How Hot Sauce is Spicing Up the Bronx

Daniel Fitzgerald and Chef King Phojanakong, the masterminds between the GrowNYC project Bronx Hot Sauce, join the Clever Cookstr to talk about a little bottle of sauce with a big mission. 

Kara Rota
1-minute read
Episode #170

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More than 30 Bronx community gardens grow the serrano peppers which make up Bronx Hot Sauce, created by Chef King Phojanakong. The Bronx Hot Sauce is primarily a community development project dedicated to developing and maintaining community gardens and green spaces throughout the Bronx. Bronx Hot Sauce has only six ingredients, without additives or preservatives, so it’s always natural and fresh. Each bottle sold directly supports the gardens and gardeners who grow these serrano peppers. CEO Daniel Fitzgerald and Chef King Phojanakong joined the Clever Cookstr to tell us how this project came to be.  

GrowNYC is a hands-on non-profit which improves New York City’s quality of life through environmental programs that transform communities block by block and empower all New Yorkers to secure a clean and healthy environment for future generations. For more than 40 years, GrowNYC’s garden program has been building and sustaining community gardens, urban farms, school gardens, and rainwater harvesting systems across New York City.

Bronx Green-Up is the community gardening outreach program of The New York Botanical Garden. They provide horticulture education, training, and technical assistance to Bronx residents, community gardeners, urban farmers, local schools, and community organizations.

To hear the full interview with Daniel and King, and learn more about how you can get more involved in your community’s food production and support local producers, listen in the top right hand player, or on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, and Spotify.

Photo credit Matt Furman.

About the Author

Kara Rota

Kara Rota headed children’s programming at Chicago’s Green City Market and studied food politics at Sarah Lawrence College. Kara has been a featured speaker at numerous venues including Food Book Fair, the Roger Smith Food Conference, and the Brooklyn Food Conference. She has written about food for Irish America Magazine, West Side Rag, Recipe Relay, and Food + Tech Connect, and is the former Director of Editorial & Partnerships at Cookstr.com.