Holiday shopping is in full force and if you’re on the prowl for delicious and unique gift ideas, or just want to treat yourself to something new, I want to introduce you to Jar Sessions by Chef Paul Virant.
Behind Jar Sessions
Jar Sessions are artisanal farm-to-fork products that celebrate Paul Virant’s love for preservation. He developed an appreciation for canning and pickling at a very young age while growing up on his childhood farm in Missouri. He continues to use this art of preservation in his contemporary Midwest cooking.
As a cookbook author, a James Beard Foundation Nominee for Best Chef: Great Lakes, and the owner of two successful Chicagoland restaurants, Vistro, located in Hinsdale and Vie, a Michelin Star winner located in Western Springs, the launch of this product line was a natural evolution for him.
Earlier this year, I partnered with Paul on the photography for Jar Sessions and one of my favorite parts, besides working with such a creative and down-to-earth chef, was getting to taste the products first hand.
Sweet Chow Chow
The Sweet Chow Chow is a combination of sweet onions, midwest corn, sweet peppers and smoked paprika. All you really need is a spoon with this one, however, these flavors also enhance recipes for chili, deviled eggs and cheddar corn bread to name a few.
Pickled Cherry Tomatoes
The Pickled Cherry Tomatoes is a combination of garlic cloves, cherry tomatoes and champagne vinegar. Some recipes include pickled tomato mayonnaise and pickled tomato chutney. Or, you could pair it with a fresh, leafy salad. Is your mouth watering yet?
Smoked Apple Butter
The Smoked Apple Butter is a combination of midwest apples, smoke, beet sugar and lemon juice. This one is really unique because it can pair well with different types of burgers, summer squash, cheeses and even a smoked apple butter old fashioned… Yes, the flavors work with drinks too.
Two New Flavors
And, just in time for the upcoming holidays, Chef Paul has two new jars coming soon: Blueberry Aigre-Doux and Sweet Pickled Peppers.
Where To Buy Jar Sessions
Each jar is only $12.00 and quite frankly, I think it’s a steal for such creative flavor combinations and the unlimited ways you could take your recipes to a new level.
Cheers and Happy Shopping!
All images ©Regan Baroni 2017.
Disclosure: Although I partnered with Paul on the photography for Jar Sessions, this blog post was not sponsored and I will not earn a commission if you decide to purchase the jars. Thank you to my readers for supporting the brands that I love.