Founder, Timothy Kavarnos, was born and raised in a small town in Connecticut where his parents still reside. Timothy attended UCONN and began working in alternative education programs which took him to Rhode Island. It was here that his love for hot peppers truly began. In a small garden he grew sixteen different types of hot peppers. He would make fresh salsas, chili and even dry them for his own crushed pepper. In 2001 Timothy decided it was time for a change. Tim moved to Brooklyn NY where he still resides. He picked up jobs in restaurants while trying to figure out what to do next. After settling in a Park Slope restaurant he began making hot sauce for fun and bringing it to work. His coworkers began to ask him when he was going to bring in more. A short time later Tim’s good friend Jeff announced he was opening a restaurant and wanted the hot sauce in his kitchen, and so it began. Jeff’s restaurant, Backyard, opened on Fifth Ave in Park Slope Brooklyn in the spring of 2012. The sauce was a hit. Shortly thereafter Tim and Jeff teamed up and offered a hot sauce tasting featuring five unique sauces and the people went crazy. The next step was to follow his passion and start The Salamander Sauce Company.