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The following list is an abbreviated list of the brands and companies that have inspired me with my creations. I could never remember all the culinary geniuses that I have met on my journey as ‘The Ojai Cook’ and ‘The Shopping Cart Chef’.

All of these manufacturers, and more, have catapulted the American Supermarkets to be the best, most sophisticated, one-stop shopping places in the world. Their vision motivated by an ever increasing demand by an educated American public has given our world something far different than the choices of families in the 50’s and 60’s.

Congratulations to all those creative minds that go into bottles, boxes, freezers, snack packs, in every corner of every store....and an enormous Culinary Kiss to The National Association for the Specialty Food Trade, Inc. (NASFT) for bringing us all together so we can dazzle those retailers and consumers.


Al Dente, Inc.

B. R. Cohn Olive Oil Co.

Barefoot Contessa Pantry

Bella Cucina Artful Food

Brent & Sam’s Cookies, Inc.

Brianna’s Fine Salad Dressings

Cabot Creamery

Char Crust, Inc.

The Chocolate Traveler

Chronicle Books

Ciao Bella Gelato Co.

Coach Farm, Inc.

Cyprus Grove Chevre

Dave’s Gourmet

Divine Pasta Co.

Dufour Pastry Kitchens, Inc.


E. Waldo Ward & Son

El Paso Chile CO

Grafton Village Cheese Company

Hint Mint

J & M Foods

Just Off Melrose

Krinos Brand Taramosalata

LaBrea Bakery

Laura Chenel’s Chevre

Macy’s Cheesesticks

Marcel & Henri
Charcuterie Française

Mariani Packing Company

McConnell’s Ice Cream


Michel Blanchet’s Cordon Blue Smoked Fish

Nueske’s Applewood Smoked Meats


N.Y. cake

The Ojai Cook

Partners Crackers

The Perfect Bite Co.

Port Chatham Smoked Seafood

Robert Rothschild Farm

Rubschlager Baking Corp.

Sarabeth’s Kitchen

Scharffenberger Chocolate

St. Dalfour et Cie.

Stonewall Kitchen

Silver Palate

T. Marzetti Co.

Les Trois Petits Cochons

Urban Accents, Inc.

Urbani Truffles

Walkers Shortbread

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