Spotlight Local Business Update

Spotlight Local Business Update

Back in February, my newsletter featured small business owners both locally and nationally. Since that time there have been some exciting changes locally that I wanted to share with you. We are so fortunate to have theses talented people right here in our community so give them your support!

All Good Things Bakery – Jessica now has her very own space and it’s beautiful. The new shop features Gourmet Coffee, Breakfast Pastries and Croissants. Of course, she will continue to create her amazing Pies, Cakes, Cookies, Puddings, Cupcakes and Special-Order items. In addition to the bakery items, the new shop has freshly made bread daily courtesy of Benny, Jessica’s brother.  He has some of the best Artisan Breads I have tasted as well as Rolls and Focaccia. Bonus, you can order Hand-Crafted Charcuterie Boxes and Truffles perfect for any gathering. Plus, they make great gifts.  

Tryon Bottle – Della has taken this family owned business that started out as a humble beer and wine shop and morphed it into an expansive one stop shop for incredible selections of craft beer, wine, premium cigars, cocktail mixers and the newest addition Frose and Frozen Mimosas. And even though All Good Things Bakery and Benny’s Bread have moved down the street, you can still get all their delectable treats and eats and relax in the cozy indoor and outdoor settings.

The Nest Catering & Events  thenestoftryon@yahoo.com or 404-319-1052 – Beau & Ashley Menetre, founders of the Nest Artisan Market & the Tryon International Film Festival, are expanding their business empire with the addition of a full -fledged Catering Company! They have been active in the Tryon community for over 9 years and bring an incredible amount of expertise and professionalism for a unique catering experience. They make catering seem easy from start to finish. They seamlessly design the menu and from there you can sit back and relax! No event is too big or to small… from intimate dinner parties to bridal showers to corporate events. I recently referred a high-end client from Charleston that had their Bridal Shower here and the testimonial was “they could not have found better catering in Charleston than what Beau and Asley delivered”. Wow….. 

Benefits of Cold Pressed Juice

Benefits of Cold Pressed Juice

Over the past several years, I have been on a juice regimen which has been instrumental in reducing my inflammation. Because of my success, many of my clients have implemented juicing in conjunction with cleaning up their diets and have made great strides in their overall health.

Grabbing a cold pressed juice is the perfect way to flood your system with nutrients that will curb cravings, boost your energy, and promote immunity. Other benefits include aiding the body in detoxification while absorbing important vitamins, minerals, enzymes, and antioxidants. If you are like me trying to get more fruit and vegetables into your diet is always a challenge and having the juices on hand is the perfect solution to taking your health to the next level.

Mountain Juicery is a family-owned business located in Asheville and Hendersonville, North Carolina. All their juices are made in house using a cold pressed juicer (no heat), which preserves the nutrients in the fruits and vegetables. Each of their 16 oz. bottles of juices contains an average of 2-3 cups of fruits and vegetables. *Note average daily requirement 1-2 cups of fruit 2-3 cups vegetables. I wanted to figure out a way that my clients could try a variety of the juices so owner Ashley Covington came up with a great idea… a juice flight! So, takes this opportunity to taste some of their most popular cold pressed juices. The flight includes four 8 oz. juices for just $16 (including tax). Dates for availability will be included in the Weekly Menu.

Mountain Juicery Flight:
Shade of Green – Kale, Romaine, Parsley, Cucumber, Celery, Apple, Lemon, Ginger
Pisgah Pear Ale – Kale, Cucumber, Celery, Pear, Mint, Lime
What’s Up Doc – Carrot, Apple, Lemon, Turmeric
Daily Glow – Pineapple, Cucumber, Lemon, Mint

How to Make the Most out of Fresh Produce and Herbs and Carrot Top Pesto

How to Make the Most out of Fresh Produce and Herbs and Carrot Top Pesto

Summer is a great time to really clean out your refrigerator. With the farmers markets and fruit stands in full swing eating fresh is a breeze but it can seem like a lot of work! Here are a few tips to make your food prep really work for you!

  1. Throw out any old produce and try to plan a menu for the week ahead. If you are a person who would rather decide what to cook as you are shopping you still need to keep your purchases realistic, not only from a time management perspective but for reducing waste. Most people throw out 15- 20 % of fresh items weekly because they just don’t get to it or it goes bad before they do.
  2. When you return from the grocery or farmers market wash and store everything that day. By prepping all your vegetables that day you set yourself up to enjoy fresh salads and vegetables all week with only minutes to plate a salad or sauté whatever you like.
  3. Fresh Herb Storage: Basil should be kept at room temperature in a glass container filled with a few inches of water with a plastic bag covering it. This will keep it fresh all week. Other herbs like cilantro, dill and mint can either be kept the same way as basil but in the fridge or wrapped in damp paper towel and placed in plastic storage bag in the vegetable drawer.
  4. What to do with excess Herbs? Here is a link with great ideas https://www.bonappetit.com/test-kitchen/ingredients/article/what-to-do-with-herbs

