, Lavender, and more.
Linda and Don Put Their Heads and Hearts Together or Timing is Everything
Linda and Don had really had fun creating new ideas for syrups and drinks to make with these syrups. They found that through their friendship, they developed a wonderful business idea. The fact that the Hardwick VT area was quickly becoming a hotbed of agricultural businesses and creative ideas inspired them further. Over the next year, they sought out information that they could use to start a company making syrups . These syrups would use fruits and savory ingredients grown by small family farmers and be developed in the Vermont Food Venture Center which was being built in Hardwick by the Center for an Agricultural Economy. Goals of the company are to create sustainable jobs, pay farmers well for their produce, and have a financially successful local business.