By Lorrie Baumann
Paul Theroux was riding the Trans-Siberian Express three days east of Nishni Novgorod, the apple blossom land described by Amor Towles in “A Gentleman in Moscow,” when on page 471 of Theroux’s story about the trip, he was offered manti by a passing stranger. Theroux described the manti as steaming meat-filled dumplings. “I knew the word because I’d heard manti for dumpling in Turkey and elsewhere,” Theroux wrote in “Ghost Train to the Eastern Star.”
Some of this came back to me when I stopped in front of Kader Ucar and Hasan Ertas (wife and husband) at the Winter Fancy Food Show. They were standing in front of a banner identifying Ana’s Apron, and what they had on a table in front of them was a little plate of Ana’s Apron Manti, which Ucar, who is Ana’s Apron’s President, described as traditional Anatolian-style manti. Anatolia is the Asian part of Turkey, she further explained.
Ucar is also the Founder of Palo Alto Pasta Co., which owns the Ana’s Apron brand. It’s a woman-owned and operated business located in California’s Bay Area. Ten percent of the company’s profits are dedicated to children’s charities around the world. “’Ana’ means ‘mother’ in Turkish, and I founded this company with tremendous support from my mother. We are using her artisanal old recipe in our Manti pasta, and she now lives permanently with us. We wanted to name our Manti brand after her to show our gratitude to what she has done for us. You can almost always find my mother at home with her apron on cooking amazing Anatolian dishes for lunch and dinner,” said Ucar.
The Manti are little filled dumplings about the size of a marble and the shape of a tiny purse, and they’re available from Ana’s Apron in four varieties: Spinach & Feta & Olive, Five Cheese, Beef & Onion and Chicken & Thyme. They’re similar to Italian tortellini, but they’re based on recipes that Ucar and her family have been making for seven generations. “We sell it the way we eat it in our own family. Some of our most frequent customers are families with young children. Our Manti pasta is a small bite size, so even a three-year-old can eat it without any parental help at the table. Kids love our pasta!” Ertas said.
Ana’s Apron packages the Manti for sale in 10-ounce pouches that serve two and sell for about $6.99 from the grocer’s freezer case. The product is also available in 3-pound pouches for food service and in a family pack.
They’re prepared by dropping the frozen dumplings into boiling water for two minutes and then traditionally served topped with plain yogurt and then tomato sauce on top of that. For customers who are buying their tomato sauce in a jar instead of making it themselves, a simple marinara would be an appropriate choice, Ucar confirmed.
The Beef & Onion variety provides 36 percent of a daily value of protein per serving, and the Spinach & Feta & Olive variety is also rich in protein as well as iron, Ucar said. Shelf life in the grocer’s freezer case is nine months, and Ana’s Apron is currently distributing the products in the Bay Area, with production capacity ready for expanded distribution beyond that. “We’ve been working on it for the last eight months, and we’re ready to take on bigger orders,” Ucar said.
For more information, visit www.anasapron.com.
Italian Foods Corporation’s imported La Piana® balsamic vinegars of Modena now are available in the northeastern United States through Shaw’s and Big Y.
Shaw’s is now carrying the La Piana Bronze Aged Balsamic Vinegar of Modena and Silver Aged Balsamic Vinegar of Modena at its 155 stores in five New England states through Chex Finer Foods of Mansfield, Massachusetts, according to Francesca Lapiana-Krause, Italian Foods General Manager. Big Y has added the Bronze Balsamic Vinegar of Modena, also through Chex Finer Foods, Lapiana-Krause said.
The vinegars are imported from the Modena region of Italy and made from the juice of Trebbiano grapes grown in the region. These produce a rich, sweet and pleasantly acidic balsamic vinegar with intense, but well-rounded, flavor, Lapiana-Krause said. La Piana Bronze Aged Balsamic Vinegar of Modena has a density of 1.18 and a sugar level of 400 to 430 grams per liter. The Silver balsamic vinegar has a density of 1.25 with sugar at 540 to 570 grams.
