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TRC Spotlight Feature: Mandie Sherrod

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Here at The Resident Chef, we love our employees. They are what make The Resident Chef successful. These are the folks who are at the office day after day, making gourmet products just for you! We all know that sharing is caring, so we want to share with you who we are with our Spotlight Feature.

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Since it is Mandie’s 3 year anniversary, we are featuring her on our blog!

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Amanda Sherrod, or “Mandie”, is the General Manager at The Resident Chef. She oversees the day-to-day operations at our corporate headquarters in Maumelle Arkansas and makes sure The Resident Chef runs smoothly and efficiently. She also does the Marketing and Social Media for TRC. You’ve probably seen her posts on our Facebook, Blog, or Instagram!


Mandie lives in Little Rock, but grew up in Atkins.  Her favorite TRC product is Mom’s Veggie Dip, but her favorite food is Ice Cream! Mandie loves to cook and grows a huge garden each year that engulfs her entire back yard. Jalapenos and Tomatoes are an addiction of hers and her kitties Waylon and Johnny help keep the garden goodies safe from critters! In her spare time, she enjoys raising money for charity, projects on her house and garden, working out at the gym, yoga, bicycling, and any other outdoor activity she can get involved in! If she won the lottery, she would travel the world with her Dad, but until then, we will keep her!

Harwell Boutique & Design

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harwell2Lori Harwell started Harwell Boutique and Design out of her home. But these days, Harwell has an awesome storefront that is every woman’s dream. Harwell offers Newborn-3X, women’s clothing, gifts, shoes, and so much more!

The most popular items in the store are their AR Jeans, Stylish Boots, Cute Jewelry, and Tasty BLT dip from The Resident Chef! They even sample in store on some weekends!

Harwell Boutique and Design strives to speak to each person who comes through our door with a friendly hello! They want you to feel like your home when you’re at the store! They are super friendly and go the extra mile to help you find the perfect gift or outfit for your occasion.

You can even call the store or comment on the item you want to purchase online to get somethingharwell1 shipped directly to your door! I’ve purchased a few things from them myself!

If you’re in Vilonia, Stop by, say Hi, look around, and tell them The Resident Chef sent you! 


Harwell Boutique & Design

1165A Main Street, Vilonia AR



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Get Funky Gifts

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Untitled2Wendy Wright opened Get Funky Gifts in 2010 in Sioux City Iowa. She wanted to provide Siouxland residents with
gift lines that were not currently available. At Get Funky Gifts you will find Wine, Gourmet Foods, Women’s accessories, Clothing, Jewelry, Outdoor items, Home Décor, Kitchen items, Novelty, and fabulous greeting cards, from hilarious to oh so sentimental.

Wendy’s husband is a fabulous cook and is always interested in new food items. He owns Tall Paul’s Pickled Asparagus and she needed some equally wonderful foods to go with her Asparagus display, so she added additional food lines such as The Resident Chef.Untitled

The Resident Chef is one of Get Funky’s best selling lines. Wendy recently closed out other lines with similar products because customers were telling her how much better they liked The Resident Chef products. Stop in soon to sample some of the items she offers in store.

You will love Get Funky Gifts. Their customer service is over the top. Their merchandise is unique and there is something for everyone from baby to grandpa. They have fresh merchandise come in each week. And your satisfaction is 100% guaranteed. You take no risk when you buy from Get Funky Gifts.

Any time you need an emotional lift, stop by Get Funky Gifts. You aren’t a customer at their store. You are a guest and will be treated as such! You won’t be disappointed!

Visit them in store:

4273 Sergeant Rd, Sioux City, Iowa


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TRC Spotlight Feature: Ryane Chwalinski

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Here at The Resident Chef, we love our employees. They are what make The Resident Chef successful. These are the folks who are at the office day after day, making gourmet products just for you! We all know that sharing is caring, so we want to share with you who we are with our new Spotlight Feature.

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Since Ryane is back this week from maternity leave, we are featuring her on our blog!


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Ryane is a Team Lead in our Packaging Department. She hails from Houston, Arkansas. Ryane has been with The Resident Chef for over a year! Her favorite TRC product is Salted Caramel Dessert Mix. But, she has a little bit of an addiction………to Mountain Dew! Pair that with some Orange Chicken and Ryane is in Hog Heaven! 

