Start spreading the news: Brooklyn’s first artisanal mayonnaise emporium has opened its doors, according to The Brooklyn Ink.
Empire Mayonnaise made Prospect Heights the borough’s uncontested mayo district yesterday when it celebrated Easter Sunday with the launch of its inaugural brick-and-mortar shop, at 564 Vanderbilt Ave. First-day customers were treated to complimentary champagne and flavored mayonnaise.
The company, a joint venture of Brooklyn-born Elizabeth Valleau and chef Sam Mason, made its reputation hawking high-minded mayo in flavors like Black Garlic and Lime Pickle at Smorgasburg, Brooklyn Flea’s open-air food market, according to the Ink.
Empire currently offers 12 different flavors at their storefront, including White Truffle, Red Chili and Smoked Paprika, and the exotic condiments are crafted mostly with local and organic eggs and flavors, as reported by the Ink. A 4-ounce jar runs from $6 to $8.
For those who think that an entire retail space devoted to nothing but mayonnaise is, well, unnecessary, the 100-square-foot storefront isn’t just for selling the stuff. Valleau told the Ink that the location will serve as a processing center for Empire; much of the space will be used for stocking orders and for storing mayo batches while the flavors steep.