Shop Specials!

Today we’ve unveiled our new shop-front in Marrickville. It’s not too big a change, but we’ve decided to make our product more easily accessible to our loyal customers and give it some love for the upcoming winter season… Along with the minor fixer-upper comes a whole new batch of product and specials.

The savings are absolutely unreal… We’ve got cookies for $1, bags of muesli for $10, Sausage/Spinach & Feta rolls for $5 a box (I know right! Come and feed the family!) and Caramel Slice for $5 a box too… the sales continue in-store.

Come and give us a visit to cop some hearty treats for as little as $4… That’s couch money!

Fantastic Food & Drink 2018!

At the beginning of the month we, Epicurean Kitchen, attended the Fantastic Food & Drink Expo in Darling Harbour, Sydney. The expo was held at the ICC Centre, which is newly built, making for an excellent space to present a myriad of products. Our stall was in collaboration with Opera Foods and we created a beautiful mess atop our fridge to showcase our delicious products.

We had large success with oncoming interest from consumers, distributors and small business’, sampling 4 iconic Epicurean products for 2 days straight. Tiramisu, New York Cheesecake, Carrot & Pineapple Cake and our Sydney Mud Cake. If you saw us at the show, come on down to our store in Marrickville and cop some extremely good prices for the products you love!

We’d like to say a big thanks to Opera Foods for giving us a home at this event & to the fantastic event coordinators (pun intended) for accomodating our needs and making the expo an absolute pleasure.

To keep up to date with all our stalls, events, new products or specials, follow our instagram! (@epicurean_kitchen)

SPOTLIGHT: Tiramisu, the Italian Classic

Espresso infused white chocolate mousse, layered between coffee-soaked sponge fingers, topped with dusting chocolate and finished with dark chocolate biscuit crumb, a creamy indulgent slice of coffee lovers heaven. After showcasing our Tiramisu at the Fantastic Food & Drink Expo, the overwhelming chorus of “mmm’s” and “wow’s” caused me to investigate why Epicurean Kitchen’s Tiramisu is just that good.

Tiramisu originated in Veneto, Italy, meaning “cheer-me up” or “pick me up”. There is a myriad of ways and process involved with making a version of the widely renowned dessert, including lots of alcohol, mascarpone and almonds, although the alleged ‘original’ recipe never used alcohol. There are a variety of other things you can use instead of traditional lady finger biscuits or ‘savoiardi’ as the Italians were sure to let me know when we were sampling… some of these options could be panettone, sponge or other sugary breads. The “ladyfinger” aspect could also be doused in Marsala, Kahlua, Tia Maria or other liqueurs depending on the overall flavor you’d be going for such as substituting it for Malibu or Brandy or Port or whatever your Nonna has in her cupboard…

After talking to the creator of the recipe himself, George, he told me that he adapted the recipe from an older cake called the Brandy Alexander Cake. Instead of soaking the sponge fingers in Brandy, he suggested dipping them in espresso coffee and adding a light dusting of sugar and cocoa powder to the top to create an original and innovative take on the classic cake. The dulled intensity of the cult espresso flavor is created by the espresso infused white chocolate mousse, presenting a robust and velvety taste yet simple to digest and easy on your palette. That mixture of juxtaposing tastes is what sets our classic Tiramisu cake apart from the rest.

Try it for yourself…

How to Host the Perfect Dinner Party

Tis the season for festive dinner parties and endless gatherings of friends and family. Perhaps it is your turn to host or to provide desserts, if so, we have got you covered.

The first thing you need to do is organise a guest list, try to choose people that you know will get along and remove the possibility of awkward dinner table chat and arguments about politics…

After you’ve deliberated your guest list, it’s super important to send out invites as the holiday season is jam-packed with events and obligatory functions. Be sure to include any additional information about a possible theme/pot-luck type of dinner.

Furthermore, the menu is a fundament for the gathering, so to start, identify any dietary requirements of your guests and then start to plan. Try to make the menu seasonal and interwoven, you wouldn’t want to serve a fresh fruity appetiser and a broth – it just wouldn’t go! Ensure that the menu also coordinates with the dessert, the most important part. It’s Christmas, people want to indulge and put their summer bodies on hold and any of Epicurean’s new and improved Christmas range would work perfectly at any dinner party. Try our Christmas slice or pudding and there’s even some cupcakes and Christmas themed mallow cones for the kids!

Once you’ve organised all of the above, it’s the perfect time to deck the table! Scout your local dollar stores for simplistic items such as glassware and candles. Don’t be afraid to splurge on a few statement pieces for the table… Pinterest always comes in handy!

Now on the day, bust out the Christmas bangers, dress up & drink up! Our guide to the perfect dinner party will be sure to make your event a success!

 

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Is Imitation the Highest Form of Flattery?

It’s hard to invent new ideas so we tend to innovate. Take existing ideas and throw your twist on them. The dessert industry is the same. Cakes and slices and treats are innovated every day with flavours and concepts that exceed the common imagination, but imitation goes both ways.

