School Fundraising

Slatherin’ Sauce included in Gear Patrol’s “Roundup: 10 Off-the-Shelf Sauces and Marinades”


Gear Patrol Includes Slatherin’ Sauce

Well, pardon us while we puff our collective chests out in pride. Gear Patrol, in an article by Jeremy Berger has recommended Slatherin’ Sauce as one of their 10 selected “off-the-shelf” sauces. The digital publication states that they are,

…a modern take on the men’s magazine, blending the core advantages of the best print publications — high quality, visually forward design and an engaging mix of tailored editorial content. Staffed by a dedicated team of intelligent and irreverent writers, each inspired by their own lifelong passions and dispatched across the world, Gear Patrol provides a daily mix of insights and in-depth features on its core tenets of adventure, gear and design.

Gear Patrol is one of the most popular male oriented digital publications with many reading the pub for insights into a whole host of guy gear from watches to iPad sleeves to electric motorcycles. Gear Patrol writes about cool stuff guys want.

Being part of such a superior coterie gives us a sizzle, just like a good steak on the grill. Thanks gentlemen for including Slatherin’ Sauce in your roundup. We’re delighted to be part of such an esteemed ensemble.



Photos courtesy of Gear Patrol’s founder and photographer Eric Yang

Slather Brand Foods…Defined and Redefined

052 (2) Mother and Daughter Grammie and Carolyn Grace

Extreme joy comes in small bundles

On Monday, October 1, 2012 at 4:54 pm Ayla Blair Barnes came into the world. Although she had been anticipated for many months nothing would be as significant as the moment that she actually emerged from her mother’s womb and became a joy that would touch my heart in the most profound way. I had been fortunate to experience this extreme joy only 16 months earlier when Carolyn Grace entered the world. The birth of these two wonderfully magnificent little human beings not only brought me the most ultimate joy I could ever hope to experience but more importantly gave me a renewed perspective.

What directs my life

In the fall of 2010 and after many long and agonizing months I had reached a point in my life when I was willing to risk all the money I had saved and ever material possession I owned in pursuit of Passion. I left the comfort and security of Corporate America and founded Slather Brand Foods. I never really set out to become a food manufacturer but I knew I wanted to be involved in the food industry. When I looked at my life and the things that brought me the most joy I was compelled to do what I loved most. There was nothing I loved more than cooking and entertaining my family and friends with my culinary delights.

Slatherin’ Sauce originates at home

Slather Brand Slatherin’ Sauce was just one of the many creations that I prepared to delight everyone’s palate. It was also a condiment that could be replicated and had such a diverse variety of uses on everything from chocolate to wild game that it was marketable. It had become a staple in my own home and in those that I loved. I can’t tell you how many gallons of Slatherin’ Sauce were prepared in my kitchen and lovingly dispersed among family and friends for many years.

The vision of Slather Brand Foods was to take my love of cooking which I had been inspired by my mother and grandmother and share it beyond my own loved ones. I wanted to share with other families a product that had been at the core of everything I believed in…healthy food, amazing taste, and family and friends. I was simply driven by Passion and have done everything I can to make a dream become a reality.

Lessons learned

Entrepreneurship is NOT for the faint of heart…. not in a good economy and certainly not in a bad economy. However, an entrepreneur is someone who takes risks. An entrepreneur is someone who has calculated the risks and is willing to pursue dreams and chance leaving the shore in pursuit of new lands. With that being said, there have been many times when I have scratched my head and asked myself, “What were you thinking?”

On Monday, October 1st at 4:54 pm I knew what I was thinking. I was thinking that I must be the luckiest woman on earth. I had the honor and privilege of witnessing the birth of my first and second granddaughter. I realized that no matter what I had achieved or had not achieved to this point in my life that I am blessed. I am proud of the fact that I have risked it all and pursued Passion… for it is a gift to my beloved granddaughters, Carolyn Grace and Ayla Blair. Slather Brand Foods is a symbol of their heritage no matter our future. It is a testament to being true to a dream and never being afraid to take risks for the things in life that have meaning and bring value to those you love. Of all the things that are important in my life there is only one thing that I really care about…I want to be remembered for being a great ancestor.

Gratitude for life, family, and your loyalty

From the deepest depths of my heart and soul I want to take this opportunity to thank any and everyone who has supported Slather Brand Foods in any capacity over the last two years. From my precious family to yours… We are deeply humbled and want you to know how grateful we truly are for having this awesome experience. We invite you to become a part of our growing family and hope that we will become a part of yours. We sincerely hope that our Brand is not just a staple in your home but a symbol of family and all the things that are truly important in life. Thank you for sharing our joy!!!

Local Happiness Experience November 2012

Slather Brand Foods will be represented at the Local Happiness Experience and Harvest Hope Food Drive event November 8th at the Richalnd Fashion Mall Food Court.

The event will offer attendees tastes of South Carolina made products. Not only will attendees get to taste these great products (including Slatherin’ Sauce) but they’ll enjoy music from Jim Sonefeld of Hootie and the Blowfish, Lunch Money and Melanie McMillian.

The concert is free with the donation of at least four canned goods. The flyer below provides details on the event and food donations. To register for the event, please click to go to the Local Happiness website.

We hope to see you there.



