Gratitude Gourmet has really enjoyed all the Canyon Bakehouse breads we've tried! Their products include 7-Grain, Cinnamon Raisin, Mountain White, Deli Rye Style, Rosemary & Thyme Focaccia, Hamburger Buns, Hot Dog Buns and Cranberry Crunch Muffins. As an added bonus the breads are Certified Gluten Free, made in a dedicated gluten free bakery, dairy, nut and soy free, GMO-free, and family-owned in Colorado!
Gratitude Gourmet and Canyon Bakehouse are partnering on a Canyon Bakehouse Giveaway with a nice package of the selected items above!! Just post a note on our Facebook Canyon Bakehouse Giveaway Post on what you'll create with the Canyon Bakehouse Breads by FRIDAY JULY 11, 2014! TWO Winners Will Be Chosen!! Good Luck! :)
Shane Talbott, Founder of Talbott Teas, is one of the most impressive and evolutionary Entrepreneurs I've met. His hard work, passion, creativity, innovation and dedication show through in watching his work start from a single custom tea bar at Shane's Chicago based salon and grow to a national company. Talbott Teas has also received one of the most successful investments on the Emmy-nominated show ABCs Shark Tank and was acquired by the leading California based beverage company, Jamba Juice, to incorporate Talbott Teas into its stores nationwide.
Shane has just debued a new brand called Artistry Tea at the San Francisco Fancy Food show. I enjoy complex, gourmet, natural teas and I was extremelly impressed by the understated complexity of the luxurious flavors I tasted such as Paris Breakfast, Blissful Blueberry, Dazzling Jasmine, and Inspired Chai.
I talked with Shane Talbott today about his evolution as an Entrepreneur from his Chicago Tea Bar, his experience in getting an investment on ABCs Emmy Nominated Shark Tank, the Jamba Juice Acquisition and challenge in keeping his creativity in designing new teas, and his new Artistry Tea line. Our Interview is below along with a short video where you can meet Shane yourself! :) Cheers to you Shane and Everyone as I'm toasting with Blissful Blueberry Tea!
Per Shane Talbott:
"Talbot Teas was created out of my passion and inspiration in the spa industry that I really wanted to pamper and give somebody the experience of luxury and indulgence. That's what Talbot Teas does with our whole leaf. You can see the ingredients are all real pieces of fruit and tea leaves; its the best quality of ingredients you can get. So we started out with Talbot Teas as our luxury line of whole leaf, all natural and organic ingredients, and that's our luxury line.
We're also debuing Artistry, our new line and that's going to be our everyday tea drinking made a little more extraordinary with some creative flavor combinations like our Jasmine and Peach, and we've got a great Chai. Our Chai is an indulgent Chai with cardamom, ginger, vanilla and black pepper. I'm really inspired by making everyday tea drinking a more creative.
But of course as an Entrepreneur, you've really got to be creative as well in keeping the business going. So part of what we did to keep the business going was to apply to be a part of Shark Tank. With Shark Tank it wasn't easy but you have to be persistent to get on the show and the real exciting part of shark tank was that you have to dive deeper into your business to learn more about yourself. so you learn more about yourself. It really helps you as an entrepreneur develop your business, grow it and get to the next level.
Shark Tank was an incredible opportunity that we just couldn't have prepared ourselves for, and it was a dream come true that led us to Jamba Juice, and Jamba Juice ultimately acquired Talbott Teas. It was an incredible opportunity to take our business to that next level and create a relationship we couldn't have done on our own. It was a priceless opportunity that we absolutely recommend and do over again in a heartbeat.
Being a part of Shark Tank led us to Jamba Juice, and Jamba Juice felt the same way I did about wanting to make sure that my creativity and inspiration with tea is what I bring to the table. They really wanted me to focus on making everyday tea creative with its flavors, ingredient combinations but also keeping the quality organic and all natural and making all that quality the best we could but still being creative and inspiring. That's what we hope we offer something across the board to everybody; all the way from an everyday tea drinking experience that takes classic teas and embellishes them to the next level, up to a very luxury indulgence full leaf tea experience that really lets you bathe in the quality and luxury. I hope you'll enjoy Talbott Teas."
Gratitude Gourmet Readers: here's a great new gourmet raw cookbook called RawEssence by David Cote and Mathieu Gallant with 180 gourmet recipes including Spinach 'Ricotta' Portabello Mushrooms, Pesto Tagliattelle, Tabouleh Flower Salad, Madras Salad, Meatless Meatballs, Island Lime Pie, Dark Nougat and Carrot Cake!
