Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Kehe Summer Selling Food Show Revisited

What did we see as we walked the aisles of the Kehe Summer Selling Show in Dallas, Jan 23-24, 2012?

Too many items to share, that's for sure, but here are a few favorites of mine.

I have mentioned these items at Harter House World Flavors because I know that they are here. Harter House on S. Eastgate has almost identical items and possibly even more. Come in and see all the unique items we have at both locations. Just yesterday we added new lines of products from Chile, Portugal and Spain.

100% Natural
OV Kosher Certified
Gluton Free with the exception of Caramel Cookie Crunch Gelato
Extra fine pure cane sugar, NO high fructose corn syrup
30% to 100% less fat than ice cream
fresh pasturized milk free of growth hormones
Only the finest ingredients

Made with Coconut Milk and free of Dairy Soy and Gluton.
Certified Organic, 100% Vegan, and low glycemic.
As rich and creamy as a super premium Ice Cream
Coconut Bliss is a satisfying and healthy choice when you want something delicious for dessert.
There is a lot of information on the web about the health benefits of coconut. www.coconutresearchcenter.org

This is definitely on my list of new items to bring in!
Change the way you live, one sprinkle at a time!These tiny Hemp Hearts™ pack a powerful punch of protein, omegas and fiber. Not only are Hemp Hearts easy to incorporate into any meal, they taste delicious too! Did you know Dr. Oz even refers to Hemp Hearts as ‘Brain Food’?
Hemp hearts are a raw, vegan-friendly, whole food that contains no additives or preservatives!

DOMO RISOTO - 4 varieties
Chicken with Merkin is Chilean short grain rice with chicken, vegetables and chicken broth, seasoned with Merken, the native spice of the Mapuches in Chile.
Four Cheeses a mixture of exquisite romano, cheddar, provolone and parmesan cheese, richly seasoned with oregano,red peppers and fine herbs.

KIKKOMAN Panko Bread Crumbs, Hoisin Sauce, Kara-Age, Tempura Dipping Sauce, Soy Sauce, Ponzu Sauce, to name a few.

We saw many certified Gluton Free items and we carry many of these products.

In 1797 the first jar of marmalade was produced in Dundee. We are the last remaining producer of this iconic British product, in the Dundee area.We source all strawberries, raspberries and blackcurrants for our preserves from the local berry fields of central Scotland. Together with our marmalades and curds, they are made the authentic way, in copper pans.

Because we are in Missouri, we cannot purchase alcoholic beverages to retail, but that did not stop us from sampling some "Cheap Red Wine."

ZEVIA Cola has notes of citrus and spice, the perfect combination for a cola and a rare find in natural soda. When you find out that this stevia cola has zero calories, no sugar and nothing artificial, you may even find yourself reaching for a second can. Whether you have special diet needs, health concerns, or are just looking for a low carb drink that is all natural, this stevia cola delivers all the things you like about traditional cola, without any of the traditional things you don’t.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

White Bean Chicken Chili

One of the Vendors at the Kehe Summer Selling Show in Dallas, was The Spice Hunter Spices. This is a line of spices that we currently carry at both Harter House Supermarkets in Springfield, MO.

The Spice Hunter has several Salt Free Blends
Blends take the guesswork out of seasoning. The Spice Hunter offers over 35 salt-free varieties of different herb and spice blends for the creative cook. All of their products, including the salt-free blends, are all natural and contain no MSG or preservatives. With the growing concern over fat and sodium, these blends are the easiest way to add flavor to low fat, low flavor foods without adding extra fat, calories or salt. Combining quality with convenience, The Spice Hunter also features delicious serving suggestions on every blend jar and offers no-fail recipes for every seasoning in the recipe section on their website; spicehunter,com.

On their website, read about Spice Antioxidants. While you hear a lot about the antioxidants found in dark chocolate and red wine, spices like ground cloves, oregano leaves, ginger, cinnamon, turmeric and yellow mustard seed are the real antioxidant all stars

– delivering a higher concentration of antioxidants per 100g than dark chocolate, wine, even blueberries and whole grain cereal.

Antioxidant Spices
Ground Cloves
Oregano Leaves
Ground Ginger
Ground Cinnamon
Ground Turmeric
Ground Yellow Mustard Seed
Sweet Paprika
Basil Leaves
Curry Seasoning
Parsley Flakes
Ground Black Pepper
Chili Powder

Often times vendor representatives have promotional products to give away to the buyers. The Spice Hunter reps gave us a very nice calendar along with spice samples. Below I share with you the January recipe on the Spice Hunter calendar.

White Bean Chicken Chili

2 lbs. boneless, skinless chicken
1/3 cup flour
3 Tbsp. vegetable oil
1 small red bell pepper, diced
1 large onion, diced
2 large mild green chilies, diced
2 (15oz) cans white beans, undrained
2 cups chicken broth
2 ½ tsp. The Spice Hunter Turkish Cumin
1 Tbsp. The Spice Hunter Mediterranean Oregano
1 Tbsp. plus 1 tsp. The Spice Hunter California Granulated Garlic
1 Tbsp. The Spice Hunter California Parsley Leaves
½ tsp. The Spice Hunter Crushed Red Pepper
1 tsp. The Spice Hunter New Mexico Chile Pepper
½ tsp. sugar

Cut chicken into bite-size pieces and coat with flour. Heat oil in a large stockpot over medium-high heat and then add coated chicken, along with bell pepper, onion and green chilies. Cook until chicken is no longer pink. Add beans, broth, seasonings and sugar to stockpot, bring to a boil, cover, reduce heat and simmer 1 hour, stirring occasionally. Remove lid and continue simmering until thickened as desired.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

The Kehe Summer Selling Show 2012

At Harter House and Harter House World Flavors we have a Distributing Company for Specialty products that we love doing business with. Kehe Food Distributers represents originally over 800 companies, but then recently acquired or merged with Tree of Life, another distributor representing over 600 additional companies, dedicated to the success of natural food retailers.

Needless to say, when Kehe puts on a food show, they represent a LOT of small businesses with products produced by a small family business, all the way to companies representing products of Argentina. My mother and I are especially drawn to all the new healthy products that we've found.

So now, I've just returned from Dallas and, as usual, Kehe put on a wonderful show of products.

Representing Harter House this year at The Kehe Summer Selling Show 2012, was my mother, Barbara Bettlach, store owner, my sister, Kathy Richards, another store owner, Jessie Legan, a manager at our Eastgate location, and me, Michele Kauffman.

Tuesday morning, after Breakfast, which was provided by Kehe, the Show Room opened at 9:00 am and we walked the huge area with booths numbered up to 1500, until 4:00 pm without taking any breaks.

We were joined by our Kehe Sales Rep, Ed Kitterman, who stayed with us the entire day and had previously purchased great food show buys on products we already carry. At Harter House World Flavors, located at 1500 E. Republic Road, the entire area, excluding our wine and spirits, is all products from Kehe Foods. And our store at 1625 S. Eastgate has as many or more Kehe products.

One Customer asked me to look for Wine Jelly, which I love also, and within two weeks now we will have ALMA SOL WINE*JELLY of CHILE. YUM!

A new and unique way to accompany meat, fish, seafood, cheeses, poultry, biscuits, sauces, vegetables, breads, etc.

What was interesting to me was how often I would say, "Ed, look at this", and he would answer, "We already have that". So my next few blogs will feature some newer items that we already have that you may not have ever noticed. Then as the new items arrive, I will tell you everything wonderful about them.