Aside from being the owner of Dine Alone Records, Bedlam Music Management, and New Damage Records, the multi-talented Joel Carriere is also the co-founder of Dine Alone Foods. Along with Alexisonfire’s Jordan Hastings, Carriere launched Dine Alone Foods’ all-natural line of sauces, which includes a classic Southern Blues BBQ Sauce, a sweet and smoky Northern Soul Chipotle BBQ Sauce, and a spicy Rock N’ Roll Hot Sauce. Let’s find out more about this multi-faceted man…
Tell us a bit about yourself. What should people know?
Our energy and positivity is infectious. We have a great ability to put smiles on people’s faces and laugh out loud. Occasionally you may get a random big hug and kiss.
How did being in the music business inspire your love of food and cooking?
That love of food and cooking I think developed around the same time as my love of music. I am sure if you went to public school and found the original sign out cards for the Mickey Mouse Cookbook you would see my name on every second line. At the same time I was listening to my Kiss cassettes. I called them The Kiss Monsters when I was 5 or 6.
What made you want to launch a line of sauces specifically, and what’s the story behind Dine Alone Foods?
The story is really simple. Alexisonfire is on my record label and I also manage them. Jordan is in Alexisonfire. We traveled the world together over the years and always ended up talking food. We started developing our own sauces and then we figured that these sauces were great and other people would like them, then Dine Alone Foods was born.
What are three things you can’t live without?
Air, water, and food.
What are 5 things that are always in your fridge?
Pickles, beer, hot/BBQ sauces, eggs, cut of meat ready to be cooked that night.
Finish this sentence: I love Toronto because…
…my son was born here. Not sure if he was made here – that may have been Vegas…
What’s your favourite restaurant?
It’s not really a restaurant as it is a place to eat food. I love going to the St. Lawrence Market. It’s one of my favourite places in the city. Going in there early morning before the hustle and bustle of the day and listening to the hum of everyone just getting started is very relaxing. Going to Paddington’s and getting a breakfast sandwich with well-done bacon and a toasted Kaiser with onions, hot sauce, black pepper, and lettuce is one of my favourite early morning pastimes. It also helps that it is the best sandwich ever. I love just sitting there in the market and eating and watching everyone start their day. It’s a very honest place.