The Cheese Course pampers dairy devotees with more than 150 artisanal cheeses, plus a thoughtfully constructed menu of delectable comestibles. Regional trios of cheeses ($12.95) allow connoisseurs to expand their palates without undergoing primordial tongue stretching. Nibble your way through a patriotic mélange of American cheeses that includes Cypress Grove Humboldt Fog goat cheese (CA), Old Chatham camembert (NY), and Pleasant Ridge Reserve (WI), or snack on a Franco-centric sampling of Sainte-Maure, camembert, and comté. Each trio comes with accoutrements such as sliced baguettes and sundried tomato pesto, but more substantial hungers can also be halted with the help of an array of sandwiches, such as an albacore white tuna melt with gruyere ($8.45), or with the greeneried goodness of a salad, such as English field greens with blue cheese, caramelized walnuts, and mustard-shallot vinaigrette ($7.95). Breakfast items, such as herb omelette baguettes ($8.45) and homemade quiche ($8.45), are served morning, noon, and night, creating a dangerous paradox of logic in which every meal is the most important of the day.
Packaged by the ounce, The Spice & Tea Exchange hand-mixes spices from around the world to create their unique blends and rubs. Banish blandness from any meal with a wide variety of spices (starting at $0.99 per ounce), more than 60 custom blends and rubs (starting at $4.89 per ounce), and a ton of salts, peppers, and chili powders (starting at $0.49 per ounce). Office workers can wean themselves off the teats of the break room's coffee-cow with dozens of loose-leaf teas ($4.89 per ounce) sweetened with more than 12 flavor-infused sugars ($4.89 per ounce), including blueberry sugar, spicy habanero sugar, and espresso sugar. The Spice & Tea Exchange's huge variety of flavors make it easy to fulfill long-held cooking fantasies, be it a robust hickory-flavored manticore or topping a freshly grilled cheeseburger with unicorn-radish.
Orange Leaf's self-serve frozen-yogurt stations tempt dessert lovers with a line-up of more than 55 flavors, including gluten-free and no-sugar-added options, and 35 toppings. Tongues can traipse across timeless frozen-yogurt flavors such as classic tart, cherry, and chocolate, or less-trodden tastescapes such as peanut butter, red velvet, and gingerbread ($0.49/oz.). Then guests bedeck desserts with mounds of toppings, adorning their yogurt with such options as marshmallows, chewy mochi, and fresh fruits similar to those worn by generals in the Oompa Loompa army. The staff weighs completed creations on a scale before guests dive into their edible masterpieces spoon first.
When Scott Harris noticed that his office staff's productivity and energy levels soared after arranging for a chef to cook healthy meals for them, he knew he was onto something. Soon after, he partnered with Olga Kuzenkov to found DeliverLean. The company whisks healthy, portion-controlled meals to busy individuals and families, providing convenient, nutritious cuisine made with natural ingredients.
A trio of executive chefs oversees the creation of customized meals, which include low-calorie, gluten-free, and organic options. They've also created a line of cold-pressed juices and a line of sensible yet tasty desserts. In addition to creating healthy meals, DeliverLean has been honored for creating jobs, placing number eight on Inc's Hire Power Awards for the food and beverage industry.
It's hard to imagine that there's a libation out there that Crown doesn't carry. With a selection that spans vineyards, distilleries, and breweries from around the world, the bottles lining each location come from both small, artisan makers and those universally famed for their grapes or techniques. Home mixologists can cull inspiration for cocktails from a selection of top-shelf-brand mixers or pair their tipple of choice with gourmet snacks, from bush-pepper macadamia nuts to dirty martini party dip. But tastings may be the most distinctive thing about Crown Wine & Spirits. Whether customers stop in to try each location's daily offerings of wine or spirits—or for special tastings that cover dozens of wines, bourbons or beers—Crown's staff makes it easy to find a new favorite or to make up to your tongue for forgetting so many of its birthdays.
Candice Christopher puts her passion for baking on the back-burner until the day that she brought a batch of desserts to her office job. Her coworkers, friends, and family members so loved her creations that she decided to start her own business: Candy's Cake Pops was born. Now, she whips up cake pops in flavors such as key lime, gingerbread, and cookies and cream, rolling each sphere in icing and serving it on a stick. She packages her tiny creations in baskets, boxes, and on tiered cake stands.