The prize in this month’s #eatdrinkTC Photo Contest is a gift basket from Traverse Gourmet, and we thought we’d share their story with you.
“Our company grew out of our love for the products and producers here in this unique corner of the world,” says Cile Plumstead who created Traverse Gourmet with her husband Norm. “Northern Michigan is an exciting place to be with socially conscious producers creating gourmet products in small batches with fairly traded ingredients. While we don’t farm or produce, we can bring the best products together and simplify shopping for artisan food in Northern Michigan.”
They were inspired by the collaborative effort of the region’s artisan producers who support each other and utilize each other’s products as ingredients for their own creation. While not everything in their online store is organic or fair trade, most are.
Cile explains, “We work with companies that are in it for the right reasons, who believe that the impact their business has on the world matters more than their profit margins. They produce their products in small, handmade batches and are connected to the communities where their ingredients come from. For example, both Grocer’s Daughter & Higher Grounds Trading Company work directly with the communities that grow their cocoa & coffee.”
One great item for the foodie on your list is their monthly Artisan Food Club, shipping a basket every month of fresh, of fresh products. They include a letter each month detailing where the products have come from and how they were made. The Food Club has a diverse selection of bread, chocolate, coffee teas, jams, nut butters, olive oil & balsamic vinegar, salsas & sauces and snacks, carefully selected to ensure you get a diverse selection.
Traverse Gourmet also creates corporate gift baskets and can customized them to best represent your company and reward your staff. Add your own company holiday card, holiday ornament, logo gear or anything else you dream up. Cile is eager to work with you to customize the perfect gifts. They must be doing a great job because all of their corporate clients are back again this season.
One neat thing about Traverse Gourmet is how they combine the flavors of Northern Michigan and the beautiful places we all know and love up here. The North Bar Beach Basket is the perfect example of how Traverse Gourmet creates baskets inspired by the places they are named after. The North Bar Beach Gift–chock full of items perfect for a summer picnic at just about any beach–includes a Traverse Gourmet Recycled Cotton Tote filled with:
- Food For Thought Organic Salsa Virtuoso™
- Great Lakes Tortilla Chips
- Great Lakes Tea & Spice Basalmic Fish Rub (so you can enjoy that fresh catch right away!)
- Naturally Nutty Organic Peanut Butter
- Pleasanton Brick Oven Bakery Golden Wheat Bread
- Grocer’s Daughter Pecan Thyme (hope you saved room for dessert!)
If you have anyone on your lists who loves gourmet food and Northern Michigan then Traverse Gourmet is the perfect holiday gift. They have worked very hard to keep the prices reasonable and gift baskets are as low as $35. “It’s all about how much we love the food up here and the people behind it,” Cile says. “We’re here to carefully tie it together, showcase it and ship the best of Northern Michigan directly to you.
You can learn much more about Traverse Gourmet on their website at traversegourmet.com.