Cinnabar Specialty Foods was created in the summer of 1985 in Prescott, Arizona.
The first batches of Mango Chutney were made in Neera's home kitchen with
her notebooks full of recipes and memories spread out before her. Before
long, a commercial kitchen, office, shipping, warehouse and even a retail
area were all under one big roof. It was a pleasant surprise to find out how
much could be produced and handled in a small place with a small staff if we
were well organized.
Over the years, the original selection of chutneys has grown to include an
assortment of over twenty cooking sauces, grilling pastes, spice blends and
We take great pleasure in offering to the adventuresome cooking public our
authentic, and often exotic international flavors. Careful blending and
balancing of flavors in small, handcrafted batches offers opportunities
ranging from simple and subtle enhancements all the way to
Cinnabar loves to share these products and cooking ideas with adventurous
cooks everywhere. Out of the first small, folded recipe pamphlet has evolved
"the sixth cooklet", a collection of company recipes and product use ideas
to promote not only our products but a way of cooking and dining - full
flavored and uncomplicated.
Born and educated in India, Neera has always known exotic spices. When she
came to the United States in 1972, she found Western meals bland by
comparison. Travel in Japan, China, the Caribbean, Australia and the Fiji
Islands added to her extensive store of recipes and reinforced her love of
strongly spiced foods.
Ms. Tandon's goal is to share the wonderful foods of her youth and her
travels with people who appreciate distinctive taste experiences. From
regional adaptations, such as her Mango Chutney (Indian) or her Jerk Spice
(Jamaican), to original recipes like Pear Cardamom Chutney, she excels in
achieving uniquely balanced combinations.
Ted has been involved in the hospitality industry for 30 years. His
background is multi-dimensional. He has been a food and wine salesman,
educator, caterer and consultant. He was actively involved with his family's
retail gourmet wine and food shop and restaurant.
In 1985, Neera came to Ted with the idea for a better chutney, the tastes
made him a believer and the Cinnabar partnership was born. Ted's primarily
Western culinary expertise and Neera's experiences with Eastern flavors,
together present access to a world of authentic tastes, carefully defined
for superb flavor enhancement.