I've included the gourmet Spinach 'Ricotta' Portabello Mushrooms Recipe below -
Let me know what you think!
4 portabello mushrooms trimmed
1/4 recipe Mushroom Marinade (see below)
1/2 cup Macadamia Ricotta Cheese (see below)
1 large handful of spinach
1/2 cup wheat-free tamari sauce
1 1/2 cup cloves garlic, chopped or 1 1/2 tsp garlic puree
1 cup water
1 1/2 tsp dried thyme
1/2 tsp ground black pepper
In a bowl using a whisk, blend all ingredients
Macadamia Ricotta Cheese
1 1/3 cups macadamia nuts
1/3 cup water
2 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
1/4 clove garlic or 1/4 tsp garlic puree
1/2 tsp sea salt
1/8 tsp ground black pepper
In a food processor, reduce macadamia nuts to small pieces, and add remaining ingredients and blend for a few seconds to form an emulsion. The cheese will turn white and creamy with small crunchy pieces of nut.
Makes 4 Portions
1. In a large bowl, combine mushrooms and marinade and let stand for about an hour.
2. In a bowl blend together ricotta cheese and chopped spinach. Fill mushrooms with mixture.
3. Place filled mushrooms on dehydrator trays and dehydrate at 105 degrees F (41 degrees C) for 2 hours. The filling will harden, but the entire assembly should remain moist.
Gratitude Gourmet Port Wine Caramel Sauce
Gratitude Gourmet is excited to announce TWO NEW Caramel Sauces!
Port Wine Caramel Sauce and Balsamic Rum Caramel Sauce.
Both are delicious with ice cream, veggies, pretzels, crackers and with our own Gratitude Gourmet Chocolate! Yumm!
Order at http://www.gratitudegourmet.com.
If you'd like a bulk order, please Contact Us Here.
Thanks and Enjoy!! :)
Gratitude Gourmet is excited to be celebrating our 5 year anniversary in May, and to celebrate, we are giving away a ticket to the June 8, 2013 See Jane Run SF Bay Area Half Marathon and 5K.
Just tell us on our Gratitude Gourmet Facebook Page why you want the ticket by May 8, and a winner will be randomly selected and receive an online coupon code for a free ticket. Good luck!! :)
Image: Sincerely Nuts
Did you know some great attributes of pistachios include:
- 6gms of protein per serving
- 3 grams of dietary fiber, or about 12% of the daily value per serving
- 100mg of omega-3s per ounce which helps reduce bad cholesterol and increase the good cholesterol
- Vitamin B6 which is essential to make the protein in your red blood cells
Sincerely Nuts carries Pistachios Meats Roasted (Unsalted) which are my favorite for that snack, salad, or ice cream! :)
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Conscious Capitalism 2013 is designed for business owners, executives, non-profits, students and others who want to understand the principles of Conscious Capitalism and how to apply them, the 2-day conference will feature dozens of speakers and workshop leaders from some of the most dynamic and innovative companies practicing Conscious Capitalism. Speakers include Whole Foods Market co-Founder & co-CEO, John Mackey, Fedele Bauccio, Co-Founder CEO Bon Appétit Management Company, Patagonia CEO Casey Sheahan, and The Motley Fool CEO Tom Gardner. http://consciouscapitalism.org/cc2013.
Becky Foust Pilates
Spring is Almost Here! What are you doing to Get In Shape for the Season?
Becky Foust Pilates has a great 60 Minute Amazon Instant Video.
Becky is a popular and caring Lake Tahoe, California Pilates Instructor and teaches tourists from around the world.
We Wish you Great Health and Wellness!
Gratitude Gourmet Moderates Cuisine Noir Culinary Travel Panel at Bay Area Travel and Adventure Show
On Sunday February 17, I moderated Cuisine Noir's Culinary Travel Panel at the Bay Area Travel and Adventure Show where I met some very accomplished and wonderful ladies to discuss 2013 Culinary, Travel and Sustainability Trends.
1. Chef Marcelle Bienvenu
Marcelle Bienvenu is currently a chef/instructor at Nicholls State University in the John Folse Culinary Institute. With Emeril Lagasse, she co-authored four cookbooks. She also is a co-author of “Stir The Pot, The History Of Cajun Cuisine,” published in 2005 by Hippocrene Books. Marcelle provided the recipes for TRUE BLOOD, Eats, Drinks and Bites from Bon Temps (published in 2012), a companion cookbook to HBO’s True Blood series.