Italian Foods Corporation also carries Gold Aged Balsamic Vinegar of Modena with a density of 1.32 and sugar at 750 grams along with a line of Romantica vinegars and balsamic pearls. Suggested retail prices of the vinegars, which come in 8.4-ounce decorative bottles, are $16.47 for the Bronze, $22.65 for the Silver and $36.04 for the Gold.
More information about Italian Foods Corporation is available online at http://www.ItalianFoods.com and https://www.Facebook.com/LaPianaItalianFoods or by calling 1.888.516.7262.
For the first time ever, Nonni’s Foods is introducing a new limited batch of spring biscotti flavors. Inspired by the freshness of the spring season, White Chocolate Cherry Biscotti and Limoncello Pistachio Biscotti hit select grocery stores nationwide beginning in March. The seasonal flavors are only available for a limited time.
“Spring has officially sprung at Nonni’s, and we are thrilled to introduce these new flavors and limited batch product line inspired by the season. Our holiday flavors tend to perform well and we know our consumers look forward to them, so we wanted to give them something new during the spring months, too,” said Patricia Wong Bridges, Senior Brand Marketing Manager for Nonni’s. “Our goal is to consistently offer unique, innovative and on-trend biscotti flavor creations that get consumers excited.”
Fresh from Nonni’s artisan bakery, each cookie is made with wholesome ingredients including real eggs, butter, fruits and nuts, giving the biscotti a light, crunchy texture that is delicately sweet. “As the weather warms up, we hope consumers find these flavors to pair seamlessly with their iced coffee or tea for that perfect morning treat or afternoon pick-me-up,” said Bridges.
Each box of Nonni’s Biscotti contains eight individually wrapped biscotti and retails for $3.29. At only 110 calories apiece, Nonni’s offers the sweet flavors of spring in a guilt-free indulgence that is perfect for snacking or sharing.
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The superior combination of quality care and ingredients makes Nonni’s Biscotti the seasonal treat that consumers desire. These treats are individually wrapped in portion- controlled packs that seal freshness and maintain the highest quality flavor, and can be enjoyed as an indulgent snack or post-dinner dessert. For ordering information, retailers can call 877.295.9604, or visit www.nonnis.com.
Hod Golan, products from Israel, offer succulent flavors and premium quality turkey deli meats that are sure to create the perfect Passover, March Madness and all spring festivities better. These Glatt Kosher fresh poultry deli meats are imported to the U.S. direct from Israel, are truly delicious and wholesome and are made from only the highest quality clean ingredients. All products have no MSG, and very low fat content.
The Hod Golan line has robust variety of choices for any occasion or usage and can be found in the deli section of kosher specialty stores and supermarkets. The line includes: Oven Roasted Turkey, Oven Roasted Grilled Turkey, Smoked Turkey, Honey Glazed Turkey, Italian Smoked Salami and Ultra-thin Sliced Turkey, plus family packs of turkey in flavors such as Oven Roasted Turkey, Mexican Brand Smoked Turkey Breast and Smoked Turkey Meat. Always convenient for lunch sandwiches or large friend and family dinners, these products are offered in regular 5-ounce or ultra thin-sliced 7-ounce large family pack sizes as well as sliced behind the deli counter. Hod Golan also offers the finest savory meat snacks, such as Dried Mini-Chicken Salami and Chicken Cabanossi.
“Hod Golan offers products that are the height of good taste,” says Micha Rakaby, President of Hod Golan. “We are delighted to offer the complete line of our delicious products to our American Glatt Kosher and kosher consumer who appreciate our rich Israeli heritage and our unsurpassed taste.”
All the products are kosher for Passover under the OU and Tartikov. Currently, Israel leads the world in turkey consumption, with every man, woman and child eating an average of 34-1/2 pounds a year.
