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
This 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: http://theresidentchef.com/i-found-my-thrill/
Pigeon Forge, Tennessee: Three Bears General Store
Three 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: http://theresidentchef.com/watch-out-live-bears/
Central Arkansas: Cherry’s Hallmark
Cherry’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: http://theresidentchef.com/cherrys-hallmark/
Ogunquit, Maine: Spoiled Rotten
Spoiled 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
Finishing 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
Mr. 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
evilO 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
Hartz 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: http://theresidentchef.com/hartz-honey-hole/
Little Rock, AR Metro Areas: Cornerstone Pharmacy
Have 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:
Read the full TRC Blog Feature here: http://theresidentchef.com/down-on-the-corner/
Also check out features on other stores that carry TRC here:
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.
GLAZED FRUIT PIZZA
- 1 package The Resident Chef Strawberry Cheesecake Dessert Mix
- 8 oz. Cream Cheese
- 8 oz. whipped cream
- Olive Oil Spray
- 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!
Do 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.
Let 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.
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!
FUZZY NAVEL COCKTAIL
- 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!
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 www.basketsfullofjoy.com. Or on Facebook: www.facebook.com/basketsfullofcookies
Read the article Here:
The 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
Visit them at giftbasketbusinessinsider.com
Do you love Mac and Cheese? Turn bland mac and cheese into a dish that will keep the whole family coming back for more!
CHEESY MAC and CHEESE SKILLET
- 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!
Bertha 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!
Check out their website too! www.henhousedecor.com
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Steve and Jan Trummel are the owners of Trummel Drug & Gifts which has been in the family since 1981. They are the only Pharmacy in Oologah and are a one stop shop for candles, western décor, home décor, baby items, candy by the ounce, boutique clothing, purses and jewelry. You can also purchase The Resident Chef items there too! They sell other wonderful lines such as Tyler Candles, Primitives by Kathy, Candy by the Ounce and other Boutique lines.
Trummel Pharmacy is very unique. They carry a variety of items and
many of which nobody else around carries! Do you need a last minute dip or dessert for that get together or special occasion? Why travel out of town when you can shop conveniently at Trummel Pharmacy? Try something from their old fashioned soda fountain. Get together after school for an ice cream. It’s a great gathering place and you will feel welcome at their store.
Stop by today and tell them The Resident Chef sent you!
Store Location: 459 S HWY 169, Oologah, ok 74053
Store Phone Number: (918)443-2414
Visit them on Facebook at http://on.fb.me/19eG3Pp
Michael and Janet Hartz opened Hartz Honey Hole in 2013. “Our backyard warehouse was overflowing with lots of unique things from our past, so a friend encouraged us to try booth sales at a local Antique Mall- One booth soon grew to two booths, then three, then four! As time grew so did our business… We eventually moved all of our treasures into an old 1940’s “Shotgun House” with Southern Charm in White Hall, AR. With a lot of work, a love for our customers, and a knack for uniqueness, our little business is up and buzzing!! “
You 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!
Hartz 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! Don’t forget to pick up a jar of Hartz local raw honey while you’re there.
The Resident Chef was one of Hartz first gourmet food lines and is one of their top selling lines. They discovered TRC and absolultely fell in love with our products. They knew their customers would love our products as much as they do! Stop by Hartz and pick up your favorite The Resident Chef items today! They sample our products in store.
Hartz LOVES their products and they LOVE their customers. Ask them about any of their products or treasures and they’ve got a story behind it. They simply don’t sell it unless they believe in it. Hartz loves The Resident Chef too! Here’s what they had to say about TRC:
“We are very particular when selecting items to sell, and choosing The Resident Chef product line was truly the best thing we could have done for our business. Not only is the branding above and beyond competitors, the genuine customer service is what really sets Resident Chef apart from other suppliers- from prompt and accurate shipping, Product knowledge & sampling supplies, and honestly just how good their product really is!! You get an A+ in our book!”
Hartz Honey Hole is currently located at 7206 Dollarway Rd., White Hall, AR. But, they are moving to a new location in the new Dogwood Village soon! “Dogwood Village” is an Old-Town inspired plaza with weathered wood siding, wood-shingled canopies, extra-large storefront windows, and a classic wood-railed front porch. The new store will be at 7106 Dollarway Road, right across from Hunter’s Refuge.
Follow them on social media:
Order Online (Coming Soon) at www.hartzhoneyhole.com
Phone Number: 870.247.2404
It’s Where We At Wednesday here at the Resident Chef. Today, We are featuring The Attic in Winters, Texas. Theresa Gerhart opened the store in 2011 when a local gift store decided to close. She saw it as an opportunity to open her own gift shop with her daughter-in-law. Stop by the Attic at 200 S. Main Street today to check out this wonderful shopping experience!
You will love the Attic. They have the best Customer Service! They are a family that, for the most part, grew up in the community. They now raise their children in this small town in West Texas, and give back to the community that they love. They genuinely want to know all of their customers on a deeper level and always go out of their way to accommodate them.
The owners of The Attic see the store as their passion. They love what they do, and they genuinely love their customers. They know that they can’t compete with big box stores in bigger towns, but do their best to offer the community and the surrounding communities the best and most unique items! They are a family business and appreciate all of the support they have received, because without that support, they wouldn’t be at The Attic, doing what they love!
The Attic offers bridal and baby registries and they sell many unique items such as housewares, kitchen gadgets, apparel, jewelry, accessories, toys, home decor. They offer a little bit of everything. They also carry The Resident Chef and other gourmet goods. They love that gourmet lines such as The Resident Chef are different than what you can get from the local grocery store. Stop by the Attic and buy items for a foodie gift basket to give to family and friends. Having gourmet foods from The Resident Chef makes a beautiful gift! Just throw in some different dips, a drink mix, and a cute kitchen towel from the Attic, and your basket will be complete! They sell lines such as The Resident Chef, Fiesta, Swan Creek Candles, Beacoup Designs, and VIP International.
The Attic loves throwing parties and having night time shopping events at their store….and no party is complete without sampling some dips and drinks! People love to try new things, and they love having that for customers! The Attic has many shopping events throughout the year. They sample 4-6 different dips at each event, and at least 2 different drinks. Stop by tomorrow from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. for their 3rd Annual Moonlight Mistletoe Event! Enjoy some yummy food and GREAT Sales to start your holiday off right!
Don’t forget to visit The Attic on Social Media:
Facebook page: www.facebook.com/theatticwinters
Instagram Page: @theatticwinters