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Vanness, Inc.

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The Vanness Family Established Vanness in 1938. The store started out doing repair of all types on image1kitchen, razors, pens, and coffee makers. In the 1970’s they added cake, candy, and cookie supplies. Today, they function more like a department store, carrying an array of products from Men’s gifts to baby gifts.

The Vanness family is very passionate about their store. They own it, and run it. Stop by soon for one of their tasting events so you can try the products Vanness sells. They don’t just sell these products, they use them. Sometimes samples never even make it to the public.

They have so many things you will love! They can personalize merchandise from their store and from local businesses. They have gifts and customized engraving. They have an array of wedding merchandise and can customize cake toppers in acrylic.

image3Since they enjoy food, and cooking is part of their heritage, they carry a variety of food related products and baking supplies for all of the talented people who enjoy cooking at home. And Chocolate, they have lots of chocolate! Vanness is also a national repair center for brands such as Kitchenaid, Rowenta, and Krups.

If you live out of town, email them! They ship almost every day.

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Store Location: 11610 Pleasant Ridge Rd. Little Rock, AR

Store Phone Number: 501-353-2362


The Knot Hole

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The Knot Hole Store FrontLynn and Donna Greer are proud owners of the Knot Hole in Red River New Mexico, which is not just your average resort shop. They strive to be unique and carry different lines that you can’t find in other Red River shops. The Knot Hole sells Log Furnishings, Rustic and Unique Home Accessories and Gifts, Antiques and Collectibles, Southwestern Items, and more, including The Resident Chef.


Resident Chef Display #1The Knot Hole is excited to offer TRC to their customers. Their favorites are TRC’s Pineapple Pecan
Chicken Salad, and the various dips and cocoas. Stop by and visit the Knot Hole. It is located in what used to be the Red River Post Office. When you step into the Knot Hole, you will see the old post office in the front room. There are many great memories in the building. The PO boxes and windows are still there, just as they used to be, for everyone to see.


Stop by the Knot Hole to experience their wonderful customer service and don’t forget to ask about the next sampling! If you’re a local, they offer a discount!


321 East Main Street

Red River, NM 87558



What’s Up? A New Shipping Method!

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boxesWe love our customers, and we listen to your input. Lately, many Wholesale Customers have had complaints about the peanuts in their shipments. 

Do you remember digging through endless amounts of peanuts  for product to inventory your TRC shipment? It was like looking for a needle in a haystack!

Not Any More! We have a new shipping method! Starting soon, you will be seeing each case of product cased in a separate box. These boxes will be placed in a bigger box to ship to you. Now you will be able to pull each case of product out and put it directly on the shelf. We hope this helps you save time inventorying shipments.  

We will still use peanuts for any retail shipments. 

Please give us feedback! When you receive your next shipment, let us know how your shipment made it to you.  

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or call us at 501.218.8664. 

We love Mom & Pops!

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Here at The Resident Chef, we LOVE our customers. We are especially fond of our wholesale customers. Most of our customers are small business owners, and as we all know, America thrives on small business. Small business owners spend countless hours of their lives growing and nurturing their businesses. They work long hours, but keep the wheels of America turning! In honor of National Mom & Pop’s Small Business Owners Day, we want to honor our top 10 customers of 2014! We are also giving each of them a free case of dip mix per month on orders from March through August! 

In the coming weeks, we will be featuring each of these businesses in individual Blog Posts. The ones who have been featured already have links below. If you live in one of the towns listed below, please stop by and check out their wonderful stores, and pick up your favorite The Resident Chef product! 

Check out our top 10 Wholesalers here: 

Branson, Missouri: Mulberry Mill

merchant_mulberry_1345_mulberry_mill_logo1This unique store has a wide variety of lines and merchandise including gourmet foods, candles, home fragrance products, trendy home and garden décor, art, wall hangings, scarves, jewelry, designer fashions, accessories, and luxurious bath and body products. Enjoy food at its finest in The Mulberry Mill’s tasting room, which is stocked with delicious gourmet foods. 

