Did you know that our logo is a tomato? Customers have scratched their heads over our logo for years, is it a peach? A cherry? Nope, it’s a tomato. And for good reason; we love tomatoes! We have DOP canned San Marzano Tomaotes for Neapolitan Pizza, semi-sundried tomatoes in oil, tomato pasata, tomato sauces, tomato spreads…
Last year while Scott was visiting producers in Southern France (poor guy) he got to talking with the farmers who grow our Prunes D’ente (the unequivocally awesome prunes from the Dordogne that have a snappy toothsome skin protecting the fragrant custardy interior, they are mind-blowing) and learned that these amazing prunes are only their side hustle. What really gets them jazzed are their tomatoes. Wait, what?
Isabelle and Marc Peyrey run their tiny company in the legendary Bergerac Countryside of Dordogne. There is no sign on the door, but their products have found their way into some of the finest French restaurants and cheese shops, and have traveled as far as Dubai, and now… Hennepin County.
As a native of Marmande, “the tomato capitol of Europe,” it wasn’t long before Marc took his top-secret “mi-cuit” (or, semi-cooked) process developed for the Prunes d’Ente and applied it to their fresh tomatoes. It takes 15-20 kg of fresh tomatoes to make 1 kg of his mi-cuit tomatoes confit. The “petals” are halves of Roma tomatoes, hand-peeled, seeded, and gently cooked in their own juices before being vacuum sealed with a bit of olive oil, basil, oregano, garlic, and just for Great Ciao: a pinch of Piment d’Espelette. Aside from the olive oil and seasonings, no coloring, preservatives or additional sugars are used in making any of their mi-cuit products. If you like our Italian Pomodoraccios, you’ll love the concentrated flavor of these tomatoes. The “petals” have been hand-seeded and skinned resulting in luxurious velvety texture, each “petal” is pristine and plate-ready. The tomatoes retain their sugar-sweet flavor from being picked at the peak of ripeness, and the subtle use of spices amplifies the tomatoes natural aroma.
Our new “Pétales de Tomates Confites” from Marc Peyrey, just arrived last week and are sold in vacuum packed 1 kg (2.2 lb) bags. Curious? Give us a call at 612.521.8725 or shoot us an email, we love talking about food!