Monthly Archives: April 2014

Figi’s Fresh Flavors for Spring Pt. 1

As spring slowly emerges from hibernation, we’d like to remind everyone Figi’s has a great selection of spring-themed and Mother’s Day gifts and gift baskets to help you with all your spring celebration needs.  Now is the time to order these gifts (and many other Figi’s favorites) as they are temperature-sensitive and will be going on ‘summer vacation’ from mid-May until September.  If you’d like to see our entire selection of ‘last-chance’ gifts, click here.  There you will find our special category of gifts only available for a few more weeks; it’s loaded with your favorite Wisconsin cheese, fudge, petits fours, meat gifts and more!  Get your Figi’s favorites while you still can…

Bakery Gifts:  Many of our Easter and Mother’s Day best-selling gifts are found in our bakery category.  Our entire assortment of fresh and delicious bakery gifts is found here.  Our bakery category has cakes and cookies galore – plus Figi’s favorites like fruitcake, baklava and whoopie pies!  Figi’s bakery gifts are perfect for church socials, brunches, graduation parties – you name it!  Let’s take a closer look at some springtime bakery favorites: Springtime Petits Fours from Figi's

Spring Petits Fours:  If you’re not familiar with petits fours (French for ‘little ovens’), they’re individual, miniature cakes made with alternating layers of yummy cake and buttercreme filling – all coated in tasty icing.  Our spring variety are beautifully hand-decorated and are sure to put a smile on your loved-one’s face.  Buttercreme flavors include spring favorites like key-lime, lemon and orange.

SSpringtime Cookie Variety from Figi'spring Cookie Variety:  A perfect brunch treat or snack any time a craving strikes.  These bright and beautiful home-style sugar cookies are all dressed up for spring!  Our cookie variety includes special icing and sparkling sprinkles; they’re a prefect compliment to your favorite coffee or tea.

 

Speaking of springtime, are you up for some spring trivia?  Put your spring knowledge to the test with this fun set of questions and answers from Yahoo here.

 

Happy Birthday Candle Petits Fours from Figi'sHappy Birthday Candle Petits Fours:  Our final bakery recommendation covers spring birthdays.  Figi’s has some very popular birthday gifts to help you give someone special a warm birthday greeting this spring.  Yes, you really can your cake and eat it, too!  The birthday candle and confetti accents on these petits fours make for a very festive – and tasty – gift experience.

Chocolate Gifts:  I find chocolate gifts enjoyable any time of year, spring included.  Figi’s is famous for its toffee, fudge, Chocolate Covered Potato Chips (yes – that’s not a typo – chocolate covered potato chips are AWESOME!), cherry cordials and so much more!  But again, we gently remind our readers to order our chocolate gifts today – they can’t take the summer heat and will soon be unavailable until September!  For our complete collection of chocolate covered gifts, please click here.

Caramel Pecan Clusters from Figi'sCaramel Pecan Clusters:  We take irresistible, big chunks of crisp pecans; enrobe them in smooth, buttery copper kettle caramel; and dip them in velvety smooth chocolate!  Available in scrumptious milk chocolate or deep dark chocolate, their quality and taste make chocolate lovers’ dreams come true!

English Butter Toffee from Figi's - CopyEnglish Butter Toffee: Indulge in Figi’s award-winning pure butter toffee!  Each buttery nugget is mixed with almonds, double dipped in creamy chocolate and topped with toasted almond bits. Choose from either milk or dark chocolate – or both!  Here’s what a Figi’s customer had to say: I have ordered toffee from other places but Figi’s toffee is by far the best tasting. I will continue to make this one of my holiday favorites…  We couldn’t have said it any better!

