Friday, November 19, 2010

My gourmet products are now available at Adam's Fairacre Farms

So, this was the BIG announcement that I alluded to a few posts back! I'm just thrilled to announce that my gourmet products are now on the shelves at Adam's Fairacre Farms in Poughkeepsie, Newburgh and Kingston, NY.

Getting my gourmet products on the shelves at Adams is another of those dreams come true for me. Adams is one of my most favorite stores. I'm an avid gardener and every Spring I'm in there buying plants and garden supplies. While I'm there, I often purchase a freshly baked bread from the bakery and Kaseri or goat cheese from the cheese counter. I've often said to myself, "...gosh, it'd be great to have my gourmet products featured on the shelves at Adams..." as I daydreamed about "one day". Well, my daydream has become a reality and "one day" is now!

All of my gourmet products are now available at the 3 Adams locations right here in the Hudson Valley- Kingston, Newburgh and Poughkeepsie. Sandra the Prepared Foods Manager in the Newburgh store is featuring my gourmet Portuguese Repolho Relish in the salad bar. If you've been interested in trying my gourmet Portuguese Repolho Relish before you buy, stop by the Adams in Newburgh, NY and add it to your salad selection.

In addition to the retail sizes which you'll find on the shelves at the Newburgh location, Pete the Grocery Manager is also featuring restaurant/industrial sizes of my gourmet Caribbean Hot Sauce and gourmet Portuguese Repolho Relish on the shelves for purchase. Pete receives regular requests from local restaurants and delis for high quality gourmet food products in larger sizes and he wanted to find out how these businesses would respond to the availability of the industrial/restaurant sizes of my gourmet products. I too am curious to see how his "experiment" turns out because as I've mentioned, I am very much interested in partnerships with local restaurant owners and an increased presence on the menus of local restaurants. I'll keep you posted on how that goes.

My gourmet products are being featured in more of the places where you shop and dine and I so very much appreciate your continued support in trying and buying my gourmet products. I hope you will continue to patronize my valued local partners, including Adam's Fairacre Farms and as always I encourage you to post comments anytime about the delicious international meals you're making with my gourmet products and sharing with friends and family.

I'm now at 15 stores and counting...there's 10 more stores to go to reach my next company milestone of 25 stores. Why not come along for the ride by clicking the link to follow my blog. It's certainly been an exciting ride so far and I'm sure there'll be more of the same to come.

Stay tuned,


Wednesday, November 17, 2010

My gourmet products on the menu at Cheese Louise

I just have to tell you about a delicious lunch I just ate...

Sam at Cheese Louise in West Hurley, NY has prepared a uniquely delicious special using two of my gourmet products. I was curious to give it a try so I swung by a little while ago and picked up the special for lunch. I got it to go.

The special is called Mild Slow Roasted Pulled Beef on Ciabatta Roll with Portuguese Repolho Relish. The Portuguese Repolho Relish is served as a side. The pulled beef is first marinated in my gourmet Caribbean Mild Jerk Sauce Marinade and then slow cooked so it's melt in your mouth tender. The heat level is perfectly mild. The Ciabatta roll was first brushed with the sauce remnants from the slow cooked beef, drizzled with in-store made garlic olive oil then warmed in the oven for a few minutes. The Mild Slow Roasted Pulled Beef was warmed in a skillet then added to the Ciabatta Roll. It smelled absolutely delicious and I couldn't wait to get back to my home office and indulge.

After I arrived, I had to be a bit patient while I unwrapped the sandwich because I wanted to set it up and take a photo to share (the photo's attached below). The sandwich was still steaming warm when I got back to my home office and that made the waiting to get the right shot pure torture while the enticing smells filled the room. It was well worth the wait! The beef was melt in the mouth tender and flavorful with a mild heat intensity. Of course, my Caribbean Hot Sauce can take care of upping the intensity of the heat if you're so inclined, just ask Rick.

The sweet and tangy flavor of the Portuguese Repolho Relish added an extra dimension for the taste buds- there was the island flavor of my gourmet Caribbean Mild Jerk Sauce Marinade in the beef and the sweet and tangy flavor from my gourmet Portuguese Repolho was truly delicious. Sam, you've outdone yourself this time! :)

Rick made a side salad with craisins and feta (I LOVE craisins) which was also very good- the feta paired very well with the sweetly tart craisins. I really liked the salad dressing which was not your typical dressing- it had a great flavor that complimented the feta and craisins well. I forgot to ask Rick what it was though. I topped off lunch with a slice of cheesecake (my one weakness, I just can't resist cheesecake). Ahhh, lunch today was a real treat.

