Now I’m pretty sure that nobody has been complaining that what we really need is a locavore ketchup, but we’ve got one and I’m actually kind of glad. Not because of any of the philosophical reasons, but because it’s actually a really good ketchup. If you like Heinz (and who doesn’t?), you’ll love Molonay Tubilderborst.
It’s the project of Nick Coe, a somewhat itinerant chef (Nick’s in South Pasadena, 310 Lounge & Bistro in Santa Monica) who most recently popped up with a series of Molonay Tubilderborst dinners at Senor Fish in 2011.
There are three versions of the ketchup – Classic, Spicy and Curry, though the Spicy and Curry are available only at Lindy & Grundy and at the Altadena Farmers Market. Coe says they will be more widely available by the end of February or early March.
The ketchups are tomato-based (and California tomatoes, of course, from farmers market hero The Garden of …), and familiarly spiced with the classics – cinnamon, allspice and clove. What makes it great is the definition and balance of those flavors. Compared to regular ketchups, it’s like listening to music through a really great sound system.