These Caribbean women entrepreneurs have found a recipe for success with their brand Bazodee, a line of flavorful sauces inspired by their Trinidadian and Venezuelan roots. Now the brand is expanding the family with a new sauce combo “Tasty Tamarind” and “Real Trini Curry,” applicable to an endless array of island dishes.
The company is the brainchild of Debra Sandler, a former executive of PepsiCo. Johnson & Johnson. She joined her daughter Kiah Sandler and traditional cuisine genius Auntie Mavis in 2018 to create the brand’s original flavours, Soca Sauce, Hot Soca Sauce, and Marvelous Marinade. All feature traditional Caribbean ingredients like tamarind, papaya, and the unique Trinidadian Scorpion Pepper for their hot sauce. All the brand’s sauces are all-natural, vegetarian, preservative-free, and gluten-free.
Bazodee hopes to distribute the generations of knowledge and traditions in the kitchen from one family to the next through their unique products and their family history.
“For many immigrant families, food is the bonding element that retains our roots and our culture while we forge new lives in countries far away,” shares Sandler about the inspiration behind launching Bazodee. Speaking about the amazing culinary skills of the women in her family, “this company was formed to honour them and more importantly to bring the delicious, accessible foods that they have created for us and to share them with the world.”
Debra Sandler has worked hard for 35 years in the food industry and also leads Bazodee’s philanthropic arm, which gives back to communities in their home state of New Jersey. Bazodee has partnered with News 12 New Jersey and Cornerstone Family Programs in making sure the youth of America can share a passion for cultures while enjoying delicious foods. Bazodee currently has five unique flavours of sauces and seasonings of East Indian spices, including one marinade.