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Gourmet du Village Introduces Three Country-Style Hearty Soups

Gourmet du Village introduces its new homemade soups, the perfect comfort food for the upcoming winter season.

Three delicious flavors, Barley Vegetable, Split Pea and Lentil Curry, are each made with natural ingredients using easy to follow recipes and directions, resulting in traditional-tasting, county-style warming soups.

Gourmet du Village soup tureenEnhance your presentation at the table by serving the soups in the new Gourmet du Village classic-style soup tureen.

These new products along with the entire new collection of Gourmet du Village gifts can be seen at showrooms in Dallas, Atlanta, Philadelphia, and at the Winter Fancy Food Show in San Francisco.


New Cookbook from one of Gourmet News’ Favorite Restaurants

Cipriani cookbookCipriani cocktailFounded in 1931 in Venice by Giuseppe Cipriani, the mythical Harry’s Bar is world-renowned for its Italian simplicity and sophistication. Originally opened as a bar, it was transformed into a restaurant and went on to welcome some of the most legendary names in cinema, literature, the arts, and more, from Ernest Hemingway, Charlie Chaplin, and Truman Capote to Barbara Hutton, Peggy Guggenheim, and Woody Allen. The fabled establishment is also known for having served as the birthplace of the Bellini cocktail and carpaccio.

Simply Italian offers recipes and tips from Arrigo Cipriani—Giuseppe’s son and the restaurant’s owner—to make simple yet delicious Italian dishes from Harry’s menu. From tiramisu and minestrone soup to pappardelle ai funghi and risotto alla parmigiana, this title is the best accessory for lovers of Italian cuisine.

Simply Italian by Cipriani is available for purchase at ASSOULINE boutiques worldwide
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Nielsen-Massey Shares Recipe for Day of the Dead Celebrations

Food will no doubt be a focal point for families celebrating the Mexican holiday Day of the Dead this November 1 and 2. What has become one of the most popular holidays in Mexico­–and is becoming more common in the U.S.– is the custom of honoring and remembering deceased loved ones. Gathering with friends and family over delicious traditional dishes is sure to be a highlight of celebrations.

Mole sauce is one tradition in Mexican cuisine incorporated into many dishes, with each family and cook creating their own unique recipes. For a fresh twist on a classic mole, Fiesta Mole Sauce for Chicken Bake calls for a sauce infused with Nielsen-Massey Pure Chocolate and Pure Almond Extracts, which add a distinct depth and dimension to the sauce. The Pure Chocolate Extract brings the uninhibited depth of dark chocolate and complements the Pure Almond Extract, which is made from the purest of bitter almond to round out the sauce with richness and subtle distinction.

Using the mole sauce in dishes is as simple as topping grilled or baked chicken or turkey with the mole, or it can be used in the Fiesta Chicken Bake recipe.

“The beauty of our pure flavors is that they put an entirely new spin on an old favorite in just a few drops,” said Craig Nielsen, CEO, Nielsen-Massey Vanilla, Inc. “Mole sauce is extraordinary in that it can be made so many different ways–each recipe with its own story. Our chocolate and almond flavors bring a complexity to the sauce, helping it to stand out on an important occasion.”

Nielsen-Massey Pure Chocolate and Pure Almond Extracts are two of many pure flavors in the company’s high quality line of products. Not only are they made from superior ingredients but they also offer convenience, quality and consistency for home cooks and bakers. A small amount of pure flavor extract adds a boost to a dish without having to take the time to chop, zest or juice–let alone find the more exotic ingredients.
Fiesta Mole Sauce for Chicken Bake

Fiesta Mole Sauce
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 poblano chile, chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 small onion, chopped
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 cup chicken stock
1 teaspoon Nielsen-Massey Pure Chocolate Extract
1 teaspoon Nielsen-Massey Pure Almond Extract
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
scant 1/4 teaspoon cloves
2 tablespoons raisins
1 cup crushed tomatoes

Heat the oil in a medium-sized frying pan and add the chile, garlic and onion. Saute until the mixture is fragrant and the onion is translucent. Cool slightly and add to a blender. Blend until smooth. Return the mixture to the pan and add the remaining ingredients and cook, stirring occasionally 30 minutes.

