A Look at Fad Foods


Cupcakes, bacon, and kale have all been objects of the fad food phenomenon. We may roll our eyes at the mention of cupcakes now, we have seen the trend come and go, but once upon a time, the mere mention excited us. How do food trends develop? Is there a science to the rise and fall of culinary trends? It's obvious that fads don't spread on their own, they are often engineered by individuals and institutions. There are chef-driven food trends and health-driven food trends. Pop culture also plays a big role in the development of these crazes. Others are developed by marketing experts … [Read more...]

What makes Jack’s Special So Special?


Have you tried Jack's Special Grilled Stuffed Burgers yet?  If not, there are plenty of great reasons to get a move on because the same team that brought you all the delicious Garden Fresh Gourmet products have done it again! To start with, Jack's amazing grilled burgers are delicious, all natural & gluten free. And if that was not awesome enough, each burger contains 22 grams of protein! You need protein,  basically, every function of your cells, organs and body is controlled by proteins. A few fabulous facts: Jack's Special Grilled Burgers are actually … [Read more...]

Earth Fare Markets

Earth Fare Market

Market Profile: Earth Fare Markets Garden Fresh Gourmet was recently recognized as Earth Fare Markets' Deli Vendor of the Year award. We are pleased to be a part of this wonderful community of markets and thought we should tell you, our customers, why.  History & Food Philosophy Established in 1975, in Asheville, NC, Earth Fare has been selling healthy food for decades and honing their Food Philosophy (https://www.earthfare.com/food/foodphilosophy). In the 90s the Philosophy became more established and today it has developed into an impressive list of health & environmentally … [Read more...]

Team Member Profile: Mike Griffin

With over a decade as Creative Director under his belt and a recent elevation to Chief Creative Officer, Mike Griffin is part of the core team at Garden Fresh Gourmet. He is reluctant to take full credit for the look of the branding for all the products falling under the Garden Fresh Gourmet umbrella, but he admits that his capacity as gatekeeper is a big responsibility. Mike explains that when he came to the company, it was already successful and his job was to "not screw it up." This unpretentious tone is typical, and surfaces again when asked about his recent promotion. He acknowledges … [Read more...]

Garlic is Good!

Benefits of Garlic

Nearly all of Garden Fresh Gourmet's fresh, natural products include garlic. Adding garlic to a salsa, dip, or dish, is not only the fastest way to make it more delicious, it is also an easy way to make anything you consume healthier. There are dozens of benefits to be obtained from eating more of this superfood, here are a few we think are noteworthy.     … [Read more...]

Sweet, Salty, Sour, Bitter, Umami, and ?

Why does taste matter? Essentially, the chemical experience of taste is made up of a small number of discrete sensations on the the tongue which are critical in letting us know whether we are eating something good for us (nutritious) or bad for us (poisonous). As tastebuds respond to the chemicals in food, we either feel pleasure, revulsion, or some combination of the two, and this lets us know whether we ought to continue consuming. And then there were five As far as most of us were concerned for the greater part of our lives, there were 4 basic tastes: sweet, salty, sour and bitter.  In … [Read more...]