What a Year?

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In case y’all missed the BIG news in 2013, I WON the Idea Village New Orleans Food Challenge. A new program designed to incubate New Orleans food companies to help them grow and flourish here in the city. They chose 5 NOLA based companies to participate.

As you are probably aware I do a lot of things through the brand name Feed Me Eat Pretty. I do small party catering, teach cooking classes at Langlois Culinary Crossroads, food styling and production work on food tv shows when they are filmed in NOLA and of course our delicious food products. Through the program, it became apparent that our products needed their own brand identity so…Locally Preserved was born!

Our products are not just your average foods- they are chef created to make home cooking easier and more like a restaurant experience. We use only local produce and are ONLY produced in season! That is why we offer so many amazing flavor combinations!

The fruit and simple syrups are extremely versatile. You can use them in cocktails, over desserts, pastries, for breakfast and even as glazes for meats like pork tenderloin, chicken and beef.

The sweetless jams are just that- no sugar or artificial sweeteners. Only the fruit and pectin, a dream for parents, diabetics and health food nuts alike.

The pepper jellies are not so ordinary- they don’t contain green peppers, garlic or vinegar only fruit and hot peppers. That is what I believe pepper jelly should be!

The Locally Preserved mission is to sustain farmers, create honest jobs and allow real people to eat real local food- everywhere.

In fact, we have identified 14 regions within the United States where we will preserve what is local in each area. We will do this by creating mini manufacturing facilities in each region. This ideal creates a new smaller way of food manufacturing, one that I believe will change the way the world eats.

In the upcoming months you will begin to see the change, new bottles with our new Locally Preserved labels. Even the new Locally Preserved website complete with online ordering, and of course- many many recipes!

I can’t wait to share my hard work of 2013 with all of you. 2014 will be a beautiful year, I feel that from the bottom of my heart!

Thank you for your continued support.

Thank you for enjoying and ‘Eating Pretty’ with me throughout the last amazing 4 years.

Thank you for allowing me into your homes to cook for you, your friends and most importantly your families.

Thank you for giving me the opportunity to show you how you can create chef inspired meals with ease, at home.

We would also like to take a moment to THANK all the LOCAL businesses that have given FMEP & LP overwhelming support in 2014: Tales of the Cocktail, New Orleans Moms Blog, the Idea Village, Good Eggs NOLA, Crescent City Farmers Market, the Anthropologie AnthroEvents Pop-up Market, the Southern Food & Beverage Museum and last but definitely not least Langlois Culinary Crossroads! THANK YOU!!!!

I absolutely cherish my job and what I do every day because it doesn’t feel like work. Even the many 18-hour days- they never seem to feel like work. I absolutely love what I do and hope that it cooks through to you in every jar.

Cheers to 2014!

Posted on March 26, 2014 and filed under FMEP Product Line, Idea Village.