Jeremiah & Rachel Utecht

May 31, 8:00am - 10:00am CDT. Hosted at Drekker Brewhalla

part of a series on Preserve

About the speaker

Jeremiah Utecht is a serial entrepreneur and co-founder of Flannel Fizz and Off The Deck Hot Sauce. He got his start in Information Technologies but found a passion and talent for creating food products. Currently he manages logistics, quality control, and production for both businesses. Focusing on producing exceptionally high quality products made with an emphasis on fresh regional ingredients. His recipes have been nominated for national awards through the Good Food Guild organization. He also successfully moved Off The Deck Hot Sauce to only using locally grown peppers in less than three years. The challenges of developing the logistic framework to support producing quality products keeps him energized and focused on the future.

Rachel Utecht is an accomplished designer and co-founder of Off The Deck Hot Sauce and Flannel Fizz. She got her start in business managing the family cleaning business then as a wedding photographer. Currently she leads marketing efforts for both businesses as well as sales and production. Passionate about community engagement and service she helps focus the businesses on building the communities around her. At Off The Deck Hot Sauce and Flannel Fizz she uses her talents and skills to ensure our branding is engaging, our quality is high, and that the farmers and markets we work with are taken care of well.

Additional details

The beauty in our world deserves to be cherished, sustained, and rediscovered. We share this life, and every day we have the opportunity to act as thoughtful participants in it.

What do we care about? What do we take for granted? Would we miss it if it disappeared?

Preservation begins with asking deep questions and turning our attention to the environment around us.

Marine biologist and explorer Sylvia Earle wrote in her book, The World is Blue, “Should we race to see how quickly we can consume the last tuna, swordfish, and grouper? Or race to see what can be done to protect what remains? For now, there is still a choice.”

Our daily habits are a mirror reflecting back what we truly care about. Our actions are key to protecting the wellbeing of our communities, cities, and planet.

Pause for a moment to notice what is being neglected and take an audit. We can break out of patterns, simplify our lives, and focus on the things that will last a long time.

Together, we can chart a brighter path into the future.

Our Charleston chapter chose this month’s exploration of Preserve and Chris Nickels illustrated the theme.