Bradley Bennett - Principal Pickle
Jackie Gove - Second Pickle
Ron Rouch - Production Manager
The Kitchen Crew
Since 2001, Bradley Bennett has been making his spicy blend of pickles for friends and family from his kitchen in Santa Barbara, California. Now he has created Pacific Pickle Works so that you can enjoy them too!
We are so fortunate to have had the amazing support of our community to successfully fund a Kickstarter campaign to help us find and move into a new production facility. Watch the video that tells our story...
I discovered your website in May of 2022 and for some time couldn't make up my mind which pickles to order. We're serious pickle lovers in my family, and as kids we fought over the juice. I still drink it (Shhhhhh!) but my siblings have grown out of that habit. =)
On Thanksgiving night I decided that I was going to order one of every pickle variety you have, and that when my family came for Christmas, after opening gifts we were going to have THE BIGGEST antipasto platter anyone's ever seen. I also bought some German half sour pickles, a few varieties of Bread and Butter pickles and ordered every variety and flavor of olive I could find, but the Pacific Pickle Works pickles totally stole the show.)
As my husband pulled each jar out of the box and removed the paper sleeve, my siblings and their families were praising how witty the names were and eagerly grabbing the jars out of each others' hands to get a better look. It was a madhouse.
Suffice it to say, we spent about two hours opening each jar and passing it around, watching with glee when someone got a spicy pickle, or grabbed for more bread or cheese with the Pandemic Pickles or tried the unique Pickles Under the Ginfluence. Some of us were red faced from laughing, some were mopping their foreheads after eating several spicy varieties in a row, and the adults loved watching the youngest kids experience pickled okra for the first time.
Our dad was a lifelong lover of giardiniera. He bought it whenever he found it, and in his last years I perfected my own recipe for it, making it in gallon jars for him. We each inherited that love, and as I watched my brother (the self-dubbed "decider of the order the pickles would be sampled") gleefully open each jar, and us argue over who got to try it first...it was like dad was again in the room with us. I had no idea when that large cardboard box was delivered, that carefully packed inside was SUCH a beautiful moment and unexpected gift.
Thank you for doing what you do with such talent, care, craft, and dedication. You've earned several new life-long customers. And thank you for being an unexpected but integral part of such a wonderful family experience. Christmas 2022 will be tough to top!
Sincerely (and possibly slightly pickled myself at this point),
Dear Mr. Pickle Briner,
With all that is going on in the world I just wanted to send you some happy customer praise. I stumbled upon your Pickles Under the Ginfluence online so I shot over to your website to buy them.
Oh my God, I have to say they are one of the most outstanding and interesting tasting pickles I have ever had. I live in NJ, so between NY/NJ we have a good amount of pickles but these were fantastic. The others that I got were the sour and spicy pickles which were also quite delicious.
I also was very impressed with the packaging. Not only was it very nicely packaged but clearly you take care in how everything is done.
Thank you again! I will surely be ordering again soon once this batch is eating. Which unfortunately due to my son taking after his father will probably be sooner than later... the darn kid keeps asking me for pickles as his snacks. Haha
I literally never write these. Ever. But I'm an artist and I know how meaningful it is when people write nice things about my work, so I had to write something to you, Oh Pickle Deities.
For the last two years I have been on a desperate search for the perfect sour pickle. I tried EVERYTHING. None of them worked. Too soft. Not sour enough. Too garlicky. I gave up. I was at Cost Plus this past weekend (socially distanced with my mask, as we Californians do) and decided OK, I guess I'll try these. In two days the whole jar was gone.
You have truly created the most perfect sour pickle ever. I just added three more jars to my grocery delivery. I am losing my mind over how good these are.
You guys rock.
To Whom it may concern,
I am a huge fan of your pickles and a loyal customer from my days living in Santa Barbara. I was super stoked to see you guys move into the Sacramento market last year. You guys have the best pickles I have ever tired and I will continue to support your business. It only took one pickle for my girlfriend to realize the pickles were worth the extra two dollars even if they run out three times as fast because they double as a delicious snack.
Dear Principal Pickle,
Just so you know, I almost have to hide them from my staff because everyone LOVES these pickles! Soooooo wonderful!!!!!
I have never ever done this before... but your pickles are so good I had to leave you a message and let you know! As a pickle connoisseur since I was a little girl, I swear that your pickles are the ones I have chased after for a very long time. I saw your brand at Lucky supermarket and thought hmmm I’ll try these. And then when I took a bite and felt the crisp and crunch, I just said, WOW. Thanks a lot, you guys have definitely come up with a winner!
