The Food Issue

Take home the ketchup from Blanc Burgers + Bottles

Updated: 2013-03-14T23:47:16Z

By JILL WENDHOLT SILVA

The Kansas City Star

Ernesto Peralta is taking a page out of Danny O’Neill’s playbook.

Peralta’s Blanc Burgers + Bottles has set the standard for local gourmet burgers, but a burger can never match the buzz of O’Neill’s Roasterie coffee.

“I can’t put my burger in every grocery store,” Peralta says, “but I can place a ketchup that is at the same level and quality as my burgers. So, to grow the brand, my ultimate goal is to have a bottle of Blanc ketchup in every refrigerator.”

To scale up the recipe yet retain the restaurant’s signature flavor, chef Jayson Eggers has been tinkering with amounts of cane sugar, brown sugar and honey to ensure he satisfies Blanc’s fans who crave a ketchup “on the sweeter side.”

The ketchup was a popular holiday stocking stuffer, and a chipotle aioli is set to debut this month at the Country Club Plaza and Leawood restaurants. The Blanc condiment line will eventually include lemon-lime aioli and horseradish mustard, and Peralta has signed on with a local distributor to get the products into supermarkets in the coming months. Suggested retail price: $4.95.

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