Philadelphia Invites Sriracha Maker to City of Brotherly Love to Escape Calif. Lawsuit

SpoonFed: Via ABC News

Philadelphia council member James Kenney wrote a letter to Huy Fong Foods CEO David Tran, dated Thursday, explaining how the city was shocked that Irwindale, in Southern California, filed a lawsuit asking a judge to shut down production of the chili pepper-based hot sauce or find a way to mitigate the odor. Residents claim it is burning residents’ eyes, irritating throats and causing headaches.

 Kenney’s invitation to Huy Fong Foods starts like a love letter to the popular condiment.

“To put it mildly, unlike your irresistibly spicy Sriracha rooster hot sauce, it has been an emotional week for us here in the City of Philadelphia,” Kenney writes, referring to the fear that a possible Sriracha shutdown could lead to a shortage of the product.

Among the ten reasons that Kenney tells Huy Fong Foods to come to town incude its ample “inexpensive commercial real estate located far away from residential areas” and the natural pairing of Philly Cheesesteaks and Sriracha sauce, he added that a famous statue of state founder William Penn seems to show he is holding a bottle of the hot sauce. [...] read more