Tortuga Rum Cake Company Introduces Chocolate Rum Balls at Winter Fancy Food Show

Celebrating the company’s 30th anniversary, the Tortuga Rum Cake Company will be showcasing its full line of gourmet Caribbean products and introducing a new candy – Tortuga Chocolate Rum Balls — at the 2014 Winter Fancy Food Show in San Francisco at the Moscone Convention Center on January 19 – 21, Booth # 777. The company will be featuring its popular free standing rum cake shipper displays which now include Holiday and Valentine’s Day versions to promote seasonal sales.

Tortuga Rum Cake Company Chocolate Rum Balls

Tortuga Rum Cake Company Chocolate Rum Balls

With a moist and fudgy chocolate center bursting with rum flavor and coated in dark chocolate sprinkles, Tortuga Chocolate Rum Balls are a sweet and creamy tropical treat created to capture a taste of the Caribbean in every bite.

The foil trimmed and embossed package with Tortuga’s iconic galleon pirate ship makes a beautiful presentation. The 6.17 oz box includes 20 rum balls, and is available in cases of 12.

Now this traditional holiday treat can be enjoyed throughout the year,” says Monique Hamaty Simmonds, Chief Marketing Officer for Tortuga. “It is a great addition to our chocolate line of rum fudge and chocolate rum turtles with sea salt.”

Tortuga International ( is part of the Jamaica Producers Group of companies and has bakeries and operations in Grand Cayman, Jamaica, Barbados and the Bahamas. The Tortuga Rum Cake Company, the company’s Miami, Florida subsidiary, handles sales, marketing and worldwide distribution. The Tortuga brand is well-known for its Authentic Caribbean Rum Cakes by the more than 20 million annual Caribbean tourists and cruise ship passengers. Tortuga Caribbean Rum Cakes are the #1 export of the Cayman Islands and recognized for nine consecutive years by Porthole Cruise Magazine, named “Best Cruise Souvenir” and 2013 “Greatest Caribbean Gift”. The Tortuga product line is sold in gift and specialty food departments and gourmet stores throughout the Caribbean and North America and in onboard gift shops of nearly 100 cruise ships.

Imported Tortuga Rum Cakes–made with the finest ingredients and special oak-barrel-aged Tortuga gold rum–are baked in the Cayman Islands, Barbados, Jamaica and the Bahamas from a centuries old island family secret recipe. Each cake is hand glazed and vacuum sealed, locking in the delicious freshness and giving the cakes a shelf life of up to 12 months, or indefinitely if refrigerated or frozen.

Flavors available in Tortuga’s traditional six-sided 33 oz, 16 oz and 4 oz boxes include original golden with walnuts, coconut, chocolate, banana, key lime, pineapple and Blue Mountain coffee. Tortuga A Taste of Florida Rum Cakes flavors – orange, coconut and key lime – are available in 16 oz size and a six-pack tower of 4oz cakes (2 each flavor),packaged in vibrant colors of the Sunshine State.

The company’s other gourmet products include 100% Jamaica Blue Mountain coffee, seven Tortuga flavored coffees, award-winning Caribbean sauces, three types of rum fudge, chocolate rum turtles with sea salt, gifts and gift baskets.


Global Grub® and Sur La Table Team Up to Bring Sushi-Making Night to Homes Nationwide

Let the good times roll with the help of Global Grub and the ultimate cooking store Sur La TableGlobal Grub’s DIY Sushi Rolls Kit, a featured display this past holiday season at Sur La Table’s 100+ stores as well as in the December catalog and online at includes sushi rice, rice vinegar, nori, sesame seeds, wasabi powder and Little SoyaTM soy sauce along with a bamboo rolling mat and easy-to-follow instructions to make eight homemade sushi rolls/48 pieces (kit retails for $22 each). The kit will also make its debut a the 2014 Winter Fancy Food Show, January 19-21, 2014 in San Francisco.


Additional Global Grub DIY Cooking Kits includes non-perishable ingredients that are pre-measured to make award-winning Jerk Chicken*, Tagine, Tamales and recently launched Tikka Masala. Home cooks simply pick up a few fresh/basic items from their local grocer, allowing people to eat global while still buying local.

Global Grub is ecstatic to partner with a company that’s equally passionate about cooking,” noted Carley Sheehy, Chief Global Grubber. “Sur La Table also happens to be one of my favorite stores! I know fellow Sur La Table shoppers will enjoy our Sushi Kit as a new fun way to cook together or as a unique experiential gift.”

Global Grub was founded in 2012 by Sheehy, an avid traveler and gourmand who wanted to duplicate the exotic flavors she experienced from around the world here at home. After going on ingredient scavenger hunts and stocking her cupboards with items that often went to waste, she was determined to find a way to make it easier for people to cook their way around the world in a stress-free way. With their kits, food enthusiasts can embark on international cooking adventures, great for date nights, dinner parties, family fun and gifts.

