Saturday, December 28, 2013

"Lucky" New Years Eve Foods

In three more days, people around the world will be welcoming a brand new year. Did you know that many of the foods that people eat around New Year's are actually good for you?

Well, we selected special foods from Reader's Digest  that should be included in your next gathering for a year of auspicious health, prosperity, and happiness.


1.) Greens
Presumably, green are often eaten on New Year's because they resemble money.  Greens such as spinach, kale, and cabbage are beneficial to your health and are often  teeming with vitamin A, B, C, and D.

2.) Beans
Much like greens, beans also represent money--especially coins. So dig into some hearty lentils, garbanzo beans, or kidney beans this year.

3.) Fish
Fish is considered lucky because scales represent money, and when fish swim in schools, that also symbolizes abundance.
Fish, like freshly caught salmon, are full of Omega-3's and protein. Make sure you eat up to good luck and good health.

4.) Fruit
On New Year's Eve, fruits are heavily consumed all around the world. For example, in Mexico, Mexicans eat a grape to represent each stroke of midnight as a way to symbolize each month of the new year. In other parts of the world, consuming pomegranate seeds also symbolizes prosperity. Instead of noshing on cakes, cupcakes, and fatty desserts, eat fruits with your friends and family.

5.) Noodles and Grains
Grains such as barley, rice, and quinoa represent long life and abundance. Also, if you need more fiber in your diet, then eat more soba or buckwheat noodles.

So what are you eating for New Years Eve? Sound off below! Happy Holidays from CREPiNi and The Crepe Team!

Crepini, LLC produces all natural crepes that are vegetarian-friendly, nut free, and Kosher certified. Our crepes are made fresh-to-order, and are available for wholesale, retail, and food service in North America. Visit our website here and follow us on Facebook and Twitter for company updates and more recipe ideas.



Monday, December 23, 2013

Dec.23-31: Get Babulini (Grandma Crepes) at a Discount Price at Netcost

Want an early Christmas gift this year? Starting today through December 31st, CREPiNi's new line of classic Russian Crepes (Babulini Blini) will be on sale at all NetCost Market stores. 


If you're in the tri-state area, then stop by one of our seven locations in Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, or Philadelphia, and enjoy delicious Naked crepes or crepes with sweet and savory fillings for only $3.59. Fillings include peach, apple, sour cherry, strawberry, cheese raisin, stewed cabbage, and potato mushroom.

Love miniature versions of your favorite foods? Pick up MiNi CREPiNi, the 6-inch Naked crepes, for $2.89.

Tis' the season :)

Crepini LLC produces crepes that are all natural, vegetarian (non vegan), and nut free. Crepini's crepes are fresh, frozen crepes made for wholesale, retail, and food services and other industries in North America. Visit our website here and also Like us on Facebook here and Follow us on Twitter here for company updates, and recipe ideas. 

Friday, December 20, 2013

What are the origins of yummy Christmas dishes?

Courtesy of Tampa Bay online
The holiday season is a prime example of America's melting pot culture.

I mean, where do candy canes come from? Why do we drink eggnog every year? Lastly, who do we blame for fruitcake?

These lovely dishes originated from different countries, and we are fortunate to have them be a part of our yearly traditions. 

We compiled research from Tampa Bay's website that delves deep into not only where each food comes from but also the folklore behind it. Though some of these tales get murky because of being passed down from generation to generation, at least this explains why you're stuck with figgy pudding every year. 

Gingerbread
Germany, the birthplace of decorated Christmas trees, fashioned gingerbread into people's lives by having
Courtesy of Tamba Bay Online
vendors carve these delicious breads into fun shapes. Gingerbread includes a vast variety of sweet yet spicy cookies or baked goods. Actually, ginger-flavored sweets originated in medieval  Europe since they were prized for their medicinal properties. If we want to go back further with our historical recollections, ginger actually originated from the Middle East and reached Europe by the 11th century. Over the years, gingerbread evolved into a Christmas tradition since it was always associated with special events in Europe.

Sugarplums
Sugarplums are candied fruit, seeds, or spices. Sorry to burst your fanciful thinking if you assumed that sugarplums were actual plums full of sugar. A long time ago in Europe, sugarplums used to be a real fruit, but they became scarce due to hungry birds. What made sugarplums famous in American culture was when they were featured in Clement Clarke Moore's "'Twas the Night before Christmas." During Moore's time, a "sugarplum" was any sort of dried fruit, and I guess you can see why dried fruits are prevalent in Christmas traditions today. Fruitcake, anyone?