Use the mixture to top grilled or baked chicken or turkey. Or, use in this casserole:

Fiesta Chicken Bake
3 corn tortillas, torn into pieces
2 chicken breasts, sliced into 3/4 inch slices
1 recipe Fiesta Sauce (above)
1/2 cup Monterey Jack or Chihuahua cheese, shredded

In a casserole dish that has been sprayed with non-stick spray, layer the tortillas and chicken breast slices. Top with the sauce, cover and bake until the chicken is done, about 45 minutes. Remove cover, and sprinkle with the cheese. Continue to bake until the cheese is melted, about another 15 minutes.

Serves four.

Crave Chocolate Truffle Liqueur Launched

John DeKuyper & Sons Crave Chocolate Liqueurs, a premium line of chocolate cordials, launched a new flavor this week, Crave Chocolate Truffle, just in time for the Fall. This flavor joins the existing Crave portfolio, which includes Chocolate Mint, Chocolate Chili, and Chocolate Cherry. Crave Chocolate Truffle is a rich, decadent chocolate liqueur with the flavor of smooth, velvety chocolate truffles. It’s sure to delight the senses of any chocolate lover! Crave Chocolate Truffle is best enjoyed over ice, poured over ice cream, or as a decadent addition to a variety of cocktails.

Welcome the chilly fall weather with one of these delicious cocktails that’s sure to warm you right up!

Crave_OrangeTruffleDelightOrange Truffle Delight

1 part JDK&SonsTM Crave Chocolate Truffle Liqueur
1⁄2 part JDK&SonsTM O3 Orange Liqueur

1. Layer ingredients in order in a shot glass

Crave_ChocolateGingerSpiceChocolate Ginger Spice
1 part JDK&SonsTM Crave Chocolate Truffle Liqueur
1⁄2 part DeKuyper® Mixologist Collection Ginger Liqueur
3 parts Fresh Orange Juice

1. Build in order over ice in a highball glass and stir
2. Garnish with an orange wedge

Brownie Brittle Named a “Florida Fast 100”

Sheila G’s ™ Original Brownie Brittle ™ snacks creator Sheila G. Mains has experienced a vivid summer of winning! Mains was recognized by the South Florida Business Journal as one of the most influential women in business in the state. Additionally, the Florida Business Journals as a collective named Brownie Brittle, LLC, (formerly Sheila G Brands, LLC) as the second-fastest growing company in the state of Florida at their “Florida Fast 100” Awards ceremony held September 26.

“I am truly blessed and humbled by the awards I have been honored with this summer. I know hard work pays off and it is deeply moving to be recognized for everything I have sacrificed to make this company a success,” said Mains.

The Business Journal’s selection process for both awards included the submission and verification of financial data and a look at the community and charitable works Mains and Brownie Brittle snacks have undertaken in the past year.

“I would be nothing without the very strong team of loyal staff and fans we have gained in the past three years. I am grateful each and every day,” said Mains.

With a distribution to over 10,000 retail stores nationwide and growing, Brownie Brittle is making a rich and chocolate-y impression on the snack food industry.

United Natural Foods Signs Definitive Agreement to Acquire Trudeau Foods, LLC

United Natural Foods, Inc., UNFI, today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire all of the equity interests of Trudeau Foods, LLC from Trudeau Holdings, LLC, a portfolio company of Arbor Investments II, LP. Trudeau Foods is the largest Minnesota-based distributor of natural, organic and specialty food products. The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions and is expected to close by September 30, 2013. Upon closing, Trudeau Foods will be operated as a wholly-owned subsidiary of UNFI.

“We are excited to welcome Trudeau Foods to our organization. Both companies have a tremendous history of commitment to servicing their customers, and we are enthusiastic about the growth prospects for this market.” — UNFI President and CEO Steve Spinner

“This acquisition is the latest step in our strategy to grow our market share and deliver a complete basket of specialty, natural and organic products to our customers,” commented Steve Spinner, UNFI’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “We are excited to welcome Trudeau Foods to our organization. Both companies have a tremendous history of commitment to servicing their customers, and we are enthusiastic about the growth prospects for this market.”

Trudeau Foods serves more than 600 customer locations, including chain and independent grocers, wholesalers and meat markets in Minnesota, North Dakota, Wisconsin and Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Trudeau Foods carries a full range of fine-quality and specialty gourmet meats, frozen foods, dairy, bakery, deli, seafood and dry grocery items under a wide breadth of national, regional and private label brands.