Gourmet Dipped Celebration Strawberries from Figi'sGourmet Dipped Celebration Strawberries:  Our chocolate covered gifts sell very well throughout the fall, winter and spring; this is especially true of our gourmet strawberries!  These ripe and juicy jumbo strawberries are available in six and twelve counts.  Both varieties are coated with deluxe white creme coating, icing drizzle and confetti candy sprinkles!  They’re very festive…and very yummy! Other chocolate covered fruit includes Chocolate Dipped Apricots; a new gift for us this spring, as well as Chocolate Covered Cherries.

Well, that should be enough to get you inspired…if not hungry:)  In part 2, we will look at some more great gifts for spring, including gifts for Mother’s Day and GraduationThanks again for reading Gourmet Market.  Don’t forget – you can stay connected with us on our Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Google+ pages.

Please use the comments field below to share any spring gifting or recipes ideas you have; we’d love to read them!

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Tips for Hosting Easter Brunch – Part 2

 

Welcome to part 2 of our Easter brunch blog series.  If you missed part one’s tips and featured products, you can access it here.  As mentioned in part 1, Easter is just a few short days away and we’ve got a few more tips to help you plan your Easter Brunch.  We covered the importance of planning ahead and how ordering Easter brunch and dinner items from Figi’s can help save you time and stress.  You can shop our entire Easter brunch assortment here.  And with that, here are a few helpful tips to help your Easter brunch run smoothly.

Get By With a Little Help from Your Friends:  dividing up Easter brunch and dinner responsibilities between you and your friends and family attending is another great idea.  As the host, perhaps you handle a main dish, preparing the table settings and perhaps the coffee.  Other guests can be invited to bring side dishes and desserts.  Maybe someone brings everyone’s favorite hot or cold drinks from the corner coffee shop.  There are lots of ways to spread the fun!  This tip can be a tremendous time saver and stress reducer.  The trick here is to know what guests are bringing in order to avoid duplication and know what will need to be assembled, reheated, baked  or refrigerated at your brunch.  Be sure to accept any offers to help with the clean up as well.

Setting up in Advance:  brunches take place in the morning.  The morning of your brunch is not the time to frantically prepare your home, table settings, your meal, etc.  An easy way to avoid this is to do the house cleaning, decorating and set your table and other dining areas the night before your Easter brunch.  If you’ve planned ahead properly, you’ll already know how many guests are coming and what they’re bringing; setting your table and decorations in advance is a great way to reduce the stress of hosting Easter brunch.  Also identify and prep as much of your Easter brunch or dinner foods and beverages the night before as possible.  Many dishes, beverages and desserts can be prepared in advanced and kept refrigerated.  If you’ve ordered items from Figi’s, it’s as simple as following the heating and serving instructions for you ham, pastries and side dishes.

Décor and table setting:  for some egg-citing Easter brunch inspiration, check out our Easter Brunch Pinterest Board here.  You’ll find table decoration ideas, beverage and brunch food inspiration and more!

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Tips for Hosting Easter Brunch – Part 1

Stress Free and Simple Easter Brunch Ideas

Playing the role of the host can be a stressful one, especially with all the pressure and expectations boiling down to your execution. Finding the perfect center piece for the table, coming up with clever seating arrangements, deciding which delicious dishes to serve, and finding the best candy for the kids are merely the beginning of the detailed planning and preparation that comes into play. With Easter just around the corner, Figi’s has put together some quick tips and creative ideas so that you can enjoy quality time with your guests outside the kitchen. Check out these easy Easter appetizers, best Easter brunch side dishes, and prep-free main meals, that make for a smooth and easy Easter brunch.

Helpful Hacks for Hosting Easter Brunch

So you’ve taken on the Easter brunch hosting burden, and whether you’re excited or daunted by the responsibility, one thing is certain – it’s a big task. There is a lot to account for and it can often become overwhelming to think about everything that needs to be done. Our advice? Do yourself the biggest favor of all and plan-ahead! Putting off the planning will only make things more chaotic and stressful down the road. Consider components such as the timing of each dish, when you plan to eat, who will be attending, gifts for your guests, beverage options and how to decorate tastefully. To help tackle these technicalities, here are a few ideas on how to address each one, ensuring a smooth and seamless Easter brunch.

