Big banquet in a little JARTM
About 14 years ago, Kathleen Quillinan – an opera singer at the time – began selling fresh sauces made in her home kitchen, as a creative way to fund her singing career.
Pesto was quite new to South African palates back then, and people were thrilled to discover the fresh flavour, revealing to Kathleen that it was possible to create a business with pesto as the signature product. And so it came to be that she laid her singing career to rest and began a new adventure, with plenty of its own theatricality!
With the support of loyal fans over the last 14 years, Pesto Princess has weathered the challenging journey from market to supermarket, and today continues to nourish, comfort and delight people through food.
Where did the quirky name come from?
At a market in the early days, someone asked Kathleen what her company’s name was. The truth of the matter was, it did not even have a name. Being a performer, Kathleen was used to improvising, and offered the first name that came into her head: Pesto Princess.