Top Restaurants across New York City are Making the Big Apple Switch to Little Soya

New York City has long been considered the culinary capital of the United States, and for good reason. With a jaw-dropping array of restaurants, the city offers foodies the finest selections of every variety of cuisine one could ever imagine. It’s a Mecca of sorts for food lovers. That’s why we decided it was high time that the Big Apple got a taste of Little Soya. So, we promoted the amazing Crystal Lee and sent her to New York on a very important mission we like to call the Big Apple Switch – get New York City’s top chefs and restaurants to make the switch to Little Soya’s gluten-free, less-sodium soy sauce.

After only a few short months, the results have been nothing short of phenomenal.

Our takeover of NYC started with a bang back in March when world-famous Nobu New York made the Big Apple Switch to Little Soya. The internationally famous restaurant founded by Nobuyuki Matsuhisa is now offering a tantalizing Little Soya inspired dessert Banana Soy Toban. The word delicious doesn’t even do it justice. With soy caramelized bananas, candied pecans, and Malaga ice cream, it delivers an out of this world flavor you have to taste to believe!

Nobu New York's Banana Soy Toban made with Little Soya!

Nobu New York’s Banana Soy Toban made with Little Soya!

But we didn’t stop there. Not long after, TAO made the Big Apple Switch to Little Soya at its uptown and new downtown location in New York. The trendy restaurant uses our cute, convenient single-use fish packets with their to-go orders, and they’re a hit with diners!

And the list of restaurants making the Big Apple Switch keeps growing by the day. We’ve recently added Sweet Chick, Flatiron Room, Contra NYC, Cecil’s, and a host of other wonderful establishments! We’re taking over NYC one restaurant at a time. Don’t say we didn’t warn you. 2014 is the year of Little Soya!

Check out some of the most recent New York restaurants now using Little Soya below, and visit them all:

  • BLT Fish
  • Brass Rail Restaurant
  • Cecils [American restaurant]
  • Contra
  • Dave’s Grill
  • Dorado Tacos
  • Sweet Chick [high end American]
  • The Butchers Daughter
  • The Flatiron Room
  • The Little Beet

Little Soya Soy Sauce is Launching to the International Space Station on July 24, 2014

Here is the rocket launching Little Soya into space!  The Ariane 5, ATV-5.

Here is the rocket launching Little Soya into space! The Ariane 5, ATV-5.

Remember when we told you that Little Soya had plans for worldwide domination in 2014? Well, that wasn’t entirely true. See, we decided that taking over the world and ridding the planet of bad soy sauce simply wasn’t enough. We have to think bigger. We have to go where no gluten-free soy sauce has gone before. We have to take over the entire universe! And on July 24, 2014, that’s exactly what we’re going to do.

We’re proud to announce that Little Soya was chosen by NASA and Lockheed Martin to make Little Soya the first gluten-free soy sauce in space! That’s right – Little Soya is getting launched to the International Space Station to be used by astronauts from all over the world.

Thanks to the innovative design of our little fishy packets (which earned a coveted silver Sofi award for “Outstanding Innovation in Packaging Design” in 2012), we’ve solved the annoying problem of leakiness and messiness many astronauts encounter when using traditional single-serving soy sauce packets in a zero-gravity environment.

“Our unique, resealable soy sauce packets are ideal for use in outer space because they must be squeezed to dispense soy sauce and they don’t leak,” said Little Soya CEO Gary Murphy.

A Long Journey

Now, all of this didn’t happen overnight. It all started about two years ago when our CEO, Gary Murphy, received a phone call from a Sr. Research Scientist with NASA & Lockheed Martin, stating that one of our astronauts had complained on his last debriefing that when he would open a packet of soy sauce on the International Space Station, the sauce would spew all over (much like it does here on earth). Her department had been tasked to find a solution to their soy sauce problems in space. Gary was told that an astronaut’s wife happened to see Little Soya on the shelves of a local grocery store, HEB. She realized the packaging could be ideal for use in outer space and told NASA about her discovery. Not long after, they called Gary showing interest in Little Soya’s unique packaging and functionality.

