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Fresh Origins at StarChefs International Chef’s Congress 2013

By | Edible Flowers, Events, Herb & Flower Crystals™, MicroGreens | 792 Comments

Fresh Origins takes home the 2013 Innovator Award

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This year’s 8th Annual Starchefs.com International Chefs Congress in New York City proved to be again, nothing short of amazing. Each year the ICC issues four Innovative Awards, for each category: Food and Beverage, Heavy Equipment, Specialty Equipment, and Tabletop and Smallwares. These achievements are given to culinary businesses and professionals that offer the cutting-edge products on the market today that push forward the culinary frontier. Winners are determined by votes made by the symposium’s attendees.

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This year we entered our Flower Crystals® Hibiscus to compete in the Food and Beverage category and we won! Luckily, many of the culinary professionals there were using our products in competitions, workshops, demonstrations and tasting segments.

Fresh Origins sponsored the Pastry Competition and a Workshop:

Workshop: Micro Greens, Macro Flavor Combinations, a Savory Wrap-up – presented by Chef Philip Foss of El IdeasImagehttp://www.starchefs.com/cook/events/icc/2013/wrap-up/savory

Philip used Fresh Origins Cucumber Blossoms, Micro Cucumber, Micro Tangerine Lace™, Petite Basil Nutmeg™, and TinyVeggies™ Radish, with leaves that can be flash fried for added texture. He proceeded to plate the ingredients two ways: using an array of Mediterranean flavors including braised octopus, Cinqo Jotas Bellota ham, and watermelon, wow!

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Here are some of the other events that featured our Microgreens:

Welcome Dinner: Chef Elizabeth Falkner’s restaurant: Corvo Bianco – Chefs had tables set up and cooked in front of guests – chef station style – they used our products, including Tod Gray, Gabriel Frasca, Alex Talbot, Aki Kamozawa, Adam Marca, Melissa Kelly, and of course Elizabeth Falkner!

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See more photos here:

http://www.starchefs.com/cook/photos/icc-2013-welcome-dinner-corvo-bianco-ny

Eat@ICC – lunch on the trade show floor included pop up restaurants, food stands and booths serving food

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See more photos here:

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The Vitamix Challenge – you guessed it, a food competition using vitamix blenders http://www.starchefs.com/cook/icc-sponsor/vitamix/vitamix-challenge/201

At the Main Stage, chef demos

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The Congress Cocktail – here mixologists served drinks on the trade show floor and used our products for tasting.

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We are so grateful to the many chefs and exhibitors who used our products and to all the attendees that were able to visit and vote for us at our booth – we thank you!Image

Ending the Year with New Festive Flavors – Fruit Crystals® Pumpkin Spice & Cranberry

By | Edible Flowers, Events, Herb & Flower Crystals™, MicroGreens | 1,365 Comments

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Last November we revisited the Culinary Institute of America’s Worlds of Flavor® International Conference & Festival. It was a wonderful learning experience that brought together hundreds of the world’s finest Chefs. At the World Marketplace, we showcased our two new holiday flavors, Fruit Crystals® Pumpkin Spice and Cranberry.

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During the reception each day and several food demonstrations, lunches & seminars, many of the chefs including one of our own, Chef Kelly Sasuga, enhanced their plates with our Microgreens & Edible Flowers.

One of Kelly’s dishes was a Mini Pumpkin Cheesecake with Chantilly Cream, topped with Fruit Crystals® Pumpkin Spice & Micro Basil:

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This was a huge hit! Attendees really loved the presentation, flavors and textures.

Chef Elizabeth Falkner used our products in her ISI demo!

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Here’s some other food & drink samples from the World Marketplace with our products!

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Up next, we will be making a scene at the New York Produce Show and Conference on December 10th – 12th. So if you are looking to try a sample of our new Fruit Crystals or looking to check out our newest microgreens be sure to come to our booth 234 and say hello!

Brightening the Holiday with What is New on the Farm!

By | Edible Flowers, Herb & Flower Crystals™, MicroGreens | 1,316 Comments

Christmas week is finally here and we at Fresh Origins would like to share with you all what’s new at the farm this season – our Micro Hibiscus and Mini Fruit Crystals® Cranberry! Our featured Winter flower is our MicroFlowers™ Lavendar. Here are a few recipes and taste profiles, surely it will hopefully help you out and spark some new ideas for your upcoming holiday recipes.