Ryane has two of the sweetest babies: Baylee is 4 and Bryce is 8 weeks old! Ryane loves to being goofy and hanging out with her kids. Her and Bailey like doing hair and participating in pageants. Ryane also likes to get outside and enjoy activities such as four wheeler riding. If she won the lottery, she would buy her kids anything they want. Until then…… we will keep her! 

Spotlight Feature: Lauren Leach

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Screen Shot 2015-11-24 at 9.26.05 AMHere at The Resident Chef, we love our employees. They are what make The Resident Chef successful. These are the folks who are at the office day after day, making gourmet products just for you! We all know that sharing is caring, so we want to share with you who we are with our new Spotlight Feature.


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Lauren, or Play as we call her, is the Supervisor in the Production department. Her favorite TRC product is our Super Soul Seasoning Salt. She puts it on EVERYTHING, except Sushi, which is her favorite thing to eat! And don’t forget about the sweet tea, which is essential! She was born in Mississippi but hails from Mayflower, Arkansas along with her other half, Alex and their girls Audie and Aluna.

 Lauren loves reading, crafts, taking her girls to events, fishing, eating, and frogging. She is obsessed with animals and will bring home anything she can catch. She has OCD with numbers and is obsessed with planning. If she won the lottery, she would donate money to charity and move to the swamps in Louisiana. And, hike the mountains all over the world with her mom.


Until then…..we will keep her! Stay tuned for our next spotlight feature!

TRC Spotlight: Sarah Carney

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Screen Shot 2015-11-13 at 12.29.55 PMHere at The Resident Chef, we love our employees. They are what make The Resident Chef successful. These are the folks who are at the office day after day, making gourmet products just for you! We all know that sharing is caring, so we want to share with you who we are with our new Spotlight Feature.

Since today is Sarah Carney’s BIRTHDAY (happy birthday lady!), we are featuring her on our blog!

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Sarah, or Carney as we call her, is the Supervisor in the Packaging Department. Her favorite TRC product is Tropical Delight Dessert Mix. She is from Little Rock and lives in Maumelle. She is a music FANATIC, and loves to hang out with her pets, eat tomatoes straight from the garden, and drink Unsweetened Ice Tea with Lemon. She just got a new puppy, Beckett, and has a cat too, Angel. Sarah is left handed, so she does everything backwards! And don’t test her trivia knowledge, or you may lose! Sarah’s dream is to travel the world and learn about new cultures. For now, we will keep her……..

Stay tuned for our next Spotlight Feature!

Lake Superior Trading Post

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575808_10150867635021956_1788183414_nLake Superior Trading Post was established in 1971 and is owned by Linda Zenk, Eric Humphrey, and Stephanie Anderson. It was started by a man who was a missionary to Indians in far northern Canada, as a place to sell things they made.

The store is located on the shore of Lake Superior in Grand Marais, Minnesota. They sell outdoor clothing and footwear, gifts, books, and gourmet food items. They sell brands such as North Face, Keen, and The Resident Chef. Every item they pick to sell in the store is always of quality. They sell a huge variety of great products.  

If you’re in Minnesota, stop by! Grand Marais was recently voted by Budget Travel Magazine to be the  “coolest small town in America”.

20150420_091853Sure, they may be the second-greatest attraction in this grand little Minnesota town, but if you can pull yourself away from the big water (and it’s only 20 steps from their door), you will find they have everything you’re looking for.  From women’s and men’s clothing, to outdoor gear, to trail maps, camping supplies, or just a cup of Java Moose coffee to enjoy by the shore, Lake Superior Trading Post is Grand Marais shopping.

Visit their Facebook page! 

10 So 1st Avenue W

Grand Marais, MN  55604


Finishing Touches

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10382172_1536447643298200_5144765548148625233_nIn 1991, Finishing Touches started as a dream for something more in life for Sara and Ron Kerekes. From that emerged a business that made & sold personal accessories: Jewelry, Boxers, Scrunchies, Ties, and Button Covers. Quickly, Sara Kerekes became known as the Scrunchie Lady.

The Kerekes family sold merchandise in craft shows, travelling across Alberta as a family. They made the transition into mall kiosks in 1996 and,they always had a booth in Calgary’s annual Calgary Stampede, where they won the Best in Show for booth design and materials. 


