Over the past year, our editors have canvassed the South, from Atlanta to Austin, sipping and sampling hundreds of artisan-made products; we’ve finally narrowed it down to one delicious list. Here are our favorites.
— Hannah Hayes, Southern Living

Proud to be listed as a winner in the "spreads, dips and condiments" category along with many other wonderful winners! 

Wedding Bloody Mary Bar with Valine's Famous
Coastal Bride author and photographer Gillian Ellis captured the moment in a few words "We love a good Bloody Mary around here so when we found the perfect cocktail sauce at Valine’s Famous we knew we had to share!"
Click on the link to find out more! 

Making It Grow:  Holiday Edition December 15, 2015

On this episode of "Making It Grow" Laura Lester from The SC Department of Agriculture's SC Specialty Food Association and also Valarie Davis Lee of "Valine's Famous" highlight many SC products that would be great additions to holiday meals.

The foodmakers and artisans who joined the Foodlyn site at the launch of the business took a leap of faith with us. During the time of our first introduction we did not even have a basic Foodlyn website template or track record of success to show them! They believed in us and we believe in them. We want the focus to be on them, not on us.
— Deco & Bloom interview Foodlyn entrepreneurs Nancy Brown and Stephanie Browner

Complete interview by Emma Rae Thomas at Deco & Bloom


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Valine's Famous Cocktail Sauce has been selected by Martha Stewart and her panel of judges as a finalist in the 2015 Martha Stewart American Made Audience Choice Awards in the food category. 

Martha Stewart's American Made is a nationally recognized awards program that celebrates rising stars of the growing nationalwide maker community who have turned their passions for handcrafted, well-designed goods into small businesses and proudly make their products in America. 


2015 Southern Living Good Food Awards Runner Up

There were so many delicious and amazing entries!  We felt honored to be a runner up in our category!


by Peter M. Hargrove • July 1, 2015

The Summer Fancy Food Show and the Gay Pride Parade both celebrating victories this year in New York.  Fancy Food inaugurated the first ever Specialty Food Week in New York and the LGBTQ community celebrated the historic Supreme Court ruling.  2,500 exhibitors showcased 180,000 products, thankfully not all of them food or I wouldn’t have been able to finish the show.  There were some interesting new products this year that made it worth spending three days trudging through NYC’s infamous Javits Center.

Exhibitors and Attendees had praises and gripes that were repeated continually throughout the show that need to be mentioned.  The size of the show has grown to the point that some feel the Javits may be too small to hold future shows if the number of exhibitors and attendees continue to grow (much like New York Comic Con).  There is an even split on whether the show should continue as three days (not counting the pre-day special events this year, Good Food Mercantile and The Cheesemonger Invitational) or be extended to four.  Closing day gestapo-like tactics by Javits staffers and rent-a-cops make it appear that the Westies are back in control there.  The unprofessionalism shown by some show staffers was disappointing to a number of individuals.  Slanderous innuendo by scurrilous schnorrers should be dismissed at hand before lawyers become involved.

These are the ten food items that are worth you tracking them down and trying them with your friends and family.

Trickling Springs Creamery FarmFriend Egg Nog

Sweet Basil Vegetable Pastitsio

Froma Coeur Cow’s Cheese Pearls With Chives & Garlic Stuffed With Dried Tomato

Mina Harrisa Spicy Traditional Moroccan Red Pepper Sauce

Valine’s Famous Cocktail Sauce

Wtrmln Wtr Cold Pressed Juiced Watermelon

Fa.Lu.Cioli Sliced Porchetta

Bissell Maple Farm Pappy & Co. Bourbon Barrel-Aged Maple Syrup

Poppies – The Original Macaroon

Off The Cob Sweet Corn Tortillas


Taste of the South - 2015 June/July Issue
"Southern-made treats to sample this year"...I always tell people, "I didn't invent cocktail sauce, but I did invent the story and taste behind Valine's"!


The Local Palate - 2015 June/July Issue
From "What To Buy" in the printed magazine to being showcased on their blog is an honor...Valine's Famous Fish Tacos with the cocktail aioli is a hit!  Try it out to see what all the buzz is about...

Valine's Famous is "Making it Grow"!

Valarie Davis Lee on the set of SCETV's Making it Grow

Making It Grow April 28, 2015
We had a great time visiting the cast and crew of Making It Grow!  Valine's Famous Cheese Spread, Robust Bloody Mary's, Crab cakes and Southern Deviled Eggs were a hit...there were no leftovers once we got finished!  Thank you for having us on the show!


Listen Up: Valine's Famous on Eat Y'all

A big shout out to Andy Chapman and the folks at Eat Y’all Radio who invited me to sit down recently to record an episode for their southern food-centric podcast.

Andy and I met back in January 2015 at AmericasMart Atlanta and I was honored to share the Valine’s Famous story with his audience. Eat Y’all is a great platform for foodies … and Andy’s passion for artisan products is evident in everything he does. He knows his southern places and foods … and, word is, makes a mean gourmet sauce himself called Sugar Taylor Sauce.


Valine's famous debuts all-natural cocktail sauce for oyster & holiday season

We're proud to announce the launch of Valine's Famous with our tried and true signature recipe: Valine's Famous Cocktail Sauce. Our sauce has a distinctly refreshing zip that you can't find in most bottled varieties. Freshly squeezed lime juice and a generous dollop of coarsely grated horseradish result in a bold and tangy sauce bursting with vibrant citrus. Our all-natural sauce is free of high fructose corn syrup, gluten, MSG, and preservatives.

We seek out the freshest seafood so it's important to have a sauce that enhances your experience rather than masking it. Valine's Famous Cocktail Sauce surpasses the customary fried or broiled seafood platter ... pairing perfectly with fish tacos or as an ingredient for a memorable meatloaf or a robust bloody mary.

Our packaging takes visual cues from nautically-inspired elements including a faint rope-patterned background, a line drawing of a singular swimming shrimp, and a steely blue-gray color palette. Our sauce has a signature wide mouth jar for easy entertaining.


one on one with 'BullDAWG ILLUSTRATED'

Valarie Davis Lee of Valine's Famous featured in University of Georgia Bulldawg Illustrated