One Year Anniversary

Posted by Annette Bellisari on



What a year. I can’t believe it has been one year since we launched Bellisari’s and Gourmet Convenience. I think it is human nature to want things to “move faster” but I don’t think we could move any faster. We are now in more than 40 stores in 6 states, working on new products to launch this summer and continuing to come up with new ideas and ways to share “Gourmet Convenience.” For those of you who don’t know our story, here it is again and it rings even more true today. For both of us family is everything. Sitting around with our family talking about food is just icing on the cake.

What is Bellisari’s?

The age-old question of defining who we are. In a word… we are family. We are aunts, uncles, mothers, brothers, and friends gathered around the kitchen island, sharing life and love. We are listening to Grandpa tell the same stories he’s told for years. We are laughing at Dad’s famed secret ingredient (the secret is sage, but no one has the heart to tell him we all know). We are laughter and good food.

We are passion: Passion for simple, bold ingredients that let the flavors shine, passion for creativity in the kitchen, and passion for culinary combinations that make it all too easy to celebrate any occasion.

We created Bellisari’s with a distinct vision of togetherness. We wanted to create high-quality products our whole family could be proud of. With a few secret ingredients for a unique taste, but with a familiar feeling that takes you back to that kitchen island. Our food wants you to feel surrounded by warmth, stories, delicious smells, memories, and family and friends.

Gourmet convenience is not just a slogan for us.

It’s a lifestyle that guides every amazing and delicious decision we make at Bellisari’s.

To me, gourmet convenience means the marriage of high quality ingredients with unique flavors that have been carefully put together through a passion for food.

As a busy working mom, I try to keep myself sane by surrounding myself with moms who feel as happily exhausted and overwhelmed as I do, but love good food. When we meet to talk about a book, a cuisine from a specific country, or even just to have a glass of wine, we all feel the need to bring a dish that is considered “gourmet.” To attend an event with cheese and crackers just doesn’t cut it anymore. Now, you know and I know, that our friends do not care what we bring, as they are just happy to see us. But, it still feels great to show that you really can do it all.

And that is where gourmet convenience comes into play. At Bellisari’s, we strive to make that gourmet appetizer, entrée or even a breakfast something that tastes amazing but doesn’t take a long time or lots of ingredients to prepare. We want you to walk into that party feeling confident that the appetizer you made is absolutely delicious. And no one has to know you made it in five minutes with only three ingredients! Our Burger Sauces and Spreads are here to make you look great and make your friends’ taste buds love you even more. That is what Gourmet Convenience means to us!

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