Companies with the same nature as Epicurean Kitchen often take ideas from our cakes and create their own. There is little problem with that except when they fail to meet the same standards of our product. Our iconic Mortal Sin cake is the most thieved idea among many cake shops, imitating the stratigraphic format. The four layers consist of a crumbly chocolate biscuit base topped with a smooth baked cheesecake layer, a dense hand folded mousse on top of that and the final layer is rich butterscotch cream.

It is no doubt that the cake has been copied and copied for years, but some fail to imitate. Which causes confusion and can ultimately damage the reputation of the glorious cake.

Perhaps it is the greatest compliment, but always strive for the best.

(And by that we mean, click the link below to buy the OG Mortal Sin!) Because it would be ungodly not to…

https://epicureankitchen.com.au/#/product/Mort

New Goodsome product?…

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Adding to our uber healthy and on-trend range of “goodsome” desserts, our genius chefs have come up with tantalising biscotti in a range of flavours, topped with coconut and stone fruits. 

 

The biscotti contains a mixture of wholemeal flour, nuts, seeds and cranberries, agave and raspberries to sweeten… topped with some wholesome love that gives back and nourishes your body with bunches of flavour.

 

 

 

 

 

Petite’s – What’s the go?

Our 2016 development of the Petite’s range is just what your storefront needs this summer. There are a wealth of reasons why the Petite’s are charming and delicious and a small but enormous asset to any business.

The Petite’s come in a range of delicious flavours, taking the most imperative features from the already existing product and gloriously transforming it into a small, bite-sized snack! There are Lemon, Lemon Meringue, Mixed Nut, Passionfruit, Raspberry and Salted Caramel Petites, all satisfying that desire for an in-between, sweet treat.

img_1114Advantageously speaking, the range are the perfect intermediate between a sugar craving and a nibble, an appetite for dessert but an appreciation for pint-sized things. Like those mini food tutorials that make people who hate cooking, want to cook. It’s a powerful concept, turning things tiny, often increasing the desire to obtain something if it is reduced to a minuscule state, thus portraying the value this range can add to your restaurant, cafe, event or gut.

All jokes aside, the Petite range highlight all the good parts of our signature products and can be brought together in a Mixed Petite’s Box valued at $20, containing 6 of those cute dessert bites.

Click the photo to be transported to a gallery of acute desserts.

So What’s the definition of “The greatest compliment?”

I have finally let go of my hatred to other cake manufacturers that copy our products. I have changed my way of thinking and decided to embrace this as a compliment. There are so many manufacturers that copy our ORIGINAL ideas including the name to try and steal some of our business. The only problem I still have in all of this, is that NONE of the other cake manufacturers do our cakes justice. All they do is fill them with cheaper crap and try to flog them as being “As good as Epicurean Kitchen” which most businesses realise it’s not the case once their customers complain about their cakes not tasting like ours.

Mort“The Original Mortal Sin Cake” which has been copied by many and still no one can achieve the full explosion of flavours that come with each separately prepared layers. I could go on about the slow baked NY cheesecake on a chocolate biscuit crumb base or the hand folded couverture chocolate mousse which is done like this so its dense and rich in flavour or our own caramel sauce that is whipped separately and then added to cream and whipped again so its light but not to light like whipped cream. See each of these layers takes time and it’s something we have done since it was introduced to the world back in 1998.

Its quite interesting when a national retail cake shop copies your product, I think this means that our Original Mortal Sin Cake must be catching the attention of some much bigger players, still it looks like crap and I can guarantee that it wont taste anything like ours.

All in all if it’s not an Epicurean Kitchen made “Mortal Sin Cake” then I’m sorry to say you wont experience the real thing but only a cheap nasty copy.

FOOD FOR THOUGH:)

My thought on marketing

Organise a Epicurean Tasting Night- Open to all businesses and public.

This way end users can mingle with retailers.

Taste testing

Product development

Interactive future product requests

Live facebook stream of event

Product comparisons Eg Mortal vs all other mortal

So What’s the definition of “The greatest compliment?”

I have finally let go of my hatred to other cake manufacturers that copy our products. I have changed my way of thinking and decided to embrace this as a compliment. There are so many manufacturers that copy our ORIGINAL ideas including the name to try and steal some of our business. The only problem I still have in all of this, is that NONE of the other cake manufacturers do our cakes justice. All they do is fill them with cheaper crap and try to flog them as being “As good as Epicurean Kitchen” which most businesses realise it’s not the case once their customers complain about their cakes not tasting like ours.

Mort “The Original Mortal Sin Cake” which has been copied by many and still no one can achieve the full explosion of flavours that come with each separately prepared layers. I could go on about the slow baked NY cheesecake on a chocolate biscuit crumb base or the hand folded couverture chocolate mousse which is done like this so its dense and rich in flavour or our own caramel sauce that is whipped separately and then added to cream and whipped again so its light but not to light like whipped cream. See each of these layers takes time and it’s something we have done since it was introduced to the world back in 1998.

Its quite interesting when a national retail cake shop copies your product, I think this means that our Original Mortal Sin Cake must be catching the attention of some much bigger players, still it looks like crap and I can guarantee that it wont taste anything like ours.

All in all if it’s not an Epicurean Kitchen made “Mortal Sin Cake” then I’m sorry to say you wont experience the real thing but only a cheap nasty copy.

FOOD FOR THOUGH:)