They stock all the TRC products as well as other gourmet lines and sample 20+ products in the store everyday. Cheeseballs, dips, soups, drinks, jams, coffees, pastas, and sauces are just a few of the specialties they offer. Free samples are offered daily. Come and relax and indulge in the ultimate shopping experience.

Read the full TRC Blog Feature here:

Pigeon Forge, Tennessee: Three Bears General Store

header_01Three Bears strives to provide excellent “southern hospitality” along with a wide variety of quality products. They offer specialty foods, Amish jams and jellies, moonshine water, handmade fudge, hot sauce, as well as dips & mixes. Products are sampled daily from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. They also have a live bear habitat! You don’t want to miss visiting Three Bears!

Read the full TRC Blog Feature here:

Central Arkansas: Cherry’s Hallmark

Screen-Shot-2014-07-17-at-10.01.18-AM-300x223Cherry’s Hallmark provides great cards and gifts you can’t wait to give to someone special. Their stores make the world a more caring place by helping people laugh, love, heal, say thanks, reach out and make meaningful connections with others. Cherry’s Hallmark offers greeting cards, gourmet lines, personal fashion and accessory, home items and fragrance. They sell several brands such as Hallmark, Vera Bradley, Demdaco, Life is Good, DaVinci Jewelry, Godiva, Aromatique, Kavu, Demdaco, Coton Colors, Glory Haus, Woodwick, Tervis, and Yankee Candle. They have five locations in Little Rock, Benton, Hot Springs, and Conway. They sample on high traffic days in store, so stop by one of their 5 locations today! You can also visit them and order online at:

Read the full TRC Blog Feature here:

Ogunquit, Maine: Spoiled Rotten

10259849_10152549110428214_5352198247066732449_nSpoiled Rotten is a specialty gift shop located close to the beach. Gifts, Candles, Stationary, Gourmet Foods, Home Decor and Fun! They also sell Tervis, Pet items, Dinnerwear, Stationary, Tableware, and so much more! And slushies! Don’t forget about the slushies! Find just what you’ve been looking for at Spoiled Rotten. You can also order online.

Okotoks, AB (Canada): Finishing Touches

logoFinishing touches has a variety of unique home décor & custom furniture allowing one to escape in the world of décor. They are your one stop shop for home decor, seasonal decor, furniture, carpets, and more! They also have many unique pieces and can even help you with a floral arrangement. They have two locations, one in Olde Towne Okotoks and another in Britannia Crossing. If you’re looking for great customer service, stop by Finishing Touches.

Wichita, Kansas: Mr. Diggs

mrdiggslogoMr. Diggs is your one stop shop for all things home decor. They also carry gourmet items such as The Resident Chef. Mr. Diggs also offers custom decorating for your home or business. Mr. Diggs features vintage couches, beds, tables, chairs and other pieces, with new accent items and other goods mixed in. Clocks, candlesticks, linens and plates are among items for sale alongside larger pieces. Stop by today and tell them The Resident Chef sent you!

Hot Springs, Arkansas: EvilO

1653626_658176950887682_2087493158_nevilO specializes in delectable oils and vinegars, both domestic and abroad. They have daily tastings in this Historic Hot Springs boutique. Among their oils and vinegars, they can also tell you about recipes and pairings! They search out the finest products from various mills and farms around the globe. evilO will send you home “happily full”.


Spring, Texas: Annie’s Metal and More


Annie’s Metal Outlet is your number one source for home and garden decor by The Round Top Collection. They have all types of gifts such as holiday, americana, birthday, jewelry, The Resident Chef, candles, home decor, garden decor, and more!  Stop by their wonderful store today where there is something for everyone!


