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A Year in Review for the Local Palate Marketplace

  • , by Hannah Lee Leidy

The year 2022 was a big one for the Local Palate Marketplace. We introduced more than 30 new vendors with gourmet goodies, quality kitchenware, and cocktail supplies. We launched the Cookbook Marketplace, complete with beautiful tried-and-true Southern cookbooks, as well as new titles from authors around the country. We even brought flavor to events, including the annual Whiskey After Dark in Charleston with booths for Ella’s Popcorn and Hogs Heaven along with a medley of other vendors represented at the curated Marketplace snack bar. As we greet the new year, we look back at what we loved and who we greeted over the past year:

Top-Selling Products on the Local Palate Marketplace in 2022

Altman Farm Buttermilk Waffle and Pancake Mix
Heirloom Buttermilk Pancake and Waffle Mix
Altman Farm
Food for the Southern Soul Sweet n' Salty Snack Box

Sweet and Salty Snack Box
Food for the Southern Soul
Southern Soul BBQ Sweet Georgia Soul Barbecue Sauce

Sweet Georgia Soul BBQ Sauce
Southern Soul BBQ
Edisto Gold Honey

Edisto Gold All-Natural Honey
Edisto Gold Honey

New Vendors on the Local Palate Marketplace in 2022

Adluh Flour Co.

Adluh flours, mixes, and breaders have been staple ingredients in home and professional kitchens since the company’s founding in Columbia, South Carolina, in 1900..

Barlow's Foods Waffle Mix and Waffles 

Barlow’s Foods

Tiffani Neal’s Original Pancake Mix and line of flavored syrups make morning meals quick and easy with made-from-scratch flavor and quality, whole ingredients. 

Big Delicious Brand

Elevated dips perfect for game days, these convenient heat-and-eat sausage dips are inspired by North Carolina hog country. 

Birdie’s Pimento Cheese

This line of decadent, creamy pimento cheese blends began as a hot commodity at the South Hill, Virginia, farmers market. Now, creator Robin Allen’s original product ships around the country. 

Catbird Sauce Co.

From spicy hot sriracha to buttery sweet caramel, the tasty sauces from this woman-owned company based in Charlottesville, Virginia, spans a range of flavor and can be used as cooking ingredients, condiments, or a finishing flavor. 

Clark + Hopkins

Based in Virginia, this hot sauce company spans the globe with their assortment of flavors profiles covering Oaxaca, India, Ethiopia, Laos, and beyond.

Line up of Daysie syrups 


Made from whole ingredients and naturally sweetened, Daysie syrups are a way to indulge that you can feel good about. Try them in coffee drinks, cocktails, or even add to baked goods.


Step aside, Planter’s—these deeply flavored extra-large peanuts have been grown, cooked, packaged, and sold from the same location in Courtland, Virginia, for 50 years.

Gentry’s BBQ

Whether you’re looking for savory rubs, sweet and sticky sauces, or a bit of seasoning, Gentry’s BBQ specializes in various styles of Southern barbecue, with Tennessee- and Louisiana-style sauces and seasonings.

 Gesus Palomino

Love a little extra heat? Use Gesus Palomina jalapeño syrup and candied jalapeño relish to add sweet heat to cocktails, meat marinades, or as a condiment. 

Hogs Heaven

These crackling chicharrones (fried pork rinds) keep snacking fun with the puffed, airy crisps in various flavors, like Salt ’n Vinegar, Mesquite, and Extreme Heat.

Jack Rudy Cocktail Co. Tonic and Bitters

Jack Rudy Cocktail Co. 

Perfected within some of Charleston’s most iconic restaurants, Jack Rudy Cocktail Co.’s craft tonics, syrups, bitters, and gourmet garnishes bring restaurant-level cocktail sophistication to your home bartending.  

Mammy Doro Motherland Spices

Baltimore-based creator Sabina Jules designs her seasonings using the flavors and ingredients that she grew up loving in her native Cameroon, all to support Hippocrates’ notion “Let food be thy medicine and let medicine be thy food.”

 Martin’s Bar-B-Que Joint

If you can’t get to Nashville to get your hands on Pat Martin’s smoked, melt-in-your-mouth barbecue, order his Life of Fire cookbook along with Martin’s Bar-B-Que Joint’s sauces and rubs to create your favorite recipes at home.

 line up of Masala Bling seasonings on grass

Masala Bling

Bring bold flavors of Indian cuisine to your own kitchen with kebab, tandoori, chai, and vindaloo seasoning blends from this Austin-based spice company. 

New Orleans Roast Coffee

Based in the Big Easy, this small-batch coffee roaster channels New Orleans flavors into their different blends, which vary among hints of chicory, caramelized bananas foster, nutty butter pecan, and toasty crème brûlée.

 Pegasus Jerky Co. 