Fruitcake
Fruitcake, the bane of my young existence. I get it every year from distant relatives and it's always the same coagulated mess of colorful gummy pieces, nuts, and whatever else is inside of it. In ancient Rome, not everyone wanted to get rid of this colorful brick. Surprisingly, fruitcakes were a luxury item rich with pomegranate seeds, raisins, and pine nuts. By the 15th century, fruitcakes became a holiday staple all over Europe with the addition of butter and sugar.

Roasted Chestnuts
Chestnuts roasting on an open fire is an uncommon sight in many American homes, but if you travel down to Times Square, you will see vendors roasting chestnuts on hot coal plates. Chestnuts are quite popular all around northern Europe and have been a staple food in Mediterranean countries for centuries. Though I've never tried a chestnut before, they are often said to have an earthy, musty taste. Whether you decide to eat them this year or not, thank Nat King Cole's rendition of "Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire" for making this gourmet  item part of American Christmas traditions.

Is there a dish that your family likes to make every year? We'd love to hear about it!










Friday, December 06, 2013

Top Foods That Help You Fight The Flu

Every year, millions of Americans are affected by the flu, and even though drinking plenty of fluids, and resting are key ways to lesson common symptoms, you can also eat Superfoods to help you avoid it.  Superfoods include fruits, vegetables, and other food groups that can boost your immune system and keep you strong while you ward off infection.  Want to learn more? Check out these superfoods from Health.com's website.


Foods that fight the flu

Oily Fish: Foods rich in omega-3 have compounds that reduce harmful inflammation in the body. A result of this is to improve the function of your immune system.

Garlic: These pungent cloves contain a chemical called allicin, a compound that produces antioxidants that protect your body from free radicals. 

Citrus Fruits: Eating lots of citrus fruits, at the first sign of illness, can help you reduce a cold's duration by a day. 

Yogurt and Kefir:  Probiotic foods, such as yogurt and kefir, help promote digestive health and prevent stomach ailments. There are such things as good bacteria, after all.

Tea: Black, white, and even green teas have catechins which boost your immunity, increase your metabolism, and, most importantly, break up chest congestion. 

Milk: A daily dosage of vitamin D can curb colds and lower the risk of upper respiratory infections. So drink a cold glass of milk for good health.

The old adage goes that you are what you eat, and if you want to eat to good health, try implementing these foods into your diet.

Do you have a special method on fighting the flu? Comment below!

Crepini, LLC produces all natural crepes that are vegetarian-friendly, nut free, and Kosher certified. Our crepes are made fresh-to-order, and are available for wholesale, retail, and food service in North America. Visit our website here and follow us on Facebook and Twitter for company updates and more recipe ideas.





Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Black Friday Crepe Filling Recipe: Savory Meat and Mushroom Nalesniki by Natasha's Kitchen

It's hard not to be bombarded with Black Friday commercials. But if you are gearing up to wait in line for x amount of hours, in the blistering cold, for a new flat screen TV, we have some advice on how to stave off frigid weather and control hunger pangs.
  1. Scout out malls with less foot traffic and fewer cars.
  2. Carry a messenger bag (or anything resembling one) so you can protect your credit cards and cash against theft.
  3. Survey stores ahead of time and know the closest registers to get in and to get out of.
  4. Bring water bottles! It's important to stay hydrated when it comes to grabbing the best deals. 
  5. Safety is found in numbers. Stake out with friends or family.
  6. Bring an anonymous brown bag so you won't be able to advertise your merchandise.
  7. Have a protein-enriched snack to rejuvenate you during your Black Friday mission. 
What gets shoppers most, midway from their ongoing search for the perfect iPad, is hunger pangs. Running around inside stores, fighting off burly shoppers, and finding that perfect holiday item can wear you out--- which is why we found the perfect crepe recipe to keep you going for the rest of the night. 


Natasha's Kitchen, an acclaimed foodie website that features home-style recipes, has this delicious Meat and Mushroom Nalesniki recipe that will make you forget about the biting cold, and angry crowds. 

