Based out of Kansas City, Ocarina Foods, Inc. is a startup specialty food company that has brought a brand new product to market in the form of premium flavored honey. Their mission is to change the way people think about honey and to give them a great new ingredient to use in their cooking. The first five flavors to be released include mango passion fruit, pear pineapple, grapefruit pomegranate, apple brandy and horchata (a latin rice milk drink with cinnamon and vanilla).
Typically honey is used simply as a topping on bread or toast, but Ocarina Foods hopes to change that outlook entirely. Each week the owner of the company, 23 year old Jesse Funk, adds new recipes to the website to enable and inspire at-home cooks to spice up and enhance the flavor of their cooking imagination and reality.
Each bottle of honey is mixed and filled by hand. Even the labels, designed by the owner, are placed on the bottles by hand. Keeping true to his Kansas City roots, Jesse has vowed only to use local honey from beekeepers in the area for his product. Raw honey he says keeps the ingredients at the highest level for cooking and baking while holding some health benefits for the consumer over ultra-filtered varieties one often sees at a grocery store.
“What started out as an adventure into creating something delicious has turned into a foray into entrepreneurship I hoped I would end up in sooner than later.” Jesse said. “Being the first time I’ve stepped out into the marketplace to offer my wares, I was a bit nervous. Thankfully the reception I’ve gotten from people is overwhelmingly positive.” He said with a smile. “There’s something special about seeing people try something you’ve created and watching their faces light up as they say ‘wow.’”
About the Company:
Ocarina Foods, Inc. was started by Jesse Funk, artist and Renaissance man; he is trained in various disciplines of classical arts including photography, jewelry, sculpture, painting, violin as well as more grounded academic disciplines such as math. When brainstorming ideas for a new food product to create he was inspired by local chef, Christoper Elbow and his artisanal chocolates, and decided to attempt his hand at making honey as exquisite as Mr. Elbow has made his chocolate. His honey can be found at his company’s website http://www.ocarinahoney.com along with the recipes he adds weekly for their use.