Products Especially for Kids at #ExpoEast


BioKinetics baby cereal is additive-free and organic. Quinoa and Brown Rice varieties are gluten-free, and the Wheat variety is made from sprouted whole grain. Suggested retail price for a 7-ounce package is around $5. The cereals will be available in retail packages around the end of the year or in January. For more information, visit

babo Botanicals makes a line of skin care products for children of all ages. For dry skin or eczema, babo Botanicals’ oatmeal and calendula shampoo, diaper cream, moisturizing lotion and body wash are the solution. For calming the fussy baby, Lavender Meadowsweet bubblebath and shampoo is great. Berry Primrose shampoo and detangler spray are the solution for tangled locks. Products have SRPs of $14 to $14.95. For more information, visit

Eco Vessel offers an extensive line of sporty drink bottles designed to appeal to kids, specializing in insulated products with TriMax technology that keep beverages cold for 36 hours or hot for eight. The complete line-up includes kids products, filtration products, double-walled glass bottles and Tritan bottles. The SmashBox line of collapsible food containers is microwave-safe, freezer-safe and dishwasher-safe. They collapse to about an inch thick after use or for storage, so that after lunch is gone, they can be stowed away in backpack and come home under the laptop and the text book without damage. Retail prices range from $9.95 to $19.95. For further information, visit

Sprout Organic Foods has a brand new line of kids products called Smash. The fruit and vegetable smoothies contain 50 percent vegetables, so they’re not as sugar-laden as many of the other fruit and vegetable smoothies on the market. Varieties include Butternut Squash & Grape, Carrot & Orange and Pumpkin & Strawberry. They’re great for afterschool snacks or for before and after soccer practice, says Kyle Baker, a sales manager for the company.

There are also three different Greek yogurt-based smoothies in the Smash line. Flavors for these include Blueberry & Blackcurrant, Acai & Berry and Strawberry & Cherry. Coconut milk smoothies are all 15 percent coconut milk by weight, and the flavors include Peach & Banana, Berry & Banana, and Cherry & Apple. The smoothies are sold individually and ship in cardboard trays of five pouches. Retail prices on the individual units range from $1.69 to $1.89.

For toddlers, Sprout offers Fruit & Veggie Crispy Chews and Fruity Yogurt Bites. The bite-size pieces of the Crispy Chews combine fruits and vegetables with a brown rice base to give a little crunch along with the sweet taste of the fruit. The Yogurt Bites are freeze-dried fruits and vegetables that crunch as they’re chewed and then melt away as the veggies reconstitute in the mouth. The five-count box retails for $3.99. For more information, visit

Little Duck Organics has introduced a brand new line of ancient grain first foods for babies that comes in 100 percent compostable packaging. A three-pack of Mighty Oats also contains a seed packet to grow vegetables along with the compostable packaging. Flavoring comes from freeze-dried fruits, so the product is all-natural, organic and non-GMO. “We never add any sugar or preservatives to our products,” says Camille Gardella, the company’s community relations manager. There are three flavors, Blueberry Cinnamon, Strawberry Vanilla, and Coconut Banana.

Little Duck Organics’ other product, Tiny Fruits, has been out for four years. They’re a freeze-dried fruit snack for toddlers (1 year and up) with organic fruit cut into bite-size pieces. Like the Mighty Oats, they’re all organic and non-GMO. They’re also kosher and gluten-free. Retail price for the Mighty Oats three-packs is $5.99 and for the Tiny Fruits, it’s $3.99. For more information, visit

Honey StingerHoney Stinger‘s new Kids’ Organic Waffles are now available across the country at grocers and specialty retailers.

“We often hear from our customers that it’s nearly impossible to keep a stock of Honey Stinger Waffles in the pantry because their kids are always eating them,” states Rich Hager, Chief Operating Officer at Honey Stinger. “With these parents in mind, we decided it was time to introduce our popular Organic Waffles in a smaller serving size that is ideal for everything from school lunches to snacks on a family hike.”

Honey Stinger Kids’ Organic Waffles will initially be available in Honey and Chocolate flavors and will be sold in boxes of six individually wrapped waffles. Each waffle is 80 calories and contains no artificial flavors, colors, preservatives, high fructose corn syrup or trans fats. A box of six waffles will have an MSRP of $4.99 and retailers have the option to sell waffles packaged for individual sale for an MSRP of $0.89.

