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Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Five Star Foodies

Rachel first shared info about Five Star Foodies a couple of months ago. Valerie Williams is the subject of today's Careers column.
I tried the company's vegetarian turkey rolls and gravy, and I'm a big fan. For a vegetarian, holiday meals can be limited to side dishes. Her product will fill a void on my Thanksgiving table.
The company sells just two products right now, but more are coming soon.
I met Valerie and her son Graydon (above) at their Mount Auburn kitchen a few weeks back. After the interview, we started talking about nutrition, food and kombucha (Valerie used to make her own). I've got a list of new reading material thanks to the two of them. They're both quite knowledgable and passionate -- without a hint of pretentiousness or preachiness.
An interesting side note: Valerie was one of the owners of Christos and Drivakis, the vegan restaurant in Winton Place/Spring Grove Village in the 80s.
Have you tried these products? What do you think?


at 4:33 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm a huge fan of Five Star Foodies vegetarian turkey rolls! I'm a college student and a vegetarian and when I saw them in the freezer section at Bigg's I bought them and I eat them all the time now. They are really quick and easy to eat for lunch and they are so filling a DELICIOUS! I'm always looking for vegetarian products to satisfy me and the turkey rolls are perfect. I'm so happy to hear Five Star Foodies will be coming out with more products soon!

at 11:26 AM Blogger Stepf said...

I'm glad you like them. Funny story: I ran into Val at Trader Joe's last weekend! She hadn't been in since the story ran, and of course she knows everyone there because she worked there. She was telling a couple of employees about the story, then turned, saw me and said, "And she's the one who wrote it."

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