Micro HibiscusSesame Crusted Seared Rare Ahi, Wasabi Rice, Hibiscus-Orange Buerre Blanc, Sauteed Veggies

Micro Hibiscus: Sesame Crusted Seared Rare Ahi, Hibiscus-Orange Buerre Blanc, Wasabi Rice, and Sauteed Veggies

Mini Flower Crystals® Cranberry1Cranberry-Rosemary Mojito rimmed with Mini Fruit Crystals® Cranberry

Mini Fruit Crystals® Cranberry: Cranberry-Rosemary Mojito

z MicroFlower™ Micro Lavender Flower™Lavender-Vanilla Honey Custard, Apple-Pecan Crust

MicroFlowers™ Lavender Flower: Lavender-Vanilla Honey Custard, Apple-Pecan Crust

If you are interested in what is new on the farm lately and would like to try some samples, feel free to contact us!

And from all of us here at Fresh Origins, have a very Merry Christmas and a spectacular New Years!

Fresh Origin’s 2014 Trade Show Forecast

By | Edible Flowers, Events, Herb & Flower Crystals™, MicroGreens | 1,241 Comments

Now that the year has begun, we would like to share with you all the events Fresh Origins will be attending for the first quarter. We’ve provided a few links to each event, so check it out and register to attend before it is too late!

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Where to Expect Us

  • Natural Products Expo West: March 6th – 9th, Anaheim California Booth: 5774. Where business and natural products meet. Understand what retailers, distributors, health practitioners, manufacturers and suppliers are looking for. This show focuses on the newest natural trends.

  • Catesource Conference Show: March 23rd – 26th, Las Vegas Nevada, Booth: 312. A great event to learn and educate yourself on the latest culinary concepts, practices and resources. Perfect products for Caterers!

  • Nightclub and Bar Convention: March 24th – 26th, Las Vegas Nevada, Booth: 628. If you are involved in or interested in the bar, beverage, nightclub, and restaurant industry – this is the event to attend for you. See the latest and greatest inventions for cocktails.

Along with our traditional line up of unique Microgreens, we will also be highlighting a few new products at each show, such as new flavors of Crystals!

What are you waiting for? Experience what the latest and greatest culinary specialties are this 2014. Come and join us at our booths!

Fresh Origins Hits the Road: New York, Anaheim & Las Vegas (2X)!

By | Edible Flowers, Events, Herb & Flower Crystals™, MicroGreens, PetiteGreens | 779 Comments

March is finally here! This month, we’ll be attending 4 trade shows, back-to-back. Every event caters to a unique group of food professionals. We’ll be showing our Microgreens, Edible Flowers, Herb & Flower Crystals™ and other specialty items to chefs, restaurant owners, caterers, mixologists, foodservice distributors & retailers.

International Restaurant & Foodservice Show of NY:
Booth: 1456
Microgreens & Edible Flowers on Center Stage

We’re starting off at the International Restaurant & Foodservice Show: www.internationalrestaurantny.com/Show-Info/ in New York. This show is exciting and fast-paced, attracting a huge crowd of industry professionals including high-end restaurant chefs and those who supply them.

Every kind of food product and restaurant supply you can imagine will be on display at this show – from tablecloths to point-of-sale systems, from stoves to lighting. The show also features many great cooking demonstrations & sampling, chef competitions, food service education sessions, and other breakout sessions that restaurant people love.

Many of our customers attend this show, and they’re eager to see & taste our new products, such as our signature specialty Herb & Flower Crystals™. We enjoy having the chance to catch up with our friends and customers – and win some new ones too.

Natural Products Expo West:
Booth: 5758
A New Market for our Microgreens

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After New York, we’ll be traveling back to the West Coast for Natural Products Expo West: http://www.expowest.com/ew13/public/enter.aspx in Anaheim, California. It’s our first time exhibiting at this trade show, where buyers for retail stores attend to see the latest natural, and health-oriented products.

