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Gourmet does not always mean fattening

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Published on February 17, 2011 with No Comments

Whenever people use the term gourmet, we always tend to think of rich, fattening foods ñ the kind that we will pay dearly for both with our wallets and our waistlines.
But Jan Meyer, a purveyor of fine food and CEO of New Zealandís Rutherford & Meyer which is a maker of gourmet fruit products, believes that gourmet should not necessarily mean unhealthy.
ìGourmet foods are traditionally well-prepared foods made for a refined palette,î Meyer said. ìBut today, people are trying to eat healthier, which means in many cases they have to turn their back on the finer foods theyíve grown accustomed to enjoying. I think thatís sad. Thatís why we believe in approaching gourmet sweet treats and cooking with fruit in a different way thatís more fun, affordable and natural.
Meyerís company has created a whole new category of gourmet fruit product called ìfruit paste,î which is essentially a combination of all natural fruits and sugar that can be sliced like a wedge of cheese. The fruit pastes are wheat free, gluten free, dairy free and contain no added colors or preservatives, which is important to Meyer.
ìOne of the hassles of entertaining guests is being able to put something on the table that everyone can enjoy,î she said. ìWith all those who are either lactose intolerant or have allergies to gluten or nuts, putting together a party platter can be an exercise in bland. Our fruit pastes are all natural and donít contain dairy, nuts, wheat or gluten, so you can put them on the serving tray with a clear conscience, knowing that everyone will be able to enjoy them.î
Whatís more, according to Meyer, is that they are as fun to serve with cheese as they are to use when cooking.
ìFruit pastes are the perfect accompaniment to cheese, because their flavors are a perfect foil for most cheeses, and they are easy to serve,î she said. ìThey make a wonderful addition to any cheeseboard or antipasto selection. They can also be used in cooking and make a flavorful addition in many recipes.î
She added that the paste does not need to be refrigerated and can last up to 12 months, and that they are an affordable addition to a gourmet gift basket with price tags that average between $5 and $10, depending on the product. Williams & Sonoma selected these new imports for their Web site catalogue, and upscale grocery stores are beginning to carry the products as well.
ìAmericanís are beginning to understand cheese accompaniments better, rather than being scared of them,î Meyer said. ìActually fruit paste is something that originated in Europe and is a product that people have eaten with cheese for many years. What we have started is the wide array of fruit pastes. We had initially wanted to expand into specialty stores, but we discovered that more traditional grocers were interested in providing their customers something new and different, so weíre expanding a little faster than planned. But I think thatís a testimony to the sophistication of American gourmets, and it proves that good taste is a universal concept, no matter where you come from.î
For more information about New Zealandís Rutherford & Meyer or their products, visit www.rutherfordandmeyer.co.nz.
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