If you shop at several Charlotte area markets, you probably know Cannizzaro Sauces. Now Martha Stewart and her crew know about them too: Melanie Tritten’s bottled marinara and arrabbiata sauces are finalists in the 2015 Martha Stewart American Made, a contest for products made all over the country.
Next up: Voting for your favorites opens Sept. 21, and the winners will be announced Oct. 23.
In a column I wrote last year, Tritten says her idea for her Cannizzaro Familigia sauces came from her Italian-American mother. Not because she made a great sauce, but because she didn’t: Her mother was very busy raising three kids and she didn’t take the time to make a great sauce.
“She was busy and she wouldn’t deseed the tomatoes. We used to make her buy us Prego, Ragu, anything new on the market.”
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Starting in college, Tritten came up with her own sauce. Now Tritten and her husband, Andy, who both work for multiple restaurants, spend all their spare time making, bottling and delivering their sauce.
Categories are craft, design, food and style. Other N.C. finalists: Cackalacky Sauces from Chatham County, Scarffish scarves of Chapel Hill, Smiling Hara Tempeh of Candler, Hell Hound whiskey from Diablo Distillery in Jacksonville, N.C., Blowing Rock Woodworks furniture from Blowing Rock, and Daniel Christmas Tree Farm in Dunn.