I just have to tell you, I think you’ve created the perfect pickle. I just had your pickles for the first time and told my husband “this is the perfect pickle”. He said that I should tell you that so here I am!
Thank you for making the perfect pickle. You guys have got something here. Keep up the good work.
Kelsey, pickle lover
I absolutely love your pickles because they taste almost identical to the ones my Mom makes. In fact, I sent her some, and her response was, "Why am I spending all this time making you pickles when you can buy ones that taste this good?" Coming from my mother, that is the very highest praise.
Absolutely addicted to this Pickle Brine. I drink it straight, with a splash of tonic water, or mixed in a cocktail. I usually drink it and sit on the couch with my dog after a long day. Love this delicious one of a kind product!
Holy cow. I went to the market here in West Sacramento to get fixins' for a Bloody Mary. I saw the PPW Asparagusto!, but almost deferred to my usual brand, and then decided to give it a shot. Anyway, I get home, and snap diddly doo, the Asparagusto! is just about the greatest pickled thing I've ever had in my entire life. It's like someone pickled a high five. I'd say maybe 5 spears from the jar went into drinks. I just sat and ate the rest while watching baseball.
I’ve developed this habit on Saturdays of getting a 6-pack of Tecate, 8oz of Pacific Pickle Works Michelada Shrub, starting on a couple chores around the house, and then suddenly realizing I’ve burned through all my supplies! Needless to say, I always have a great time and stock up again for the next week. It’s a truly unique product, and you can’t get anything else like it around town!
PPW has delicious pickles and excellent customer service. After a little mix up with my order, the company fixed it immediately and made me feel like my satisfaction with their products truly mattered.
The Jalabeanos, Asparagusto, Unbeetables, Brussizzle Sprouts, and Carriots of Fire are all fantastic snacks. I will be ordering these items routinely.
Well done Pacific Pickle Works!
I just picked up your Bloody Mary Elixir and wow! All my friends know I make a killer Bloody Mary, but my Mary is nothing compared to what I am sipping on right now. I have tried Bloody Marys from all around San Luis Obispo. I feel sorry for all restaurants out there because I don’t think I can ever go out and buy another Bloody Mary after enjoying this. I cannot wait to try it with your Jalabeaños.
Recently, on his first-ever solo bike ride to Whole Foods to pick up a snack of his very own choosing, our older elementary son returned home with a jar of Asparagusto! in his backpack. Out of the whole store, out of all the options at Whole Foods, with his very own hard-earned money, he wanted to have his very own jar of PPW's Asparagusto! That's pretty cool.
Now, people might point out the fact that he has a very refined and discerning palate. They also might say that there's something marvelous and irresistible in every delicious PPW jar. As doting and proud parents, we think it's both.
Here's to all the very best as this company puts smiles on more and more faces. You've won the business of every buyer in our house!
I just wanted to let you know that we bought a jar of your pickles at a shop on State St. and loved them! I asked my wife why she bought them though since we were flying out the next morning and wouldn't be able to take them past security at the airport. She didn’t want to leave them behind so, she drained all of the juice out and put them in zip lock bags and was able to bring them home with us to Oregon.
Anyway, just thought you should know how good they are!
I live locally in SB and am OBSESSED with PPW's products. They generously donated PPW products to my elementary school last year to help us fundraise and their items brought one of the highest prices at our auction. Great products and generous people behind the product... you can't go wrong with PPW!!!! Aaaaaand I'm in love with the Bloody Mary Elixir. So happy I can buy these products all over town!
I just made a trip to the store specifically to get your Jalabeaños only to find they were out. Can I order them online anywhere? We are having trouble living without them.
Thanks! ~ Claire
My husband, who doesn't ever run household errands, bumped into your pickled Jalabeaños at Tri-County Produce in Santa Barbara where we reside. I went back to the store and bought the last two jars the following day. I also picked up the Unbeetables and Asparagusto for a test. Now we are addicted!
Every weekend I shop at the farmer's market in Santa Barbara and a lot of farmers bring their pickled veggies. Over the years I have tested them all. Most of them are way too spicy, too vinegary, or mushy... YOURS have the right amount of everything! They taste as if they are pickled by your favorite grandmother.
Brad, Congratulations on your wonderful product. As soon as you start website sales and shipping we will be ordering boxes.
All the very best,
I'd order the green bean by itself if I wasn't ashamed, but I am. So, I order the Bloody Mary just to get the green bean
~ Anonymous customer confessional