Anupama Singh
photograph by Scott Muthersbaugh

Type “tamarind” on Amazon, and Apex Food Company’s best-selling Zukti sauce pops up. Never mind her former career in IT: Anupama Singh is also a devoted foodie. So she took the flavors of her native India, knowledge from Wake Tech, and advice from helpful state agencies (“Use a ‘Z’ in the name”) and created Zukti along with a gourmet onion relish called Piaz, flavorful condiments for everything from salmon to pimento cheese. Anu is ready for your questions: Though it looks like a bean, tamarind is a fruit (with natural antioxidants), and no, the concoctions aren’t overly spicy. Her company’s slogan, “Peak of Goodness,” reflects the town of Apex’s own play on words, “Peak of Good Living.” Next up: hot sauce.

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Susan Stafford Kelly was raised in Rutherfordton. She attended UNC-Chapel Hill and earned a Master of Fine Arts from Warren Wilson College. She is the author of Carolina Classics, a collection of essays that have appeared in Our State, and five novels: How Close We Come, Even Now, The Last of Something, Now You Know, and By Accident. Susan has three grown children and lives in Greensboro with her husband, Sterling.