Keep Baltimore Tasty: Donate to Haute Mess Kitchen’s Expansion Campaign

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Only one more day to help local company Haute Mess Kitchen reach its Indiegogo goal!

Originally published May 13, 2015 – Kristin Zissel loves flavor. So much, in fact, that she’s made it her life’s work.

In the two short years it’s been open, Zissel’s Baltimore company Haute Mess Kitchen has become a huge hit with Baltimoreans who love food. HMK’s all-natural dry rubs, condiments and seasoning blends are available at shops all over town, keeping Baltimore’s foodies satisfied.

HMK’s products, including treats like red wine-spiked ketchup and a sweet and spicy rub called Steak Candy,” taste great. But they’re more than just pretty flavors. “My products are all natural, which started as a way to address the concerns my friends and I had about food,” explains Zissel. “It doesn’t make sense to buy grass-fed beef and pour a jar of marinade over it that puts in the things you’re trying to avoid.”

Zissel’s approach – using whole ingredients, avoiding additives and packing in the flavor – has proven massively popular. As a result, keeping the products in stock around the city keeps Zissel and her small team very busy. Currently, all the HMK products are made by hand. To keep growing, expanding their production and their product line, HMK needs to make some changes. To do that, the company has launched a crowdfunding campaign through Indiegogo.

HMK’s “Messes for the Masses” campaign hopes to raise $30,000 by May 21. With that money, Zissel and her team will transition from making all of the products by hand to manufacturing small batches of HMK products at local manufacturing facilities. Dry Rub products and chili seasoning mix will be made at Vann’s Spices in Woodlawn and the Bourbon Bath BBQ Sauce and Punch Drunk Ketchup will be produced at Mama Vida, Inc. in Randallstown.

HMK will send people making a $25 contribution one product of their choosing; prizes get bigger from there, all the way up to naming rights and product input for a brand new condiment (included in the gift for a $5,000 contribution).

It’s a big step, but Zissel is enthusiastic – and the rest of the Baltimore food community is, too. “Haute Mess Kitchen is an awesome boutique brand that represents the love and dedication that Baltimore chefs put into their work,” says L. Drew Pumphrey, the guy behind the wheel of the popular Smoking Swine food truck.

Love, dedication, great ingredients and a whole lot of flavor – that’s what Haute Mess Kitchen brings to Baltimore.

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