Posted November 23, 2005 by Nick Lindauer in Hot Sauce News

Garden Fresh Gourmet Salsa now available in Atlanta

FERNDALE, Mich., Nov. 23 /PRNewswire/ — Garden Fresh Gourmet Salsa, the best-selling fresh, all-natural refrigerated salsa that’s the envy of Texas, is finally available to Atlanta area residents looking for outstanding taste and freshness. America’s number one award winning salsa is available at Publix, Kroger and Whole Foods stores for $3.49 to $3.99, including delectable flavors like Artichoke Garlic, Sweet Onion, Jamaican Scotch Bonnet, and Thick & Chunky. In addition, Peach Pineapple and Mango Peach are part of the growing fruit salsa trend, according to Dave Zilko, Garden Fresh Gourmet’s director of marketing.

Garden Fresh Gourmet salsa is artfully produced in five-gallon micro batches using only the best, freshest ingredients and innovative packaging procedures for an extended shelf life.

“With the holiday entertaining season nearing, we’re happy to enliven Atlanta palates with this outstanding, ‘party in a cup’ salsa,” explains Zilko. “Given the myriad ordinary jarred, preservative-filled salsas on the market, fresh salsa this good is unexpected.”

The products recently sashayed into the heart of Texas and stole the show at September’s 10th Anniversary Fiery Food Challenge sponsored by Chile Pepper Magazine, where they swept the Hot, Medium, Mild and Specialty Fresh Salsa categories with unusual first, second and third place awards in each.

The company boasts more than 100 industry awards since 2000. In addition to enjoying salsa straight from the cup with a handful of crispy Garden Fresh Kettle Style Original Tortilla Chips, Zilko suggests there are many ways to incorporate fresh salsa into tasty, quick mealtime entrees. (See Chicken Jambalaya recipe.)

Garden Fresh Gourmet was founded in 1997 when Michigan restaurateurs Annette and Jack Aronson began experimenting with fresh salsa. Customer demand and a lucky encounter with a local grocery retailer led to large-scale production and widespread distribution. Garden Fresh Gourmet produces a half-million pints of fresh salsa monthly. Products are available in 35 states and Canada through major grocery retailers.

Garden Fresh Gourmet

Jack’s Chicken Jambalaya

Preparation Time: 15 minutes
Serves 4
1 pound diced, cooked chicken breast
15 ounces chicken broth
2 cups instant rice
1 pint Garden Fresh Gourmet Sweet Onion salsa
1 teaspoon Cajun seasoning

Heat together diced chicken breast pieces, chicken broth, salsa, and seasoning. Bring to near boil, then add instant rice. Remove from heat, cover and let stand 5 minutes. Serve and enjoy!

Nick Lindauer

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