A few weeks ago, I attended the opening party for West Elm Market. It's a new concept store in Brooklyn that sells artisanal home goods, good-looking tools, kitchen supplies, and other items that you might want on your registry. At the party, I met the founders of Gordy's Pickle Jar, Sarah Gordon and Sheila Fain, and got to talking. I was smitten with the taste of their Sweet Chips (the best sweet pickles, I've tried) and loved the story behind their brand. The Washington, D.C., pair (who are partners in life and work) launched their small-batch pickling business after making favors for a friend's wedding at the end of 2011. For that fete (which you can see here), they customized their hand-stamped labels with the newlyweds initials and wedding date.
When I asked Sarah about the experience, she said, "As makers, the best sound was hearing those metal lids pop before dinner was served and watching the forks go in! We weren't expecting the guests to dive into the wedding favors at the table but we're thrilled that they did. Our newlywed best friends and 150 guests enjoyed handcrafted pickles made by us for their very special day—it was a magical product debut! If not at a wedding, then where, right?"
Sheila and Sarah shared these pictures by Cramer Photo of the couple and the day's special favors:
If you're thinking of making these crunchy morsels your favors, be sure to download our free pickle favor tag here.