Arawak Farm products --

Spicy Fruit Spreads

“The Brix (a measurement of sugar) in our Spicy Fruit Spreads range from 37 to 57. That’s really, really low. We let the flavor shine without covering it up with sugar. They are sweetened with the fruit, but the addition of habanero pepper provides a little kick.”

Blue-Blackberry, upper right
Cranberry Peach
Mango Peach

Pepper Sauces

Mixed Berry, above
Sweet Ginger-Basil

Dry Rub and Spice Blends

Traditional Arawak blends. Salt and sugar are way down on the list of ingredients, unlike existing Dry Rubs and Spice Blends.

Dry Rub and Spice Blend #1
Bold and spicy. Pairs well with all cuts of beef, pork and wild game.

Dry Rub and Spice Blend #2
A subtle, earthier flavor that works well with poultry and seafood. * * *

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Growing up as a kid in Brooklyn, NY, Lloyd Vassell didn’t put much importance on his Arawak Indian culture. "My family was always very proud of their Arawak heritage, but I didn’t appreciate it.”

As a young man in Jamaica, Lloyd's father joined the Merchant Marines and sailed the world for 17 years. After he apprenticed with the ship's chef, he eventually took over the position and used all the culinary influences he experienced in his travels, merging them with his Jamaican culture.”

When Lloyd’s father retired from the Merchant Marines, he was hired as a chef at a New York City restaurant. “At home, Mom cooked during the week, but Dad cooked on weekends and holidays. He didn’t really teach me to cook, so much as he encouraged me to do it myself. I’ve been cooking since I was 12."

Professionally, however, Lloyd took a very different path, working in marketing and branding for major corporations, such as Avon, M&M Mars, and Sun Microsystems. During that time he and a partner had a nightclub and bar in New York, where Lloyd exercised his culinary ability through developing menus and working closely with his chefs, gaining experience for both the “front of the house, and the back of the house.”

In 2009, he began working on his pepper sauces. People loved them, but he didn’t think seriously about producing them commercially. “In 2012, I wanted a new challenge, and my wife suggested that I turn the pepper sauces into a business.”

After a lot of market research, he concluded that while there are many hot sauces, his Pepper Sauces offer a very different texture, viscosity, and flavor profiles. He used what he learned about Arawak culture and the culinary experiences from family gatherings and created his line of specialty condiments: Pepper Sauces, Spicy Fruit Spreads, and Dry Rub and Spice Blends.

He named his company using his last name, Vassell Foods Inc., but the brand name for his sauces, rubs and fruit spreads came to him in the middle of the night. “I’m an Arawak Indian. It’s part of my history."

“I love cooking, and I love seeing a smile on people’s face and hearing them say, ‘It’s hot, but I can’t get enough. ‘100% Natural. 100% Family.’ isn’t a slogan. It’s the way it is. This is for my family!”

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