By Lorrie Baumann
With more than 100 different cooked and cured charcuterie products, including pates, mousses, duck confit and duck rillettes, as well as sausages and boudins, Fabrique Délices has earned its place as one of the USA’s premier producers of artisanal French-style meat products.
“We do products for chefs to cook with and products that are ready to serve,” says Sébastien Espinasse, Fabrique Délices’ Vice President of Sales and Marketing. “We believe that if we do quality food, the chef will recognize that and put their stamp on the product. They put our food on their menu, and that is a big recognition to us…. When you come from a foreign country to the U.S., when you have a French restaurant, you try to recreate the food you had at home, and the most important part is to find the ingredients.”
Fabrique Délices makes all of its products in California’s Bay Area, from pork that comes from Iowa, chicken from Mary’s Free Range Chickens and pasture-raised lamb from New Zealand. “The recipes are traditional and authentic. We are not trying to Americanize the product, to tweak the recipe to suit American tastes so we can sell more product,” Espinasse says. “This is the closest to French tradition you can find in the U.S. We want to keep doing it.”
America’s free-wheeling food culture that allows for fusions like kosher Korean tacos and barbecue brisket banh mi might tempt other meat processors to innovate their recipes to create products that would be unrecognizable to Fabrique Delices’ founders, who started the company in 1989 as a subsidiary of French pate producer SAPAR, which was established in Me aux, France, in 1920. But Fabrique Délices has stayed true to its original mission to recreate traditional French charcuterie in the United States, Espinasse says. “We don’t want to compromise the product. This is our identity,” he says. “The market is so wide open that sometimes you can lose your head and do many things, but at the end of the day, you need to keep your focus and do what you do best…. Mostly what we try to do is whenever we put a recipe together, you put the protein in your mouth, and it goes up in your head, and it brings back memories of your childhood with the flavor, and if the flavor is approved by your mind, then you say, ‘This is what we need.’ We grew up with these products so it is very important to keep it like this.”
“We don’t use preservatives, artificial ingredients, MSG, any of that,” he adds. “We use the real spices, no extracts. Sometimes you can have some variation: when you use cayenne pepper, sometimes there is variation from one year to the other, and sometimes people notice it. In the U.S., people are very sensitive to change. Artisan products, sometimes this is the way it is.”
Authenticity and quality are so important to Espinasse that he’s now organizing an American Charcuterie Society to promote those values. “I’m going to try to push it through and get some retailers, some distributors, manufacturers, maybe put a party together and try to move forward,” he says. “We are a group of people and we are going to try to move this forward because we need to grow the charcuterie industry, and the only way we can grow charcuterie is for the whole industry together.”
Those who are interested in being part of the American Charcuterie Society should contact Espinasse at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This month, Mikey’s is introducing tortillas to its line of gluten-free, paleo certified, non-GMO, soy free, dairy free and grain free products. In addition to containing simplistic, clean ingredients, the tortillas also mark Mikey’s first ever vegan product.
Mikey’s tortillas will provide a multi-attribute solution not yet available on the market – perfect as a taco shell or quesadilla, as a sandwich wrap, or quick snack on the go. Available in stores and online for purchase next month at $5.99 per eight-pack.
The tortillas join Mikey’s product lineup of popular frozen baked goods, which include muffin tops, bread, pizza crust and English muffins. They feature seven ingredients: water, cassava flour, coconut flour, high oleic sunflower oil, apple cider vinegar, salt and xantham gum.
Sesame King has launched its Sesame King Mix and Serve Hummus Kit, which gives consumers the ability to make delicious homemade hummus in minutes. The kit contains a 15.5-ounce can of chickpeas, a 4-ounce pouch of Sesame King tahini paste and a packet of proprietary special seasoning that takes all the guess work out of making delicious hummus. The hummus is all natural, non-GMO, gluten free, vegan approved, trans fat free, cholesterol free and kosher certified. The new kit provides consumers with everything needed to prepare fresh traditional style hummus in the comfort of their own home in just minutes. The hummus is all natural with a subtle, delightful aroma and is rich in texture, fresh and delicious.
“We are very excited to be introducing our new hummus kit to retailers and consumers across the United States,” said Emile Maroun of Sesame King. “Consumers and retailers are looking for safe, new, exciting and innovated healthy products, and we believe that our Sesame King Hummus Kit meets and exceeds those expectations.”
Sesame King also offers consumers a line of tahini pastes that come in 16-ounce plastic jars and are available in Roasted, Light Roasted, Garlic, Olive Oil, Cajun, Honey and Chocolate flavors. Each flavor is rich in proteins and vitamins, made with no additives or preservatives, peanut and tree nut free, trans fat free, gluten free and kosher certified. Both the Roasted and Light Roasted Tahini pastes are Non-GMO Project verified. Sesame King tahini is the only manufacturer to pasteurize its tahini to ensure a clean, healthy and safe product for consumer usage.
Sesame King’s mix and serve Hummus Kit provides consumers with a powerful nutritional food choice that packs a kaleidoscope of healthy inclusions:
“As a leading manufacturer of tahini, our never ending goal is to produce tahini products that taste great and provide consumers with a healthy food choice. Healthy is good. Healthy and tasty is fantastic,” added Maroun.
Sesame King Tahini can be found at such fine retailers as Whole Food Markets, Market Basket, Shaw’s, King’s Supermarkets, Wise Markets, Tops Market, Balducci’s, Spartan Nash, Safeway Eastern, Albertsons South West, Acme, Pete’s Fresh Markets and Citarella Markets and at Restaurant Depots and many other fine markets and specialty health food stores or order online at www.sesameking.com and www.amazon.com.