Stay Festive with On-Trend Easter Embellishments & Accessories

Holiday decorations can be a tedious task with the same options available year after year. Check out these simple, yet classic ideas that offer a subtle statement, while maintaining the Easter theme. Brighten up the room with a gorgeous bouquet of lively spring glory flowers. These pre-planted bulbs, presented in a charming woven pot, will be the perfect pop of color as the flowers sprout into vibrant red and yellow tulips, blue hyacinths and purple crocuses. Another unique favorite is this porcelain floral egg that adds delicate and cheerful appeal to your Easter brunch table. And don’t miss this dainty, handcrafted glass Easter keepsake, which reflects soft rainbow hues from its colorful glass eggs, making it the perfect piece to grace your table.

beautiful bouquet of spring flowers Porcelain floral egg for decorating handcrafted glass Easter basket keepsake

Easy Easter Side Dishes and Simple App Hacks

Once the decorative duties have been accounted for, you’re going to need some simple snacks and apps for your guests to munch on while awaiting the main meal. Make this step as convenient as possible with a tasty selection of easy Easter appetizers and side dishes for everyone to indulge on and enjoy. Check out this no prep, no mess variety gift pack, which offers all your favorite pre-meal snacks in one convenient pack. Or try this super cute Easter option for a themed assortment of gourmet cheeses and sausage, delivered right to your door. Another brunch best-seller is our tasty ribbon pastry, available in a variety of mouthwatering flavors, including cherry, blueberry, lemon, strawberry, and mixed fruit.

Enjoy delicious cheeses, chocolates, and meats in the Easter variety gift pack Enjoy hand selected Easter meats and cheeses A delicious Easter ribbon pastry will be a hit with your guests

Mess Free Main Dishes

By the time everyone is ready to sit down and enjoy the meal, most hosts are exhausted and ready for a break. Avoid these feelings with a simple solution from Figi’s. Order a pre-made meal option that requires little to no prep and is full of all the flavor and taste you deserve and expect, delivered right to your door! These options allow you to avoid the crowds and chaos at the store and keep the kitchen clean – what could be better? Your guests will swoon when you serve this fully cooked, delicious ham and baby swiss meal, packed with flavor and the smoky taste you love. Perfectly paired with our classic, natural baby swiss wheel and topped off with a trio of gourmet mustards, this is sure to be a hit with your guests! For larger groups, we recommend our Applewood Smoked Spiral Sliced Ham. Get back hours of precious time with this pre-cut, pre-prepped tender, juicy ham. All you need to do is decide whether to heat up in the oven or serve as is! We aren’t kidding when we say it really is that easy!

Easter ham and baby swiss meal Pre-prepped Applewood smoked spiral sliced ham

Finish Off with Something Sweet

Finish off your perfectly presented Easter brunch feast with something sweet for your guests. With countless chocolate bunnies and the same candy choices every year, why not hike up your hosting game and impress guests with one of these delectable desserts. Blow brunch out of the water when you opt for this stunning hand-decorated cake, filled with five fluffy layers of yellow cake and luxurious lemon buttercream. With darling decorative frosted flowers and complete with a festive greeting, this is the ultimate Easter dessert. Guests will also love these post brunch Easter snackin’ favorites. Perfect for passing around the table in their reusable tin, these tantalizing treats make entertaining easy, and with eight favorable flavors there’s something for everyone!

Finish off with a delicious hand decorated Easter cake Snack on Easter treats

Appreciate Easter and Spend Time with Loved Ones

Easter is a time for families to come together to reflect on the true meaning of the holiday, while enjoying valuable time spent in the company of those nearest and dearest. Let Figi’s help to make your Easter brunch as stress free as possible so that you can spend more time with family, and less time prepping food and cleaning up afterwards.

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