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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.