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Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Editor's Choice: Kelly's Kitchen and Sugar Brook Farms

It was a cold, dreary day in what has been passing for a Chicago spring when a bit of sunny Spain arrived at the office. It came in the form of Kelly’s Kitchen’s ( latest line, Olive Tapenades, inspired by the dishes Kelly (yes there really is a Kelly) sampled in her travels through Spain.

The tapenades are packaged in a clear container with an eye-catching label and looked inviting.  The twist is depending on the flavor and texture profile, each tapenade is paired with cheese that matches up with the ingredients. I set aside the Mediterranean with Goat Cheese for my first taste.  I stirred the olive oil base a little, took out a spoonful and placed it on a cracker. I was greeted by layers of taste: the comforting goat cheese, the rich, full chewy flavor of the black olives and the kick of the Peppadew peppers. It was definitely worth going back for more. Later in the day, I used a spoonful to enliven a sliced chicken sandwich. I could also see it used in paninis or wraps.

When taken to a party, the Italian Tapenade with Parmesan started out as an appetizer with crackers. Also boasting pepperoncini, the tasty creation soon was being used on top of spinach dip and bread. It could also be used on a baked potato.

There are two other flavors, Traditional Tapenade with Odessey Feta and Spanish Tapenade with Roth GranQueso. I never got a chance to sample them. They were placed in the office fridge and haven’t been seen since. I’m  sure whoever has the tapenades  has found them delicious and full of flavor.

For retailers, these products would make great sampling. They could also be used in a tastes from around the world-themed  display or as part of a summertime take-along to dine outside area.