In French, baton rouge means “red stick.” The origin involves European explorers, native Americans, and ancient signage. But here at Red Stick Spice Company, we’re not historians. We’re cooks—cooks that believe everyone should be the proud chef of their own kitchen. We also think there is no better place to cook than south Louisiana. Baton Rouge is the seat of state government, but one could also argue it’s the center of that state’s flavor. The city blends the gusto of New Orleans, the piquant of Cajun country, and the auras of the bayous.
So, you can probably tell from our name that we’re kind of into spices. For millennia, spices have been a gastronomic life force. Much of the world was discovered on quests for valuable seasonings and flavors. Today, they still take us around the world. Consider a simple piece of chicken. Depending on the selection, your taste buds can travel anywhere. Dreaming of visiting provincial France or maybe the Mexican countryside? From western India to down the Bayou, spices take a simple meal to foreign places.
We see it often. Customers come in for the first time and pause wide-eyed at the entryway. They can be overwhelmed by the number of products we offer and not know where to begin. Spices may bring you through our doors, but our oils, teas, and vinegars are equally appealing. We blend all the teas ourselves, offering something for every taste and ailment. Our high-quality oils and vinegars represent endless combinations of flavors and feelings. And if you do feel a little bewildered, enlist one of our staff to be your navigator. Every employee has tasted, cooked with, or even created the flavors we stock. We also proudly feature locally made products to boost your kitchen arsenals.
Looking for more culinary counseling? Enlist in some of the classes we offer throughout the year. Each month, we feature a suite of in-store lessons. The skill sets vary, but the goal is always the same. We want to get you confidently sautéing, baking, and blending. On the wall of our classroom space, it says “Anyone can cook and most everyone should.” This quote by author Michael Pollan represents our philosophy perfectly. Once you get your kitchen legs, look into our subscription boxes. Choose from a regular delivery of new spices, blends, or oils and vinegars. They are sure to keep you scrumptiously motivated all year long. (Hint: They make great gifts as well!)