How often does a middle school class project develop into a real, live company with a bright and shiny future?
That’s how Garlic Gold got its start.
It was an 8th grade economics class project for Orion Brutoco and three classmates. The students took one of their dad’s (Rinaldo Brutoco’s) recipe for a unique homemade garlic condiment and launched a startup company that soon turned into a real business.
The students learned things like how to hand bottle and label organic extra virgin olive oil blended with crunchy garlic nuggets. Soon Garlic Gold was being sold at the Farmers in a booth owned and operated by Rinaldo and the students, and bringing in some real money.
We kind of assume the kids got an A+ on this project, but haven’t been able to verify that.
That was eight years ago. Today Garlic Gold is manufactured in a certified organic kitchen in Ventura, Calif., using organic garlic, oils, vinegar and seasonings sourced from around the world. The product line includes crunchy organic garlic nuggets; organic garlic nuggets blended with certified organic extra-virgin olive oil; and organic, garlic flavored vinaigrettes
It’s one of those products that makes it a little easier to get creative in the kitchen–or to just take an ordinary dish and make it a little (or a lot) more garlicky.
How is it used?
- You can shake the crunchy garlic nuggets onto soups, salads, veggies, pizza, fish, chicken, beef…almost anything that could use an instant blast of garlicky flavor and crunchy texture
- The balsamic vinaigrette can be used as a bread dipping sauce, or to make garlic bread. Or drizzled over vegetables, steaks and salads
- Garlic Gold oil can be used as a butter substitute when roasting turkey or popping popcorn.