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A Gift of Vanilla

SONY DSCs.a.l.t. sisters is offering a Vanilla Bean Infusion Kit that would make a great gourmet gift idea. The kit includes a 16-ounce bottle filled with top grade Madagascar vanilla beans, from which an aromatic vanilla extract can be made simply by adding premium vodka, bourbon or rum and allowing time for the infusion of flavor. There is plenty to love about the essence that vanilla adds to baked goods.

Charmane Skillen, the Founder of s.a.l.t. sisters and a champion of unprocessed and unrefined products, has developed several lines of exceptional salts and spice flavors that enhance and celebrate food. These lines include the highest quality sea salts (s.a.l.t.), vanilla infusion kits and vanilla beans (b.e.a.n), natural herb blends (h.e.r.b), seasoning rubs (r.u.b.s) and gift packages designed for the giving (g.i.f.t.).

Suggested retail price: $30.25.

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574-276-8871

www.saltsistersonline.com

 

La Maison Maille Opens London Boutique

10409832123_66d5e75910_bFor 266 years, the French brand Maille has set the standard for Dijon mustard with authentic recipes, combining premium ingredients to create distinctive flavors.

For the first time outside of France, La Maison Maille has opened a boutique in the heart of the United Kingdom’s capital, London. Located in the West End district, at 2 Piccadilly Arcade, the boutique is the brand’s third exclusive retail location, after its two long-established boutiques in Dijon and Paris. A new must-visit destination, the boutique offers London’s foodies as well as international travelers the opportunity to delve into a captivating world of premium French mustards, oils, vinegars and gift sets.

10409717623_4b0c5983e3_bMore than 60 brand-new varieties of mustards, vinegars and cornichons are now available in the U.K. for the first time. With creative, never–seen-before mustard flavors such as Crème de Cassis de Dijon, Parmesan & Basil, and Fig & Coriander, La Maison Maille ensures you can find the perfect delicacy to suit every palate.

The boutique also features Maille’s exclusive ‘mustard on tap’, a unique experience otherwise only available in its French boutiques and since July, at the Fromagerie Hamel, in Montréal, Québec. This delicacy is served using an authentic French porcelain mustard pump, the very same method used by Maille’s founder to serve European royal Courts in the 18th century. Served from the pump, these selected mustards have special characteristics including a rich, creamy consistency and nuances of spice.

To celebrate the opening, the boutique is currently featuring Maille Chablis Mustard with Black Truffle on tap, a refined blend containing Chablis, the renowned white wine of the Burgundy region, and black truffle from the Périgord region. For discerning epicureans looking for the perfect gift, La Maison Maille offers a wide range of seasonal collections and limited edition mustard varieties that will thrill even the most discerning gourmet! Especially designed for the holiday season, this year’s autumn/winter collection includes three newly released mustards.

Sartori Cheese Releasing Limited Edition Cannella BellaVitano and Cognac BellaVitano for the Holiday Season

Sartori Company will be releasing a limited quantity of Cannella BellaVitano and Cognac BellaVitano for the 2013 holiday season. Each cheese wheel will be hand signed and numbered by a Sartori Master Cheesemaker.

Cannella BellaVitano was created by taking sweet, buttery BellaVitano, aged at least 15 months, and steeping it in a cinnamon liqueur. “The smells and flavor of cinnamon give people a feeling of warmth over the holidays, which inspired me to create this unique holiday cheese,” states Sartori Master Cheesemaker Mike Matucheski. “Some small pieces on top of a slice of warm apple pie make for a mouthwatering experience,” he adds.

Cognac BellaVitano, the most premium limited edition item, truly stands out as a cut above the rest.  The cheese itself is extra-aged; it matures for at least 18 months.  After the aging process, it is submerged in a premium cognac and is only ready for sale when Sartori Master Cheesemakers believe it is just right.  The end result is a unique and complex celebration of smoky, nutty, oaky flavors with toasted notes of vanilla and caramel from the cognac.  In 2011, Cognac BellaVitano finished third overall at the World Cheese Awards, the highest-ever finish for an American artisan cheese.