After the phone call, Gary and SVP Crystal Lee personally delivered samples out to NASA for testing. He was told the testing process would take about 6 months…

For two years, there wasn’t a peep from anyone at NASA. But finally, earlier this year, we got the call! NASA reps reached out and said they’d take a few cases of Little Soya. The rest, as they say, is history.

Mission & Launch Date Details

In T-30 days, this rocket will launch our soy sauce into outer space!

In T-30 days, this rocket will launch our soy sauce into outer space!

Be sure to watch our soy sauce blast off LIVE into outer space! You can watch a LIVE stream at www.ArianeSpace.tv

Little Soya is all set to become the first gluten-free soy sauce launched into space when it blasts off on Thursday, July 24 at 941pm EDT on the Ariane 5, ATV-5 rocket headed to the International Space Station.

“For a small but strong company like we are, it means the world to us to have a globally recognized name like NASA and Lockheed Martin choose us out of all the possibilities,” Murphy said. “That’s a major, major milestone for us. We have awesome clients, really powerful names. But who can say that their product is going to space? And it’s pretty cool to know that at this point Little Soya will be the first gluten-free soy sauce in space.”

Everyone here at the Little Soya headquarters is bursting with excitement for this historic moment.

Galactic domination is within our reach!

 

Come See Little Soya June 22- 23 at the TRA Marketplace in Houston!

Houston, listen up. We’re thrilled to announce that Little Soya will have a booth at the TRA Marketplace June 22-23, 2014 at George R. Brown Convention Center. You DO NOT want to miss this! The whole Little Soya team is going to be there, and we’re going to have some special demonstrations from world-class chefs Philip Speer (Little Soya’s Executive Chef and Director of Culinary Operations for Uchi Restaurants) and Brandon Silva (Holley’s Seafood Restaurant and Oyster Bar.

The Details

The Texas Restaurant Association Marketplace is the biggest foodservice tradeshow in the entire region, attracting thousands of foodservice professionals and exhibitors for two full days of networking, education, selling, and buying. It’s the event of the year for the industry.

Little Soya will be in attendance both days with our own booth (#337). Here’s what we have on the itinerary:

 

Chef Philip Speer Live Demo, Sunday, June 22, 1-3 pm

Little Soya's Executive Chef/Uchi's Director of Culinary Options will be giving a live demo at TRA Marketplace!

Little Soya’s Executive Chef/Uchi’s Director of Culinary Options will be giving a live demo at TRA Marketplace!

Little Soya’s very own Executive Chef and Culinary Director/Executive Pastry Chef at the critically acclaimed and James Beard Award winning Uchi Philip Speer will be demonstrating different uses of Little Soya and making a Salmon Ceviche. This is a can’t miss event!

 

Chef Brandon Silva Live Demo, Monday, June 23, 1-3 pm

Come see Chef Brandon Silva Monday June 23 at Little Soya's TRA Marketplace booth!

Come see Chef Brandon Silva Monday June 23 at Little Soya’s TRA Marketplace booth!

Get your taste buds ready, because on Monday, Chef Brandon Silva of Holley’s Seafood Restaurant and Oyster Bar will be preparing and serving up a Crab Roll w/ Little Soya Caramel from 1-3 pm. It’s going to be delicious, we promise.

 

Attending TRA

TRA takes place June 22-23, 2014 at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, from 10:30 am – 5 pm both days. For details about attending the event, click here.

 

Little Soya Makes Sushi History by Co-Sponsoring a Free Dinner at the “Jiro Dreams of Sushi” Famed Restaurant in Japan

Takashi Ono, son of famous Sushi Master Jiro Ono, 2013

Takashi Ono, son of famous Sushi Master Jiro Ono, 2013

We told you 2014 was going to be a huge year for Little Soya. From launching our all-new website to preparing to launch Little Soya to the International Space Station, things are really starting to take off around here (no pun intended)! But we’re not slowing down. Today, we’re proud to announce another historic venture that Little Soya is taking part in. Together with the Sushi Club of Houston and Kubo’s Sushi Bar & Grill, we are thrilled to announce that Little Soya is co-sponsoring free dinners at the world’s most legendary sushi chef Jiro Ono’s restaurant Sukiyabashi Jiro in Japan.