White Hall, AR: Hartz Honey Hole

996733_421513317962624_74892813_nHartz Honey Hole offers unique gift items for kids and adults of all ages!  They sell many Unique items, Antiques, Gourmet Goods, Home Decor, Vintage Razorback collectables, Melissa and Doug Toys, Park Hill and several other one-of-a-kind lines! One of Hartz best kept secrets: Amazing Vintage Furniture- every piece has a story! ou don’t want to miss visiting Hartz Honey Hole! Walking into the Honey Hole will take you back to a time when service was outstanding and proprietors truly loved their customers. Their customer service is modeled after a 1960’s corner market and soda fountain! You won’t find another place like it!  Hartz hopes you return again and again just to say hello and see their newest finds! Don’t forget to pick up a jar of Hartz local raw honey while you’re there. You will love Hartz!

Read the full TRC Blog Feature here:

Little Rock, AR Metro Areas: Cornerstone Pharmacy

7118_159675666277_1692607_n-300x251Have you visited one of the Cornerstone Pharmacy locations in Central Arkansas? If not, you should! Not only do they carry The Resident Chef, but they sell brands such as WooHoo! Snack mixes, Mud Pie, and Royal Standard. They also sell  a wide variety of unique gifts not limited to: Arkansas-made products, gourmet foods, inspirational items, candles, jewelry, scarves, bags, baby items, and home decor.They truly have something for everyone. They are your one stop shop for any pharmacy or gift needs you may have. They have several locations in the Little Rock metro area:

Cornerstone – Rodney Parham

Cornerstone Pharmacy – Chenal

Cornerstone Pharmacy – Otter Creek

Cornerstone Pharmacy -Lakewood

Cornerstone Pharmacy – JFK

Kavanaugh Pharmacy

Read the full TRC Blog Feature here:

Also check out features on other stores that carry TRC here:

Friday Night Bites: Glazed Fruit Pizza

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Do you LOVE fruit? What about Pizza? Combine them together for a sweet treat! This week’s Friday Night Bites recipe is Glazed Fruit Pizza and features The Resident Chef’s Strawberry Cheesecake Dessert Mix. 



  • 1 package The Resident Chef Strawberry Cheesecake Dessert Mix
  • 8 oz. Cream Cheese
  • 8 oz. whipped cream
  • Olive Oil Spraypizza2
  • Washed and Sliced Strawberries
  • Washed and Sliced Kiwi
  • Washed and Sliced Grapes
  • Washed and Sliced Pineapple
  • Washed and Sliced Oranges
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 Tbsp. corn starch
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 2 Tbsp. lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 tsp. Orange Zest


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Spray pan with Olive Oil spray and arrange the cookie dough on the pan and press flat. Bake until golden brown (approx. 10 minutes). After the cookie dough is cool, Mix up the Strawberry Cheesecake Mix with the cream cheese and whip cream and spread evenly over the cookie dough crust. Starting on the outside of the crust, start lining up a particular fruit. I usually start with strawberries. Then, for the second layer, pick a different fruit, and so on until you get to the middle. If you’re not a fan of some of the fruits in the recipe, you can use whichever fruits you like best. 

To make a glaze, combine salt, sugar, corn starch, orange juice, lemon juice, water, and orange zest. Stir and cook over medium heat. When the mixture starts to boil, cook for a few minutes until thickened and remove from heat. Allow to cool for 5 minutes then drizzle it over the cookie and fruit. Chill for two hours before serving. 

Get your Strawberry Cheesecake Dessert Mix on SALE this weekend for only $3.00 (Reg. $6.00)!

More about TRC’s Strawberry Cheesecake Dessert Mix:

A wonderfully light and refreshing mix! The Resident Chef knows you will love this easy to prepare dessert which is chock full of a variety of berries! We love to keep it on hand in case last minute guests drop in. Everything you need to impress your guests, and sure to satisfy your sweet tooth! With the addition of whipped topping this mix makes an awesome pie mix or great dessert spread for pound cake and cupcakes!

What’s Up? Best By Labels!

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Screen Shot 2015-03-26 at 12.11.04 PMDo you want to know What’s Up at The Resident Chef? Best By Labels! That’s what’s up! 

