Katie Das started Das Foods in 2006 in Chicago, IL. Katie's original vision was to introduce others to wonderful gourmet salts that she has located all over the world. The first line of products that Das Foods introduced was a line of six gourmet cooking and finishing salts. Katie was excited to promote her new line and signed up to participate for a World of Chocolate philanthropic event in November 2006, organized by the AIDS Foundation of Chicago. When Katie found out that she was accepted as a vendor for the event she was ecstatic. That's when she suddenly realized that as name suggests, World of Chocolate is a celebration of sweets and most of all, chocolate. Never fear: as resourceful as ever, Katie has dug up an old recipe for the caramels with Fleur De Sel French sea salt that was given to her by an inn keeper in Guerande, France. The idea behind making caramels was to showcase Fleur De Sel sea salt, which is traditionally used in caramels from Brittany. After two months of kitchen experimentation, Das Caramelini Caramels were born! Katie presented four flavors of caramels (Classic, Chocolate and Walnut, Orange and Honey and Lemon and Honey) each small piece crowned with Fleur De Sel to the crowd and the caramels were an overnight success.
Katie runs Das Foods out of her Chicago IL facility on the near west side, near the Ukranian Village neighborhood.