Summer is not over yet! Don’t get discouraged by the autumn-like weather we have been having and instead, savor this moment by making those trips to the beach. Spend the entire day there, perhaps while flying a kite, playing volleyball, soaking up the sun, and partaking in various water-sports. In between paddle boarding, surfing, and swimming, I have curated my seven favorite beach snacks to nosh on over Labor Day weekend.
As a nod to National Peach Month, I am honored to introduce my readers to Fischer & Wieser. I discovered the company at this year’s Summer Fancy Food Show and was instantly blown away with the taste and top-notch quality of each of their sauces, jellies, salsas, preserves, and so much more. The packaging itself is so refined, making each of their products so ideal for gift giving year round.
The award-winning company, which is based in Fredericksburg, Texas, has been in business for almost fifty years. It all began when a little roadside peach stand named Das Peach Haus opened its doors for the first time on June 21, 1969. Since that day, the doors have never closed, only a new name was put on the sign: Fischer & Wieser Specialty Foods, Inc. The company started with jams and jellies made from local, Texas Hill Country fruit.
One of my favorite discoveries at this year’s Summer Fancy Food Show is Buzz + Bloom Honey. After becoming acquainted with their diverse line of honeys, I had the pleasure of meeting and speaking with the Vice President of Marketing, John Rzeszut. Rzeszut provided detailed insight into the company’s mission, branding and unique honey varieties from creamy spreadable honey to squeezable honey.
Buzz + Bloom, founded in September of 2016, is under the helm of Sweet Harvest Foods. Sweet Harvest Foods has been in the honey business for a very long time. Honey is very versatile. It is great in beverages, as a glaze/reduction for meats, dairy, bakery, almost everything. “What really inspires us is that not all honey looks and tastes the same,” explains Rzeszut. “The bee only flies a few miles from their ‘house’, and the honey that they create is indicative of the flower and environment. If you have two beehives on the opposite side of a city or town, that honey is going to taste dramatically different.” Buzz + Bloom grew out of that inspiration of that close bee and flower relationship. “There was a big gap in the market. All the honey on the shelves in the grocery store looks and tastes the same; that should not be.”
I am always thrilled to learn when my favorite specialty food companies launch a new food or beverage product. I am pleased to share four new favorites from some of my pantry staples. These were exhibited and or launched at this year’s Summer Fancy Food Show in Manhattan.
In addition to trying DRY Sparkling‘s line of beverages, I had the pleasure of interviewing DRY Sparkling’s Founder/CEO Sharelle Klaus. Klaus has always had a passion for the culinary world. After having four children, she didn’t want to let a lack of wine or cocktails stop her from creating a great pairing. She became determined to create the first line of sparkling drinks that could compete with a great glass of wine or a premium cocktail and could also pair with gourmet meals.
She founded DRY Sparkling in 2005, a less-sweet soda option that is now one of the fastest growing carbonated soft drink brands in the US with distribution at many national and regional chains as well as, restaurants, cafes, and bars across the US and Canada. Flavors include Watermelon, Juniper Berry, Rhubarb, Lavender, and Fuji Apple, to name a few.