Spice Child

American Made Since 2012

Syslee Schael

Oakland, California
Spice Child makes handcrafted artisan infused ghee and dry condiment mixtures. We use only the finest local ingredients in every product.

Tell us about your business.

Spice Child was founded in Oakland, California in 2012 by chef turned herbalist, Syslee Schael. Her work as an herbalist brought her clients yearning for easy ways to transform their health through food. Searching for remedies Syslee discovered ghee, a nutrient rich oil used by ancient cultures for cooking and in Ayurvedic medicine. Spice Child ghee is hand made in small batches using butter made from the pasture raised, grass fed cows of beautiful Sonoma County, California. Beyond our original ghee we offer 5 infused ghee flavors. By combining and infusing our ghee with organic, locally grown herbs and spices we have created rogue flavor combinations that can transform any meal with just one spoonful. As part of our line Spice Child also offers 3 dry condiment mixes. We have taken from traditional old world recipes while incorporating updated ingredients, adding our own unique touch. Spice Child strives to make cooking easy, fun, and healthful while supporting local farms.

What makes your business stand out?

Ghee has been widely used in India for centuries. Here is America we are now just discovering this ancient oil and the healing powers it offers. Spice Child makes our ghee using traditional methods and is on a mission to teach the public about the benefits and rewards of using this rich, tasty oil.

What's the best business advice you've received?

Believe in yourself, dream big! Don't be afraid to share with your community, friend, and family. Tell everyone you can about your idea. You'll be surprised at how many people will be both willing and able to help you get off the ground.

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  • Nominations
    June 3–Aug. 29, 2014

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  • Judging
    June 23–Sept. 9, 2014

    Judges will select finalists throughout this period.

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  • Online Voting
    Sept. 15–Oct. 13, 2014

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  • Winners Announced
    Oct. 17, 2014

    2014 Award Winners and Audience Choice Winner announced.

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  • American Made Event
    Nov. 7–8, 2014

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