Food & Wine Trendspotting: Gourmet-Level Home Entertainment


Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Those adhering to a stricter budget in these thrifty times are trimming dining out expenses through gourmet-class home entertainment.  This is good for business if you sell a product that enhances this in-home experience.  Such as our premium wine portfolio, perhaps.

Or gourmet desserts.  Like the frozen liquor-infused desserts from Sheri Tate.

I first met Sheri Tate at a neighbor’s 50th birthday party, where she was serving her liquor ice creams and sorbets from large tubs.  It was a rare treat and a memorable night.  I recall commiserating over the enthusiasm-destroying bureaucratic hurdles she had to jump over in launching her product.  So today’s press release about her newly re-branded “Silver Moon” product (left) made me smile.  Glad to see you still out there, Sheri!

I called her to congratulate her on the new brand, and asked why such a pricey product (~$9 for a pint) was doing so well in this economy.  She shared this wise insight “…People giving up expensive Saturday dinners at upscale restaurants are looking for a quality experience in the home, and our pints feed four for dessert.”  And it’s true, while I’ve always laughed at the words “Serves Four” on a (single serving!) pint of Ben & Jerry’s, Silver Moon’s frozen desserts have alcohol in them and are so rich with flavor that a pint really does serve four.

Seeking an in-home gourmet experience is the reason people are still buying premium wines to – what else turns a simple pot roast into a treat?  Same thing with a gourmet dessert.  (Click here to see where you can buy Silver Moon– Not in the Bay Area?  E-commerce available next quarter)

Speaking of frozen desserts, I must include another favorite.  When it comes to alcohol-free frozen dessert products, Bi-Rite Creamery is hard to beat.  Their frozen dessert products are sensational (I’m partial to the Salted Caramel ice cream).  Not recommended for those on a diet but, at $8 a pint or $15 a quart, the price serves as a natural governor on quantity.

Dave the Wine Merchant 

 Quote of the Day:
Ice cream is exquisite.  What a pity it isn’t illegal”     Voltaire, 1694 – 1778


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Published by Dave the Wine Merchant

I've followed my passion for wine to the four corners of the world in endless pursuit of more wine knowledge and experiences. There are few things in life more enjoyable than experiencing a new culture through its wine and food. Leveraging these experiences, I curate a small portfolio of constantly evolving producers. Like an art gallery's collection, my portfolio consists of hand-crafted wines from artisanal producers that I have personally selected. My goal is to discover boutique wines that taste like they cost more than they do. Come discover your next favorite!

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  1. Dave, Thank you for the article on Silver Moon Desserts. We are now available in your neighborhood – Real Foods on both Polk and Fillmore are carrying Silver Moon ice cream & sorbet.

    It was great hearing from you again and hope to see you at another SF party soon!
    Cheers, Sheri

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