Jiro Ono, the 89-year-old sushi master, was the subject of the 2011 documentary Jiro Dreams of Sushi. Simply put, his sushi is the best in the world. Sushi lovers flock from all over the world to Ono’s restaurant Sukiyabashi Jiro in Japan to grab one of those 10 coveted seats and enjoy a meal of a lifetime.

The restaurant, hidden in the subway, offers diners only one item – the omakase course, which contains 20 pieces of sushi carefully prepared by hand and served one at a time. That means no appetizers, no rolls. Just fresh fish and rice with a little seasoning and perhaps some soy sauce or a nikiri. The meal runs between $300 and $400 per person, a price diners are glad to fork over for the chance to be one of Ono’s customers. Simply put, it’s the Holy Grail of the sushi world, and precious few of us will ever get to enjoy it.

That’s why when Carl Rosa, President of the Sushi Club of Houston and tour guide to Japan, approached Little Soya with the idea of sponsoring a free dinner at Sukiyabashi Jiro for tourists attending Rosa’s 2014 guided trips to Japan, we jumped at the opportunity.

Our founder & CEO, Gary T. Murphy, said, “I must say, immediately upon hearing that we were to be included by Carl on this once in a lifetime opportunity, I was thrilled and felt very fortunate. Like Jiro, I have dedicated my life to my business and passion — making the best gluten free soy sauce on this planet. So, we truly feel it is a true honor and privilege to be associated with the iconic sushi master, Jiro Ono. Thank you again Carl Rosa and to the Sushi Club of Houston!”

Kubo’s Sushi Bar & Grill will also be sponsoring these meals with us, and we are so excited to have them as a partner on this historic venture. Providing diners with the chance to have a once-in-a-lifetime experience is something we will cherish forever.

For more information, please visit The Sushi Club of Houston’s website at www.Houston-Sushi.com or our site www.LittleSoya.com

 

 

 

 

So You Think You Can Cook? Enter The Little Soya Gluten-Free Recipe Contest!

 

LS Gluten Free ImageMay is Celiac Awareness Month, and to help spread the word and support the gluten-free community, we are proud to announce the Little Soya Gluten-Free Recipe Contest! From now until the end of the month, we are inviting fans to share their favorite gluten-free recipe creations with us. We’re going to be giving away some great prizes, so if you’re a superstar gluten-free chef, you need to get your recipe in as soon as possible (more details on how to enter below).

3 million people in the United States have celiac disease, but only 10% of them have been diagnosed. It’s so important that we raise awareness for this disease so those with celiac disease and gluten intolerances can enjoy a healthier, happier life.

It’s also important to show the world that going gluten-free doesn’t have to mean going flavor-free. We worked hard to make sure that Little Soya wasn’t just a gluten-free soy sauce but that it was also the world’s best tasting soy sauce with rich flavor that is “so good you can drink it!”

So, let’s talk about the Little Soya Gluten-Free Recipe Contest.

 

The Rules

 

  • The recipe must be gluten-free
  • The recipe must incorporate Little Soya gluten-free soy sauce

 

The Prizes

 

  • 1st Place: $100 & Little Soya VIP Package
  • 2nd Place: $50 & Little Soya VIP Package
  • 3rd Place: $50 & Little Soya swag

 

How to Enter

All entries must be submitted by end of day May 31, 2014. To enter your recipe in the Little Soya Gluten-Free Recipe Contest, simply share your recipe on our Facebook page at Facebook.com/LittleSoya. Winners will be judged by a combination of the number of Likes their post receives and voting by the staff at Little Soya.

 

So, what are you waiting for? Submit your gluten-free recipes to our Facebook page today!

 

Welcome to the New LittleSoya.com!

