Discover Susie Timm’s fresh look at amazing specialty food as seen at the summer Fancy Food Show. It’s a great time to be alive with these options. Enjoy!
Taste of Cincinnati is upon us in just a few weeks. We’re pumped to attend this year! It’s a first for us and we barely can contain our excitement. Plus, we’re rollin’ in the Schnecken Shack. From the meeting last week with the chamber’s organizing force, I got to thinking what exactly makes award-winning food? (regrettably, the organizers didn’t see fit to include food trucks in the “best of” category this year.)
For us, great food is more than taste. It includes ingredients (it is made with the best, be free of icky junk). Great food is a feast for the senses too. Beyond the mouth, it has to look good too. Interestingly, studies show people eat with their eyes before anything else. So, texture, color, shape all influence my decisions on whether something is great, or just so so.
What about you? What makes you ooh and ah over a treat or meal?
Lot’s of conversation lately about the definition of artisanal. What is, what isn’t. Can big corporations create an artisanal product? To some extent, I find the discussion similar to the word “all natural” or any of the other buzz words that drive us to buy a product. There’s so much mispresentation and/or downright fraud in the food industry that it’s hard not to be skeptical about what claims manufacturers make.
And if you think it’s all big bad corporations that mislead consumers, think again. I am dismayed at the number of “local growers” who sell at farmers’ markets who really purchase their “homegrown produce” from wholesalers. That’s why reputable farmers’ markets actually tour the farms of their growers.
One thing I know for sure is at Queen City Cookies we create edible art everyday. Each baked good we make is created by hand in small batches. We cut the cookies by hand, decorate them by hand, and package them by hand. Each bakery artist leaves a bit of their personality and lots of love with every cookie, pie, schnecken, and package.
I believe you can see as well as taste the love in our products. So feel secure in the truth: Our products are truly artisinal.
But just in case the whole discussion is a bit tiresome, grab a piece of schnecken, a slice of crack pie, or a cookie and check out this post. I think it adds a bit of humor to the topic.
Wanted to share this great article with you. Enjoy!
My Soapbox: Peggy Shannon, Queen City Cookies
We also have a full line of beverages — Steez Tea, Synergy drinks.
We’re also very excited about our partnership with the Cincinnati Opera. With the opening of the 2012 season, Queen City Cookies will become the official bakery of Cincinnati’s grand opera company. From Die Meistersinger to The Magic Flute, Queen City Cookies has partnered with Cincinnati Opera to create cookies as magical as the performances at Music Hall. Our founding mission includes the support of extraordinary institutions in Cincinnati, so we are delighted to partner with the world-class Cincinnati Opera.
Saturday was a day of tests, turns, triumphs, and challenges. Creating a menu for our new endeavor that intrigues, satisfies, and is fiscally responsible is an art. The world is full of amazing tastes, textures, shapes and delights.
Did you ever wonder how people make their selections as to what stays and goes? It’s a tough call with so many wonderful options. But with limited space…and limited resources (both cost of goods and labor) I believe each baked good has to earn its keep.
We compiled a list of our favorites and then, one by one, judged them against each other. Time to make, cost of ingredients — each of these nudged one or the other out of the running. Our divining wand shimmered and sparkled at options that were unique and mind boggling beautiful.
That beauty is what Queen City Cookies stands for. We create magic in bites of joy that transports our guests to another world of happiness, if even for a moment. Now you don’t get that in everyday, average baked goods sold at convenience stores. It comes in thoughtful, awe-inspiring attention to detail, and a whole lot of love and passion for what we share with you.
Worked today with Lisa Ballard, our fantastic graphic designer, to create nothing less than an Oh My Goodness LOOK At THAT new food truck. We are close to launching the truck into the streets of Cincinnati.
It’s exciting to imagine people’s faces the first time they see the truck. We work hard every day to create a sensory explosion of magic for the mouth and the eyes. We’re getting close, but still have a long way to go.
Here’s some of the early drawings. We’ll see how the finished product looks!