Ingredients:
  • 1-1.25 lbs ground pork (you can also use chicken, lamb, or beef)
  • 3/4-1 lbs mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 3 hard-boiled eggs
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 tablespoon real mayonnaise OR tablespoon water
  • 1 small/medium onion, finely chopped
  • Ready-to-serve CREPiNi Naked Crepes
Instructions:
  1. Boil eggs in a small pot until it is fully cooked through.  Later place them in cold water as a way to cool them down then remove the shells.
  2. Sautée meat with 1/2 tsp salt and 1/4 tsp pepper over medium high heat. Make sure the meat is lightly browned and fully cooked--- You don't really need any oil to cook the meat. Then remove the cooked meat into a large mixing bowl.
  3. In the same skillet, over medium/high heat, sautée mushrooms and onions with 1/2 tsp salt and  with 1/4 tsp pepper. When veggies are cooked, add them to the mixing bowl. 
  4. Add 3 boiled eggs to the bowl (cut them in half so they go through the meat grinder more easily).
  5. Push all of your filling ingredients through the meat grinder using the medium blade setting.
  6.  If your spread is a bit dry, stir in 1 tbsp mayo OR water to make it a little more viscous. 
  7.  Spread  your meat and veggie mixture, evenly and thinly, on the crepe.
  8. Roll the crepes and cut it in half.
  9. When you serve your crepes, make sure you melt about 1 tablespoon of butter on a skillet and sautée the filled crepes on medium heat until golden brown on both sides.  Be careful not to burn them since they don't take too long to cook. By the way, they taste great with sour cream!
Comment below if you tried this recipe and share your photos on our Facebook page!

Crepini, LLC produces all natural crepes that are vegetarian-friendly, nut free, and Kosher certified. Our crepes are made fresh-to-order, and are available for wholesale, retail, and food service in North America. Visit our website here and follow us on Facebook and Twitter for company updates and more recipe ideas. 



Thanksgiving Crepe Filling Recipe: Turkey Crepes Smothered in Tarragon Sauce

It's just a few more days until Thanksgiving and many of us are thinking of creative ways to use turkey leftovers.

Last year, my family used the leftovers we had and made an array of goodies such as: Turkey soup, turkey sandwiches, turkey chili, and turkey stir fry. And even though several of these dishes were scrumptious,we want to make something simpler yet gourmet this year.

All Recipes website has this delicious  turkey crepes smothered in tarragon sauce!
Maybe we can extend Thanksgiving to another week?

Ingredients

   4 tbs butter
         2 tbs finely chopped onion
        4 tbs all-purpose flour
        1 cup milk
        3/4 cup chicken broth
        1/4 cup dry white wine
          1/4 tsp chopped dried tarragon
           2 egg yolks
          2 cups diced cooked turkey
          salt to taste
          1/4 cup milk

Directions



              Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).


     Melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Stir in onion, and cook 2 minutes. Stir in flour until blended. Slowly whisk in 1 cup milk, whisking constantly until smooth. Mix in broth, wine, and tarragon; stir over medium-low heat until thickened (about 4 minutes).


           In a small bowl, gradually stir 3 tablespoons of the hot milk and broth sauce into the egg yolks; then pour egg mixture into sauce, whisking briskly. Cook 1 minute more, then remove from heat.

           In a medium bowl, mix together half of the sauce with the chicken. Season with salt to taste.

     Fill each crepe with 3 tablespoons of chicken mixture. Roll crepes, and place seam-side down in a 9x13 inch baking dish. Thin the remaining sauce with 1/4 cup milk, and pour over crepes.

Bake in a preheated oven 20 minutes, or until sauce begins to bubble.

     

Crepini LLC produces crepes that are all natural, vegetarian (non vegan), and nut free. Crepini's crepes are fresh, frozen crepes made for wholesale, retail, and food services and other industries in North America. Visit our website here and also Like us on Facebook here and Follow us on Twitter here for company updates, and recipe ideas.


Thanksgiving Crepe Filling Recipe: Sweet Potato Crepes with Warm Honey Praline Sauce

Thanksgiving is a cherished holiday celebrated by millions of Americans and Canadians every year.  The best way families give thanks is by cooking traditional (or even haute-gourmet) dishes that spark warm conversation across the table. 

