Today we’d like to introduce you to Celeste Croxton-Tate.
Celeste , can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I have always loved to cook since I was a child. As I got older I began cooking for family & friends. I started my catering company in June 2006. I would make Jamaican Jerk chicken with pineapple chutney on the side to stave off the spiciness of the jerk. People would always ask me if they could buy the chutney in stores. I would always tell them “very soon”. When the recession hit in 2008 and everyone started doing potluck dinners instead of catering, I took that time to research how to get my products into stores. I created a whole line of chutneys, relishes, fruit spreads and a spice rub. I wanted to create a product that everyone could enjoy, especially those with special dietary restrictions. All my products are low in sugar & sodium, vegan, gluten free, fat free and preservative free. I use spices and cooking techniques to enhance the natural flavors of the products. I launched my product line November 2014 and started selling wholesale to some Whole Foods stores in the Boston, local cheese shops, farmers markets and my online store.
I started catering again in January 2017. I try to incorporate my products in my home-style, southern, Caribbean and vegetarian inspired dishes. I am currently working on my long awaited cookbook. I hope to have it published by my 50th birthday, April 2019.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
The biggest obstacle for me was jumping into the food business with no business experience. My professional background as twenty two year veteran of the Boston police department didn’t prepare me for the new endeavor. I have always loved to cook and even more so when I became a police officer, as cooking is cathartic for me.
So, as you know, we’re impressed with Lyndigo Spice® – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
Lyndigo Spice® is a line of chutneys, relishes fruit spreads and a spice blend. My whole line is low in sugar & sodium, fat free, gluten free, all natural, vegan and preservative free. My chutneys and relishes aren’t just for cheese and crackers, you can cook with them too. The Original Spice Rub is a low sodium smoked paprika based rub and can be used in all types of dishes from meat, veggies, popcorn and sprinkled on fruit like sliced apples.
I am most proud of being able to offer my products and catering services to folks and have them want more of it. I am proud that my brand is being recognized. When people cannot find my products in stores they go right to my website and order it.
So, what’s next? Any big plans?
I am currently writing the cookbook that everyone has been asking for. At the farmers market I have a picture book of all my food using my products. It’s just a guide to give people an idea on how to use the products, but everyone always thinks it’s a cookbook. Some have even tried to buy it. It has taken me ten years to write this book because I don’t use recipes. I cook from the heart and by how I want a dish to taste. My goal is to have it published by my 50th birthday, April 2019.
- Chutneys, relishes and fruit spreads are $10.00 (online & farmers markets)
- Original Spice Rub $9.00 (online & farmers markets).
- Flat rate shipping fee of $5.00 for online orders.
- Website: https://www.lyndigospice.com/
- Phone: 617-276-8097
- Email: Lyndigospice@live.com
- Instagram: @LyndigoSpice
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lyndigospice/
- Twitter: @LyndigoSpice
- Other: https://www.lyndigospicecatering.com/
Darlene DeVita for the personal photos only. Food pictures are property of Lyndigo Spice®