The Culinary Apple Blog

March 28, 2020

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The Days of COVID-19

These are strange times we're living in. We have been granted permission by the State to remain open, so we are taking the opportunity to continue to serve our community. It feels strange to say so, but we are encouraging you to stay home. Although we'd love to see you smiling, familiar faces, we understand this is not business as usual. We are here if you need us for curbside or doorstep delivery, and have had several people take us up on that service. We are willing to deliver throughout our valley -- from Brewster to the Wenatchee area, just give us a call and we will set it up.

We are taking the time to invest in our business so when this major threat has passed, we will be even better equipped to serve you. We have made a commitment to our staff that we will keep them employed during this time. If we can keep them out of the unemployment system, we'd like to do that. We feel very fortunate to be able to offer them a bit of stability during these uncertain times.

We are looking at alternative ways to provide value to our customers, as well. We may see a shift in how retailers do business over the next few months. We have had an online store for many years, and we are adding to it every day. We welcome you to shop with us online, and again we can deliver, ship or keep it until you're ready to come pick it up. We are also working with our vendors on drop ship programs that would allow you to shop with us from home and have the product shipped directly from the manufacturer. In this way, you can still support us without coming to the store, and we can offer you much more than we could keep in stock.

For those that do wander into the store, you can be assured we are strictly following the governor's directions for sanitation and distancing. We take this very seriously. We will not allow more than 6 people in the store at any given time to ensure a safe distance can be maintained at all times. We have implemented policies that allow us to not touch your credit card. We sanitize after every customer.

We know this time will pass. We are looking forward to the time when we can welcome you, give you a hug or shake your hand. We know it's coming. For now, everyone stay safe and stay healthy!

 

March 21, 2020

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Social Distancing while Staying Socially Connected

I have the chance to talk on our local radio station a couple times each month. Usually, I get to talk about a promotion we are doing, or highlight a new product I'm excited about. These chats are usually light-hearted and fun, and a great way to stay connected with our local community.

I usually bring an outline of what I want to cover, because I tend to get a bit distracted or nervous and easily forget what I wanted to say! As I prepared for this weeks radio spot, I found myself thinking about how small businesses can survive in a time of social distancing. These are my notes - it ended up more like a blog post, so I thought I'd share it here, too.

Stay healthy, everyone!

JoAnne

  1. Social Distancing

First, Culinary Apple is open. I will be operating normal business hours, because I have a lot I want to accomplish at the store. I still have inventory en route and I need to be here to accept it. We have had a website for many years, and I am taking this time to make sure it is up to date, this is much easier if I’m at the store. Websites take a lot of time, so even if I only did that, I would have plenty to do! If I’m at the store, my door will be open. I have really appreciated those that have stopped in to say hi, buy a soup mix and offer some encouragement. I know we will get through this time, and I want to be ready when we are released from these quarantine measures. If I’m at the store, I will welcome you. Now, that being said, we are disinfecting regularly, and I will make sure to stay 6 feet away from you. We will not be touching your credit card anymore, and we do have hand sanitizer on our counter.

I am operating on a smaller staff in the store. I have one employee who will be staying home – she’s pregnant, and it’s just the right thing to do. She’s still working, though! Thankfully, she’s really good on the computer, and she’s helping me gather new images for our website, and I hope to have more at-home projects for her in the coming weeks.

The thing I think we’re all struggling with is that humans are social. It’s just how we’re made. So, figuring out how to be socially distant while still being socially active and engaged is pretty difficult. At Culinary Apple, we are trying to stay connected with you through our Facebook videos. We’ve received some great comments/likes/shares, and it really means a lot to us. These videos are definitely homemade, but we’re learning! We’re trying to highlight products that might be useful during this time, give tips for things to do with the kids, etc. Check them out, and like/follow us! We are posting all these videos to our YouTube channel, as well.

  1. Food Bank Donation

We saw a post from Lake Chelan Brewing who decided to donate $1 for every burger purchased, and that got us thinking about what we could do. Of course, we thought of fudge! So, we will be donating $1 for every lb of fudge purchased and/or every 3 bags of our cinnamon glazed nuts. These make great gifts for neighbors and friends who might need a little pick-me-up, and we can deliver. In fact, Ethan, my 16 year old son has done a couple doorstep deliveries, and it’s worked just great.

