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Discover CATBIRD and Spice Up!


Our journey from restaurant, to bottle, to retail shelves took many twists and turns. Over the decades at my restaurant, Alexander's, I heard customers remark that our flavors are unique and delicious. By formulating and bottling these sauces I can put that flavor expertise into my customers’ hands. Quality, Flavor, and Commitment to sustainable agriculture are the guiding tenets of Catbird. We combine home grown and local farm raised ingredients with the expertise of a career chef to create next level sauces.
Next level flavors are a result of combining the highest quality ingredients, proper technique and a chef’s special touch. I think you'll see how easy and versatile my products are to cook with and add big flavor to any dish. Our attention to detail is evident at first bite, and we promise that you and your taste buds will never get bored with CATBIRD sauces.

Let us be your personal chef in a bottle!

"Catbird's Vahotcha Sriracha is to die for... If you’re a hot sauce lover, there is no better souvenir from this quaint little foodie city. Charlottesville’s best restaurants have an enduringly local appeal, but that doesn’t mean you can’t take some of the flavor home with you."

Grace and Lightness

"I just purchased some of your deliciousness...and now I want to send a gift to friends from your website store."


"Your sauces are so bleeping good! I wanna text you every time I use them, but that would be annoying."

Gail H-P


Our Double Chocolate Caramel Sauce is a combo of the two most popular dessert sauces at my restaurant and, as the label says, we’ve made tons of it over the years. The challenge and success of that sauce is in making it shelf stable without preservatives. And although it tastes sinfully rich, it’s only 65 calories per tablespoon- half the calories of olive oil. We combine premium, fair trade chocolates with our house made salted caramel to produce this sublime concoction. Heat to just warm and pourable and then drizzle on ice cream, cake, or fresh berries. You'll be singing in the Catbird chorus!



At Catbird we make handcrafted sauces with high quality, delicious ingredients adding rich flavor to any dish. Our vegetables and herbs are homegrown on our farm, locally-sourced from our neighbors, or certified fair trade. We are Virginia’s Craft Sauce Company.



1 large yellow onion peeled and thinly sliced in half rounds

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 1/2 pounds boneless chicken thighs skinless or skin on

5 tablespoons Catbird Vahotcha BBQ Sauce

1 ounce chicken stock or water


In a 10 inch diameter cast iron skillet, heat 1 1/2 tablespoons oil and add sliced onion. Saute at medium high heat until translucent, about 10 minutes. Remove onions from pan and reserve.

Meanwhile, season chicken with salt and pepper to taste.

Heat the same skillet, add 1/2 Tablespoon oil to heat and then add seasoned chicken thighs, top down first, and sear on medium high for 5 minutes until well browned. Flip chicken and sear another 3-4 minutes. Remove the skillet from the heat and spread approximately 2 teaspoons Vahotcha BBQ Sauce on each piece of chicken and then drizzle over any remaining sauce.. Place back over low burner, partially cover, immediately turn off heat and allow to set for about 4 minutes. Sprinkle onions among chicken pieces.

Remove chicken and onions to a platter. Add the 1 ounce of stock or water into the skillet and over low heat, deglaze for about one minute or until the sauce begins to thicken. Pour the sauce over the chicken or serve on the side.