9/27/2010

Sam's Club Headquarters Trip

Hi, it’s Gourmet Sister (Michelle) back from a food-filled trip to the Sam’s Club headquarters in Bentonville, Arkansas. As part of the tour of a Sam’s Club and the headquarters we got to try over 50 new products Sam’s will be offering in the next couple months. It was a tough job, but somebody had to do it. I can’t share info about all the new foods quite yet (AMAZING Holiday things coming!). But, here’s some highlights to get your mouth watering.

I was amazed how much time and taste-testing goes into each product Sam’s carries. For example, they only sell one variety of raspberries and it’s from a certain grower. This ensures that every time you buy raspberries they will have the same sweet taste. I do envy the person that travels all over the world choosing the perfect raspberry—what a yummy job. We did get to do a little taste-testing of our own at the Sensory Lab which included rating possible future products on taste, texture, appearance, etc. It is quite the process.

Coming to all Club bakeries in the next week or so are Artisan Breads. Baked throughout the day, these are sure to be a hit at my house; of course, they might not make it past the parking lot with my crew. Roasted Garlic was my favorite flavor with the pull apart Focaccia coming in at a close second. Don’t miss a chance to try these; they were wonderful and budget friendly.
Gourmet Grandpa got to be in on the taste testing for their new international cheese products. I loved all the cheeses, but the Rembrandt Gouda and the Kerrygold Salted Butter were favorites. But, after tasting the 20+ cheese products, you really couldn’t go wrong with any of them as a fun appetizer for a dinner or party. Ask you local Sam’s Club if the Tones “Spice Up America” Roadshow is coming to your town. Along with samples of foods cooked with their spices, you can get your pictures taken and “certified spice expert” labels made for your spice shakers at home. Now every time I open my spice cupboard I get to see myself smiling back. I actually do most of my cooking with Tones since they have little salt added and no MSG in their spices. More fun holiday food coming…including some truly fabulous desserts!!
Disclosure: Sam's Club covered all expenses for this trip, accommodations, and transportation. I was not compensated in any way for this post and all opinions, as always, are my own.