We’ve been teasing it for a few months now, and today, we are proud to finally launch the all-new LittleSoya.com! The new website features a clean, updated look and fresh, exciting voice that perfectly captures the essence of the brand. It’s an exciting time here at Little Soya with some really HUGE plans for the future, and our new website serves as a great launching pad for all that’s to come!

So, what’s different about the new LittleSoya.com? Let’s take a look:

 

  • The Story of Little Soya—We’ve come a long way in the past 5 years, and it’s been a fun ride with lots of twists and turns along the way! Discover the real, uncensored story of Little Soya on our homepage.
  • New product pages—Our product line has grown in recent years, with the addition of our new chef-grade ½ gallon and 5 gallon container sizes. And don’t forget about the little fish that started it all and our popular retail packs!
  • Chef’s Corner—I’m going to let you in on a secret. The Chef’s Corner is my favorite part of the new website! Every month, we’re going to run a feature on a Little Soya chef, shining a spotlight on some of the world’s best chefs who use Little Soya. Our first feature running right now is on Chef Philip Speer, Little Soya’s first Executive Corporate Chef and Culinary Director/Executive Pastry Chef at the critically acclaimed and James Beard Award winning Uchi.
  • Updated store locator—Need to grab a new pack of Little Soya fishies? Our all-new store locator makes it easy to find stores near you that carry Little Soya!

 

Take a look around the new site, and let us know what you think by leaving a comment below. Hope you like it!

 

 

7 Questions with Founder & CEO Gary T. Murphy

Just flash the Little Soya Signal, and Gary will be there to fight the crime of bad soy sauce!

Just flash the LittleSoyaSignal, and Gary will be there to fight the crime of bad tasting soy sauce! It’s a tough battle, but Gary has taken on this arduous and monumental task… just for you.

Last month, we launched our new series “7 questions with…” Every month, we’ll be shining the spotlight on one our star team members at Little Soya, giving you the chance to get to know them a little better.

Today, we’re talking to the main man himself, Gary Murphy – the Founder, President, and CEO of Little Soya. Or as we like to call him around here, The Soy King. Gary founded Little Soya back in 2009 when the luxurious Caesar’s Palace Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas challenged his old china sourcing company Arisa Global to find them little fish-shaped soy sauce packets. Inspired by his mom’s recommendation to capitalize on the popularity of the unique fish-shaped soy sauce packets, he started Little Soya, and the rest is history.

So, without further ado, here are 7 Questions with Gary Murphy!

 

What do you do here at Little Soya?

Well, officially I’m the Founder, President & CEO.  But when friends and those close to me ask what I do, I generally say, I sell soy sauce.  And when friends ask “How’s it going?” My standard, but very true answer is, “Still slangin’ the soy.”  At its core, my job and my passion is to build and create the best tasting gluten free soy sauce on this planet.

 

What 3 words would use to describe yourself?

Dedicated. Sincere. Determined.

 

What do you like to do in your free time?

You want the short version?  OK, how exciting is this, I call it “Letting my brain rest.” That means doing nothing.  Well, that could be going to watch an independent film at Houston’s River Oaks Theatre or Sundance downtown, or it could be just watching a comedy movie with my beautiful sister Gena on a lazy Sunday afternoon.  Often, it’s truly just spending time with family.  I call it, Family First.

 

Do you have any special talents?

Umm… I can make a pretty good dinosaur walk out of my double jointed fingers.  Oh you mean, real talents?  Uh, let me think.  The pressure the pressure [if you can guess what movie that quote is from, send your answer to Ericka@LittleProductsCo.com to win a free pack of Little Soya and a kiss from Crystal]. Where were we? Oh yeah, back to talents.  I’m a people person. I have the ability to connect with anyone, be it a bike courier, entry level mail room guy, heavy metal rocker, male, female, young, old, up to the Chairman and CEO of the largest Fortune 500 company in the world.

 

What is something interesting that your co-workers don’t know about you?

