Meet Your Maker Web Series
Join Hudson Daniel Group co-founders, Dan Cassara & Andy Neiman on an adventure in search of the world's greatest artisan and specialty food & beverage makers. Season One features six episodes of Dan & Andy’s journey through California, from Wine Country down to Orange County. To be notified anytime an episode or additional content is released, be sure to follow our Facebook page at facebook.com/meetyourmakerbyhd or subscribe at youtube.com/hudsondaniel. Would you like your company to be considered for "Meet Your Maker”? Please click here to submit your information, and a member of our team will reach out to you for additional details.
‘Meet Your Maker’ is produced by HD Media, a division of Hudson Daniel Group made up of creative storytellers who look to inspire viewers to see the world differently. Our broad genre of content ranges from food & travel docuseries to home & garden inspired television and web programming. Learn more at www.hdmediagroup.co.
FEATURED COMPANY - CLIF FAMILY NAPA VALLEY
The Clif Family story begins with Gary and Kit’s cycling adventures through Italy where long days of cycling would end in leisurely evenings of good wine, food and hospitality. As great lovers of food, wine and adventure, Kit Crawford & her husband Gary Erickson (Founders of the wildly popular Clif Bar) sought to bring these memorable experiences to their Napa Valley, California home. Clif Family Napa Valley was founded in 2004 in St. Helena, California. Clif Family is focused on making high quality wines and small batch food products that sustain the natural resources of the local community and bring awareness of organic and sustainable farming to others. The fruit for their estate wines comes from vineyards located high atop Napa Valley’s famed Howell Mountain appellation. You can visit their food truck Bruschetteria, and taste wines & other amazing artisan food from the Clif Family Tasting Room on Main Street, St. Helena during your Napa adventures. Click here to learn more about Clif Family Napa Valley on Hudson Daniel Gourmet.
FEATURED COMPANY - MARLO’S BAKESHOP
Marlo Giudice founded Marlo's Bakeshop in 2012 after receiving a degree in Pastry Arts from Tante Marie's Cooking School in San Francisco. She decided to leave the local tech world she was working in and swap software for cookie batter. Marlo was so inspired by other Bay Area women who had started successful baking businesses that she decided to do the same and launch with her grandma's secret recipe. Marlo’s Bakeshop started with Marlo’s Grandma Ann. Grandma Ann made her soft-baked biscotti for over 50 years from her own secret recipe. She regularly sent the addictive hunks of delicate crunch to everyone in the family in cookie tins, layered to the brim. Grandma Ann set the bar high, but passed on her wisdom (and secret recipe) to Marlo a few years back and she’s been perfecting it ever since. Today, Marlo makes her grandmother’s recipe exclusively with premium, high quality ingredients. Click here to learn more about Marlo’s Bakeshop on Hudson Daniel Gourmet.
FEATURED COMPANY - LUNA TEA CO.
Founder Jenni Curtice grew up in the Bay Area with a family who regularly practiced holistic medicine. Her mother is an Herbalist and Accupressurist, and that is how she became interested in plants - especially the tea plant. They would often (and still do) get together to take a break from whatever they were consumed with in their day, to enjoy tea & conversation. After years of working in coffee shops, teaching painting, and bartending, Jenni knew she would rather do something in her life that brought her creative freedom and true purpose: conscious entrepreneurship. It has been her mission to spread her love for tea; creating a lifestyle around it and in turn inspiring people to practice mindfulness through "the tea experience". Luna Tea Co. preaches that tea reminds us to be mindful, by allowing us to focus on the present moment. Waiting for your pot to brew, and enjoying each cup with purpose and gratitude is a way in which you can practice mindfulness every day. Click here to learn more about Luna Tea Co. on Hudson Daniel Gourmet.
FEATURED COMPANY - YES COCKTAIL CO.
Yes Cocktail Co’s Founders Lauren and Brandon Alpert know a thing or two about this great country, its backroads and watering holes. For three years, they traveled most of America — 45 states to be exact — in a red F-150 truck. Touring by the seats of their pants as part of a theatre group, “home” became wherever they could rest their heads next. At the end of some very long days, they decided they needed a drink and ended up crossing some famous bars off their bucket list during their adventures and exposing themselves to amazing local spirits and cocktails. The pair moved to Paso Robles, CA in 2015 with the dream of starting up a theatre group in the area, but quickly got sidetracked by the region’s incredibly array of produce, but lack of fresh mixers. During this time, cocktail culture was starting to have a renaissance, and the husband-wife duo decided to craft their own delicious mixers without preservatives, corn syrup, or artificial flavorings. Click here to learn more about Yes Cocktail Co. on Hudson Daniel Gourmet.
FEATURED COMPANY - JUST JAN’S
Just Jan's was started in 2012 by Jan Hogrewe. After a twenty year career in the film industry, Jan was ready for her second act. A life long food lover, and cookbook aficionado, Jan didn't have to search very long to discover her new career. In creating her spreads, Jan has been guided by her love of food and ingredients, refusing to compromise on quality or flavor. The result is a line of spreads, marmalades and curds that are all natural, preservative free, and 14% lower in sugar than traditional jams and jellies. An abundant fig tree, and a life long love of cooking, every product starts in Jan's kitchen, and is guided by her belief that the fruit is sweet enough. When you taste a Just Jan's product, she wants you to taste the natural fruit flavor, not sugar. All of their products are hand made in small batches, and are created with the same care and attention you would put into anything you make at home. Today Just Jan's features 10+ flavors, from sweet to savory, to spicy. Click here to learn more about Just Jan’s on Hudson Daniel Gourmet.
FEATURED COMPANY - GUSTUS VITAE
Founder Frankie Scanlon says Gustus Vitae (which means “taste of life” in Latin) started really by accident. He began making spice blends & salt mixes at home, and then it became something to share with family and friends. After getting increasingly large quantities of raw ingredients from the growers at his local (Venice Beach, California) farmer's market, eventually Frankie was invited to set up a little booth under an umbrella. He did, and within a couple months, they were on store shelves. With their Farmer's Market roots, Gustus Vitae really takes pride in a company culture that is inclusive, inquisitive, and welcoming. They know where all of their Non GMO Project verified ingredients come from, use only sustainable sources and craft their products by hand, in small batches in the USA. Gustus Vitae wants you to make the gourmet chef in your life smile with the gift of spice. Click here to learn more about Gustus Vitae on Hudson Daniel Gourmet.
FEATURED COMPANY - ENFUSO
Enfuso is a 100% family-owned business that started back in 2011 by husband & wife team Jon and Anne Yee, who produce artisanal California olive oil and Italian balsamic vinegar products. They enjoy simple and delicious hand-made food, and especially love cooking from scratch with ingredients direct from the farm. Anne was just shutting down a technology business that they had started and wanted to start over with something she could self-fund. Jon's smoked olive oil was enfuso's first product and everything grew from there. The trademarked name "enfuso" means that you can count on getting a hand-crafted personally cared for product when you see their name on the label. Enfuso personally designs, sources, makes, bottles and labels every product. They are also one of the few brands that do not use any natural flavor nor any thickeners or added sugar. They are committed to ensuring you can count on the enfuso brand to mean the same level of quality and artisan commitment over time. Click here to learn more about enfuso on Hudson Daniel Gourmet.
All bonus footage and deleted scenes from Season One of Meet Your Maker!