From Board Room to Dining Room Interview Series: Michele Northrup


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Michele Northrup, aka Saucy Queen has been burning down the competition within the fiery food industry. Her all-natural gourmet hot sauce company has won more than 50 national awards within five years. Michele was named Tampa Bay Business Woman of the Year in Manufacturing & Business Leader’s Woman Extraordinaire, she is on fire!

I love Michele just as much as I love her tasty recipes, our interview was pure pleasure for me.

Here are a few of my favorite quotes:

Regarding Family +  Home Life: “Instead of buying a cut tree we buy a live tree and plant them up our driveway. It is a memory of Christmas’s past.”

Regarding Business: “We want to make sure everybody can get sauced!”; “Making connections with your friends and doing co-promotions with them {can help grow your business in the early stages}”; “It should be that your brand has a personality.”

Tools: Invoice to go

With out further delay here is the video. Be sure also to scroll down to see three fantastic recipes!




WEBSITE: www.intensityacademy.com

FACEBOOK: www.fb.com/intensityacademy


INSTAGRAM: @saucyqueen


Saucy Pimento Cheese

prep 6 mins ∙ cook 0 hr 0 min ∙ makes 1 serving ∙


8 fl oz cream cheese softened
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
1/2 cup Saucy Everything Spicy Mayo


Blend on low in electric mixer or by hand. Allow to chill in fridge 2 hours or preferably overnight. Serve with crackers, make an ultimate grilled cheese sandwich or top burger or nachos. Sooooooooo good!


Chai Thai Meatballs

prep 5 mins ∙ cook 40 mins ∙ makes 12-20

Chai Thai Meatballs
2-3 lbs frozen party style meatballs or make fresh
1 bottle of Chai Thai Teriyaki
9 oz. Apricot Preserves
5 sprigs of green onion chopped

Mix all ingredients and roast in oven 350 for 40 minutes. Stir halfway thru cooking. Slow cooker version: place all ingredients in slow cooker, cook on low for a minimum of 6 hours. Serve Hot & Saucy!


Thai Sweet Mussels

prep 0 hr 0 min ∙ cook 0 hr 0 min ∙ makes 1 serving


Thai Sweet Mussels
Mussels have never been so happy as in this creamy sweet coconut milk sauce. Made with Chai Thai Teriyaki, fresh mussels and Thai Basil.

1 bottle Chai Thai Teriyaki (12oz)

1 small onion chopped
1 red pepper sliced
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 can coconut milk
2 lbs fresh mussels
1/4 cup fresh chopped basil (Thai Basil or Sweet Basil)
Pita bread for dipping


Pour full bottle Chai Thai Teriyaki into a large saute pan with a lid. Simmer Sauce at medium heat for aprox. 5 minutes. Add olive oil, onions and red peppers until
sauce is thickened and veggies are fork tender. Aprox. 10 minutes. Rinse and scrub mussels under cold water and clean by removing beards. Stir in coconut milk and blend well.
Add mussels & basil stir and cover with lid. Steam for an additional 5-10 minutes until all mussels are opened. Discard any unopened shells. Serve hot with plenty of sauce & Pita bread to soak up the creamy sauce!



Michele Northrup’s 17-year career is anchored in service to nonprofit organizations and business concept creations. An effective fund raiser and crusader for schools, children and environmental issues, she has combined administrative and practical skills with deep commitment to the cause she is working on. Her creative and effective ways to respond to the evolving challenges of fund raising today has lead her to winning Fund raiser of the Year 2007-2008 in Lutz, Florida. As well as writing a granted $250,000 award from Lowes Charitable Foundation. Michele has launched several companies to a successful start. She has provided organizations with strategies for successful long-range planning, marketing ideas, board development, and large individual/corporate gift solicitations, and has designed programs which have helped organizations raise in excess of millions of dollars. Her current company has her on a hot trail to success. Her all natural gourmet and hot sauce company has rocked the culinary industry with over 50 national awards in just four years. She was recently named Tampa Bay Business Woman of the Year- Manufacturing 2010. Check out her Saucy Success at www.intensityacademy.com

Specialties: All natural organic tea infused sauces and carrot based hot sauces. Branding Seminars and motivational speaking. Social Media 101 classes and meet-ups.

Interested in seeing the full calendar of interviews? CLICK HERE

What question would you ask Michele if you had 10 minutes with her? Let me know in the comments below and I will pass it on to her to respond directly! 


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