Three new products — fresh from the kitchen of The Gracious Gourmet — will launch at the Summer Fancy Food Show. Cremini Mushroom Pesto, Moroccan Ratatouille Spread, and Fennel and Red Onion Spread join the company’s award-winning line of condiments, spreads, pestos and tapenades. Taste all three product prototypes before they come to market at Booth #5511 at the Javits Center in NYC from June 25-27. They will be available for distribution in August.
• Cremini Mushroom Pesto — Loads of cremini mushrooms mingle with dill, garlic and olive oil to create a fresh tasting pesto. Suggested uses: Stir into risotto, pasta or roasted potatoes. Enhance salad dressings, flatbreads, chilled pasta salads, creamy dips and sandwiches. Spoon it on to ﬁnish grilled meats, poultry and seafood. Serve alongside Spanish and Italian cheeses.
• Moroccan Ratatouille Spread – A touch of Moroccan spice accents roasted eggplant, garlic, onions and vegetables slowly simmered with olive oil. Delicious warmed or cold on bread, blended with pasta, spread sandwiches and to garnish roasted meats. Enliven an ordinary cole slaw, or top individual pastry shells for an elegantly simple hors d’oeuvre.
• Fennel and Red Onion Spread – Fennel and red onions are slowly caramelized with olive oil and lemon juice for a bright, flavorful spread. Serve alongside fish, shellfish, chicken and pork. Spread on crackers, place it on a cheese plate, spread on a sandwich or use it as a bruschetta topping. Add to a lemon and oil for a quick dressing. Stir into rice or couscous.
“Our products bring excitement to a variety of dishes, whether it’s a weeknight meal, appetizers with friends on the patio or a dinner party meant to impress. Our customers love great flavor and care about quality ingredients, but don’t always have time to cook,” says Nancy Wekselbaum, founder of The Gracious Gourmet.
“We help them by taking out the prep work and letting them put together food they can simply enjoy. These new products are made with flavors I love, and the ones I see friends and family also get excited to try. By keeping The Gracious Gourmet products on hand in your kitchen, you can be prepared any time a dish needs a flavor boost or when friends stop by for a visit.”
Background on The Gracious Gourmet: Based in Bridgewater, Connecticut, Nancy Wekselbaum founded The Gracious Gourmet in late 2006 using her personal recipes crafted from a love of exceptional food and inspired by many personal and professional travels around the globe. The growing line of specialty food products can transform ordinary dishes into exceptional ones without any fuss.
The quality of The Gracious Gourmet’s products is second to none, and their uses are nearly unlimited. Our customers are busy, sophisticated people who are looking to save time yet still serve exciting and innovative food. The Gracious Gourmet’s aim is quite simple: every meal can be a special occasion.
The Gracious Gourmet has won many regional and national awards each year since its founding. This includes winning the Specialty Food Association’s sofi Gold Award for Outstanding Condiment for Spiced Sour Cherry Spread; 2016 sofi Silver Awards Finalist for Outstanding Pasta Sauce for Hatch Chile Pesto; 2016 sofi Silver Awards Finalist for Outstanding Condiment for Sweet Caramelized Onions; 2014 sofi Silver Awards Finalist for Outstanding Shelf-Stable Foodservice for Hatch Chile Pesto; and 2009 sofi Silver Finalist for Outstanding New Product for Dilled Carrot Tomato Tapenade, as well as numerous awards from the Connecticut Specialty Food Association and Scovie Awards.