A month ago, I was in Chicago for a Blogging Conference. You know, the one that if you hear one more damn thing about you’re going to scream?
Yea. That one.
Well, this post isn’t about that… sort of.
In Chicago, somehow, I was invited to attend a luncheon presented by the Nestle Corporation, who is the brand owner of Lean Cuisine (among others), and a new line of products called Honestly Good.
It was delish. You can read all about it here.
When I returned home I, of course, blogged about it. No one paid me. No one asked. But someone listened.
A week ago, I received a charming email from their head culinary Illuminati, Lucien Vendome.
He asked me to come see his top secret super hush-hush culinary brain trust and kitchens.
I was actually going to be in the neighborhood (2,000 miles away, but whatever) the next day.
I get around.
I was met by the uber charming, and culinary brilliance of David Bailey (Specialist in Innovation- cool, right?) who showed me the works (and the pots-n-pans), answered all of my questions, and unlocked any door I just had to get behind (Some of them were very cold, as in freezing).
This wasn’t a tour of their manufacturing facility. Boring.
That Country. Your Country. My Country.
Let me be clear- they are not paying me in any way for this post.
There are no coupons. No give-aways. No chef showing up at your house to cook for you in person (except they are sort-of).
I am sharing my experience because I understand the what and why and how of the revolution they are championing in bringing healthy tasteful exciting dishes to our stores, and to our tables.
What I mostly want you to understand is that these are not faceless robotic combinations of processed foods. The ingredients are fresh. The flavors wonderfully potent. The presentation beautiful.
These dishes are designed for health and flavor, and prepared with the least amount of handling in the industry (fresh sourced, low heat, quick cool downs, no artificial preservatives, low salt, etc) in a real kitchen, with a pantry, and shopping bags, and dirty dishes at the end of the day. (All that’s missing is the family dog, kid’s underfoot, and a grumpy husband).
There are real people behind the curtain.
They care about you and me, and your kids and your cat (well, maybe not your cat, but you get my point).
So instead of pshawing as you source your foods on your next trip by the grocer’s frozen section, why don’t we demand more from all the others.
I think I know who’s already…
|A Working Kitchen-
just like home.
|Walls of exotic species-
very similar to my spice wall, of course.
|Even they need to visit the farmer’s market once and again.|
|The pantry has REAL ingredients!|
|I do not get my aprons dry cleaned, however.|
|I love the Virgins.
I don’t know any, but I love them
|Chef David Bailey.
What a gracious host.
A Pleasant House
Roasted Red Pepper Chicken
with fresh Broccoli & Cavatappi pasta.It was DELICIOUS-
moist, flavorful, filling & low in calories!
|The three selections available at my local grocer.
There are six nationwide.
|Proudly Cooking up a Better Future.|