How We Got Started
In May 2000 we opened a small restaurant in Stafford, VA. We served breakfast, lunch and dinner. We prepared meals the way we like them, with bold flavors, in generous portions, inspired by our favorite foods. Besides the regular menu items, we offered chorizo and polish sausage and eggs for breakfast, frittatas and mimosas for Sunday Brunch, prime rib or meatloaf for dinner, cream of crab soup and lots of fresh salads any time, just to give you an idea of what we liked. We also offered over 10 kinds of jams and jellies with breakfast toast, plus apple butter, peach butter, cherry butter and pumpkin butter. We offered over 5 home made salad dressings, some of which we now offer as mixes. In the morning we provided every table with a basket of home baked muffins, and at dinner we offered one of 4 crocks of cheese with crackers to nibble on while waiting for the meal to be served. We’d never worked so hard in our whole lives, and we loved it all. In the 2 years we were open, 7 new restaurants opened within a few miles. We had a great staff, loyal customers and good margins, but we didn’t have enough volume to be profitable, so, sadly, we closed the restaurant.
However, we were hooked on preparing and introducing foods with interesting flavors, and the people you meet doing so. Within a year of closing the restaurant we started looking for another way to satisfy that itch. We decided to enter a local chili cook-off, but at the last minute the local Health Department decided that only food prepared in an inspected commercial kitchen could be entered. So we looked at other options. We wanted something that didn’t have regular hours and didn’t require a large capital investment. We settled on packaged mixes that we could sell at craft shows or other events. Because of our love of interesting flavors, we had to be able to offer samples, and these events offered exactly that opportunity. So we registered with the VA Dept. of Agriculture, got inspected, and started working on dip, dressing, quick bread and soup mixes based on some of the most popular dishes at the restaurant. They sold amazingly well.
Where We Are Now
Over thirteen years later we continue to love what we’re doing, the people we meet doing so, and have a broad line of versatile mixes that still are not the usual flavors. They continue to sell amazingly well, but we now sell mostly at wine and beer festivals; they have the most civilized starting times, and people who attend are actively interested in foods that pair well with these beverages. At the request of our customers, we have begun to sell our products online. If you’ve tasted and purchased our products at events, this is an easy way to re-order. If not, we hope you will be intrigued enough seek us out at events or purchase online. Either way, we hope you will introduce us to your friends, and we are grateful for your interest.