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Ecole Lenôtre – Paris

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    Specialty Foods

    Aidell’s Sausage Company

    2400 Baumann Avenue

    San Lorenzo, CA  94580



    A wide array of traditional and specialty sausages of the highest quality, reasonably priced.

    Alan Zeman’s Sonoran Spices

    P.O. Box 31283

    Tucson, AZ  85712


    A spice blend developed by the chef, featuring peppers with orange.

    Albert Uster Imports, Inc.

    9211 Gaither Road

    Gaithersburg, MD  20877


    A professional source for bakery equipment and supplies, including gold dust.

    American Spoon Foods

    P.O. Box 566

    Petroskey, MI  49770


    Chef Larry Forgione and his partner Justin Rashid package a wonderful line of dried fruits and other ingredients for cooking, including dried cranberries and cherries, and many regional American specialties from other companies.


    12920 Cloverleaf Center Drive

    Germantown, MD  20874


    The mail-order division of the famed New York gourmet market, with everything from fresh pastas and excellent sauces to prime meats, desserts, and such foods as pate de foie gras, capon, quail, heasant, squid, venison, and imported and domestic caviars.

    Boyajian, Inc.

    144 Will Drive

    Canton, MA  02021


    Wonderful infused olive oils, citrus oils, world vinegars, flavorings, and extracts.


    280 Wilson Avenue

    Newark, NJ  07105


    Considered the best source in this country for fresh foie gras, D’Artagnan also offers fresh game birds and meats, sausages, free-range poultry, duck fat, smoked duck, and pate de foie gras.

    Ducktrap River of Maine

    57 Little River Drive

    Belfast, ME  04915


    Smoked seafood, including smoked scallops, mussels, and shrimp, made Ducktrap famous with New England food aficionados, and it remains the source for some of the best available nationally.

    The Farm at Mt. Walden

    150 Kelley Drive

    Front Royal, VA  22630


    This small smokehouse in the foothills of the Shenandoahs offers fine smoked trout, as well as hot-smoked salmon.

    Gray’s Grist Mill

    638 Adamsville Road

    Westport, MA  02790


    This small mill on the Massachusetts/Rhode Island state line, sells white flint cornmeal for true Rhode Island johnnycakes, as well as brown-bread flour and various pancake and muffin mixes.


    P.O. Box 9003

    Smithfield, VA  23430


    While many people substitute prosciutto in recipes calling for Smithfield ham, there is really no comparable product.  The hams are available cooked and presliced.

    Harrington of Vermont

    210 E. Main Street

    Richmond, VT  05477


    A well-known source of Vermont-style cob-smoked hams, country bacon, and other smoked specialties.

    Jamison Farm

    171 Jamison Lane

    Latrobe, PA  15650


    While every supermarket carries lamb, very few specialty butchers carry the kind of free-range organically fed lamb that can be shipped from this Pennsylvania farm.

    Kreuz Market

    619 N. Colorado Street

    Lockhart, TX  78644

    (512) 398-2361

    They will ship their famous sausages, brisket, chops and ribs.

    Legal Seafood

    Allston, MA  02134


    This firm gained regional fame by offering the finest quality of seafood in its restaurants.  In addition to shipping clambakes, you can count on them for many varieties of fish and shellfish as well as excellent chowder and bluefish pate.

    Leonard Solomon’s Wines & Spirits

    1456 North Dayton

    Chicago, IL  60622


    Specialty grains and other beans, oils, vinegars, crème fraiche, salmon, smoked fish, pates, caviars, special sausages, smoked duck breast, pastrami, imported cheeses, Amazon spices, frozen purees, and vanilla beans.

    L’Esprit de Campagne

    P.O. Box 3130

    Winchester, VA  22604


    Dried vine-ripened tomatoes in various forms, including halves marinated in extra-virgin olive oil with herbs; pureed; and sprinkles.  The company also offers dried apples, cherries, blueberries, and cranberries, all unsulphured and with no preservatives.

    Marblehead Lobster Company

    Beacon and Orne Streets

    Marblehead, MA  01945


    A fine source for fresh lobsters of all sizes.

    Mo Hotta, Mo Betta

    2822 Limerick Street

    Savannah, GA  31404


    Asian, Latin American, Indian, African, and Caribbean spices and sauces; barbecue sauces; jerk sauces; and condiments.

    More Than Gourmet

    929 Home Avenue

    Akron, OH  44310


    Demi-Glace Gold and Glace de Poulet Gold, two classic French sauces of four-star quality that are made in the classic manner of Escoffier.  An ultimate short-cut for the home cook.

    Mystique Cheese

    P.O. Box 254

    Waldoro, ME  04572


    One of the region’s best goat cheese makers, with a tart yet creamy product.

    The Mozzarella Company

    2944 Elm Street

    Dallas, TX  75226

    (214) 741-4072

    In addition to mozzarella, cheese-maker Paula Lambert makes rolls with various fillings such as ancho chilies, and also sells Texas goat cheese and scamorza, a smoked mozzarella.

    Salumeria Italiana

    151 Richmond Street

    Boston, MA  02109


    Replicate a meal in Boston’s North End with products from one of the area’s best-known purveyors of Italian food-stuffs.

    Stonington Lobster Co-op

    Indian Point Road

    Stonington, ME  04681


    Since 1948, this firm gathers its wares from a number of different suppliers, and offers lobster to pick up or ship around the world.

    S. Wallace Edwards & Sons, Inc.

    P.O. Box 25

    Surry, VA  23883


    Hickory-smoked aged Virginia hams, bacon, and Surry sausages, as well as Virginia seafood including crab cakes, smoked tuna, and Chesapeake Bay oysters.

    Take Home Maui, Inc.

    121 Dickenson Street

    Lahaina, HI  96761


    Maui onions, macadamia nut products, papayas, pineapples.

    Texas Wild Game Cooperative

    3296 Junction Highway

    Ingram, TX  78025

    Axis venison for stews, chili, and roasts; smoked venison and pork sausage; smoked wild boar; Axis deer hides.

    Vermont Butter & Cheese Creamery

    Pitman 40 Road

    Websterville, VT  05678


    A source for crème fraiche and European-style cheeses, including fromage blanc and Mascarpone.