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Saucy business in Ardee!

Story by Tom Kelly

Monday, 11th February, 2013 11:30am

Saucy business in Ardee!

On Wednesday, 13th February at 7pm, RTE show Nationwide will feature local business couple Sarah Nic Lochlainn and Sarajit Chanda (pictured) in a segment on 'mixing business and romance' in the running of their two businesses, Fuchsia House Restaurant in Ardee and Aruna Sauces.

It's not the first time the couple have appeared on TV having previously featured on RTE's Dragons' Den in 2012 where the couple was successful in gaining investment for Aruna Sauces from local 'dragon' Gavin Duffy. One year on, the range of restaurant quality Indian sauces are stocked in SuperValu, Superquinn and Dunnes Stores with Tesco to be added in April.

"We're delighted to get this national exposure on Nationwide, and it was a lot of fun for the family to get involved, since the focus was on how we met and how we keep things going as a couple and as business partners. Fuchsia House has a solid reputation for excellent food and service. Our Aruna Sauces business is growing steadily and it's great to know that more and more people are discovering and enjoying Indian cooking," enthused Sarajit after filming.

During Valentine's week, Sarah and Sarajit are running a Facebook competition where participants are asked a question that will be answered during their Nationwide appearance. The winner will receive a free Indian cooking class for two in Fuchsia House Restaurant.

Aruna Sauces was born in the couple's restaurant, Fuchsia House, Ardee, which they opened in 2005 to critical acclaim. The sauces that they created for their dishes, using Sarajit's mother, Aruna's recipes proved so popular that customers wanted to bring the sauces home to use themselves. Sarah and Sarajit saw an opportunity to create and sell a restaurant quality, healthy and authentic artisan sauce. Starting out selling Aruna Sauces in the restaurant and then local farmers markets, Aruna Sauces now have over 300 stockists across Ireland including SuperValu, SuperQuinn and Dunnes Stores and have several awards to their name.