When Elizabeth Halen opens Condiment with the walls of Reading Terminal Market this month, several aspects of its ideology will hit you like a ton of bricks. First, its name, as in how did no one ever call a food spot Condiment before? "It's so simple, it hurts, right?" says Halen, the longtime owner of Flying Monkey Bakery in the Market.
Then there's the personal reason as to how Halen came to conceive of a homemade sauce salon, butter boite, curry club and maker of couture mayonnaise, ketchup, mustard, fruit preserves and such.
"My boyfriend and I make mostly everything we eat from scratch, so that when he we was temporarily out of work I told him to do something around the house – make our butter, for instance." Not only did he accept the challenge, that fresh cream butter tasted better than any butter before.