  1. What Else Can You Do?

The last thing I wanted to just mention is that there are a lot of ways to support your downtown business communities in Chelan and Manson or wherever you are. You all know about curbside pick up and take out from our local restaurants. Take advantage of that service, and maybe try something new!

You can always buy gift cards now and use them later. I think it’ll be so fun to know you have that waiting for you when you can come shop again. If you’re a Rewards Member with us, give us a call. You can purchase a gift card over the phone, and we’ll staple it to your Rewards Card. (509) 682-3618.

Leave a review for your favorite businesses on the various social sites. Facebook, Yelp, Google Business – there are a lot of them out there. These reviews make a difference to all types of businesses, and it’s an easy way to support your local stores and restaurants that will help us in the months to come.

Stay healthy, everyone!!

December 22, 2019

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New Adventures Await - For All of Us!

Many of you have already heard that in 2020 Mary and Dave will be changing directions and are taking advantage of the opportunity to explore interests apart from the Culinary Apple. My husband, Lars, and I are honored to be taking over the store in January, and am confident that we will be able to continue what they have grown.

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November 14, 2019

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Sugar Bee Apple Gift Box is a Hit!

We are excited to announce that we will be shipping a unique locally sourced gift box this season. The Sugar Bee Apple is a sweet, crunchy Washington apple and is delicious for snacking, but is also great used in baking as well! 

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April 11, 2019

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Ready, Set, Grill!

The sun is out, and that means we're all thinking about outdoor living again! Is your grill ready for the season? We've got a short checklist to make sure you're ready before you head outside for the first BBQ of the season.

1. Clean it!

It's been a long winter without the bbq for some of us, but before you throw those steaks on the grill, make sure those grill grates are clean.

It's important to have a good grill brush. We recommend using one without the small wire bristles that can break off and end up in your food. Try a bristle free bbq brush this season to eliminate that concern.


Once it's clean, keep it that way! Try a BBQ grill mat to keep your grill clean use after use. Lay the mat on the grill, and bring it all up to grilling temperature together. Not only will you still get grill marks on your food, but you'll also eliminate the need for skewers or grill baskets - nothing will fall through the grate! Flare ups will also be avoided. Try it if you like to grill fish - nothing sticks to the grate, and even delicate fish fillets will stay in tact.


2. Check the propane. 

For those that use a propane powered grill, you might consider attaching a propane gauge to the tank. You will know at a glance if you've got enough gas to cook dinner, or if it's time for a refill.


3. Upgrade your BBQ Tools

You know you'll need a spatula, fork and tongs that are tough enough for use at the grill. Wusthof makes a great line of heavy duty grill tools that will stand the test of time and outdoor elements.

Wusthof BBQ Tools

You might also consider a new thermometer and a grilling glove that extends up the arm. These are safer than standard kitchen hot pads, and will keep your arm from getting singed. 

4. Serve it up

Cutting boards or trays that can go from the grill to the table are a must. We love Epicurean boards because they are knife friendly and made in the USA.


While on the subject of cutting boards, also consider your knives. After spending so much time and energy on cooking the steaks, make sure you're using the right knife for the job when it's time to slice. Check out the Super Slicer from Wusthof if you're serving something like brisket or tri tip, you will love this knife. Get through these large or wide cuts of meat in one, clean slice.

We're excited to see the sun and uncovering our grills. Grill season is finally here, and we can't wait to get the gang together and get some burgers going!

 

February 21, 2019

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Guerande Course Sea Salt - Benefits of Wet Salt

Guerande coarse sea salt is all natural, and has a high concentration of minerals like magnesium and calcium, along with other trace elements. It can be used for cooking, but is also delicious as a finishing salt.

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December 20, 2018

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Culinary Apple Year in Review

2018 has been a big year for us! We've had some new members join our team, new fudge flavors have been tested, our website has grown and we've added more and more people to our Rewards Program. We thought it would be fun to pick out some of the highlights of our year!

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