Why We Exist.
Everyone remembers the best meal they’ve ever had. We’d like to be a part of that experience.
“We all eat & it would be a sad waste of opportunity to eat badly.”
– Anna Thomas
A Rochester, NY native, Chris attended Syracuse University and graduated in 2008 majoring in Film and minoring in Hospitality Management. Early in his career, he worked on numerous feature film projects in addition to serving and managing restaurants.
Along with his friend and business partner Benny Howard, Chris co-founded Transmedia Wave in 2010 to focus on his own video productions. In addition, Chris has eight years of professional digital marketing experience and currently works as a Senior SEO Specialist at the largest marketing and advertising agency in Rochester.
Inspired by three of his family member’s restaurants, Chris returns to the world of food to keep his family tradition moving forward.
Chris lives with his fiancée Lisa and daughter Olivia in Fairport. He enjoys watching football, a good adult cocktail, spending time with his four nephews and three nieces, and he never misses Sunday brunch at his Grandpa’s house.
To provide flavors that enhance the life experience; flavors that celebrate food, the gift of taste and the joy of eating.
Our philosophy is strictly growth. To grow our customer base, to grow our employee development and grow our knowledge on the products we sell and learn about new flavors every single day.
To be the world’s leading online retailer of unique flavors from all corners of Earth.
June 21st, 2016
Chris loses his job. On the walk to his car, he tells himself “Now it’s time to work for yourself”. Many months of research and self-reflecting begin.
March 10th, 2017
Flower City Flavor Company, LLC is officially incorporated in New York State.
November 25th, 2017
Flower City Flavor Company officially goes live.
September 1st, 2018
After a slow start to the company, Chris throws a BBQ for his friends and family showcasing his products and to raise excitement.
June 15th, 2019
Flower City Flavor Company appears at The Rochester Public Market for the first time.
October 19th, 2019
Flower City Flavor Company appears at their first event, the Swain Beer Fest.
December 14th, 2019
Flower City Flavor Company new olive oils and vinegars debut in 6 flavors: Arbequina Estate Grown EVOO, Traditional Dark Balsamic, Blood Orange, Tuscan Herb, Blueberry and Fig.
October 26th, 2020
Bourbon Barrel Malt Vinegar, aged in charred oak barrels from Iron Smoke Distillery, launches.
May 22nd, 2021
Flower City Flavor Company smashes it’s in-person sales record at a Saturday Rochester Public Market appearance.