So why is Fresh Origins going to be there? We’ve seen microgreens for sale in a few retail grocery stores recently – and frankly, the quality is poor. We believe there are two reasons for this: first, we think retail store buyers are unfamiliar with quality standards for microgreens, so they don’t know what to expect – or demand. We have always sold to the nation’s top Chefs who demand great quality. Second, the quality of the microgreens is poor due to growing methods and less than ideal growing climates.

We see Natural Products Expo West as a huge opportunity for us to show retail buyers that we offer the very best, microgreens available, and demonstrate that Fresh Origins microgreens would be a great addition to their produce department.

Catersource:
Booth 2536
Microgreens, Edible Flowers & Herb Crystals™: the perfect finishing touch to Wedding Hors d’ oeuvres

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During the second half of March, we’ll be attending not one, but two shows in Las Vegas. We’re old hands at Catersource [http://www.catersource.com/conference-tradeshow/attend], a fantastic show that pulls in at least 7,000 catering professionals from across the country.

Caterers have been especially aware of the benefits of using our Microgreens and Edible Flowers – for them, food has to look as good as it tastes, and taste as good as it looks. Our Microgreens and Edible Flowers are a big draw at Catersource because they are unique and attractive, perfect for special events, especially weddings. Speaking of weddings…our gorgeous Crystallized Flowers are an amazing, all natural addition for cakes & cupcakes.

We also enjoy this show because we see so many of our customers here. It’s very social for us – lively and lots of fun. We also like the fact that we really stand out at Catersource, since we’re offering such unique and beautiful products there.

Nightclub & Bar Convention:
Booth 628
Herb & Flower Crystals™ for Mixologists

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Another first-time event for us, the Nightclub & Bar Trade Show http://www.ncbshow.com/why-attend-0 is where we will introduce a new product line: our Mini Herb Crystals™ & Mini Flower Crystals™. This is a finer-grained version of our popular Fennel, Rose, Basil and Mint Crystals that chefs and caterers use as an exciting & versatile ingredient in all kinds of dishes.

We’ve met several mixologists who love the garden-fresh tastes, new textures and beautiful colors they can introduce into their drinks with our new Mini Herb & Flower Crystals™, fresh Edible Flowers and even our fresh Microgreens.

We designed our new Mini Crystals for rimming cocktail glasses. The smaller granules adhere to the glass rim better than our larger Flower and Herb Crystals™, offering mixologists a way to accent drinks with color while injecting a blast of amazing flavor and exciting crunch.

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We’ve researched other sugared products out there, and none compare to our crystals, with their naturally pure vibrant colors, our intense flavors and crunchy texture. That’s right – we add nothing artificial to our crystals. All the color and flavor comes directly from the fresh herb or flower.

If you’re planning to be at any of these shows, we’d love to see you! Please stop by our booth, sample some of our Edible Flowers, Microgreens and our Herb and Flower Crystals. Tell us what you think! We want your feedback, and we love kicking ideas around with our Chef & foodie friends.

Recipe: Citrus Ceviche with Flower Crystals™ Fennel

By | Herb & Flower Crystals™, Recipes | 914 Comments

 

Citrus, Seafood & Fennel! A perfect Ménage à Trois. 

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Yield: 10 standard portions (10 cups –  1 cup per serving)

Ingredients: 

  • Shrimp .5 lb
  • Scallops .5 lb
  • Red Snapper .25 lb
  • Tomatoes, Heirlooms Mixed Colors 3 ea.
  • Tomatoes, Cherry 1 package
  • Onion Red Large .5 ea.
  • Cilantro .5 bunch
  • Jalapenos 1 or 2 ea. (depending on how spicy you want it)
  • Avocados 1 ea.
  • Tangerines 4 ea.
  • Lime Juice 16 oz
  • Lemon Juice 16 oz
  • Orange Juice 8 oz
  • White Wine .5 cup
  • Tobasco 1 tsp
  • Salt, Pepper, Paprika TT

 

Directions:
Chop up seafood, onions, tomatoes, & avocados into small dice. Mince cilantro. Peel tangerines and chop into small dice. Add citrus liquids to a large bin/bowl, add all other ingredients and make sure they are covered in citrus liquid. Refrigerate for 2 hours. Serve cold. Top with 1 tbsp of Fresh Origins Flower Crystals™ Fennel per serving.

