Who: Mike Bancroft of Co-op Sauce
What: Hot sauce on a mission! Fifty percent of Co-op Sauce proceeds go to fund nonprofit arts and culinary education programs around Chicago.
Where: Chicago, Illinois
As someone who likes her chilaquiles soggy with salsa and needs more than cheese on my enchiladas, I was interested when Co-op Hot Sauce starting popping up all over Chicago. I first encountered the small red and green bottles as wedding favors and then in my neighborhood grocery store, The Dill Pickle. When I saw the Co-op Hot Sauce stand at the Logan Square Farmer's Market, I had to know more. As it turns out, Co-Op Hot Sauce started as a way to raise money for local arts and culinary education programs in Chicago — and the story just gets better from there.