Several customers have asked “When does this product expire?” Well, I’m going to answer that for you!

In general terms, our products are freshest if used within 14 months. So, we are now putting “Best By” labels on all of our products so you know the best time to use your gourmet goodies by. You can find these labels by the barcode on each product. You asked for expiration labels, and now, you have them! 

Since this process is brand new, you will start seeing these labels soon, but they may not be on all of the products yet as some products are fresher than others. Let me tell you though, our products are still good longer than the prescribed 14 months. Since we have a high turnover rate on our inventory, our products are really fresh. Our products are mostly made of dry goods such as herbs and spices and these in general stay good for a really long time, even up to several years! However, if you ate a product and it was four years old, it wouldn’t taste as good at all, but it definitely wouldn’t harm you physically. Spices and dehydrated mixes lose potency over time, so this is why we’re adding “best by” dates. But, it’s more for quality issues than for safety issues. 

whats up 1Let me also say that these dates do not matter after you mix the product up. Then, it’s only as good as long as whatever you mixed it with is. For example, if you mixed up a dip, you would go by the expiration dates on the mayonnaise and sour cream. If you ate our mixes after this particular expiration date, it could be a (stomach) safety issue. Always keep mixes in an airtight container in the refrigerator after they are mixed. 

To keep your TRC goodies fresher longer, we seal them, which keeps them fresher longer. Before you mix them, keep the package in a cool cupboard or pantry. Also, keep them away from heat, light, or moisture. 

This concludes this edition of “What’s Up?” Leave any comments below or on Social Media. 

Friday Night Bites: Fuzzy Navel Cocktail

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Who doesn’t love a good Fuzzy Navel Cocktail? A nice combination of orange and peach. This cocktail is so wonderfully refreshing beverage, you’ll want to make a pitcher to share with friends! 



  • 2 Tbsp. The Resident Chef’s Fuzzy Navel Tea Mix
  • 1 Cup water
  • 1 oz. of Rum or Vodka


Add 2 Tbsp. of Fuzzy Navel Mix to 2 Tbsp. of hot water and stir to dissolve tea mix. Add in 1/2 cup cold water, a shot of your favorite spirit (The Resident Chef favors vodka). Serve over ice. It can also be served hot if you’re in the mood for a hot toddy. Just add 2 Tbsp. of mix to 1 cup hot water.  

Get your Fuzzy Navel Tea Mix on SALE this weekend for only $1.75!

More about TRC’s Fuzzy Navel Tea: 

A nice combination of orange and peach. We love it iced cold!! A wonderfully refreshing beverage, you’ll want to make a pitcher to share with friends! Makes a wonderful mixer for your favorite spirits too! A favorite for kids and adults alike to enjoy!

TRC (Center Stage) in the Gift Basket Insider

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In the March Issue of Gift Basket Insider, we were featured in an article written by Martha Smith from Baskets Full of Joy. Her Gourmet goodie filled baskets have been serving the Oklahoma City Metro area for over 15 years! Baskets are always a wonderful way to show your clients/potential business associates your appreciation! Or, you can give them to a loved one. Visit her on Online for at Or on Facebook:

Read the article Here:

basketsfullofjoyThe Resident Chef, located in Little Rock, Arkansas, has been in business since 2003 and specializes in gourmet dip mixes, dessert cheese ball mixes, soup mixes, drink mixes and seasoning blends.

Let me start by saying, “I am a soup snob… I love to make it some scratch!”

All that changed last June while shopping at Dallas Market where I discovered The Resident Chef.

As a gourmet food seller, I am always looking for wonderful tasting food to offer my clients. We all know how much competition there is in the food industry and after tasting and being “pitched” this and that about why “theirs is the best,” it’s easy to walk by each booth and barely pay attention, especially late in the day. Right?