Smoke On The Water – 1st Annual BBQ Cook Off Invitational

Smoke-on-the-Water-BBQ Competition

Smoke on the Water is being held by the South Carolina Specialty Food Association. The first part of the event is the Friday night “Wing Fling” which takes place Friday, September 21 beginning at 6pm at 302 Artisans. 302 Artisans which is first exclusive South Carolina Specialty Food Association (SCSFA) store in the state where all food and beverage items sold are products of SCSFA members.  302 Artisans is also the event host. Whole Foods Market is donating 5,000 wings to all of the teams competing in the cook off. Slather Brand Foods is in the competition and we will be Slatherin’ some wings Friday night. We will also be competing in the BBQ competition on Saturday morning.

To all our Slather It On friends in the Columbia, South Carolina area, do come on out and say hello and enjoy some great BBQ.

Encore Magazine Promotes the Cape Fear Wildlife Foundation Wild Game and Seafood Banquet

A few weeks ago I shared my excitement at being invited to participate in the upcoming Cape Fear Wildlife Foundation Wild Game and Seafood Banquet. The event is Saturday, 15 September in Wilmington, North Carolina. Encore Magazine in Wilmington has written a great piece sharing additional insights into the event. If you are in the coastal North Carolina area or in the Grand Strand, this will be a fun, and beneficial event. I hope you will attend.

Shea Carver of Encore wrote:

Robin Rhea of Slather Brand Foods will be in attendance from Charleston S.C., with her famed shrimp and grits, which include pimiento cheese and Spicy Slatherin’ Sauce. “This dish reflects both my deep Southern and coastal heritage and is one that we love sharing with others,” Rhea says. “The rich grits with the pimiento cheese is topped with delicious sweet shrimp that have been slathered in sauce that caramelizes and provides a flavor profile of sweet heat.”

Will I see you this coming Saturday at the Banquet? I hope so!

Tickets can be purchased by e-mailing [email protected] or calling910-795-0292 or 843-902-6532.

September 13 is National Celiac Awareness Day

Slather Brand Foods Recognizes Celiac Awareness Day

National Celiac Awareness day is September 13th according to the Celiac Sprue Awareness Association.

The date of September 13 was chosen because it honors the birthday of Samuel Gee, MD a British physician and pediatrician. Dr. Gee published the first modern description of the clinical picture of celiac disease and is credited with being the first to identify the link between celiac disease and diet. One of Gee’s famous quotes on celiac disease is “if the patient can be cured at all, it must be by means of diet.”

The increased awareness of this disease has helped more be diagnosed and avoid consuming gluten, allowing their bodies to heal.

Slather Brand Foods supports those who avoid consuming gluten by making all our products gluten free.

We’d love to hear your stories of how you became aware of the issues in your life. Will you share them with us here? Tell us how you have adapted your eating preferences and recipes to support your healing.

In the meantime, we share these tips on how to celebrate National Celiac Awareness day from the Celiac Sprue Awareness Association:


  • Sponsor a party complete with gluten-free cake.
  • Have a gluten-free baking contest.
  • Talk to a local class telling them about Samuel Gee and his contribution
    to medicine.
  • Create a display in a public library, clinic or shopping area and promote
    Dr. Gee’s 173 rd birthday!

We look forward to hearing from you!

Slatherin’ Sauce in Berlin with SUSTA

In June 2012, Berliners had a chance to buy many Southern gourmet products. Slatherin’ Sauce was right there in the middle of it all. The promotion was at KaDeWe Department store in Berlin.

We’re grateful to the Southern United States Trade Association (SUSTA) for promoting Southern made goods in Germany.

Slatherin’ Sauce on the shelves. Can you spot us? We’re on the upper shelves. Click the thumbnails for a closer view.

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Cape Fear Wildlife Foundation Wild Game & Seafood Banquet


I’m a country girl at heart. I grew up on John’s Island. Our family dined on what was hunted or fished from the waters and woods around the island. So, supporting organizations that nurture the wild places where game and fish are native is important to me. That’s why I’ve been involved with the Cape Fear Wildlife Foundation’s first Wild Game and Seafood Banquet. As a featured chef at this event. I’ll be preparing our Carolina Pimento Cheese Grits and Slathered Shrimp.

I have been working with their planning committee in designing the menu. In addition to the shrimp and grits, there will be other Slathered including Slathered Venison Meatballs. Slatherin’ Sauce will also be available for the Grilled Venison Bratwurst and Wild Boar Sliders. Rattlesnake Chili however will not Slathered…I am uncomfortable with anything that slithers being Slathered.

I’ve been told that tickets are expected to sell out quickly. If you want tickets, contact:

W C Lanier at
910-795-0292 or 843-902-6532.

Hope to see you all there!

School Fundraising

LocalHappiness-logoY’all know that my years as a teacher gave me a big heart for supporting our neighborhood schools. Every year students, parents and teachers work to raise money to help each school gain extra funding to do many desirable things.

Some schools raise money for playgrounds. Others for supplies for children who don’t have them. Others raise money to pay for field trips. So many schools sell nuts, oranges, gift wrap, and even coupon books. But why not sell products made in South Carolina?

That’s the question that I’m sure Ken Carey answered when he established LocalHappiness. Ken writes that LocalHappiness supports “both our schools and our local communities by offering top notch products made or designed by South Carolinians.” He continues,

We’re extremely excited about Local Happiness and want to get as many schools and other organizations as possible on board.

If you’d like to see your child’s school support South Carolina’s small business to include, farmers, specialty food producers, artists, authors and musicians – tell us and tell them!”

Ken, we’re delighted to participate as one of your product partners. There are some mighty fine folks in that line up and some good eating too.

If you’re in South Carolina and want to get your child’s school on board to sell all these fine South Carolina products like Slatherin’ Sauce, contact Ken and LocalHappiness via their website.