A popular side dish item that is often served on Thanksgiving is baked sweet potatoes with gooey marshmallows iced on top. Though I love to eat sweet potatoes as a side dish, I am planning on adding a spin to this time-honored tradition. Instead of baked sweet potatoes this year, why not make sweet potato crepes with warm honey praline sauce and brown sugar n' spice whipped cream. 

The recipe is real simple to make and you can cut time in half by using Crepini's Naked Crepes which are ready made! 

This sweet potato crepe filling recipe was created by Lori Roach, for Louisina's Sweet Potato Commission's website. 

Ingredients:

Brown Sugar 'n Spice Whipped Cream:
2 cups heavy cream, well chilled
3/4 cups light brown sugar
3/4 tsp ground cinnamon
3/4 tsp ground nutmeg

Honey-Praline Sauce:
3/4 cup butter
1 1/3 cups light brown sugar
1 cup heavy cream
2 tbs honey
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup chopped toasted pecans

Sweet Potato Filling:
2 packages cream cheese (8 ounces each)
1 cup light brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp ground nutmeg
1 can cut Louisiana sweet potatoes in syrup (15-ounce) drained

Directions

1.) Beat together all ingredients for whipped cream until soft peaks form. Refrigerate until needed. In a small, heavy saucepan, combine 3/4 cup butter and next 3 ingredients until well combined. Bring to a boil and let cook for 1 minute, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and whisk in powdered sugar and vanilla. Stir in toasted pecans. Set aside and let cool for about 20 to 25 minutes. Sauce will thicken as it cools. 

2.) For the sweet potato filling, beat together cream cheese and 1 cup brown sugar with electric hand mixer until smooth. Mix in next 3 ingredients. Mix in sweet potatoes until well blended. Set aside. 

3.) To assemble  your CREPiNi crepes, spoon about 1/3 cup sweet potato filling to center of each crepe. Roll up and place in 11x15-inch glass pan. Place in oven at 300 F for 10 minutes or until just warm. Or, heat filled crepes 1 at a time in microwave on low for about 30 seconds or until just warm. To serve, place one filled crepe on plate and top with warm honey-praline sauce that has been stirred to evenly distribute pecans. Sauce should still be warm, but if it isn't, heat on low just until warm, not hot. Top with each crepe with brown sugar 'n spice whipping cream. 

4.) Makes 10-12 servings

How did the recipe go? Comment below what you thought of it!

Crepini LLC produces crepes that are all natural, vegetarian (non vegan), and nut free. Crepini's crepes are fresh, frozen crepes made for wholesale, retail, and food services and other industries in North America. Visit our website here and also Like us on Facebook here and Follow us on Twitter here for company updates, and recipe ideas.  

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

CREPiNi & The Crepe Team will be at Goldman Sachs Employee Cafeterias Nov. 20th and Nov. 21st


Today and tomorrow, Goldman Sachs employees will feast on sweet and  savory crepes made by premier chefs using our Naked CREPiNi Crepes.

If you are a Goldman Sachs employee, and work at the New York office, come to the employee cafeteria Today at:
200 West St. 
New York, NY 

Likewise, if you work at the Jersey City location, treat yourself to a Crepini breakfast or lunch November 21st at the cafeteria located at:
30 Hudson St.
Jersey City, NJ

Moreover, did you know that Goldman Sachs has been creating buzz on the internet over their state-of-the-art cafeteria pricing system?

Check this article out! Maybe restaurants across the U.S could follow in Goldman Sachs lead when it comes to cutting costs yet, at the same time, create demand.


Friday, November 15, 2013

Eating healthier in New York City School Cafeterias

Courtesy of Said Online's Website
Eating healthier foods is an important factor that contributes to how students grow, learn, and acquire nutrition.

Students who eat well balanced meals have a greater chance of achieving better emotional and physical health. And, not only that, but eating a well balanced meals also influences how students achieve better grades, have less aggravation in class, and acquire better emotional well being overall.

New York City Schools are well aware over how  healthier eating habits can impact students well into adult hood. Students who eat healthier early on in life can carry those habits for the rest of their lives. So eating healthier now can cut medical bills in half.
Courtesy of Almight Dad's website

The Department of Education for the State of New York recently implemented healthier eating options and programs so children will not only learn to eat healthier but also understand the value of nutrition.

Here's a brief listing of initiatives that educate students on eating a well balanced diet.

