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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.


Since today is Lauren Leach’s one year ANNIVERSARY!!!!, we are featuring her on our blog!Screen Shot 2015-11-24 at 10.02.29 AM


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


Quick and Easy Salad Dressing

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salad dressing2It’s summertime which means BBQ’s and fresh salads from the garden. You know The Resident Chef has you covered for all of your BBQ and seasoning blends for the grill this summer, but did you know that some of our dip mixes also make delicious dressing for your summer salads?

The Resident Chef’s Tomato Lime Ranch dip also doubles as a Creamy Ranch Dip. We combined your favorite creamy ranch flavor and kicked it up with zesty lime with a hint of cilantro. This unique salad dressing is sure to satisfy your taste buds. 

Tomato Lime Ranch Dressing:

Combine TRC’s Tomato Lime Ranch packet with 1 cup buttermilk and 1 cup mayonnaise. Mix Well and Refrigerate. 

This is  great as a dressing for a taco salad! 

Another summer dressing favorite is made with our top seller, BLT Dip Mix! Combine the flavors of a delicious Bacon, Lettuce, and Tomato Sandwich with fresh veggies from the garden which results in a delightful culinary combination! 

BLT Dressing: 

Combine TRC’s BLT Dip Mix packet with 1-1/2 cups sour cream and 1/2 cup mayonnaise. As you mix, thin the mixture by pouring in milk to the desired consistency. Mix Well and Refigerate. Stir before serving. 

Add to a spinach salad with cheese and bacon! 

Wait four hours before serving both of these salad dressings and be sure to keep them refrigerated. Let us know what you think! Leave your comments below. 

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Get your Seasonings for Grilling here ON SALE THIS WEEKEND for only $4.75!:

What’s Up Wednesday – Mixed Cases

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mixed casesAs of August 17, we will no longer be offering mixed cases of 6. You will only be able to purchase our products in multiples of 12.

We want to offer the best customer service to all of our customers. 
So, in an effort to expedite shipping, we pack all of our cases of 12 in individual boxes. This has enabled us to do FAST, same day shipping on orders and has resulted in less product damage during transit. This will also help us offer 2-3 day shipping during this holiday season. 
Most customers find with regular sampling, TRC’s products sell well. And, they like ordering in cases of 12 because there is less mess when unpacking a box without those pesky peanuts, and their customers enjoy a more plump display to choose from.

If you LOVE mixed cases of 6, ORDER NOW! 

As always, there is a $50 order minimum which is about 2 cases of product. 

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Le Gourmet

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In 2001, Lori Olsen-Hopkins wanted a fun outlet outside of her insurance company, and LOVES to cook, so she opened Le Gourmet in West Des Moines Iowa.

Le Gourmet carries beautiful dinnerware, flatware, stemware, Lodge cast iron and porcelain enamel cookware. They also have a wide variety of gadgets. They basically have everything you need for your kitchen. 

Le Gourmet carries a large selection of The Resident Chef and Stonewall Kitchen gourmet foods. They like to carry lines such as TRC that you can’t find in big box stores. They also have items such as wellness mats, and specialty olive oils and vinegars.


They sample The Resident Chef daily and it sells fast, so stop by soon and taste for yourself! Take a break from the big box stores, shop local and see what’s new and different in the kitchen world. I think you will be pleasantly surprised by what Le Gourmet has to offer! They have top notch customer service too! If they don’t have something you need, they can order it for you. They have so many fun and different lines that will make your kitchen stand out from others, you’ll be the envy of all of your friends!

136 5th Street, 

West Des Moines, IA  50265


Tontitown Winery

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Tontitown Winery
was established by David Peachee & Heather Ranalli-Peachee in 2010. A Ranalli Family Tradition since 1923, the art of winemaking has been passed down through the generations from their Great Grandfather, Nazzareno Ranalli. They are proud to carry on the rich traditions of winemaking in Tontitown, today and for many years to come.

tontitownAt Tontitown, they sell wine made onsite from locally grown grapes. They are a family owned and operated small farm winery. They also have a variety of gift shop items as well as Italian inspired meats and cheeses. They started selling The Resident Chef products as an addition to their custom made gift baskets. Then they fell in love with our Sassy Italian Bread Dipper.

Tontitown Winery invites you for free wine tasting, 7 days a week. The Tontitown Winery is housed in the “Taldo House” built in 1917, also former home of the “Dixie Pride Bonded Winery #40”. Their wines are made on-site, mostly from local Tontitown grown grapes. While you’re there, they invite you to check out their History Room which features the traditions of the grape growing, winemaking Italians who founded and prospered in Tontitown.

Stop by soon and check it out!

335 N Barrington Rd

Springdale/ Tontitown, AR