Okotoks Store FrontIn 1997, Ron, who is a carpenter by trade made some shelves and a blanket box to showcase their accessories. There was an overwhelming response from customers wanting to purchase Ron’s furniture. Sara began bringing in home décor and that is how Finishing Touches Home Décor was born. People are still in love with “Ron’s Furniture” and customers can even build their own furniture, or give Ron a guideline to build their perfect piece! In 2001, they officially opened the first store in Okotoks and now, their second location is open in Calgary.

Okotoks Display - TRCFinishing Touches Home Décor sells a variety of unique home décor & gifts, seasonal home décor, & accessories. Finishing Touches is a true family business that is dedicated to creating a wonderful world of home décor that customers can escape in. They provide a total experience, stimulating all senses. Each purchase, no matter the size, is treated like a gift. Finishing Touches knows their customers & cater to customer’s unique tastes. They contact customers letting them know when they have an item someone is looking for. They always make sure customers feel special and important. 

The Kerekes family are genuine lovers and believers in their products. This is one of the reasons they chose The Resident Chef. Their favorites are TRC’s White Chocolate Cranberry Dessert, Spinach Parmesan, and BLT Dip Mixes. Stop by one of their locations to try our products and experience a customer service experience above all others.


finishing touchesVisit one of their locations today! 

101-15 McRae Street, Okotoks, AB T1S-1A4


5111 Elbow Drive SW, Calgary, AB T2V-1H1


Facebook: Finishing Touches Home Décor Calgary & Okotoks, AB

Instagram: @FinTouchAB & @FinTouchAB_bling

Twitter: @FinTouchAB

Texas Jackrabbit Emporium

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txjre3The Texas Jackrabbit Emporium was opened by Lou Lauhon in Magnolia Texas in 2014. She had a desire to bring a one stop shop to Magnolia that offers a unique shopping experience to every customer.

You will love the diverse offerings of over 29 vendors at The Texas Jackrabbit Emporium. Each vendor has a unique taste and inventory. The store offers everything from Home Décor to Furnishings to Accessories. They have vintage items as well as new items.txjre2

There are also many artisans with handmade wares. There is something for everyone! They started selling gourmet goods because they wanted to offer specialty food items as the holiday season txjre1approaches. They are proud to offer The Resident Chef products, which are great as gifts and for people who need a quick meal. They have weekly tastings of The Resident Chef every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. So stop by, get a free sample, and snack while you shop.

Here is a schedule of the TRC tastings this year:

Sept. 10-12: Chili Cheese and Bacon, Salted Caramel Cheeseball 11990587_1820474718179191_5233649214514358534_n

Sept. 17-19: White Chocolate Cranberry, Mom’s Veggie Dip

Sept. 24-26: Pineapple Pecan Chicken Salad, Turtle Cheesecake

Oct. 1-3: Butter Pecan, BLT Dip

Oct. 8-10: Chocolate Chip, Cheesy Enchilada Hot Dip

Oct. 15-17: Loaded Baked Potato, Strawberry Cheesecake

Oct. 22-24: Feisty Fiesta, Beer Cheddar

Oct. 29-31: Busy Day Potato Soup

Nov. 5-7: White Chicken Chili

Nov. 12-14: Chicken Noodle Soup

Nov. 19-21: Tortilla Soup

Just hop on in today and see them because they are the Texas Jackrabbit Emporium.

18423 FM 1488

Suite E

Magnolia, TX 77354


Visit Texas Jackrabbit Emporium on Facebook

Ann Arbor Spice Merchants

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spice merchants 1Lisa Freeman established Ann Arbor Spice Merchants in 2008 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. After traveling the world, Lisa fell in love with the spice markets.

Spice Merchants specializes in Tea, Spices, Herb Blends, Soups, Dips, and Mexican Chocolate that everyone loves! They also sell The Resident Chef gourmet line!

Spice Merchants combs the world for the freshest, highest quality herbs and spices available.They are passionate about what they do. Spice Merchants is located on the second floor of Kerrytown Mall in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

spice merchants 2Stop by on a Saturday for a Spice Merchants “Saturday Tempting Tasting.” They are sure to make your shopping experience like a trip back in time to the world spice markets.

Find them online at or visit them on Facebook!

407 North Fifth Ave, Ann Arbor, MI