This week Food Karma’s Communications Director, Dylan Heuer talked with Sauce King NYC judge Ori Zohar. Ori is the co-founder of Burlap & Barrel, a single origin spice company. He comes from a business, marketing and operations background but Burlap & Barrel wasn’t his first foray into food. In 2010, Ori started an activist ice-cream cart in New York City, serving flavors inspired by political movements around the world and donating the profits to charity. Seven years later Ori and his partner in the endeavor, Ethan Frish, wanted to take their activist business model to the next level and founded Burlap & Barrel together. The spice company is a certified Public Benefit Corporation, working to build new international food supply chains that are equitable, transparent and traceable. Dylan asked Ori about what this mission looks like in practice, how home cooks can better utilize their spice cabinet, and what he’ll be tasting for as a Sauce King NYC judge.
The following interview has been edited lightly for clarity and length.