  • Garden to School: This program teaches kids proper eating habits and how to grow their own gardens. Did you know that gardening is a form of exercise? 
  • Salad Bars: Programs like this connects school lunches with school gardening initiatives and  that ultimately educates students on the importance of nutrition. Recently, this program expanded to 60 New York City schools.
  • School Wellness Programs: Students will be a part of a program that is committed to raising student achievement levels and with combating childhood obesity by learning more about nutrition.
  • Youth and Cooking Nutrition Programs: Young people are empowered to develop a knowledge and love for cooking healthier options, and to be conscientious consumers. This program includes hands-on cooking sessions, nutrition talks, and memorable field trips to farmers markets and local grocery stores. 
  • Learn it, Eat it, Grow it: A hands-on program that inspires teens to take control of their own health and to give back to their own community through hands-on gardening, outreach, and through nutrition enrichment.
For the months of November and December, students who attend New York Schools will be able to snack on Crepini crepes during lunch time. On New York City's Department of Education "Feed Your Mind" program, Crepini egg n' cheese roll-ups were served November 5 (election day) and on November 16. Crepini makes natural, nutritious crepes that are not only nut free but also great for vegetarians.

When it's December, students will be able to savor Crepini's egg n' cheese roll-ups December 10 and 31 (New Years Eve). 



Comment below any ideas or suggestions on how children can eat healthier during lunch time.

Crepini LLC produces crepes that are all natural, vegetarian (non vegan), and nut free. Crepini's crepes are fresh, frozen crepes made for wholesale, retail, and food services and other industries in North America. Visit our website here and also Like us on Facebook here and Follow us on Twitter here for company updates, and recipe ideas. 

Thanksgiving Crepe Filling Recipe: Super-Simple Apple-Cinnamon Crepes


It seems like it was last weekend when kids were dressing up for Halloween, and now, families are planning banquet-sized meals for Thanksgiving this year.  Generally, a traditional Thanksgiving meal generally consists of: Turkey, stuffing, pumpkin pie, cranberry sauce, green bean casserole, as well as other accouterments.

However, it's okay to take a walk outside of tradition and to experiment with new recipes that could, ultimately, become a family tradition down the road. Ever since I can remember, Thanksgiving never seemed complete without apple pie at the end of the dessert table. I always savor its flaky crust, fresh cinnamon smells, and gooey center whenever I heartily eat it every year.

This year, why not try making a "Super-Simple Apple-Cinnamon Crepe" filling recipe that will not only entice family and friends but also make pie eating more portable and less messy!

Try this super easy recipe from the Food Network out and comment below how the process went. Bon Apetite!

Super-Simple Apple-Cinnamon Dessert Crepes

Ingredients
1 teaspoon granulated sugar
1/4 teaspoon cornstarch
1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
Dash Salt
1/2 cup Fuji Apple
1/8 teaspoon lemon Juice
1 tablespoon reduced fat/light cream cheese, room temperature
1/2 cup fat-free whipped topping, thawed from frozen
2 (9-inch) Ready-to-use dessert Crepes (Crepini's Naked Crepes are PERFECT for this recipe)
1 Teaspoon Fat-Free or light caramel dip, room temperature
Powdered Sugar, for Optional Garnish

Directions
In a small nonstick pot on the stove, combine sugar, cornstarch, cinnamon, and salt with 2 tablespoons of cold water. Stir to dissolve. Add apples and lemon juice and stir. Bring to medium heat and cover. Cook until the apples have softened and liquid has thickened, about 5 minutes, uncovering often to stir.

Remove the pot from heat and transfer the mixture to a bowl. Allow it to cool for several minutes. Thoroughly stir in cream cheese. Fold in whipped topping.

Lay crepes flat on a dry surface. Evenly distribute the apple mixture between the crepes. Fold each crepe up envelope-style, first folding the sides in, and then folding/rolling it up from the bottom.

Bring a skillet sprayed with nonstick spray to medium heat. Place the crepes in the skillet with the seam-sides up. Cook them until slightly browned, about 1 minute per side. (Flip carefully). 


Crepini LLC produces crepes that are all natural, vegetarian (non vegan), and nut free. Crepini's crepes are fresh, frozen crepes made for wholesale, retail, and food services and other industries in North America. Visit our website here and also Like us on Facebook here and Follow us on Twitter here for company updates, and recipe ideas. 




