Four Fischer & Wieser sauces take wins in The Hot Pepper Awards

The  Hot Pepper Awards is an annual international spicy foods competition hosted by TheHotPepper.com, the Internet's first, and premier chilihead community.

The Hot Pepper Awards is an annual international spicy foods competition hosted by TheHotPepper.com, the Internet’s first, and premier chilihead community.

Even though this is one of the coldest months of the year, here at Fischer & Wieser, we are still dealing with some hot stuff.  We are excited to announce that four of our sauces recently won awards in The Hot Pepper Awards 2013!  The Hot Pepper Awards are put on by The Hot Pepper, an online forum dedicated to hot sauces.  Now in its seventh year, The Hot Pepper Awards is highly regarded as “the fiery foods competition that recognizes superior quality products,” according to their website. In a nod to the quality of the competition, The Hot Pepper says, “We believe our rigorous standards are the best in the industry.”

So that brings us to, what did Fischer & Wieser win? Here are the results:

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Our Sushi Sauce won third place in the Specialty set of the Hot Sauce category.

Our Korean BBQ Sauce won third place in the Ethnic set of the BBQ Sauce category.

Our Smokehouse Bacon & Chipotle Grilling Sauce won first place (first place!) in the Unique set of the BBQ Sauce category.

Finally, our Spicy Chile Peanut Sauce won second place in the Dip/Spread set of the Condiment category.

We are proud of how well our products featured in this competition, and appreciate the recognition we received from our industry peers.

To celebrate our win, you can purchase each of these for 25% off from January 28-30, 2014. Shop now!

Proudly introducing 3 new mustard sauces at 39th Winter Fancy Food Show

Each January 1st we collectively usher in a new year, bringing us refreshing excitement and renewed energy for all of the possibilities that are in store. A new year represents the opportunity for growth and change; to recommit to what we love about life. Here at Fischer & Wieser, we feel that excitement as well, as each new year begins our next product launch cycle, giving us the opportunity to share what we love with the world.

We're introducing our new mustard sauces at the 39th Winter Fancy Food Show in San Francisco, January 19-21, 2013.  Look for them to go on sale on our website February 1!

We’re introducing our new mustard sauces at the 39th Winter Fancy Food Show in San Francisco, January 19-21, 2013. Look for them to go on sale on our website February 1, 2014.

This January, we are proud to introduce a fabulous new family of mustard sauces!  Four distinctly flavorful sauces make up this dynamic family. Our award winning Sweet, Sour and Smokey Mustard Sauce serves as the patriarch of the family that includes three new and exciting members:   Hickory & Cracked Black Pepper Mustard Sauce, Raspberry & Wildflower Honey Mustard Sauce and Salted Caramel Mustard Sauce. Each of these great sauces has something unique to offer, making this a perfectly well-rounded family to join the culinary adventure.

Sweet, Sour & Smokey Mustard Sauce is great slathered on a roast beef sandwich.

Sweet, Sour & Smokey Mustard Sauce is great slathered on a roast beef sandwich.

The anchor of this family is our Sweet, Sour & Smokey Mustard Sauce.  Among the favorites for our CEO and President Case D. Fischer, he said about the mustard, “It was our first mustard sauce and it’s a consistent winner.” Included in its accolades are two awards from the Napa Valley World Wide Mustard Competition and one medal from the World Wide Mustard Competition, put on by the National Mustard Museum in Middleton, Wisconsin. It seems to be an instant favorite of all who try it, and is praised for its varied uses. This sauce pours new life into classic recipes like potato salad and deviled eggs and is great as a dip for sausage, cheese and pretzels or poured over your favorite grilled meat. We thought it fitting that such a strong sauce would be the herald of this new family.

Hickory & Cracked Black Pepper Mustard Sauce over pork cutlets make a wonderfully tasty entrée for any occasion.

Hickory & Cracked Black Pepper Mustard Sauce over pork cutlets make a wonderfully tasty entrée for any occasion.