Sweet, Spicy and Soothing Flavors at #ExpoEast

LIVE_EEBraswell’s Wasabi Mustard is new for the show. It builds on the specialty mustards line previously exemplified by the sofi-award winning Smoky Chipotle Mustard. Both products are packaged in French juice glasses, in keeping with the Braswell’s tradition of packaging in reusable and collectible containers. Also packaged in the French juice glasses is a new line of preserves with cocoa added for rich chocolate-fruit flavors. There’s Chocolate Raspberry Preserves, Chocolate Strawberry, and Chocolate Tart Cherry. For more information, visit

Twinings of London served organic teas to an enthusiastic reception in its booth at Expo East. Among the varieties on offer for sampling were Organic & Fair Trade-certified Earl Grey, 100 percent Organic & Fair Trade-certified Breakfast Blend and 100 percent Organic & Fair Trade-certified Chamomile with Mint & Lemon.

Beanitos’ White Bean with Sea Salt restaurant-style chips were introduced to the market in March and are finding their way into stores across the country now. The chips are all wheat-free, soy-free and nut-free, and the brand has become the fastest growing snack chip brand in the country, according to a 2013 market survey of brands sold in natural and convenience supermarkets.

Simply Southern Gourmet has a line of mustards that President Jerry Novak says are all natural, gluten-free, low-salt, low sugar, and fat free. The company is based in North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. “Our products are great brushed on seafood before grilling. The pineapple-cranberry is wonderful on pork tenderloin or turkey,” Novak says. “The Sweet Potato Mustard is very nice brushed on salmon, ham and turkey or spread on your favorite sandwiches.” There are four products in the line: Sweet Potato Pepper Mustard, Roasted Peach Mango Mustard, Balsamic Sweet Onion Pepper Mustard and Roasted Pineapple Cranberry Pepper Novak recommends any of them mixed with cream cheese for an easy appetizer. For more information visit Call 843.281.6070 or 800.281.3149.

New Products Take a Bow Before the Curtain Rises at #ExpoEast

Live from Natural Products Expo EastAmong the new products making their debut at this year’s Natural Products Expo East are Quinoa & Brown Rice from Hodgson Mill in pre-seasoned packets for three or four servings. Cooks add water, heat and serve for a dish that’s ready in 15 minutes. Varieties include Lemon Pepper, Italian, Spicy and Garlic and Herb.

Domino Foods’ Florida Crystals brand introduced Tate Lyle Organic Pure Cane Sugar and Organic Turbinado Raw Cane Sugar. Both products carry Fair Trade certification and are packaged in 24-ounce packages for the supermarket shelf.

Several companies are offering new snack chips to the market. Those include Corn Pretzels from The Real Deal All-Natural Snacks, Super Food grain chips from Rhythm Superfoods in four flavors, Beanitos Restaurant-Style White Bean with Sea Salt Chips and Cassava Tortilla Chips from NoTatoes. Brad’s Raw Foods has added a Pina Kale-Ada flavor to its line of Brad’s Raw Leafy Kale snacks, and Ocean’s Halo is debuting The Seaweed Chip here.

Farmer Gene’s Tiny but Mighty Popcorn is packaged to be popped at home. This ancient heirloom popcorn is a native plant that grows into a bush that produces multiple small ears of popping corn whose kernels have thin hulls that virtually disintegrate when the corn is popped, so they don’t get stuck in teeth when the popcorn is eaten, the company says.

happy egg Appoints Materazo as President

Matt Materazothe happy egg co., producers of free range eggs, has appointed Matt Materazo to the position of President and General Manager of the company’s US operation. Materazo brings more than 25 years of food and beverage as well as consumer packaged goods experience to his new role.

With cross-functional leadership skills that include sales, operations, trade marketing, business development and corporate strategy, Materazo has built and led cohesive teams for both large publicly traded Fortune 500 companies including Kraft Foods, Del Monte Foods and ConAgra Foods, as well as small privately held companies including Sargento.

Most recently, Materazo was Vice President of Sales for Central Garden and Pet where he led the company’s transition towards a consolidated consumer product goods company with a diverse portfolio of products. Prior to Central Garden and Pet, Materazo served as Vice President for ConAgra Foods, where he managed an entire portfolio including frozen, refrigerated, dry grocery and snacks brands.

“Matt Materazo is an exceptional leader with an impressive record of accomplishment,” said David Wagstaff, Chief Operating Officer for the happy egg co. “We welcome Matt to the happy egg family, and are confident his experience will help us continue our mission of making quality, free range eggs conveniently available to everyone.”

Materazo earned Bachelor of Science degrees in broadcast journalism as well as marketing and finance from Syracuse University. He also received a certificate in executive development from the Wharton School of Business.

For more information about Free Range eggs from the happy egg co., or to find them in a store near you, please visit, and cluck alongside the Girls at or @happyeggcousa.