These products are only available during the holiday season and can be purchased at select specialty cheese shops acrossthe United States. Cannella BellaVitano will be available now through the end of the year and Cognac BellaVitano will be available in December. Additionally, a limited supply of 4-ounce wedges will be available for sale on the Sartori website cheese shop and will be included in an exclusive 2013 Sartori “Limited Edition Gift Box” this holiday season.

“We are very excited to share our hand-crafted limited edition products over this holiday season,” says Sartori CEO  Jim Sartori.  “I hope they are passed around many tables and brighten the days of our customers, their families and friends.”

Johnsonville Sausage Expands Into Meatball Category

Johnsonville has developed an entirely new product line for the brand, bringing fully cooked and skillet-ready meatballs in three flavors – and sausage slices in two flavors – to the freezer section of grocers nationwide.

Johnsonville meatballs“Meatballs have been a family favorite but often are considered too time consuming to make. From the freezer to the oven, stove or even the microwave, our new meatballs and sausage slices offer our customers this popular protein in a flavorful and convenient option to enhance their pasta dishes, pizzas, sandwiches and appetizers,” said Johnsonville’s Valerie Zanchettin, Sr. Brand Manager.

Made with premium cuts of fresh pork and unique blends of herbs and spices, the new Johnsonville Meatballs and Sausage Slices are available in five delicious flavors and packaged in a re-sealable zipper bag that allows for multiple use while maintaining freshness and flavor. All five products are also free of MSG, artificial colors and flavors. The Johnsonville Sausage Slices are gluten free.

The new Johnsonville Meatballs (available in 24-ounce packages/28 meatballs to a package) and Johnsonville Sausage Slices (22-ounce package) retail for $7.99 and are being introduced to grocers nationwide over the next few months. Recipes are featured on the packages, as well as the company’s website: http://www.johnsonville.com/recipes.

The new product line includes:

Lee Kum Kee Spices Up Meal Time with Introduction of Sriracha Mayo Sauce

Lee Kum Kee today announced the availability of its newly launched Sriracha Mayo exclusively at well-known retailers throughout Hawaii. Joining its line of more than 200 authentic Asian sauces and condiments, Lee Kum Kee’s Sriracha Mayo is a must-have pantry essential, offering a unique flavor profile that adds a hint of heat to a much-beloved condiment.

“For 125 years Lee Kum Kee has been committed to offering great-tasting sauces that enable at-home cooks to make Chinese meals easily in their own kitchen, and the introduction of Sriracha Mayo is no different,” said Elaine Thai, Director of Marketing at Lee Kum Kee. “Building off the long-standing success of our Sriracha Chili Sauce, Sriracha Mayo combines traditional flavors of sriracha with the cool and creamy texture of mayo, to create a spicy yet versatile condiment that is sure to become a staple, especially in Hawaii.”

Taking the culinary trend of sriracha to new heights, Lee Kum Kee Sriracha Mayo can be used as a complementary ingredient or standalone sauce to enhance the flavor of many of your favorite dishes—from sandwiches, to wraps, spreads and more. It’s also gluten-free, catering to the growing population of those with food allergies and sensitivities.

For a quick and easy way to incorporate Sriracha Mayo into your cooking, try this recipe for poke:

Ingredients:

  • Mixing Sauce:
    • 1 cup Lee Kum Kee Sriracha Mayo
    • 2 tsp. soy sauce
    • 2 tsp. sesame oil
    • 2 tbsp. lime juice
    • 4 green onion stalks
    • 1 tsp. black and white sesame seeds, toasted
  • Poke:
    • 1 lb. tuna (sashimi grade)
    • ¼ tsp. Kosher salt
    • 3 tbsp. sauce

Directions:

  • Dice tuna into ½ inch cubes, season with salt, set aside
  • Cut green onions into thin rings, reserve half for garnishing
  • Combine remaining green onions, Sriracha Mayo, sesame oil and lime juice in a blender; puree until smooth
  • Combine tuna with sauce in a large bowl and mix well
  • Garnish with sesame seeds and green onions

Lee Kum Kee Sriracha Mayo ($4.99 SRP, 18-ounce) is available at retailers throughout Hawaii, including Don Quijote, Foodland and Times stores. For additional information and recipes, please visit www.LKK.com. For questions about distribution, please call 1-800-654-5082.