Our first new mustard sauce, Hickory and Cracked Black Pepper Mustard Sauce, boldly delivers a sharp savory culinary experience. Smokey mustard combines with the rich spice of cracked black pepper and burst of mustard seeds to deliver remarkable flavor. A few of us call this, “the ninja of mustard sauces,” as, with one bite, it delivers an uncontested kick of amazing flavor. A few favorite uses of this mustard sauce are to add an extra level of richness to even the best of charcuterie trays, and as a spread to bring well-stacked turkey or beef sandwiches to life.

 

Raspberry & Wildflower Honey Mustard Sauce over Crusted Salmon---what a treat!

Raspberry & Wildflower Honey Mustard Sauce over crusted salmon—what a treat!

Next, we have our new Raspberry & Wildflower Honey Mustard Sauce – a name that sets your mind ablaze, just as much as the sauce does your taste buds. This re-imagined honey mustard combines the sweetness of honey made from wildflowers with the tartness of raspberries for an exciting twist. While making this sauce, we knew we wanted to use wildflower honey but then quickly realized it needed an extra something to make it special – and raspberry does just that! With its beautiful maroon color and pleasant flavor, this sauce enhances any dish, especially fish or as a base to make a nice homemade vinaigrette.

It's amazing what a little creativity can do! First we develop a fantastic Salted Caramel Mustard Sauce, then we develop an amazingly delicious dessert to use it in! You gotta try this!

It’s amazing what a little creativity can do! First we develop a fantastic Salted Caramel Mustard Sauce, then we develop an amazingly delicious dessert–Salted Caramel Mustard Flan– to use it in! You gotta try this!

Finally, to round out the family of four, we have our new Salted Caramel Mustard Sauce. Now, you may be thinking, “Really? Caramel  and mustard?” Yes. Really. And yes, it is good. The initial tastes of sea salt and caramel are rounded out by the tangy mustard that brings this sauce together. You can use the sauce any way you would use a honey mustard sauce, but here’s a secret: try it on vanilla ice cream for something delightfully different.

As you can see, we have a lot to be excited about in this new  year – and we think you do too. So, why not add, “Be more culinary adventurous,” to your list this year, and see how these great mustard sauces can fulfill that quest. And while you’re at it, tell us where in your adventure these mustard sauces have taken you – and we’ll do the same!

Happy New Year and Happy new mustards – Enjoy!

Rusty Fenton: His inspiration and friendship will be missed

Rusty Fenton and Case D. Fischer at the National Association of Specialty Food Trades, 1997 holding the Gold sofi award for The Original Roasted Raspberry Chipotle Sauce

Rusty Fenton and Case D. Fischer at the National Association of Specialty Food Trades, 1997 holding the Gold sofi award for The Original Roasted Raspberry Chipotle Sauce

It is with utmost sadness I share with you the loss of my dear friend, Rusty Fenton.

Rusty and I became friends in the late ‘80s when he had started a praline business. We both were “foodies” and had a passion for entrepreneurship. He is in that small group of friends who would do anything for you without question! Rusty was always there for me—in good times and especially in bad! And I will miss the “safe” feeling I got when talking to and being with him.

Many of you who love our products have a connection with Rusty. It was Rusty I would send my products to for feedback and it was Rusty who said to me when I was working on a new raspberry sauce, “Case, why don’t you add chipotle peppers to that?”

Well, in 1995 hardly anyone even knew what a chipotle pepper was—including me.  He explained the flavor of it to me—and skeptically, I tried his suggestion.  As you know, it was magic!  The Original Roasted Raspberry Chipotle Sauce® became our best seller overnight and remains so today.

That is just one of many helping hands Rusty gave to me and Fischer & Wieser, and I can say we would not be where we are without that, and many other “Rusty ideas” and help  through our years of friendship.

Rusty, thank you so much for everything you did for me and all the other people you inspired over the years. I will miss that “safe” feeling I had with you but I know you are busy opening your next Rusty Taco in Heaven! I can only imagine how good they will taste up there!

God bless and farewell!

Case Fischer

 

 

 

Currycot™ takes 2nd Place in Fiery Food Competition

Cubed pork shoulder is slow-simmered in Currycot™ Indian Style Apricot Curry Sauce to create a delicious Indian style entree! Serve over rice with Naan bread. Lamb may be substituted for pork.

