CAMF (that’s us – Canandaigua Art & Music Festival) got the scoop on a tried-and-true Festival exhibitor, Gourmet Creations. Stacie Bourne and her mother work together to make spice blends that come alive when you add olive oil, sour cream, mayo, yogurt, hummus, cream cheese or whipped cream.
When did you start? “15 years ago my mother and I started making our dips in our kitchen with a variety of herbs and spices.”
What goes in a blend? “We use herbs and spices from all over the country from dill weed to dehydrated raspberries in our blends.”
How do you develop new blends? “We’re inspired to create new flavors based on current food trends and fresh combinations of spices.”
What new for the Festival? “Come try our new Cucumber Dill mix in Canandaigua!”
What have you learned from creating your business? “What we learned best in creating our Gourmet Creations is that it is worth being patient to make something great!”
Where else can people buy your blends? “We do art & craft shows all over the country and sell on our website at www.gourmetcreations.net.”
Stacie Bourne and her Mother Charlotte began creating gourmet dips, dessert mixes and olive oil blends out of necessity.
“We like to cook gourmet dinners, and we found we didn’t care for a lot of the dips we could buy, or we were allergic, so we started creating our own,” explained Stacie.
Olive Oil Blends delight the palate
That’s how Gourmet Creations was born. Stacie and Charlotte started small, preparing products from herbs and selling them at flea markets. Soon, they expanded their product line to incorporate suggestions from people they met. Now their business has grown so much that they have assistance mixing and packaging the herbs.
More than 30 different dessert mixes, some sugar-free
“Most of our products are sold at craft shows or through our internet business, which has really grown. People love our products for fundraising events too. A number of our clients buy the products at wholesale and sell it in gourmet, gift and specialty shops.”
When asked about their top seller, Stacie responded, “Definitely the Roasted Garlic and Herb Olive Oil Blend! We package the perfect combination of herbs together, so all you do is add olive oil. That’s part of the reason we’ve been so successful – people are looking for fast and easy ways to create delicious meals.”
Stacie and Charlotte Bourne invite you to stop by the Gourmet Creations booth at the Canandaigua Art & Music Festival.