RECIPE: CARROT TOP PESTO
INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 cup carrot leaves (from about 1 bunch carrots)
  • 1/2 cup parsley leaves
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1/4 cup of nuts of your choice (roasted cashews, pine nuts, walnuts, pecans)
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • kosher salt

INSTRUCTIONS:

Pulse the carrot tops, parsley leaves, nuts and garlic in food processor until coarsely chopped. With the processor on, slowly drizzle olive oil, and process until blended. Add the Parmesan and salt, and pulse until combined. *Cooks Note: Mint leaves are also a great addition to this recipe

Salsa Recipe and Green Tomatoes

Salsa Recipe and Green Tomatoes

Living here in the South, fried green tomatoes are the gold standard for chefs, but there are so many other ways to use them. I’m a big fan and have developed lots of recipes where I substituted green tomatoes from my favorite red tomato recipes! I love this green tomato article, it even gave me new ideas.

Many of you have asked for my Green Salsa Recipe (see below). It’s so fresh and vibrant! It also makes a great topping for a Cali Mex Burger.

INGREDIENTS:
• 2 green tomatoes quartered
• 1 half small onion quartered
• 1 jalapéno seeded and quartered
• 1 garlic clove
• 2 Haas avocados
• ½ cup cilantro tops
• 1-2 limes juiced
• salt to taste

INSTRUCTIONS:
Place cilantro, onion, jalapéno, salt and garlic in food processor and pulse until combined. Add green tomatoes, avocados and lime juice and pulse until chunky unless you like a smoother salsa then puree. Feel free to add more of any of the ingredients to your taste.

Support Small Business Month!

Support Small Business Month!

With no end to the Pandemic, being a small business owner continues to be a challenge! So, I wanted to focus my February Newsletter on fellow small business owners to show support. No one knows better than I do as to what it takes to operate a small business. Ironically, this did not come easily for me, which I assumed it would have, with over 20 years of experience running multi-million-dollar companies. The difference is I had legions of people to delegate and execute what I needed and now it’s just me! One thing that has always served me well is “That you are only as good as your people”. So as my business began to grow, I started partnering with both local and national small business owners to help me make your experience the absolute best.  Check out just a few of my favorites.

All Good Things Bakery Tryon – Jessica is the real deal when it comes to creative and beautiful deserts. Her positive energy and passion make working with her so much fun. Many of the ideas developed for my clients are special make-ups based on old school deserts or a riff on a classic. Having her as a partner has allowed me to expand my bread baking and savory offerings.

Katie D’s NY Bagels and Deli Tryon – Katie provides all the Boars Heads Premium Deli Meats I use for the protein packs and salads. She is also a huge help with my boxed lunch programs. Her bagels are the real deal and all her soups, salads and desserts are scratch made. Need catering… she can make it happen from bagel brunches, deli trays, dinners and boxed lunches.

Chile Revival – The Hatch Red Chile Powder has been a game changer for my chilis, enchiladas, soups and spice rub grilled chicken. The flavor profile hits all the notes smoky, earthy and sweet. Bonus they have amazing recipes.

Farmgirl Flowers – Flower bouquets are a signature of mine in your boxes! I’m so spoiled in the spring and summer as my friend Corrie of Corrie’s Garden has the most amazing herbs and wild flowers in the area.  Check out her Instagram, her photography is so beautiful. But alas, there are several months I have to source elsewhere and Farmgirl Flowers is my go to for the most beautiful bouquets I have ever seen delivered. The presentation is amazing and what separates this small business is a personal letter from the owner Christina https://farmgirlflowers.com/meet-the-farmgirl , so inspiring!

New Yummy Foods You Have to Try!

New Yummy Foods You Have to Try!

Since January is the month when most folks decide that they need to clean up their diets, I thought I would give you a few suggestions that I really love. Most you have already shifted your diets to less meat and dairy, no gluten, less salt and sugar and more vegetables. As your Personal Chef, part of my service is to create a total food experience. In doing so, I am constantly on the lookout for items that have loads of flavor and pair up with what I am featuring. Additionally, I spend countless hours testing and researching foods that may play an important role in your diet! These items may be store bought, semi-homemade or homemade. Give the below a try an see what you think!

Cassava Pasta so many benefits with this pasta it’s free from glutens, grains the top 8 allergens, legumes, gum and lectin. With an earthy flavor and fantastic texture this truly is the closet to the real thing. Check it out here.

Cauliflower Hot Cereal just when you thought there couldn’t be another item made with Cauliflower now you can replace your Oatmeal with this plant based power house.  Check it out here.

Chick Pea Flour Tortillas Enjoy Taco Tuesday or Meatless Monday with these tasty tortillas. Roast off some cumin dusted sweet potatoes, add some smoky black beans topped with cheese or crema and fresh cilantro and you have the perfect dinner.  Check it out here.

Oat Milk Ice-Cream I’m not a fan of sweets but I keep up on what is healthy and tastes like the real deal and oat milk ice -cream is delicious. Here is a link to several brands check it out.