I saved a sea turtle from near death on my last trip to Tulum, Mexico.  He was trapped for hours about 100 yards from the ocean.  Me, a hotel security guard and a server at the restaurant each spent about an hour together, one on each side of this massive 200lb turtle, helping him, inch by inch, free himself from a hole.  Then we watched him slowly but surely waddle back into the ocean. Oh, and I was also a licensed Private Investigator in my other life for about 9 years.

 

What is the weirdest thing you’ve ever tried Little Soya on?

I tried Little Soya in my cereal once… on ice cream [hey that was good]… in my beer a time or two!

 

What is your favorite thing to put Little Soya on?

Okay, don’t laugh, pizza! Really it just changes the flavor of any pizza slice instantly.  I also love to put it on pasta, and probably my all-time favorite is to marinate any kind of beef for an hour or two before cooking. Lather those babies up and cook!  Then coat each side once during cooking, and add a dash or two when it’s done!

 

Thanks so much for your time, Gary! Don’t forget to connect with Gary on Facebook and on Twitter @GaryKnows!

 

Little Soya Partnering with Client Uchi at Spotlight Asia This Friday!

 

Spotlight Asia

Houston, listen up. If you don’t have plans this Friday evening April 4th, you need to get out to the 3rd annual Spotlight Asia: Cocktails and Cultural Fusions. And if you do already have plans, cancel them and come out to Spotlight Asia at the Asia Society Texas Center (1370 Southmore Boulevard, Houston, Texas 77004) because you’re going to kick yourself if you miss this event!

What is Spotlight Asia: Cocktails and Cultural Fusions?

It’s a remarkable evening dedicated to celebrating the best in Asian culture. Little Soya is proud to be sponsoring with our critically acclaimed and James Beard Award winning client, Uchi.  Come check out their pop-up restaurant at the event where diners will be dazzled with unexpected textures and flavors that truly push the boundaries of Japanese cuisine.

But that’s not the only attraction at Spotlight Asia: Cocktails and Cultural Fusions. Here are some of the other things you have to look forward to:

 

  • Bar Boheme will delight guests with signature appetizers.
  • Sushi will be provided by the Sushi King Glen Gondo and Sushic.
  • 13 celcius will offer a selection of curated sparkling wines.
  • Sparrow Bar + Cookshop will be serving up some delicious bites.

 

There will also be plenty of entertainment to keep the good times rolling all night long. DJ Kalkutta and DJ Baohaus will both be spinning on the turn tables, PaperCity Magazine will have a reading lounge available to let guests explore amazing works of literary art, and FlashBox | Houston will have a photo booth to capture all the great memories!

It’s going to be an awesome time, and we hope to see you there. Click here for complete event details.

 

Event Overview

What: 3rd Annual Spotlight Asia: Cocktails and Cultural Fusions

Where: Asia Society Texas Center, 1370 Southmore Blvd. Houston, TX, 77004

When: Friday, April 4, 2014 from 8:00 pm to Midnight

 

 

Hey Chefs, We Want To Give You A COMPLIMENTARY “Chef Grade” Sample Of Little Soya!

Niki wants YOU to try Little Soya!

Niki wants YOU to try Little Soya!

Are you a chef, restaurant, hotel, airline or anyone in the Food Service world? If so, listen up. We’re about to make you an offer you can’t refuse. And don’t worry, this isn’t a Don Corleone Godfather type of offer. It’s better. Ready to hear it?

We want to send you a FREE bottle of Little Soya. That’s right, we said it… FREE. F-R-E-E.

There’s no catch. As long as you’re a professional, hardworking chef or any of the above positions, we’ll gladly send you a bottle of our one-of-a-kind and well sought after, “Chef Grade” version of the world’s best tasting soy sauce that also happens to be:  gluten free, less sodium, non-GMO and no MSG added.

Look at all these samples just waiting to be sent out!

Look at all these samples just waiting to be sent out!

