Vermont-based Gourmet Purveyor launches new Cheese Companions gift boxes that are perfect for gourmet gifts for foodies, stocking stuffers, or hostess gifts.
Online PR News – 10-August-2016 – Barre, Vermont – Blue Valley Gourmet, a Vermont-based company known for its line of conserves exclusively designed for cheese pairings, brings a European-inspired twist to this holiday season with the introduction of several new products perfect for holiday gift-giving.
"We are launching an "Original" Cheese Companions® Gift Trio Box of fruit conserves. In France, where I was born and raised, we don't have lunch or dinner without cheese," said Christine Sawyer, founder of Blue Valley Gourmet (bluevalleygourmet.com). "But in the U.S., serving fine cheese is more of an occasion. I created Cheese Companions to elevate the experience for people to savor the nuances of pairing cheese with other flavors from fruit, spices, herbs and honeys."
Blue Valley Gourmet's Cheese Companions are fruit conserves and specialty honeys inspired by popular cheese pairings throughout the world. Cheese Companions differ from traditional preserves and jams as they are less sweet, with spices and a bit of lemon juice to balance the fat of the cheese. Each combination, with its blend of of savory, fruity, and slightly acidic flavors, complements specific types of cheeses, with each lid providing the ideal pairing suggestions.
"Our flavors are rooted in tradition, from the Basque country and its tradition of offering cherry preserves with cheese, to Greece and its tradition of thyme honey paired with cheese," said Sawyer. "We spent more than six months traveling the world researching various cheeses and spreads, ultimately developing our first flavors, which feature a variety of fruits, lemon juice, and a special blend of spices. We chose to have conserves less sweet than jams, because jams are simply too sweet for cheese!"
The "Original" Trio Gift Box includes a selection of three Cheese Companions flavors, to match a range of cheeses from mild to sharp: Blueberry Chocolate, Cherry Thyme and Pear Ginger, which complement goat cheeses, gouda and soft alpine cheeses and blue cheeses, respectively.
The Trio Gift Boxes are great Gifts For The Foodie, or perfect hostess gourmet gifts for holiday parties, and priced at less than $25. Additionally, Cheese Companions offers each jar sold individually, ranging in price from $5.95 to $7.99, making them ideal Foodie gifts for stocking stuffers or Secret Santa gift exchanges. For the true foodie who loves small batch, local products and gourmet gift baskets, the Cheese Pairing of the Month Club is the perfect gift with a cheese board and knife, and monthly selections of a locally-selected Vermont cheese, a jar of Cheese Companions to complement the selected cheese, crackers, and the story of the local cheesemaker (3-month club subscription, $149).
ABOUT THE COMPANY: Founded in 2015 by Christine Sawyer, Blue Valley Gourmet specializes in Cheese Companions®, a line of honeys and fruit conserves with recipes made specifically for cheese pairings. The company's motto is "We want to "wow" you!" and aims to bring the best cheese pairing traditions from around the world, to the American cheese lover. The company strives to partner with local Vermont cheesemakers, and also uses organic spices and local ingredients whenever possible, without compromising flavors.