Meet Chelsi LeMaster, LeMaster Family Kitchen
LFK is all about quality handmade spice blends to simplify and elevate your home cooking. Grinding their own chilies and root vegetables from the largest possible pieces of restaurant quality ingredients, this provides a unique potency of flavors that are carefully created to be complex, yet very versatile.
What do you love about your business and industry?
We LOVE that our products have a tendency to empower and encourage the home cook... whether novice or trained chef! There is so much power in preparing and sharing a home cooked meal and our spice blends enable people to enjoy the experience.
Tell us what inspires you.
Customers tell us time and time again that their meals always taste great when they use our seasonings. The consistency that our products provide is always inspiring. We are also inspired by the natural flavors that are used in different regions of the world. We love pairing those ingredients for customers so the guess work is already done for them - it make cooking easy!
What advice do you have for other creatives and entrepreneurs?
Take time to connect with your customers! We have gotten great feedback when we listen to how our blends are used. One customer told us she put TOSA (Taste of South Asia) on her popcorn and now it's a go-to for market samples!
What is something surprising about you?
Sean used the name "Lemaster Family Kitchen" on the made up dinner menu when he proposed to me. I said, "yes," and they became partners in life... then business and carried on the name!
What's the most common question you get about you and your business?
"What's good on chicken?" Our answer?... all of them! We love this question because we get to explain four easy ways to make chicken completely different but very flavorful.
Tell us about your process for making and creating.
We grind all of our ingredients in small batches then hand blend and package them. Essential oils of the ingredients then stay with the product instead of getting lost in the factory. Because of this process, we are able to ensure a unique freshness in each package.
Name three local makers and brands that you are inspired by!
Wolfbait & B-Girls: these gals are legit. We love their passion for not only making, but also for encouraging the maker.
Six-Point Pet: We love that these guys work with local artists AND make our pets fashionable.
Soothsayer Hot Sauce: They make bold, flavor forward hot sauces that pack a punch in the finish - like us, they allow you to taste your food first... plus you can't deny they have a cool punk/metal edge.
What's the best advice you've ever been given and how has it shaped your business?
We were advised by a knowledgeable professional to consult with a marketing firm... the firm wanted to charge us $20,000. This proposal pushed us to realize the potential and ability we had in ourselves... and that with a little effort to learn and try, we could accomplish so much on our own.
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