2. Maralyn Dennis Hill
Maralyn is past President of the International Food Wine & Travel Writers Association, and from 2002 to 2006 she produced and hosted Dishing with Carolina Chefs for Time Warner Cable TV and web.
3. Wanda Hennig
A native South African, Wanda was editor of the South African Sunday Tribune’s lifestyle magazine and bureau chief for Cosmopolitan in Durban, her home town, before working, in the San Francisco Bay Area, on Appellation (wine country living) and Diablo magazine (as editor), and freelancing extensively for Oakland magazine among other publications. She believes we are what (and how) we eat (and drink). Thus, she says (only a little tongue in cheek), the best way to truly understand a country, a city, a culture — and a people — is though your stomach. www.wandahennig.com
The 2013 Culinary, Travel, and Sustainability Trends were shared with the audience and included Wanda's Tips for enhancing a culinary experience while traveling:
* To be a culinary traveler, you don’t have to eat at expensive places. Markets and where the locals eat work well for anyone on a budget
* Being a culinary traveler also means you can travel the world right where you live, if it’s the San Francisco Bay Area or any other sophisticated city or region. With the wealth of restaurants reflecting a melting pot of cultures, it’s possible to go culinary traveling to a different destination any day of the week.
* If you are partial to city culinary tours (which many cities within the US and internationally have now), look before you leave to see what’s available and ideally, set up something in advance. Or you can do it when you get there, which I did when I spotted a flyer for a culinary tour of Lisbon, all about heritage and traditions.
The Panel agreed that eating 'Local' is a trend because many people enjoy knowing the restaurant owner, how the chef prepares the food, and where the food is sourced etc which of course includes quality and sustainably-grown ingredients. Many of us have seen that restaurant owners are placing the source of their ingredients on their menus and if it's organic, vegetarian etc.
What do you think the Culinary and Sustainability Trends are?
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Join our Gratitude Gourmet Healthy Food Box Monthly Delivery Program, and Receive Free Shipping on deliveries to your home or office.
As an added bonus for joining now, you will receive one delicious box of California-Made Gratitude Gourmet Vegan Chocolate-Covered Peanut Butter and Jelly as our Valentines Day Gift to you.
The Gratitude Gourmet Healthy Food Box Monthly Delivery Program brings you and your family convenient, healthy food items containing healthy snack, cereal, and soup product surprises for $12.99 each month with free US shipping. The Food Products alternate each month for a fresh surprise.
Subscribe on our Gratitude Gourmet Home Page by Clicking HERE, and your first box with your Chocolate Valentines Day Gift will be delivered as soon as possible. Order Soon! Enjoy!
Gratitude Gourmet is excited to announce our FREE Virtual Gift Application available in the App Store.
You can give Gratitude Gourmet 'virtual' vegetables, chocolate and fun gifts!
You also receive a nutritional description with each vegetable gift!
Have fun and let us know your thoughts!
We wanted to thank you for your support of Gratitude Gourmet.
Since we launched in May 2008, we've featured news on sustainable food policy, science, health and inspiring entrepreneurs, and fun events and giveaways.
We've also received a great response on own fair trade chocolate line & healthy food snack boxes launched last year. Thank you for your great feedback and support along the way, including your Facebook comments!
We hope our Gratitude Gourmet news has provided helpful food perspectives for you and your communities. Our tagline from the start has been 'Fun, Sustainable Lifestyle' and that's the theme we've worked to maintain.
Would you like to see additional story ideas and themes? Have a favorite Thanksgiving Veggie Recipe you'd like to share? Please leave a comment on Facebook and let us know. Thanks and we wish you a Happy and Healthy Thanksgiving! :)
Gratitude Gourmet is happy to be judging again at the San Francisco Fall Luxury Chocolate Salon.
The Fall Luxury Chocolate Salon participants include over 30 chocolatiers, confectioners, wineries and other culinary artisans.
What are your favorite chocolate trends?
Will I see you there?
Have a great weekend from Gratitude Gourmet! :)
Gratitude Gourmet Fudge
Gratitude Gourmet is excited to announce our NEW Fudge, freshly made to order for you!
You receive 24 pieces of freshly-made chocolate fudge in a white box. All chocolate is Fair Trade.
Order Today at Gratitude Gourmet.
We also have special pricing for bulk and corporate orders. Enjoy! :)