Monday, August 29, 2011

The Hansen Caviar Company Gourmet Foods closes it's doors

It is with great sadness that I'm writing about the closing of the Hansen Caviar Company Gourmet Foods, in Lake Katrine, NY. The Hansen Caviar Company Gourmet Foods was the very first local outlet to start carrying my gourmet Caribbean Jerk Sauce Marinades, Caribbean Hot Sauce and Portuguese Repolho Relish and Michael was a great source of advice. The store was located in Rt 28 in Kingston then but moved to the Lake Katrine location a few months ago.

The Hansen Family established the Caviar business in Europe in 1869 and up till now, the Hansen Caviar Company had been the oldest caviar house in existence, with six generations of experience in the specialty food trade. It's a big loss not only to the global industry but to the local gourmet & specialty food industry here in the Hudson Valley, NY as well.

I'll miss working with owner Michael Hansen, a great guy and valued Baron's International Kitchen partner. Hope we'll soon be hearing about his next venture real soon.


Friday, August 26, 2011

My products are now available at the Grapevine Market

My gourmet Caribbean Marinades and condiments are now available at Grapevine Farms in Cobleskill, NY.

Owners Tim & Tracy Purcell have worked hard to deliver an enjoyable shopping and dining experience at Grapevine Farms, which includes a store, Farmhouse Bistro and Wine Cellar. The store delivers the ultimate country shopping experience. It features many rooms full of beautiful items to browse while being swept away by the soft background music and delicious scents emanating from the Farmhouse Bistro.

The warm and friendly atmosphere of the Farmhouse Bistro makes it a great choice for lunch. Lunch is served from 11 AM till 3 PM and the menu features daily specials. Beer and wine are also available by the glass.

The Wine Cellar's collection of wines exclusively represent NY state vineyards with 2 - 3 wineries featured each month. There are also daily tastings. Select your favorite wine to take home with you as well as any accessories.

I encourage you to pay Grapevine Farms a visit whenever you're in town, it's well worth the trip. Give Tim or Tracy a call at (518) 234 9148 for directions and be sure to ask about their upcoming events.

Here's to great shopping, gourmet dining and fine wine!


Wednesday, August 24, 2011

My products are now available at Sunflower Natural Foods Market

The addition of Sunflower Natural Foods Market marks the achievement of a significant benchmark and milestone that I've been working towards since I sold my first case back in March of 2010. Sunflower Natural Foods Market is Baron's International Kitchen's 25th outlet. Can you believe it? The 25th location to sell my gourmet condiments!. I've worked so very hard to reach this goal but I still can't believe that I've actually done it. It's very rewarding.

Let me tell you about the Sunflower Natural Foods Market. Located at 75 Mill Hill Road in the Bradley Meadows Shopping Plaza in Woodstock, NY (across from CVS), this all natural market features a variety of product brands from different categories- everything from lip balm to body wash to beverages to produce to grocery products. All the items available at the Sunflower Natural Foods Market are all natural for a healthy body and mind which which President/Owner Bob Whitcomb observed is a necessary ingredient for a "fully realized life".

The Sunflower Natural Foods Market in Woodstock celebrated their 30th anniversary this Summer. It's encouraging to see a local business brave the ups and downs of the economy and stand the test of time and this achievement was actually very inspiring to me.

Sunflower Natural Foods Market in Woodstock is currently running a Healthy Food Summer Giveaway promotion - 1 lucky WKZE listener will win $981 healthy food shopping spree. Visit Sunflower Natural Foods Market online for more details on how to enter.

Give them a call at 845-679-5361 to find that particular item you've been looking for or just drop by. The store is beautiful and has a welcoming atmosphere and there are so many products to browse in the aisles. I found the staff to be laid back and friendly, I don't think they'll mind. If you don't have time to drop by, visit their website. It's jam packed with tons of information from healthy recipes to an encyclopedia of herbs and supplements to a database of practitioners and so much more.

Here's to healthy living!


Monday, August 22, 2011

My gourmet products are now available at Wellington's Herbs & Spices

I'm very happy to announce this addition to the retail outlets carrying my gourmet Caribbean Jerk Sauce Marinades.

Wellington's Herbs & Spices is located at 649 Rickard Hill Road in Schoharie, NY. Carolyn and Frederick, owners of Wellington's Herbs & Spices have cultivated a naturally scenic property into a certified organic farm and country store featuring many unique items. Primarily, the store features herbs and spices of all kinds, grown right on the certified organic farm or imported from Grenada the Caribbean spice island from where Frederick hails. Frederick and I are also negotiating on Habanero peppers and Fresh Thyme. I might have found a new supplier for these ingredients but stay tuned for more on that in another post.

Carolyn hosts events featuring delicious teas and deserts. My kids and I've become addicted to her island tea- a sweetly infused blend of different island herbs and spices. It's truly delicious and is great hot or cold, solo or with your favorite rum. Mmmmm, feels like I'm back in the Caribbean right now :)

You'll meet Carolyn or Frederick any given weekend at the farmer's market where you can purchase a wide variety of the organic items grown right on their farm. Give Carolyn and Frederick a call at (518) 295-7366 for directions or information about the farmer's market.

Carolyn and Frederick also host a Caribbean Festival the last week of July. I wasn't able to attend this year but the event featured Caribbean themed food and music. The event has quite a following and is pretty heavily attended. If you were able to attend this year's event, I invite you to leave a comment or share pictures of all the fun.

The addition of Wellington's Herbs & Spices brings the total number of retail locations carrying my gourmet products to 24 and store # 25 is right around the corner. Stay tuned for that announcement, coming soon.

Here's to setting and meeting goals,