Food Trend Forecasts for 2014

Courtesy of Olivia Baker
Towards the end of the year, major food specialists, such as Baum &Whitman, prepare a special forecast on potentially popular food trends for the upcoming year.

 Before we delve into this year's Hottest Food Trends for 2014, lets take a look back at Forbes  food trend list from last year.



Forbes 2013 Food Trends
Courtesy of Huffington Post Food Trends 

  • High-End Vegan
  • Octopus "The New Prawn"
  • Korean Flavors
  • Lobster Rolls
  • Wine & Cocktail Condiments
  • Tortas

After frequenting multiple food shows this year, I can attest that wine & cocktail condiments were a huge trend this year. I've sampled Moscatto flavored barbeque sauces and was impressed with how two singular concoctions can blend seamlessly.

In addition, the D.C area was ripe with tortas trucks.  These  piping hot meat or veggie pocket dishes are not only filling but scrumptious. Have you ever eaten a torta? What did you think of this and other food trends?

 Are you also ready for next year's food trends? Check out Entrepreneur's foodie predictions for 2014.


  • Ice Cream Sandwiches
  • Biscuits
  • Mutant Morsels
  • Infused Ice
  • Tea Cocktails

What's interesting about this article from Entrepreneur is that they forecast-ed the end of the ever delicious yet ever so popular cupcake. NYC Chef Dominique Ansel's "cronut" sparked a  hybrid donut trend that saturated and, eventually, engulfed the cup cake trend in major cities across the U.S. Of course, this is just a prediction based on current news. Who knows, maybe the cupcake will have a comeback next year?

So you've read what the experts think, what are your thoughts on next year's food trends? 

Crepini LLC produces crepes that are all natural, vegetarian (non vegan), and nut free. Crepini's crepes are fresh, frozen crepes made for wholesale, retail, and food services and other industries in North America. Visit our website here and also Like us on Facebook here and Follow us on Twitter here for company updates, and recipe ideas. 






Wednesday, November 06, 2013

A Special Recipe for Veterans Day 2013

Veterans' Day, which is on November 11, is a special time for all Americans to pay tribute and to honor those who served this country. 

U.S President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed Armistice on this day and said:
 "To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country's service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations."
If any of your friends or family members are veterans, our hats are off to you. In lieu of this special day, we found this delicious blueberry muffin recipe from acclaimed food blogger, Heather Scholten, from Farm Girl Gourmet. This recipe is delicious, fresh, and made with only the finest ingredients. 

Farmgirl Blueberry Muffins

1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
3/4 cup white sugar
1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp baking powder
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1/3 cup milk
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup blueberries (fresh or frozen)
2 tbsp sanding sugar


1)  First, preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Then line a large muffin tin with papers and set it aside.
2)  Later, mix dry ingredients together in a bowl with a whisk. Make sure the dry ingredients are mixed evenly. 
3)  Now, mix both the vegetable oil and vanilla extract together in another bowl with a whisk and add it with the rest of the dry ingredients. Please remember to NOT over-mix the muffin mix. Use gentle strokes when you mix your muffin dough!
4)  Lastly, add the blueberries into the mix and gently fold the dough. 

Get the rest of the recipe/ directions from Farmgirl Gourmet's Website right here.

Crepini LLC produces crepes that are all natural, vegetarian (non vegan), and nut free. Crepini's crepes are fresh, frozen crepes made for wholesale, retail, and food services and other industries in North America. Visit our website here and also Like us on Facebook here and Follow us on Twitter here for company updates, and recipe ideas. 

Friday, November 01, 2013

Christine C. Quinn Visited The CREPiNI Factory This Summer

In the heart of Brooklyn, New York lies the Crepini  factory. Here in Sunset Park, Crepini produces
 6,000 crepes per hour in a state-of-the-art facility where production ensures that crepes are perfectly, thin, elastic, and robust with flavor.

Christine C. Quinn Visits Crepini
Last June, Christine C. Quinn, who is the first female speaker of the New York City Council---plus one of NYC's mayoral candidates this year-- paid Crepini a visit  and had a first-hand look at the crepe-making process.

Councilwoman Quinn was given a comprehensive tour of the facility and shown how Crepini's crepe batter is made and how it is poured evenly unto a hot plated moving belt, and how delicious, unique fillings get rolled into each crepe.

