NJ Dadpreneur: John Kasper, Whitehouse Station Sauce Company

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New Jersey is home to many ambitious and talented dads who juggle family and career. A select few of these men are also extremely busy building their own companies to help better manage the whole work-life balance. At NJ Mom, we want to highlight these extraordinary dads building NJ businesses and learn the secret to their success.

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NJ Dad and CEO of Whitehouse Station Sauce Company: John Kasper

John Kasper is the NJ Dadpreneur and owner of Whitehouse Station Sauce Company alongside his son, Jonathon Kasper. NJ Mom had the wonderful opportunity to ask John a few questions about his business and himself; here’s what he had to share.

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NJ Dadpreneur & owners of Whitehouse Station Sauce Company, John & Jonathon Kasper

What do you offer to your clients and how is it different than other professionals in your field?

We make a gourmet quality hot sauce that takes a culinary approach by using the science of sweetness to offset the heat of the peppers.

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Sauces featured at NJ Pride Asbury Park

What inspired you to come up with the idea for your business?

My cousin was visiting me and had a bottle of homemade hot sauce with him. He said eating hot sauce had cured his acid reflux. I eat hot sauce every day and it cured me as well.

Whitehouse Station Sauce Company Habanero and Jalapeno Sauce

Whitehouse Station Sauce Company Habanero and Jalapeno Sauce

What is your favorite part about your business?

Getting to meet so many different people at shows. I had no idea how many people love hot sauce.

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What is your background in your business expertise?

My full-time job is a salesman at Huston Lumber in Oldwick. My son Jonathan has a culinary degree from Johnson and Wales University. He’s worked at Ninety Acres in Peapack and The Ryland Inn in Whitehouse. He’s currently working at Fiddler’s Elbow Country Club in Bedminster.

Carolina Reaper label

Carolina Reaper label

Who is your role model?

I’d have to say Bruce Springsteen. I’m also a singer/songwriter and admire his musical talent as well as his efforts to make the world a better place.

Jalapeno label

Jalapeno sauce label

What’s the best piece of advice your mom or dad ever gave to you?

My dad had a great work ethic. He worked 2 jobs to support us and my Mom was always there for us at home.

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Peach-Habanero sauce

Do you have a favorite quote you live by?

 It is what it is.

You have to take what life throws at you and roll with the punches.

Peach-Habanero sauce label

Peach-Habanero sauce label

What are your favorite things to do in New Jersey with your family?

Hands-down going to the shore! Also, we have so many great restaurants to choose from here in Jersey.

Company at NYC Hot Sauce Expo

Company at NYC Hot Sauce Expo

What is the best part about being a dad for you?

Seeing how great my kids turned out. I’m so proud of what they’ve accomplished.

Habanero sauce

Habanero sauce

What are your favorite businesses in New Jersey?

Spice It Up in Beach Haven and Basil Bandwagon in Flemington are 2 great places to shop small.

Zavory Hot Sauce

Zavory Hot Sauce

Where do you reside and vacation in New Jersey?

We live in Whitehouse Station (Hunterdon County), and going to the shore is something we look forward to every summer. We love Asbury Park and vacation every year at Barneget Light.

Zavory Pepper Seeds under a grow light

Zavory Pepper Seeds under a grow light

Anything else you’d like to tell parents in New Jersey?

Spend time with your kids while they’re young.

They grow up so fast.


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About Author

Living the mommy life in Mercer County, Chelsea can be found daily chasing down her 3 year old son, or trying to keep her 6 month old daughter from getting her hands on everything in sight. When not studying Marketing at Rider University, Chelsea loves to get her children out of the house to all the many parks, festivals, and orchards Mercer County offers. If any free time happens to fall upon Chelsea’s lap, she enjoys reading Stephen King novels, trying new cooking recipes and catching up on episodes of Food Network’s hit show, Chopped. Being able to have the opportunity to write for NJ Mom is an honor for her because she knows how difficult it can be to find something for the whole family to enjoy, so it is awesome that everything you need is right in one place!

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  1. Can’t wait to meet them at the Hot Sauce Expo this weekend!! I’ll stop by and introduce myself. I just launched my hot sauce too and not too far from Whitehouse Station. I am truly inspired by these local brands who hustled and made it happen. I’m still in the beginning of my journey but hope that I can be where some these mompreneurs/dadpreneurs are!

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