Enrico and Maria from the town of Biella – Alta Valle Elvo
This fourth generation family-owned cheese business employs 12 associates in the making of their regional Toma formaggio. The family uses milk exclusively from one kind of cow. This breed is exclusive to the region and is known for producing less milk, but of a much higher quality than other cows. The milk comes from 37 regional dairies.The company produces three batches of cheese per day, representing 1200 kilos of cheese. This family has been making cheese for more than one hundred years in the area.
It’s harvest time! It is that time of year again and Fall Harvest bread is back. It is loaded with cranberries, walnuts, raisins and a little bit of pumpkin for good measure. It’s a wonderful breakfast bread as well as a great mid day snack. This bread will be available through the fall.
Creminelli – Salumificio di Vigilant
This family business in the town of Biella is owned by the Creminelli family. If that names sounds familiar it is. Cristiano Creminelli makes the original salumi recipe in Salt Lake City and is the oldest son of Umberto and Maria Creminelli. Maria and Umberto work daily in the production of this regional staple. What we learned is the processed pigs arrive on Monday and the rest of the week is spent creating all different types of salumi. The family lineage started making salumi in the 1700′s. Commercially the family started offering their products in the second generation. It’s known in the family that salumi never sleeps. While they create the product daily it takes several days for the final product to be ready to eat. We were lucky enough to sample some great varieties of what they had recently produced. Mama Creminelli wanted all of us to give Cristiano a big hug when we returned to the states. It was evident of the love they share for family and the salumi they create.
After three days at the event there was an overwhelming feeling that the hundreds of vendors represented were so passionate and proud of what they were showing. Education was important to these purveyors of all kinds of great food. A significant element of the different vendors was the pairings of their products with other local and regional products to elicit a better rounded flavor profile. Producers from all over the world and more than 300,000 people attended the event. Held every other year, the event focuses on sustainable products and is presented by Slow Food. Slow Food, which was founded in Italy, also has a chapter in Utah.
From Salone del Gusto the group embarks on a tour of several different regions of Italy; Polenza, San Giuliano Terme, and Milan. The group will also visit producers we currently work with, like Creminelli salumi, and meet people of the region to broaden our understanding of great food.
Why Italy? Harmons is committed to a better understanding of where great food is embraced as a part of their culture and lifestyle. As a fourth generation family owned business, the Harmon family appreciates the generations of Italian family businesses that have nurtured and grown regional specialties. Their respect for the origin from which great food comes from, whether it be from gardens, orchards, farms or dairies is critically important to Harmons in how they do business. Most people of the region live close to the source of most of what they eat. We appreciate this value in their culture and hope to bring elements of this same philosophy back to the associates in our stores.
We experienced Salone del Gusto while in Torino, Italy. While there we met a family cheese maker in Vielle Piedmonte and paid them a visit. Twelve people make 1200 kilos of cheese from 12,000 kilos of milk from special cows. They are fourth generation family makers of Toma cheese.
EXTREME GRAPES!!!! The Holiday Seedless grapes have arrived and they are the largest seedless grapes available. Grown exclusively by the Caratan Family in California’s San Joaquin Valley, these dark red beauties are bigger than your thumb! Not only are they big, these monsters are currently the sweetest grapes in the Produce Department. They are only available for a short time so get them while they last.
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