CREPiNi is on Wikipedia
Wikipedia is the go-to-source for  unearthing information on celebrities, historical figures and even companies.

For all you Wikipedia and Crepini fans out there, you can find Crepini under Special Crepes in Crepes Wikipedia page.

Since Crepini is a one-of-a-kind product that melds the traditional French crepe with Russian blini, it surely makes a singular impression on Wikipedia.

Have you ever visited Crepini's crepe factory? Or better yet, have you found Crepini on Wikipedia? Comment below! 

Crepini LLC produces crepes that are all natural, vegetarian (non vegan), and nut free. Crepini's crepes are fresh, frozen crepes made for wholesale, retail, and food services and other industries in North America. Visit our website here and also Like us on Facebook here and Follow us on Twitter here for company updates, and recipe ideas. 


Saturday, October 26, 2013

Popular Halloween Treats from the 1920s' to the 1960s'

Picture is courtesy of Graves and Ghouls, Tumblr

In seven days, kids of all ages (including adults who are young at heart) will be going door-to-door for Reese's Cups, Jolly Ranchers, and all sorts of confections. But did you know that Halloween treats have changed over time?

Kids have been going trick-or-treating for several decades now, and food trends have been changing.

Do you still think that kids would want to receive a goblin-faced meat pie (1930's treat) when they go door-to-door? Or snack on olives (1950's treat) instead of a Snickers bar?

Some may say that  kids from the baby boomer era are missing out on king-size Snickers bars, yet, at the same time, Generation Z (the cohort group born after the Millennials) is missing out on some wonderful traditions such as making Popcorn balls, Halloween candy apples, and Goblin franks with their families.

Whatever the case is, we created a list divided by decades, on popular treats that were savored from the 1930's to the 1960's.

Classic Halloween Treats

1920's
  • Opera Sticks
  • Orange Jelly Beans
  • Orange Buttercups
  • Black (Licorice) Gumdrops
  • Chips
  • Hard Candies
1950's
  • Goelitz Candy Corn
  • Brach's Harvest Panned Mix
  • Starlight Kisses
  • Spiced Jelly Drops
  • Chocolate Nonpareils
  • Pure Sugar Apples
  • Butter Cream Pumpkins
  • Hershey Kisses
  • Roasted Peanuts in Shell
  • Fleers Double Bubble Gum

1960's
  • Cracker Jacks
  • Cutie Face suckers (lollipops)
  • Popcorn Balls
  • Powerhouse bars
  • Beechnut Gum
  • Huck Fins
  • Candy Cigarettes
  • Taffy rolls
  • Peppermints
  • Oh Henry Bars
  • Whoppers
  • Mason Candies
  • Mint Juleps (chewy)
  • Money bags (wafers)
When you were growing up, what was your favorite Halloween treat or tradition? Share what you miss from your childhood. Who knows, you may share the same memory with another commentor. 

Crepini, LLC, produces crepes that are all natural, vegetarian (non vegan), and nut free. Crepini's crepes are fresh, frozen crepes made for wholesale, retail, and food services and other industries in North America. Visit our website here and also Like us on Facebook here and Follow us on Twitter here for company updates, and recipe ideas. 


Thursday, October 24, 2013

Game 2: St. Louis Cardinals vs. Boston Red Sox, Who Are You Rooting (Eating) For?

Courtesy of Washington Post, Thomas Boswell
Whether you are a die-hard Red Sox fan or a hardcore Cardinals fan, hope is not lost since the World Series is not over yet: There are two more pivotal games before a winner emerges. Will it be the Boston Red Sox, a team that hasn't lost a world series game in 27 years? Or will it be the St. Louis Cardinals, a team that has won eleven world series championships?

I know that when I watch day 2 of this epic game, that I will be making these two dishes that not only commemorate where each team is from but it's also delicious, easy-to-make, and fun to share with guests.

