When her traditional seven-layer caramel cake began earning plaudits from magazines and television programs across the nation, it was only natural that Caroline Ragsdale Reutter would eventually score the endorsement of America’s favorite tastemaker: Oprah. The cake landed on Oprah’s Favorite Things list, helping draw a brand-new audience for Caroline’s shippable layered cakes and classic Southern cooking staples. Available in a customizable array of flavors, frostings, Best known for her rich caramel frostings and multi-layered confections, Caroline crafts treats ranging from gourmet take-out dishes to decorated cupcakes and wedding cakes. Available in a panoply of flavors, frostings, and fillings, cakes add a decadent finish to special events or can be kept frozen for up to six months to save the day during last-minute surprise parties. Caroline’s team also whips up heat-and-eat versions of homestyle Carolina and Maryland favorites, delivering tangy barbecue, cheesy biscuits, and tender lobster rolls to doorsteps or bathyspheres parked in shallow water.
Great Harvest handcrafts bread daily using only pure and simple ingredients. Each morning we fresh-grind premium whole wheat in the bakery and blend it with ingredients from nature, like yeast, salt and local honey. Great Harvest never uses chemicals or additives. The result is bread that tastes simply amazing.
Most bites of Mary's truffles lead to unexpected flavors. This is because she melts, rolls, and molds her chocolates with gourmet ingredients that are more commonly found in four-star restaurants. She sources her chocolate from Switzerland and Venezuela, the latter of which is organic and officially fair-trade. After infusing the chocolate with a carefully curated blend of flavors, she shapes it into smooth spheres, making them easier to swallow whole. Next, she tops each ball with Jasmine tea leaves, dredges it in bacon, or spangles it with glittering sea salt crystals. After a truffle tray is complete, Mary christens it with a name inspired by her life-changing trip to Ireland, such as "Cappuccino Loury," "Ginger Merrian Square," and "Bacon Murphy." Only then are the truffles finished, ready to bear the name Mary O'Malley Chocolatier.
Chick & Ruth’s is an all-American kind of place—every morning, as servers are passing out breakfast platters named after local politicians, everyone stops at precisely 8:30 a.m. to recite the Pledge of Allegiance. Further spreading its reputation from sea to shining sea is its 6-pound milkshake and 1.5-pound sandwich challenge, which was featured on Man v. Food.
Vince’s Tasty Creations fuels festivities with platters of palatable appetizers, entrees, and custom baked goods. Vince's staff can meet with customers to devise menus that accommodate an event's theme, atmosphere, or expected number of hot-dog-eating champions in attendance. Since robotic caterers are no longer legal, Vince's furnishes a professional human staff to assist with serving and carving stations. Delectable deli sandwiches accompany gourmet entrees of eggplant parmesan and honey-citrus baked ham to create an enticing midday function. For breakfast gatherings, a hot buffet of eggs, bacon, and home-fried potato helps daybreak diners awaken. Specialty red velvet, peanut-butter, and double-chocolate cupcakes emerge from ovens within 24 hours of their scheduled pickup time. The pastry professionals can also decorate wedding cakes with messages, personalized drawings, or fondant sculptures of couples' favorite love boats.
Ice cream cools hot mouths, gives spoons a purpose, and turns into soup, so it's both a dessert and second course. Try one of Baskin-Robbins's ice cream cakes—including flavors such as fudge crunch, Oreo Cookie, Reese's Peanut Butter Cup, and brownie a la mode—or indulge in soft serve, ice cream, sundaes, and more. For other sweet treats, go with doughnuts, which are renowned for being a superior form of bread; standout flavors include blueberry cake, Bavarian creme, Boston creme, glazed cake, jelly filled, French cruller, apple crumb, and more. If you prefer non-sweet food, bite into a bagel or one of the oven-toasted flatbread sandwiches that come in flavors such as chicken parmesan, ham and swiss, and turkey, bacon and cheddar.