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Schoolhouse Kitchen Closes Its Doors

Part of what I like so much about going out and exploring the New York City foodscape is that I have the opportunity to meet genuinely amazing and passionate people who have created fantastic edible products for us to enjoy.  So, it is a bit sad to share this news today.  About a couple of weeks ago, Wendy Smith, President of Schoolhouse Kitchen, announced that they would be closing down their business effective the end of May 2012.

Samples at New Amsterdam Market

This post, however, is not to mourn, but, rather to let you know that for fans of their products, supplies of their spreadable fruits, chutneys, and vinaigrettes are still available by ordering via Schoolhouse Kitchen’s website, through this Friday, May 18.  I haven’t been over to the Whole Foods stores in the city as yet to see if some of their products are still on hand there.  You might also look to the website to see what other stores have stocked them to see if they still have some on the shelves as well.  Once they are sold out, these delicious items are gone for good.

Thai-Inspired Chicken Skewers

I had developed a few Recipes for the Schoolhouse Kitchen website, as well as featured several items in Product Giveaways and the company in a Product Spotlight back in November of 2010.  These recipes are still available on line, as of this writing.  One of my all-time favorites is the Thai-Inspired Chicken Skewers, which are a perfect summertime dinner starting point.  Over the next few months, I’m going to try to adapt this recipe to see if I can create a similar dish now that her incredible Citrus Coconut Vinaigrette is in limited supply.  I wish Wendy and her family well.  It was a real pleasure getting to  know them and in meeting her mother Patsy at the Fancy Food Show last year.  I hope that all of their future endeavors bring them joy and happiness, and I look forward to our culinary paths meeting again.

Buon appetito!