Specialty Grocery Blog

National Peanut Butter Lover’s Day

by Jill Warren Lucas in Specialty Grocery

Mark Overbay is deeply amused by the notion of March 1 being National Peanut Butter Lover’s Day.
“For me, that’s like having a National Oxygen Lover’s Day,” quips the founder of Big Spoon Roasters, a maker of artisan nut butters in Durham, North Carolina. “Peanut butter has always been, and will always be, a staple of my existence!”
Overbay just celebrated the fifth anniversary of his company,… read more

Fall Flavors

by Charlotte Myer in Specialty Grocery, Specialty Grocery

The air is getting cooler and the pumpkin spice lattes are being served, which can only mean one thing: fall is officially here.  Truth be told, I’ve always had a love-hate relationship with fall.  I love how beautiful the colors are when the leaves are turning, and I’m a sucker for weather in which I can wrap myself up in a big scarf, but I absolutely adore the long, hot days of summer so the changing of the seasons… read more

The exciting new world of…ketchup!

by Charlotte Myer in Specialty Grocery, Specialty Grocery, Specialty Grocery

Condiment lovers take note: if 2013 was the year of the specialty mustards, and 2014 belonged to mayonnaise and aioli, then 2015 so far has been dedicated to a slew of new and interesting ketchups arriving on the scene. And it’s about time. Long dominated by just a few large manufacturers, the ketchup world has until now been decidedly one note. Now, food artisans are reimagining our favorite burger topping, using better-quality… read more

La Pasquetta, a spring celebration

by Charlotte Myer in Specialty Grocery, Specialty Grocery, Specialty Grocery, Specialty Grocery

La Pasquetta, or “Little Easter,” is the traditional Italian celebration of Easter Monday, a favorite holiday among Italian people. There is a saying in Italy, “Natale con i tuoi, Pasqua con chi vuoi,” which means that Christmas is to be spent with family, while Easter can be spent with whomever you like! In practice, this usually means that Easter Sunday is spent with family, while Pasquetta is spent with friends,… read more

Taking the Classic PB&J to New Levels

by Charlotte Myer in Specialty Grocery, Specialty Grocery, Specialty Grocery, Specialty Grocery, Specialty Grocery

When I was a kid, I was such a picky eater that I wouldn’t even touch my sandwich unless it was cut into the proper shape.  Yes, you read that correctly.  Squares, rectangles, or triangles, my preferences changed daily and I guess it was all my poor mother could do to get me to eat to just indulge this eccentricity and hope that I turned out at least somewhat normal. Now that I’m old enough to be embarrassed by this, I’ve… read more