Tuesday, June 19, 2012

New Packaging!

Check out the new look of my gourmet, award winning Caribbean Jerk Sauce Marinades, Caribbean Hot Sauce and Portuguese Repolho Relish. 

Thank you for the shot, Steve.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Now available in Brooklyn, NY!

Awesome news! I just landed my first retailer in the New York City area. Now, all our friends in the City and surrounding boroughs can buy my tantalizing gourmet specialties at the Pacific Greene Gourmet Market- 151 Court Street in Brooklyn, just down the road from Borough Hall.

I had been hearing from all of you who live in and around the City that I just had to get my products on the shelves of retailers closer to you and the Pacific Greene Gourmet Market is exactly the type of store I was looking for. The first thing I noticed on my recent visit was the amazing variety of fresh vegetables and fruit that entice as you walk by outside. It was all bursting with color and looked so appetizing! Inside I found everything from specialty oils and sauces to salami to fine coffees to cheeses made all around the world (you know how much I LOVE specialty cheeses!) and the olive bar looked positively scrumptious. It's a great place to find those specialty ingredients you'll need to make an authentic International meal at home.

Thanks to Manager, Billy for featuring Baron's International Kitchen at the Pacific Greene Gourmet Market and congratulations on being the first gourmet outlet in the City to feature my delectables which are based on family recipes from destinations around the world. Next time you're in or around the Cobble Hill section of Brooklyn, I hope you'll visit the Pacific Greene Gourmet Market and check out their wide selection. Pick up my gourmet, award-winning marinade to make an authentic Caribbean meal at home. If you haven't seen the new packaging, stop in and take a quick look.

I'll be adding other retailers near you so keep those requests coming and stay tuned to find out about other new locations.


Now available at the Mohonk Mountain House

I'm super psyched that my gourmet, award-winning Caribbean Jerk Sauce Marinades, Portuguese Repolho Relish and Caribbean Hot Sauce are now on the shelves at the Mohonk Mountain House right here in upstate New York’s scenic Hudson Valley.

My hubby Josh and I have been guests at the Mohonk Mountain House in celebration of wedding anniversaries and birthdays and we always have a great time. Whenever we visit the Mohonk Mountain House, I always stop in to their Gift Shop to browse and peruse the beautiful items and I always think to myself, "oh boy, wouldn't it be SO cool if the Mohonk gift shop carried my gourmet, award winning delectables?"

Well, a few weeks ago, Josh and I were guests at the Mohonk Mountain House and as usual, we stopped into the gift shop to browse. When I saw the section of the gift shop that features local authors and artisans, I just had to check it out. There are many different types of items- from jewelry to photographs to gourmet specialty yummies. It's quite a diverse representation. I connected with Buyer, Silvia who enjoyed my samples and felt the product line was a good fit. I was so excited to get her call and first order! Though you can order items from the gift shop online via Mohonk Mountain House's online store, my products are not listed in the online store. I'll keep you posted on that.

If you're headed to the Mohonk Mountain House, I hope you'll stop by the gift shop and check out all the items by local authors and artisans. If you haven't yet seen my new packaging, take a look while you're there. If you haven't yet tried my gourmet, award-winning Caribbean Jerk Sauce Marinades, Portuguese Repolho Relish and Caribbean Hot Sauce, I hope you'll pick some up. My products are all based on family recipes from destinations around the world and they're packed with authentic flavor. Visit the recipe page of my website for recipes and as usual, stay tuned to my Facebook page for more delicious recipes and serving suggestions.

It sure is shaping up to be a great year so far. More exciting news coming soon so stay tuned!


Saturday, June 9, 2012

Kicking off the 2012 season

I'm super psyched to be kicking off the 2012 season!

Since I launched my product line officially back in March 2010, I've had some stressful times, I've had some amazing moments and I've hit some pretty big milestones. Overall, Baron's International Kitchen has come out stronger...and so has this CEO.

There are a couple of things I'm really excited about this season...

First, we have a new look! My award-winning, gourmet marinades and condiments are featured in sleeker glass (a big thanks to Sam at Burch Bottle for all his patience). For all of you out there who requested that I make the relish in a larger jar, check out the new size. There's nearly 25% more to share with family and friends!

I know how much you like the unique triangular shaped jars- the original glass for both the relish and hot sauce...I love those jars too :) Those aren't going away but they do have a new look that's really cool. They're packaged in a 3pack gourmet international condiment sampler set (click here to see a picture of it, second item on the page). In the Gourmet Condiments Gift Set, you'll get 1 jar each of the Caribbean Hot Sauce and Portuguese Repolho Relish. The 3rd item is my West Indian Dipping Sauce- brown sugar sweet and packed with Island flavor. My Gourmet Condiments Gift Set is an exclusive specialty item so you'll only find it at select retailers (the individual jars in the gift set are sold separately in my online store). You've got to check out the Gourmet Condiments Gift Set for your favorite foodie.

For my wholesale clients, there's now volume-based pricing so they can leverage their buying power to better meet your demand.

On the sampling side, I've traded my plastic sampling cups for a greener, more environmentally friendly alternative- biodegradable sampling cups and spoons that won't add to our landfills. I did it for my kids and it felt great to do it! Thanks Drew S. at the Honest Weight Food Co-Op in Albany, NY for telling me about Ecotensil.

On the production side, I have some amazing new help to make my award winning, gourmet sauces and condiments. I wrote a while back about Nelson Farms in Cazenovia, NY, well sorry to say, they really, really let me down. I'm now working with a great bunch of folks over at Brooks Bottling in Oneonta, NY. The combination of owner, Ryan Brooks' knowledge and experience deliver a quality of service that really meets the mark. Ryan doesn't just manage Brooks House of BBQ- his family's business now in it's 3rd generation and Brooks Bottling, his co-packaging company. He's a manufacturer too and he really "gets" the pride I take in producing my high-quality gourmet sauces with delectable flavors. He and his team are flexible and easy to work with- no drama, no nonsense and they have the capacity to meet my needs as my company grows. If you're in the market for a bottling company to help produce your gourmet specialties, give Ryan Brooks and his team at Brooks Bottling a call at 800-498-2445. Schedule a tour. Tell him Terry sent you :)

Over the next couple of weeks, you may see my new jars on store shelves, you may try some of the new recipes on my website and Facebook page, you may even follow my new store announcements or read about my newest event...with all that's new, I promise one thing remains true- the tantalizingly scrumptious flavors of my award-winning, gourmet sauces and condiments. Thanks to everyone out there for all the support and encouragement, especially my hubby Josh. I wouldn't have been able to live this dream without you.

I know 2012 is going to be another amazing year so hang on and enjoy the ride!


Friday, June 8, 2012

Events this weekend

Stop by the Local Vendor Showcase at Emmanuel's Marketplace in Stone Ridge, NY from 10-3 and sample some really delectable gourmet yummies produced by local artisans. I'll be sharing free samples of my gourmet, award-winning Caribbean Jerk Sauce marinades, Portuguese Repolho Relish and Caribbean Hot Sauce. If you'll be in or around Stone Ridge, NY tomorrow, check it out.

Later, I'll be with Sean and the folks at the Blue Cashew Kitchen Pharmacy in historic Rhinebeck, NY till 5 PM. If you'll be across the river, plan to stop in and try a sample. We'll be celebrating the launch of Alumens' new line of high tech line of BBQ Aprons and Gloves. All you BBQ folks out there have got to check these out.

See you there!