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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