UrthBox Launches Monthly Subscription Service

 UrthBox, a monthly subscription service that helps consumers discover healthy foods and beverages, today announced its official launch. Each month, UrthBox members will be shipped a box of up to 20 hand-picked food and beverage products available in standard, gluten-free, diet, vegan or snacker options. Members may purchase more of what they love in local stores or in the UrthBox shop at special discounts.

“Longevity of life has a direct correlation to eating healthy and UrthBox is all about the ongoing discovery of healthy new foods and beverages,” said Ben Behrouzi, CEO of UrthBox.  “UrthBox is unique in that the service is not about monthly trail-mix type snacks but rather real foods, beverages and snacks that busy folks would love to discover and make a part of their lives.”

Each month, UrthBox members will receive hand-curated healthy products from existing and up-and-coming brands with an emphasis on organic, all natural and non-GMO products.  Each product undergoes a panel review of ingredients, sources, calories and nutritional benefits prior to selection.  Shipments are accompanied by a product summary that highlights each product’s benefits and notes specific local stores that carry the products.

For at home, on-the-go or at the office, UrthBox currently offers five box options including standard, gluten-free, vegan, diet and snacker.  Boxes start at just $19 a month and members do not pay a shipping fee. Subscribers can also purchase more of what they love at the UrthBox Shop or local stores with big member-only discounts.

“We’re truly excited at the opportunity to surprise members every month with innovative new products that keep health a priority in their daily lives,” said Behrouzi.

For November only, early bird customers will receive discounted pricing that UrthBox will grandfather in for the life of their membership.

To learn more or become a member, visit www.urthbox.com

Endangered Species Chocolate Welcomes New Director of Operations

Brent Robinson

Brent Robinson

Endangered Species Chocolate has announced that Brent Robinson has joined the company as its new Director of Operations.  Robinson will oversee all operations activities including production, sanitation and warehouse. He will be an integral part of the continued expansion of the company.

Robinson has worked in the food industry since graduating from Ball State University in 2002. He has extensive background in both quality and production and most recently served as an Operations Supervisor for Mead Johnson Nutrition in Zeeland, Mich.  He has received certifications from Barry Callebaut and AIB International, along with extensive training in LEAN manufacturing.  ESC feels confident that Robinson’s background will support the company’s growing product demand by increasing and improving operating efficiency.

“We are excited to add Robinson to our team,” says Curt Vander Meer, CEO of Endangered Species Chocolate.  “We feel confident that Robinson’s multi-layered experience in manufacturing will strongly support our company’s rapid growth strategy and launch of several new products in the upcoming year.”

Robinson is joining the company at a time when it’s experiencing continued growth in the natural food industry.  To keep up with this growth, the company is looking to extend its operations system with additional equipment and employees in the upcoming year. All these factors reflect the growing appeal of Endangered Species Chocolate.

“We’ve experienced more growth this year than we originally anticipated,” says Vander Meer. “We’re encouraged that this growth not only reflects that consumers love our product but also support our company’s core mission and 10 percent GiveBack.”

Gourmet Popcorn from 479° Hits the Shelves at Kroger Stores Nationwide

 479° today announced that its delectable, low-calorie popcorn will soon be available in more than 1,200 Kroger stores nationwide, including Kroger-owned banners such as Fred Meyer, QFC, King Soopers, and Ralphs. Starting in November 2013, store shelves will be stocked with big, beautiful snack bags containing the mouthwatering flavors 479° is known for, making the Kroger family of stores the first major retailer in the grocery channel to bring 479° to market.

To celebrate the partnership, Kroger will be the first to carry 479°’s newest flavor: Toasted Seaweed + Sesame. This on-trend snack features 479°’s signature light and fluffy organic heirloom popcorn, tossed with nutty sesame and flakes of lightly toasted seaweed.

In addition to Toasted Seaweed + Sesame, Kroger stores will offer the rest of 479°’s new product line: Sea Salt, White Cheddar + Black Truffle, Creamery Butter, and Sea Salt Caramel. All 479° products are made with organic heirloom popcorn, are gluten-free, non-GMO, and low in calories.