If you're local, are looking for something out of the ordinary for lunch and have been interested in giving my gourmet Caribbean Mild Jerk Sauce Marinade and gourmet Portuguese Repolho Relish a try, this is the perfect opportunity. Stop by Cheese Louise on Rt 28 in West Hurley, NY or call (845 853 8207) and order the Mild Slow Roasted Pulled Beef on Ciabatta Roll with Portuguese Repolho Relish special and don't forget the salad and desert. You'll get a delicious, satisfying meal that's well worth the price.

I invite you to post a comment and share your experience with the delicious Mild Slow Roasted Pulled Beef on Ciabatta Roll with Portuguese Repolho Relish special. Here's to tasty energy that helps inspire and get us through the day. Thanks Rick and Sam!


Mild Slow Roasted Pulled Beef on Ciabatta Roll with Portuguese Repolho Relish

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Pick up a delicious dinner to go at Davenport's Farm Market

I've been meaning to tell you about a delicious dinner to go that I purchased from Davenport's Farm Market in Stone Ridge, NY recently.

Well, it was a super busy day. You know the type- you're running around all day and when you finally get a breather, it's just about dinner time and that's when you remember that you haven't any idea about what to do for dinner. Well, I headed over to Davenport Farm Market.

Noel, the chef had prepared a meatloaf, potato wedges and roasted veggies among other things and it was absolutely d-e-l-i-c-i-o-u-s. The meatloaf was flavorful and moist, the white and sweet potato wedges made a tasty mix and the roasted mixed veggies were sweet and firm. In fact, I couldn't stop eating the potato wedges...they were goooood.

So, I don't worry anymore when I need a dinner solution in a flash. I head over to Davenports Farm Market. They've always got me covered. If you haven't already, I highly recommend giving their dinners to go a try. The meals are made fresh daily using only the finest ingredients. If you've been thinking of giving my gourmet products a try, you can also purchase the Jerk Chicken dinner which is made using my gourmet Caribbean Jerk Sauce Marinade.

I invite you to post a reply to this post and share your own experience with Davenport Farm Market's dinner to go and I appreciate your patronage of Davenport Farm Market. It's a local business with friendly people and a valued Baron's International Kitchen partner.

Here's to eating wholesome dinners when you have no time to cook it yourself. Thanks, Bruce and Noel!


Monday, November 8, 2010

My gourmet products are now available in Westchester County, NY

Baron's International Kitchen's first outlet in Westchester, NY

I'm super excited to announce that my gourmet products are now on the shelf at the Tarrytown Gourmet Food Market in Tarrytown, NY. Baron's International Kitchen has achieved another milestone with the addition of this outlet, the first in Westchester County, NY.

The Tarrytown Gourmet Food Market is an elegant, upscale foodie haven on the scale of a specialty food supermarket. I snapped a few additional photos to share and added those below. There are the typical departments you would expect from any supermarket- fresh fish, meat, produce, bakery, floral, cheese, deli but all the items are thoughtfully presented and carefully displayed in tastefully appealing fashion. The layout is uncluttered but the shelves are stocked with tons of tempting goodies. A wide variety of food options are available at the Tarrytown Gourmet Food Market including Organic, Halal, Low calorie, Vegetarian, Natural, Sugar-free, Vegan and Kosher. There are also hot and cold prepared food stations. Indoor and outdoor seating is available.

The Tarrytown Gourmet Food Market is open Mon - Sat from 7am to 8pm and on Sunday from 8am - 7pm. Call Shawn at the Tarrytown Gourmet Food Market to order your organic turkey for Thanksgiving. Supplies are limited so be sure to place your order soon.

If you're south of West Hurley, NY and Ulster County and have been seeking a store that sells my gourmet products, stop by the Tarrytown Gourmet Food Market in Tarrytown, NY on the scenic Hudson River. While you're there, check out their variety of international products including French jam, Belgian chocolate and fair trade coffee. It's a long drive from Baron's International Kitchen's company headquarters here in West Hurley, NY but the beautiful view of the fall foliage all along the NYS Thruway made it an enjoyable excursion. When I get a co-packer lined up to begin production of my gourmet products, they'll begin handling delivery so my visits to Tarrytown may become less frequent. There are ongoing developments on that front but I'll share those soon.