Président® brand cheese launches three new flavors of its award-winning rondelé cheese: Thai Sweet Chili, Pineapple & Ginger, and Sea Salt & Cracked Pepper. Beginning March 2017, the new flavors, which emphasize a distinct balance of two contrasting yet complimentary tastes, will be available at retailers nationwide. To find the store closest to you, just use the store locator on the company’s website.
A testament to the superior quality and taste of rondelé by Président, the rondelé Sea Salt & Cracked Pepper Gourmet Spreadable was awarded first place in the Flavored Cream Cheese category at the 50th Annual World Dairy Expo Championship in 2016, the only contest in North America that includes all dairy products, and the Silver medal at the 2016 World Cheese Awards in San Sebastián, Spain.
By combining simple ingredients with high quality milk and cream in the Old World tradition, Président brand produces gourmet spreads that are savory, flavorful and fit for any occasion. The rondelé gourmet spreads not only add a unique element to a number of recipes, they are also the perfect addition to a cheese board; served in a decorative, table-ready cup for easy and convenient presentation. Marketing Director Karine Blake adds, “rondelé by Président is already loved by consumers for its versatility. We are thrilled to offer these new flavors for recipe creators and we’re excited to see what they dream up.”
Bertozzi Corporation of America’s Gran Festa line of Italian cheese spreads are artisanally crafted from high-quality whey, freshly ground spices and vegetables. They come in three varieties: Garlic & Herb, Pink Peppercorn and Sweet Chili.
Packaged in 8-ounce cups, a 2-tablespoon serving contains about 40 calories, 3.5 grams of fat and 1.5 grams of protein. The gluten-free, preservative-free spreads have a light and airy texture and mouthfeel with a rich, creamy flavor profile.
Gran Festa is imported from the Bertozzi Creamery, an Italian family-owned dairy established in 1901.
Historically a French treat, the traditional madeleines made by Donsuemor are buttery shell-shaped cookies that are soft to the touch and offer a sweet and timeless taste. Adding in a fresh and zestful twist to the original classic recipes, the range of the company’s products has expanded over the company’s 40 years in business, and a French-inspired tradition is at the heart of it all.
“Our Traditional Madeleine has stood the test of time,” said Laure Chatard, Director of Sales at Donsuemor. “Coming out of our 40th anniversary year, we have had an amazing history with this original classic treat and are looking forward to the future as the company moves forward into the next 40 years.”
Donsuemor madeleines come in a variety of flavors including Traditional Madeleines, Dipped Madeleines, Lemon Zest Madeleines, and seasonal Pumpkin Spice Madeleines.
Recognizable by its distinct swirl, Le Roulé is a fresh spreadable cheese that is sprinkled with either savory or sweet ingredients, and then hand-rolled to form a log before being sliced, revealing its ingredients in the form of its unmistakable spiral. The line-up of flavors for this new product includes: Garlic & Herb, Savory & Sweet Peppers, and Cranberry.
Le Roulé, which means ‘roll’ in French, is handcrafted in France’s northeast mountain region of Les Vosges, in the village of Neufchâteau. Made from locally sourced fresh cow’s milk, this specialty cheese is creamy and smooth, with a remarkably clean, fresh taste.
Unlike other spreadable cheeses, which are mass-produced, Le Roulé continues to be made just the way it was from the beginning, almost 40 years ago, with fresh curd spread atop a layer of spicy, tart or sweet ingredients, then rolled to form a log, sliced and individually hand-packaged.
Le Roulé will be exhibiting at the Winter Fancy Food Show.
Saffron Road, the fastest growing brand of premium frozen entrees, will introduce its newly expanded plant-based protein snacks line, which includes innovative ChickBean Crisps, in addition to a new frozen meals line, at the Winter Fancy Food Show in San Francisco from January 2-24.
Like all Saffron Road products, the new snacks and frozen bowls were created with the utmost commitment to authenticity, quality, transparency and culinary excellence to capitalize on the growing popularity of clean label better-for-you products in the U.S.