The Resident Chef  booth caught my attention because I remembered them as a company who had sent me samples a couple months earlier. As we all know, tasting is believing! My market friend and I stopped and sampled. We couldn’t get enough of the Pineapple Pecan Chicken Salad they were sampling. Next came the Chicken Noodle Soup. Their recipes are gourmet and are easy to fix by adding just a few everyday ingredients.

 Here are a few reasons I have fallen in love with The Resident Chef:

  • You will recognize all of the ingredients.
  • The mixes are easy to prepare using foods you already have in your pantry.
  • They are lower in carbs, fat and sodium than most mixes and most are gluten free.
  • They offer a wide variety of products including soup mixes, veggie and chip dip mixes, a wide variety of dessert mixes that can be made into dessert cheese balls (so easy for sampling) or pies, adult beverage mixes (with instructions for virgin drinks, as well).
  • The packaging is sophisticated and works well with any theme and many color schemes.

Their cheesecake cheese ball dessert and pie mixes are fun and easy to fix. I make and serve a variety of them when I do my BNI presentations. I also highly recommend their dip mixes. I recently fixed the Feisty Fiesta Dip mix with buttermilk and used it as a dressing with taco salad. Pair it with the Cheesy Enchilada Hot dip mix, the White Chicken Chili Soup Mix, and Margarita Mix and you have an instant Fiesta! A combination of a soup mix, dip, drink and dessert mix and you can create the perfect marketing plan for any of your clients…an easy sale!

Since I discovered The Resident Chef, I haven’t made a homemade batch of chicken noodle soup… maybe I should confess to my hubby before I let him read this article!

Martha Smith for March 2015 Gift Basket Business Insider

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Friday Night Bites: Cheesy Mac & Cheese Skillet

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Do you love Mac and Cheese? Turn bland mac and cheese into a dish that will keep the whole family coming back for more! 



  • 2 packages The Resident Chef Beer Cheddar Dip Mix
  • 1.5 lbs ground beef, browned & drained
  • 2 cups elbow macaroni, boiled & drained
  • 1 cup marinara
  • ½ cup milk
  • ¼ cup butter


Combine TRC’s Beer Cheddar Dip Mixes with milk and butter. Add the mixture to hot cooked macaroni. Mix well then add cooked ground beef and marinara. Top with shredded cheese and place skillet in oven and bake until cheese is golden and melted for an extra cheesy dish! 

Get your Beer Cheddar Dip Mix on Sale this weekend!

More about TRC’s Beer Cheddar Dip Mix:

This pub-inspired dip is full of cheesy goodness and despite the name is completely non-alcoholic! Serve Beer Cheddar Dip with an assortment of fresh veggies, crackers, chips, pretzels…or try The Resident Chef’s recommendation of having it hot with a cold one, or cold with a hot tottie!

The Hen House Decor & More

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hen houseBertha Barnett, Peggy Smith and Teresa Weber established The Hen House Home Décor & More in 2013 in Baytown Texas. They needed a permanent location to display one of their top lines, Missouri Limestone Paint Company mineral paint, and show customers how to use it. The store has many unique items including paint, ladies apparel and accessories, candles, home décor and furniture, bath and body products and of course The Resident Chef. One of the owners of the store tasted The Resident Chef and was impressed! They love to eat great food and entertain friends and family and knew The Resident Chef would be a perfect fit for the store since they love to provide their customers with quality, specialty items.

“The Hen House Home Décor & More is a small business that offers quality items and services at affordable prices. We are not here to rip people off of their hard earned money. We are the “mom & pop” store where people can come in and grab a gift or order a paint service and still be greeted by the shop owner.”

You’re going to love The Hen House! They will be happy to help you with questions about any product and offer a personal touch that is lacking in today’s hurry up world. The owners and staff strive to give you a wonderful shopping experience and to be there for their customers. Stop by today at their new location at 207 West Deffee, Baytown, TX. You can also call the shop at 281.427.5007! Don’t forget to pick up your favorite The Resident Chef products while you’re there and tell them we sent you!  

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