Monday, December 29, 2008

Spice University...EQ (Party Source)...Mt. Saint Joe

First, I would like to thank everyone for a truly incredible Holiday season at the market. You have blessed us beyond our expectations. Thank you. We are in the final countdown to the New Year. Beginning in January we will start a project here on the pages of the blog that will hopefully continue for two to three years. Every month we will be presenting a different herb, spice or blend. We will provide you with information about each of the spices and tell you of subsitutes, if any exist, and provide you with several recipes to practice using each of the spices that we cover. I hope that you will enjoy this journey. The idea of Spice U. has me smitten. I am very excited about getting it started. I hope that you will share some of your recipes also. I would like for this to be very interactive.

I also want to point out a couple of things that might be of interest to you. On February 16th Alaina Repic and the old Colonel will be at the Party Source doing a four course menu. We will prepare, Scallops with Orange & Chervil Vinagerette, Salmon the Colonel's Way, Sweet Potato Salad, and Smokey Ice Cream. There are still some spots available. Here is where you register for this class and any other you might like to attend.

Then on April 7th at 12:30 I will be presenting a talk on Trivia, Myths, and Legends of spices at Mt. Saint Joseph Life Learn program. You may contact the Life Learn Programs office by either e-mailing or by phone: 513-244-4525.

All of us at Herbs & Spice and Everything Nice want to wish you the best New Year ever for 2009.

The Colonel

Monday, December 15, 2008

We Won

Wow! The Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber of Commerce selected Herbs & Spice as the recipient of the WE award for Best New Product or Service for 2008. What an honor! This is only possible because of you, our valued customers. Thank you for making 2008 the best year yet. The picture below will show you the beautiful award that we received. If you get a chance to come by the store, we will show it to you in person.

What a year end it has been! First Best in Cincinnati, an on-line magazine (see the November 7, 2008 post below). Then one of the 110 Best of Cincinnati picks by Cincinnati Magazine under the category Best Smoked Salts. Finally, to be chosen Best New Product or Service for 2008 by the Chamber, needless to say we are proud but humbled by all of this.

We are in the midst of a great December at the store. Thank you so much for your patronage. Just a quick reminder, after the first of the year, we will begin the Spice of the Month program, right here in the blog. The first five will be; Adobo Seasoning, parika, chives, nutmeg and dill. In addition to telling you about these spices we will also include recipes for you to try them. Some of you that have stopped by the store have mentioned that you would like to submit recipes for some of these spices too. I would love to see that happen. We are working on some ways to recognize and honor you for participating.

Our great staff along with Susan and I would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and/or Happy Hanukkah. Our prayer is for better economic times for 2009.

The Colonel

Friday, December 05, 2008

Chamber News and Go Bearcats

This is the press release from the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber of Commerce. I thought you might like to see it.

Dear Friends of Herbs & Spice and Everything Nice:

It is our pleasure to inform you that the company has been selected as a finalist for Woman Owned Business of the Year - 25 or Fewer Employees by WE Celebrate, an awards program honoring the best of women in business. Company president Susan Stewart will be recognized at an awards breakfast next Thursday, December 11th, 8am - 10am at the Hyatt Regency hotel in downtown Cincinnati. The company is also featured in today's Business Courier. It would be wonderful if you could join us in honoring Susan, De and their company by attending the WE Celebrate Awards breakfast. Click here to register or call 579-3111 by Monday, December 8. We hope you will join us in honoring this amazing business and its outstanding leader!

Diana Long, SPHRProgram Manager - Women Excel
Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber
300 Carew Tower, 441 Vine Street
Cincinnati, OH 45202

Herbs & Spice is so proud of the UC football team. This has truly been an historic year for them. In their honor we have developed both a red, white, and black salt blend and a red, white, and black peppercorn blend. They are packaged up in a ready to use grinder. Come by and pick up yours for your Orange Bowl party. They are $8.00 each or both for $15.00.

The Colonel