Here's to the thrill of achieving milestones!


Stay tuned...more exciting news coming soon.

here's the hot & cold food station
this is the deli counter
a view of the produce dept as you look towards the rear of the store
this is the checkout area

Thursday, November 4, 2010

My gourmet Caribbean Jerk Sauce on the menu this weekend at Boitson's

I have very exciting gourmet Mild Caribbean Jerk Sauce is being featured this weekend in the dinner special at Boitson's restaurant in downtown Kingston!

Fred the chef has prepared "Baron's Jamaican Jerk Chicken with Pineapple Salsa and Red Basmati Rice" featuring my gourmet Mild Caribbean Jerk Sauce. My Caribbean Hot Sauce is also available if you'd like to spice things up a bit. Be sure to ask your server for it if you'd like to try it. This delectable dinner special is available through this weekend (from tonight Thursday 11/4 thru Sunday 11/7). It's sure to tempt and tantalize your taste buds with the authentic scents and spices of the Caribbean. I know you're gonna absolutely love it! If you're local and you've been interested in trying my gourmet Mild Caribbean Jerk Sauce, here's is the perfect opportunity. Be sure to tell us about your dining experience at Boitson's if you do stop by - post a reply to this post.

Boitson's is a relatively new eatery in uptown Kingston, NY on North Front Street. As Lynn Hazelwood from the Accidental Foodie wrote in her July 2010 review, "'s hip, comfortable and a deal! The menu is a mix of American Bistro (like steak frites and mussels), American Classics (including southern specialties like fried chicken and collards) and fancier fare like roasted beet risotto and pork loin stuffed with peaches and goat cheese. Prices are pleasingly recession-proof..." Read Lynn's entire review and you'll be drooling with anticipation. Couldn't have put it better, Lynn. Boitson's is open Thursday thru Monday from 5PM - 10 PM, Friday and Saturday from 5PM - 11PM. Call 845 339 2333 for directions or more information.

I'm so very thankful to Maria Phillips, Boiton's owner and the amazing energy behind this hot spot for giving me the opportunity to showcase my gourmet Caribbean Jerk Sauce at her restaurant. I'm very excited about the gourmet Caribbean Jerk Sauce being featured so prominently in such a delicious dinner presentation in this happenin' spot. I hope you'll visit Boitson's this weekend and order the Baron's Jamaican Jerk Chicken with Pineapple Salsa and Red Basmati Rice dinner special.

I'm also excited about the new relationship between Maria and I - local, female, gourmet food business owners collaborating for mutual fun and gain. A special thanks also to Sean Nutley, part owner of the Blue Cashew Kitchen Pharmacy in Rhinebeck, NY for putting Maria and I in touch with each other. Local businesses supporting local businesses...that's what it's all about. I very much appreciate your patronage of the Blue Cashew Kitchen Pharmacy and Boiston's - a local business with warm, friendly, outgoing people and both valued Baron's International Kitchen partners.

Here's to sharing scrumptious savory food in new, hip surroundings with old friends!


Shop local to quickly get ready for the holidays

The holidays are almost upon us and as we start thinking about what to make and where to shop, I wanted to remind everyone out there in my community about some of the ways our local businesses can help us get ready for the holidays this year.

Kevin at Woodstock Meats is now taking orders for organic turkeys for Thanksgiving. Be sure to get your order in early as turkeys are limited. Kevin also has a wide assortment of specialty cheeses including organic Adirondack Cheddar, Hudson Red- a soft and creamy variety, the 5 star award winner Berkshire Blue and an organic Alpine which is similar to a grated Romano. In addition, you can also purchase Mozzarella, Feta and all your usual favorites.

Keep in mind that you can also find a wide variety of organic meats, fish and deli meats at Woodstock Meats. Kevin and the friendly staff at Woodstock Meats will help you find what you need and their prompt service will get you out quickly so you can get on with the rest of your day. Why drive all over town to find what you need this holiday season? Instead, shop locally, save time and help grow our local economy while you're at it. Now that's multi-tasking :)

I appreciate your patronage of Woodstock Meats - a local business with friendly people and a valued Baron's International Kitchen partner.

Here's to shopping smarter!