Fischer & Wieser’s Currycot™ Indian Style Apricot Curry Sauce recently garnered a 2nd place award in the 2013 Fiery Food Competition, Barbecue Sauce: Asian Style at ZestFest.  According to the ZestFest website, the competition

brings together the spiciest exhibitors and products from around the country for one sizzling weekend. ZestFest is the ultimate party for bold and flavorful food enthusiasts.

 

The competition has a 10 year history, being held annually in Irving, Texas at the Irving Convention Center at Las Colinas. It has grown each year, attracting not only small specialty food manufacturers, but large producers, and people from the trades, including celebrity chefs and restauranteurs. The event has become a 3-day affair, featuring not only the competitions, but food demos and entertainment venues as well. Fischer & Wieser has entered the competition since the inception of the contest, winning New Product of the Year with its Razzpotle  and the Golden Chile Award with Chipotle Chile Ketchup, among many other awards.

Fischer & Wieser was among 714 competitors participating at the event. Case D. Fischer, CEO & President of Fischer & Wieser, is quick to encourage entry of the company’s products into all types of competitions and values the awards the company has received from the Fiery Food Challenge.

 

Fredericksburg Flavors Named A Favorite By My Table

From My Table

We at My Table are book people, naturally. So we’re happy to tell you about 11 recently published local food books and cookbooks. From national cookbooks that include our local favorites to local writers who are celebrating food cultures from other countries, we’ve collected a few titles here at the office over the past several months and were more than happy to dive right in. You should dive in, too.

Fredericksburg Flavors: Recipes from the Heart of the Texas Hill Country
By Case D. Fischer & Mark Wieser with John DeMers
Who among us does not know of Fredericksburg’s Das Peach Haus and Fischer & Wieser? Almost 200 pages of recipes use Fischer & Wieser products.

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Fischer & Wieser Wins “Your Ultimate Gift Guide for 2012″

In INFUSED, a weekly column, Elizabeth J. Musgrave connects spirits, wine, and beer with culinary and creative arts

 

It’s time for the 5th annual Gotta Go Ultimate Gift Guide 2012, giving you ideas accumulated through personal experience, referrals and submissions. The handy list is gift-wrapped with links and recipient suggestions making it easier to find a perfect gift for just about everyone.

Last year’s new item ~ Judge’s Favorite Award ~ was so popular, we are continuing it. This year’s Ultimate Gift Guide has another new item: Twitter links so you can follow the companies.

Without further ado…

 

JUDGES’ FAVORITE AWARD: It’s a Tie!

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Gift: 3-Sauce gift pack

What: Pineapple Bourbon, Raspberry Chipotle & Mango Ginger Habenero dipping and grilling sauces

Who: Hostess gift, gourmet cooks, grill masters, Secret Santa

Website: Jelly.com

Twitter: @FischernWieser

 

Cantina di Soave Volere

Gift: Wine in a purse

What: Purse-shaped wine container, available in Pinot Grigio, Rose or Merlot-Pinot Noir blend

Who: Gal pals, hostess, Secret Santa

Website: CantinadiSoave.com

 

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Fischer & Wieser receives A+ in food safety audit

International food manufacturing auditor Silliker posted an audit score of 97.7 percent last Wednesday for Fischer & Wieser Specialty Foods, Inc. on the ICIX Compliance Suite, which reports food safety as well as Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) requirements. Silliker is accredited as a certification body for the Safe Quality Food (SQF) program of the Food Marketing Institute (FMI). Continue reading

Case D. Fischer NASFT Board Member

Case D. Fischer, CEO & President of Fischer & Wieser

Case D. Fischer named a director on the National Association for the Specialty Food Trade, Inc. (NASFT) board.

Fischer, CEO & President of Fischer & Wieser Specialty Foods, Inc.,  will assume the position for a two-year term, alongside four officers and five other board members who were also elected. Board members were chosen from a slate of 12 candidates who are members of the NASFT, a not-for-profit trade association representing all segments of the $75 billion U.S. specialty food industry and member companies abroad.
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