Why do we want to send you a COMPLIMENTARY bottle of Little Soya? It’s pretty simple, really. We know that once you try Little Soya, you’ll never be able to go back to the regular ol’ soy sauce you now use.  Many chefs and others have asked us…

Is there “Really a difference in Little Soya?”  Well, certainly we are quite biased, but let’s pretend for just a brief moment that we don’t own, work for, or pledge our allegiance to Little Soya – EVEN THEN, the answer is, ABSOLUTELY!  Little Soya is quickly becoming the most chef-requested and “Chef Approved” premium soy sauce around the world thanks to its uniquely rich umami flavor and its total lack of that overwhelmingly salty aftertaste you get with other soy sauces.

For example, Executive Chef Ryen Hachi [formerly of Hachi at Red Rock Resort] once said, “I’ve been a chef for over 16 years and Little Soya is the best tasting soy sauce I have ever tasted, and there are over 200 brands that I know.  I can say, it’s 10 times better than other soy sauces. We use it in all our finishing sauces and marinades.”

We have chefs using Little Soya in their marinades, as a salt substitute in their favorite recipes, in their delectable desserts, and even in specialty cocktails. The possibilities are endless. That’s why chefs around the world on their own began saying, “Little Soya, it’s NOT just a soy sauce, It’s… Your Everything Sauce!”

What tasty creations can you come up with using Little Soya? Let us send you a FREE sample “Chef Grade” version of Little Soya so you can experiment with the world’s best less-sodium, gluten-free soy sauce.

To get a FREE sample bottle mailed to you, simply do this:

  1. Send us an email with your name, address, company and position to our:  super-duper marketing team member Ericka Espinosa at Ericka@LittleProductsCo.com
  2. Also, if you have a moment tell us:  What you are looking for… our new 5 gallon size, our half gallon size containers or our single-use, fish-shaped packets. And feel free to add in any other questions or comments!

We can’t wait to hear from you!

You wouldn't want to disappoint this sweet face, would you? Get your Little Soya sample!

You wouldn’t want to disappoint this sweet face, would you? Get your Little Soya sample!

 

 

A secret to share with you… Mom Knows Best!

mom blog

We are going to let you in on a little secret about our soy sauce.  One little fact that we sometimes will share with just a handful of close ties, but here today, you get to hear the inside scoop.

Fact: Little Soya wouldn’t be the world’s best tasting and greatest gluten-free, less-sodium soy sauce if it wasn’t for one very special, intelligent, and very loving woman – Dolores Murphy, aka “Mrs. Murphy”, the beautiful mother of our founder & CEO Gary Murphy.

Back in 2009, Gary’s old china sourcing company Arisa Global was responsible for sourcing little fish-shaped soy sauce packets for the luxurious Caesar’s Palace Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.  Seeing how popular the unique fish-shaped packets were for years, Mrs. Murphy saw a golden opportunity. She was actually the first person to recommend to her son, “Gary, if Las Vegas likes your little fish-shaped soy sauce packets so much, maybe Houston restaurants and others would like them too?”

And thus ladies and gentlemen, an idea was born.  At first Gary admits, “I wasn’t really sure if the idea would work and at the time I had big plans to open a consulting company or some much bigger project… not realizing that Mom’s idea would set me on a path 5 years later to now have the fastest growing soy sauce brand in America!  Thanks Mom!”

So, motivated by the constant nudging and prodding that only a loving mother can so skillfully do, Gary finally grabbed a handful of samples, stuck them in a pocket and hit the Houston streets to meet with top chefs and restaurants around the city to ask the question, “If I was able to bring in the best tasting soy sauce packets in these nifty fish shapes, would you buy them?“

Time and time again, the answer was a resounding, “YES! We want to buy this NOW! How much are they, how many per case, and WHEN can we get them?” 

5 years later, Little Soya is one of the fastest-growing soy sauce companies in the world. Our gluten-free, less-sodium soy sauce is a hit, and we’re adding new clients every day. Today, you can find Little Soya in restaurants, universities, schools, airlines, and grocery stores all over this great nation. And none of this would be possible if it wasn’t for “Mrs. Murphy” aka “Gary’s Mom”!

Everyone here at Little Soya loves “Mom” and we’re proud to say she will be celebrating 51 years of marriage this June to our CFO & COO… Bill Murphy!

Moms really do “Know Best”.