Boston Red Sox Fans
I'm sure when you think of Boston, you automatically think of worldly clam chowder, heart-wrenching Boston cream pies, and Italian food. But did you know that Boston is also famous for fried clams? A great way to support your team, "gastrinomically", is to make this Boston inspired dish. Check out this Youtube clip from the Food Network on easy-to-make fried clams and oysters.
Easy Fried Clams and Oysters--Food Network


St. Louis Cardinals Fans
Whenever I think of St.Louis a waft of imaginary BBQ smells tantalize my nostrils. But did you know that the area is also known for their fried raviolis? Not only is this an easy-to-make recipe, but it's great for game time when you see your favorite team up the ante against their formidable rivals. Check out this Youtube clip simple tips on making the most scrumptious fried ravioli--ever!
Easy to Make Fried Ravioli Recipe

Are you planning on watching the game at home? Preparing a World Series party with friends and family? If so, what do you plan to make for guests? Feel free to suggest recipe ideas and tips right below this post. 


Sunday, October 20, 2013

Crepini Attends New York City Wine & Food Festival

The Crepini Team displayed scrumptious sweet and savory crepes!
 Pictures were taken at the New York City Wine & Food Festival.
Not only did this year's New York City Wine & Food Festival, held from October 17-20, bring together worldly chefs and acclaimed culinary icons, but it also benefited Food Bank For New York City and Share Our Strength's No Kid Hungry's mission to end hunger. In fact,100% of the net proceeds from the festival go directly to these organizations.
Personalities such as Mario Batali, Giada De Laurentiis, and Rachael Ray held demonstrations and seminars on their delicious cuisine. It sounds like foodie heaven, doesn't it? Imagine drinking a fine Merlot and seeing your culinary hero teach you the tricks of the trade. Amazing!

Attendees were also entertained by epicurean geniuses ranging from adroit winemakers to culinary virtuosos who can fry, bake, and marinade dishes to perfection.
If you know of a great Crepini and wine pairing, write your ideas below in the comment area. We would love to hear what you think!

Crepini, LLC, produces crepes that are all natural, vegetarian (non vegan), and nut free. Crepini's crepes are fresh, frozen crepes made for wholesale, retail, and food services and other industries in North America. Visit our website here, Like us on Facebook here, and Follow us on Twitter here for company updates and recipe ideas. 

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Happy Sweetest Day! How Are You Celebrating It?


Happy Sweetest Day, everyone! Even though this holiday is widely celebrated in the Midwest and is often chided as the kid cousin of Valentine's Day, it's still a perfect way to spread kindness to people you love.

Sweetest Day started in 1922 when Herbert Birch Kingston (a candy company employee) gave sweet treats and presents to the less fortunate. After others joined him in his effort to spread kindness to others, "Sweetest Day of the Year" became part of American tradition.

In fact, here's a compilation of ways for you to celebrate Sweetest Day with a loved one.

Sweetest Day Ideas
  • Volunteer at a nursing home. 
  • Visit your neighbors.
  • Watch comedies with people who are in need of good company.
  • Bring delicious sweets to friends and family.
Crepini, LLC, produces crepes that are all natural, vegetarian (non vegan), and nut free. Crepini's crepes are fresh, frozen crepes made for wholesale, retail, and food services and other industries in North America. Visit our website here, Like us on Facebook here, and Follow us on Twitter here for company updates and recipe ideas. 




Monday, September 30, 2013

CREPiNi for Food Service: New Locations in NYC & PA


 


If you're in the NYC area, stop by Agata & Valentina or sit down at a Piccolo café at one of their four locations for great food in a relaxed environment.
If you're in Pennsylvania and spot the Bonjour Creperie truck, you're in luck! Enjoy crepes with some of their delicious sweet or savory toppings.
Be sure to share photos of your food with us!

We'll keep you posted about new locations that serve CREPiNi.
Keep an eye out for news about CREPiNi's product launch at a popular family chain store.

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

The CREPiNi Brand Evolves


Over the last few months, Crepini and The Crepe Team have focused on new product development and business improvement. Production of mini crepes and new flavors is under way, while the team prepares for the launch of their new website. The site should be ready for business customers in early September and consumers can expect to be able to purchase Crepini online later this year.


Crepini's Naked crepes are now Kosher along with their co-branded smoked salmon crepes cream cheese crepes with Acme, and filled flavors are in the process of being certified. As part of food safety management efforts, Crepini is working on the well-regarded ISO 22000 certification.

While Crepini keeps their loyal customers close, the company has its sights set on new markets. With New York City public schools and American Airlines on board, Crepini has sights set on acquiring airlines, higher education institutions, smoothie bars, cafés, and even consumer goods retailers as customers.

Where would you like crepes to be served?