“Savage” is the name of the small food business owned and run by a family of the same name. Tyler Savage has partnered with both his sister, Mariah Savage and wife Michelle Savage to form the business. Selling various treats and baked goods made with deliberate care, creating something different.
Savage operates out of a home kitchen with e-mail and phone orders taken, but the big introduction to the public was made possible courtesy of the Downtown Artist and Farmer’s Market held Saturdays in the Union Plaza District.
It was Mariah who initially moved to El Paso after being offered a position in the Sun City. First impressions must have been good as she gave rave reviews of the city to her newlywed brother Tyler and his wife Michelle. Tyler, had just left Germany and Michelle -living in Chicago- were looking for a new place to mutually call home. After a bit of research and Mariah’s endorsement of the city and downtown in particular, the couple moved to our border city. “We heard a lot of great stories about the changes happening and wanted to be a part of it,” said Tyler.
The move happened in August of 2013 and within a few weeks the ideas coalesced-Savage was born. “Food and hospitality have always been a part of our family and we all have complimentary skill sets. My wife Michelle has a marketing background, and my sister and I love to cook. We all do a little of everything; it’s always a group effort,” said Tyler.
With choices like Rosemary Beer Bread, Quadruple Chocolate Cookies, and Pumpkin Cupcakes with Maple cream frosting, you would assume that customers relegate purchases for days they feel optimally sinful, however the detail that sets Savage foods apart is the artisan aspect of creation. As Tyler explains it, “The best food you can have excludes no one and includes everyone, everybody deserves good food.”
What is good food? Certainly if there is an achieved equilibrium of ingredients that produce a desired texture, consistency and flavor profile, that might be considered “good” food on its own but it doesn’t end there. In the spirit of excluding no one, a few more steps are taken at Savage. Mariah happens to adhere to a gluten free diet, Michelle is a vegan and Tyler, well Tyler eats everything. With this in mind the trio set out to create foods that everyone, even those with limiting diets can enjoy without sacrificing quality. As a result the foods created are all vegan, gluten free treats that are made with top quality ingredients while still maintaining the quality one expects from homemade goods.
The group has openly expressed an affinity for El Paso and Downtown in particular. Purposefully living an urban lifestyle and indulging in the current of energy rippling through the concrete landscape in the wake of all the changes taking place and there are no plans to leave. “In 2014 we hope to develop a roadmap for growth so we can go from a market stand to a real brick and mortar shop. We live and work downtown intentionally and want to be part of this transformation,” said Tyler.
Look for Savage at the Artist and Farmer’s Market in downtown’s Union Plaza District when it returns January 11, 2014! Pick up orders are being taken.