Food is not only Global Grub’s passion; it is a fundamental need that is not being met, so helping the fight against hunger has always been an integral part of Global Grub’s operation. For every kit sold, Global Grub donates a meal to someone in need through the Alameda County Community Food Bank, because they were startled by their neighbors’ needs, and impressed with the food bank’s immense impact.

*Proud 2013 sofiTM Best of Specialty Food Silver Award Winner for the Jamaican Jerk with Coconut Rice and Beans Kit.

Terrapin Ridge Farms Debuts Tasty New Products at 2014 Winter Fancy Food Show

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New Vinaigrette Dressings, Roasted Pineapple Habanero Sauce To Hit Shelves

Terrapin Ridge Farms plans to livens up the specialty food market with a delicious introduction of four new products that will debut at the Specialty Food Association‘s Winter Fancy Food Show to be held at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, California from January 19-21 at Booth 1757.

Terrapin Ridge Farms has experienced wild retail success with the launch of their Roasted Pineapple Habanero Dip last TerrapinRidgelogosummer and have turned this spicy and sweet hit into a 14.5 oz. sauce (MSRP $8) perfect for pouring or glazing. The Roasted Pineapple Habanero Sauce is all natural and gluten free.

In the land of salad dressings, not all on the market are created equal. Terrapin Ridge Farms’ has a cult following for many of their products and the newest vinaigrettes in their line-up are no exception. The Toasted Sesame & Ginger Vinaigrette (MSRP $7) combines spicy and fragrant ginger with the nutty toasted flavor of sesame seeds and sweet pineapple and is perfect for chicken or fish marinades or to top an Asian noodle salad. The Garlic & Herb Vinaigrette (MSRP $7) is a bold combination of fresh garlic and herbs and makes steak and blue cheese salad sing. The Dijon Mustard Vinaigrette (MSRP $7) offers the vibrant flavor of Dijon mustard and is fabulous drizzled over asparagus or as a dip for chicken satay or chicken fingers. Each of these vinaigrettes is all natural, vegan and gluten free.

We are excited to introduce a line of dressings that are vegan, fat free, oil free, gluten free and sweetened with agave and frankly, they taste great! They are perfect for people on a plant based diet and who want to stay away from processed foods,” said Terrapin Ridge Farms CEO Mary O’Donnell.


The Gracious Gourmet’s New Smoky Collection adds Three Spreads to its Award-winning Condiment Collection

The Gracious Gourmet‘s Smoky Collection delights the palate with three new spreads: Smoky Ginger Peach, Smoky Pepper Pineapple and Smoky Sherry Onion. Each product is enhanced with the smoky flavor one would get from wood grilling the fruits or vegetables. And, each is perfect for a multitude of uses in both sweet and savory dishes. The Gracious Gourmet’s aim is quite simple: every meal can be a special occasion. The new additions will make their debut at the 2014 Winter Fancy Food Show, January 19-21 in San Francisco.

The Gracious Gourmet’s condiment collection and–and will– enliven any occasion by providing timesaving additions that can be used for cheese plates, roasted meats, salad dressings, recipe enhancers and more. Each recipe minimizes the use of sugar, salt and oil to deliver all-natural products, many of which are naturally gluten free and vegan. The three new products are no exception:

Smoky Ginger Peach Spread: Juicy peaches are cooked with fragrant exotic cardamom, cinnamon and white pepper and accented with a delicate smoky flavor to accompany practically anything from the grill, cheeses, ice cream and more.
Smoky Pepper Pineapple Spread: The flavor of sweet ripe pineapple is accentuated with the pungency of bay leaves and black pepper. Its subtle smoky accent is perfect for poultry, ribs, cheeses, ice cream and so much more.
Smoky Sherry Onion Spread: Sweet yellow onions cooked to a marmalade consistency with a background smoky flavor and notes of sherry wine make this the ideal condiment to pair with almost anything from a juicy steak to grilled vegetables to cheese.
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Each of the new products is available in an 8-oz. glass jar featuring vintage-inspired botanical labels that fit with the product line’s classic yet contemporary feel. Each jar looks good enough to give as a gift or serve alone on the table with crackers. Suggested uses are also listed.

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Based in Bridgewater, Connecticut, Nancy Wekselbaum founded The Gracious Gourmet in late 2006 using her personal recipes crafted from a love of exceptional food and inspired by many personal and professional travels around the globe. The growing line of specialty food products can transform ordinary dishes into exceptional ones without any fuss. The quality of The Gracious Gourmet’s products is second to none, and their uses are nearly unlimited. Winner of the NASFT sofi Gold Award for Outstanding Condiment for Spiced Sour Cherry Spread and a 2009 sofi Silver Finalist for Outstanding New Product for Dilled Carrot Tomato Tapenade, the line also has proudly won awards each year since 2007 by the Connecticut Specialty Food Association.