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The intense fennel flavor pairs great with seafood, while the sweetness is a nice contrast to the sourness of the ceviche. The bright yellow all natural color of these crystals really stands out! 
Recipe by Kelly Sasuga

Edible Flowers to Embellish Your Valentine’s Day Menu!

By | Edible Flowers | 743 Comments

Valentine’s Day is for lovers – and it’s also for restaurateurs who love seeing their reservations fully booked!

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You’ll want to make your diners’ Valentine’s Day meals truly memorable. So why not try something new this year? Garnish your plates with fresh or crystallized edible flowers! Floral additions create great visual appeal, and if you’re really clever, you can help your diners convey a nuanced message of love to their loved ones.

Edible flowers can tell a love story!

Roses are, of course, the classic flower of love. We offer both fresh and crystallized roses at Fresh Origins. They look terrific on chocolate desserts of course, but don’t stop there. You can float roses on gazpacho, dress up drinks, or use rose petals to create a bed for seafood or other classic entrees.

ImageRed roses indicate passionate, romantic love, and the deep red petals are a great contrast to many foods.

Light pink roses convey youthful passion and the joy of life.
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Want to convey both love and excitement? Mix red and yellow roses for contrast and another layer of meaning.

Perhaps you’ve already gone the Roses route for Valentine’s Day, and you’re looking for something new and different. Did you know pansies are also a traditional love flower? Pansies appear throughout literature and art as an expression of grace, delicacy and tenderness, as indicated by some of their alternate names: “Jump Up and Kiss Me” or “Pink of my John.”

Beautify salads, fruit plates and cocktails with colorful, Edible Pansies for whimsical and unique floral touch. Available Fresh or Crystallized in blues, yellows, reds, pinks, & purples!

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Want to be even more innovative for Valentine’s Day 2013? Try accenting your cheese platters & desserts with Snapdragons, symbols of gracious womanhood. Available Fresh or Crystallized.

ImageOr go for bright & colorful amaranth blossoms: our signature Firestix™ or Sparklers™ which symbolize immortal love. These flowers add a blaze of color and incredible height to any plate.  Incredibly long lasting & durable! ImageBright majenta Sparklers™ really dress up chocolate desserts.

ImageWe’re not sure what the meaning of our micro star flowers is, but they sure are a glamorous finishing touch to desserts, such as macaroons. Hues of pinks & reds make them to perfect addition for this holiday!

Flower Crystals™ for sweetness, texture & color

Here’s one more idea to liven up your Valentine’s Day plates: Flower Crystals™ Rose. ImageOur signature Herb & Flower Crystals are sweet and powerfully flavored. You can use them to kick up the flavor profile of your desserts and appetizers, while adding an exciting crunch, and a splash of color. Sprinkle them on oysters or other aphrodisiacs like chocolate!

These are just a few ideas for adding visual interest and complex flavor to your Valentine’s Day menu. Have any ideas you’d like to share? Tell us about them in the comments below! If you send us a photo to: Kelly@freshorigins.com, we’ll post your idea on our Facebook page!

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Edible Flowers: From Start to Finish!

By | Edible Flowers | 1,605 Comments

Today’s top restaurants are finding ways to incorporate edible flowers in many aspects of their menus.  At many luxurious establishments, you may see an edible flower garnishing your pre-dinner drink.  The appetizer or salad may be sprinkled with vibrant, tasty, edible flowers and your main course can contain at least one, if not a blend of edible flowers to enhance the flavor and visual appeal of the dish.  For dessert you will find that many pastries and sorbets contain edible flowers either as an ingredient, or as a garnish.

At Fresh Origins, we offer only the finest edible flowers with the understanding that, when it comes to fine cuisine, beauty without taste means nothing.  Our edible flowers are not only brilliant in color and texture, but also in flavor.  We take great pride in harvesting our edible flowers at the height of quality.  Our shipping methods ensure that the edible flowers will arrive at your restaurant fresh and presentable. Upon arrival, you can use the edible flowers however you desire, with the assurance that their flavor and appearance will not compromise your dish.

For more information on how you can feature edible flowers from Fresh Origins at your fine restaurant, please contact us.