479° is dedicated to mindful business practices, quality products, and hand-picked ingredients. The company is committed to producing a sustainable product everyone can feel good about eating, while Kroger is innovating their chip aisle with snacks that taste better, and are better for you.

“We chose to partner with Kroger because their values align with ours,” says Jean Arnold, Founder of 479°. “It’s a perfect match. I’m so excited to bring our snacks to people around the country in partnership with Kroger.”

Saffron Road Introduces First-of-its-Kind All Natural Lamb Broth

Saffron Road, the packaged food brand of American Halal Co., is launching a premium all-natural, Halal-certified, gluten free lamb broth nationally at Whole Foods Market stores this month. Saffron Road’s Classic Culinary Lamb Broth celebrates the chef’s tradition of using culinary ingredients and kettle cooking – in particular, by incorporating pasture raised 100 percent vegetarian-fed lamb with hearty vegetables and rich, flavorful herbs, providing three grams of protein per serving. Saffron Road currently has three other broths in distribution, but the new lamb broth would not exist without the support and guidance of Whole Foods Market. The first-of-its-kind lamb broth will join the three other Saffron Road broths: Artisan Roasted Chicken Broth, Traditional Low Sodium Chicken Broth, and Classic Culinary Vegetable Broth.

Whether used with vegetables, in making homemade stews, soups and sauces, or to liven up leftovers, these culinary inspired broths enable consumers to add rich flavor to their own recipes. In addition to being a delicious time-saver, studies by the Weston Price Foundation show that Saffron Road’s broths can promote good digestion, strengthen joints and increase respiratory health.

“Saffron Road just set another unprecedented milestone – we are the first Halal lamb broth to be sold in the high-end Tetra package, which we believe is healthier than the mainstream soup can containers or stock cubes,” says Adnan Durrani, CEO of Saffron Road. “With the guidance of the Global Grocery Team at Whole Foods Market, we took that innovation up a notch further in culinary excellence; all of our broths also use a very delicate brew of pure Halal antibiotic-free gelatin and naturally vitamin-infused herbs and roasted vegetables, bringing an unmatched robust flavor and quality to our broths that home chefs can really celebrate. Our consumers have been eagerly requesting a Saffron Road Lamb Broth, so we are thrilled to be able to meet this need.”

“The popularity of our broths has been growing over time, as they have won awards and grown in consumer acceptance. Being able to partner with Whole Foods Market on such a unique and delicious item has been a great partnership – and just in time for the busy holiday cooking season,” added Jack Acree, Executive Vice President of Saffron Road.

The new lamb broth is currently available exclusively at select Whole Foods Markets.

Market Street to Host Entertaining Made Easy Expo

Market Street guests will get help making the holiday season stress-free at this weekend’s “Entertaining Made Easy” expo. The Saturday-Sunday (Nov. 9-10) event will run from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days at all 11 Market Street locations.

During the expo, guests will have the opportunity to taste a variety of holiday dishes at sampling stations set up throughout the store, as well as collect ideas for party trays, gift baskets and holiday meal menus. Additionally, floral and dish departments will exhibit ways to make the holidays more festive.

“Whether you’re entertaining others or celebrating with loved ones, our Market Street teams want to help guests prepare and enjoy the holidays by creating a one-stop shopping experience,” said Wes Jackson, chief merchandising officer for United Supermarkets, LLC, owner of Market Street. “We are excited to show guests how easy holiday planning can be.”

At the expo, guests can expect samplings of products such as:

  • Praline sweet potatoes,
  • Cornbread stuffing,
  • Herb giblet gravy,
  • Cranberry relish,
  • Cheese balls,
  • Sausage balls,
  • Hot glazed cocktail sandwiches,
  • Sourdough bread,
  • Charred onion dip,
  • Hot artichoke and sundried tomato spread,
  • Caramelized crème brulee,
  • Fruit cake loaf,
  • Sea salt and pepper smoked salmon and cream cheese snacks,
  • Pulled pork sliders.

For more information visit www.marketstreetunited.com.