Elevate your road trip snack game with premium, peppery beef jerky that’s made from the leanest possible meat and uses all-natural, easy-to-pronounce ingredients.

 PJ’s Coffee

Through direct trade with small farmers, PJ’s Coffee brews sustainable coffee practices within every cup. Different flavors from this New Orleans-based coffee roaster, like maple street, french breakfast, and praline cream, keep the sipping exciting.

 Rainbow Trout Kitchen

What began as eight-year-old Peter Bowles’ first foray into entrepreneurship, Rainbow Trout Kitchen’s small-batch, hand-made granola has grown quite a following throughout the Richmond, Virginia, area. Today, the business is run by Peter’s mom and her friend Ashley Wallace, and every batch of granola is made with oats, Madagascar vanilla, clover honey, and other wholesome ingredients.

 Rappahannock River Oysters

Rappahannock Oyster Co. 

Get briny Virginia oysters delivered to your doorstep with this company that harvests oysters from different locations around the Chesapeake Bay, packs them on ice, and sends them to you (along with custom hot sauce and shucking essentials, if you want).

Sam Jones BBQ

Sam Jones, from the family behind the renowned barbecue spot Skylight Inn in Ayden, North Carolina, is creating his barbecue legacy in Raleigh and Greenville. If you can’t get to North Carolina, re-create your own sweet or tangy whole-hog ’cue with the restaurants’ signature sauces, rubs, and cookbook.

Seaside Grown

Carefully sourced produce from the owner’s farm in Hilton Head, South Carolina, heads straight to jars of farm-fresh sauces and mixes in a practice Seaside Grown calls “Field to Glass.”


Cooking with a Smithey's cast-iron pan

Smithey Ironware

Forged and perfected in Charleston, this premium line of cast ironware and carbon steel skillets and roasting pans fit the bill for a range of culinary purposes whether you’re in  the kitchen or around the campfire. 

Sister’s Sauce

No more bland bloody marys when you introduce this all-natural artisan mixer at the bar, made of a classic blend of tomato juice, lemon juice, apple cider vinegar, horseradish, Tabasco, salt, pepper, and garlic salt. 

Sobremesa Mole and Salsas

Born and raised in El Paso, the now-Charleston-based creator Mark Ciaburri pours his professional culinary background into this line of smoky moles and zippy salsas, inspired by his home and the friends he made at various restaurant stints. 

Southern Soul Barbecue

If you can’t get to this iconic Georgia barbecue spot on St. Simons Island (and it’s worth the trip), bring their flavors to your own kitchen with their signature pork, seafood, and chicken rubs; hot sauce; and sweet barbecue sauces.

Still There Shine Sauce

These meticulously developed sauces celebrate North Carolina’s Western-style barbecue (pulled pork glazed with a tomato-based sauce). Flavors extend well beyond jammy tomato—try the Cherry Bomb, Perky Peach, Mustard Moonshine, or Campfire Gravy (made with smoky ancho peppers and bacon). 

 Stephanie Rickenbaker of Sweet's Elderberry with her daughter

Sweet’s Elderberry

Flu season got you down? Charlotte-based mom Stephanie Rickenbaker started experimenting with elderberry syrup to combat her children’s winter colds, and the result is her line of products for a range of uses: syrup, extract, shrub, and tincture. This fruity syrup is all natural, allergen reducing, and tastes delicious—a major score for anyone with picky eaters.

Tommy’s Bloody Mary Mix

As the story goes, Tommy Glassen’s journey began with a hangover, a phone call home to Mom, and eventually a family-developed product that’s now beloved by restaurant and home bartenders throughout South Carolina. 

Virginia Diner

If jumbo roasted Virginia peanuts weren’t enough in and of themselves, Virginia Diner seasons them for all occasions—from Old Bay-seasoned snack mix for cocktail hour to butter toasted for dessert, and even Zatarain’s spicy Cajun peanuts for a snack worthy of replacing a meal. 

Wisham Jellies

Developed to dazzle under a kiss of fire, this line of pepper jellies from Georgia is a griller’s dream. Various flavors complement different proteins, like pineapple pepper jelly for shrimp, peach pepper jelly for pork, or blackberry pepper jelly for chicken.

 Zorro Pecans in a bowl and in the 16-ounce bag

Zorro Pecans

These giant, perfectly halved pecans are a gourmet snack eaten straight from the bag. Snack on them plain or use them in baking to add deep, nutty flavors that far exceed anything from the grocery store’s baking aisle.   

Marketplace Recipes

  • Gesus Palomino Jalapeño Peach Danishes

    , by brittany furbee Gesus Palomino Jalapeño Peach Danishes

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  • elegant tequila cocktail

    , by Kelsey Brandt Agave Club

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  • an old fashioned cocktail with gin

    , by Kelsey Brandt 1934 Cosmo

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  • delicious Mai Tai riff

    , by Kelsey Brandt All Gold Everything

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