The ChickBean Crisps come in three flavors, Sea Salt, White Cheddar, Zesty Ranch, and all are certified halal, OU kosher, and gluten free. Since they’re primarily made from legumes, each one-ounce serving of Saffron Road ChickBean Crisps contains four grams of protein, two grams of fiber and only a few grams of fat – making them a nutritious and unique find in the snack aisle.
Saffron Road’s new World Cuisine meals, in an on-trend bowl format, come in eight delicious flavors: Sesame Ginger Salmon with White Rice, Lemongrass Basil Fish with Rice Noodles, Thai Red Curry Fish with Rice Noodles, Masala Curry Fish with White Rice, Grilled Vegetable Tortilla Bake, Verde Tortilla Bake with Chicken, Thai-Style Mango Chicken, and Korean-Style Sweet Chile Chicken. All of the fish sourced is wild Alaskan caught and packed with Omega-3s, and the chicken is antibiotic free. All of the ingredients are authentic – to keep in line with the high culinary excellence all Saffron Road products must adhere to.
While the four fish bowl meals are already on shelf at Whole Foods Market®, the ChickBean Crisps and the remaining four new bowls will launch this January and April respectively.
For more information about Saffron Road’s new snack products, visit saffronroadfood.com. You can also follow the brand on Facebook at facebook.com/saffronroadfood, on Twitter at twitter.com/saffronroadfood, on Pinterest at pinterest.com/saffronroadfood or on Instagram at Instagram.com/saffronroadfood.
Winter Fancy Food in San Francisco is a popular trade show for UK food and drink companies looking to target the West Coast of America with their gourmet delights. In January 2017, 40 UK food and drink companies will be represented at Winter Fancy Food all looking to increase their business in the States.
Rude Health is looking to introduce healthy organic unsweetened dairy free drinks, nourishing wholegrain cereals and snacks to California and the West Coast. Using only the kind of ingredients you’d have in your own kitchen – nothing artificial, nothing refined, their ingredients are sourced from fields, orchards and vines – not laboratories. 2017 brings new nut butter porridge pots and cartons, new children’s cereals, and mini 250ml cartons of the company’s best-selling almond drink. Rude Health has been included in “The Sunday Times Fast Track Ones to Watch,” an annual feature on the UK’s fastest growing businesses.
Grandma Singletons’ a producer of fine British cheese and exporter of Cropwell Bishop Creamery, the finest Blue Stilton cheese.
Chase Distillery produces Britain’s first single estate gin and award-winning vodka. Chase’s William’s GB Gin was given a double gold medal and voted Best in Class at 2016’s prestigious San Francisco World Spirits Competition.
Only Natural Products is the proud owner and producer of three unique tea brands: Dr Stuart’s, Higher Living and Kromland Farm.
Cauli Rice makes one of the UK’s first long life cauliflower rice – a low calorie rice replacement made from 100 percent cauliflower.
The Original Cake Co., based in Lincoln, bakes traditional handmade cakes. The company has been the name behind some of Britain’s finest cakes for over four decades. The line of delicious, hand-made cakes includes a renowned Christmas cake, chocolate truffle cakes and flapjacks.
Easy Tasty Magic – Taste #5 Umami by Laura Santtini will be showcasing a range of delicious umami flavor ingredients, sauces and spices.
Huffkins makes handmade craft bakery products using premium ingredients sourced from the Cotswold hills.
Northern Powerhouse represents the best of northern England’s food and drink to the U.S. market place, including cheese, speciality biscuits and jams, chocolates, gin, snacks, crisps, cheese straws, gluten free ranges, UK flour and fish products and sauces. Northern Powerhouse will be sampling the full range of products at its Winter Fancy Food Show booth.
The booths for all these companies will be located in the UK Pavilion at Winter Fancy Food 17-19 January, San Francisco in the Moscone Convention Center.