Heart of the Gourmet celebrates name change

Posted on 02 May 2013 by JLusk

By Rachel Galvin
On April 23, Heart of the Gourmet had a small party for media to showcase its products and to celebrate its name change from Heart of the Olive. Not only do they have over 50 types of oils and balsamic lining the shelves here just ready for tasting, but there is also herbs, rubs, mustards, dips, chutneys, sauces, salts, gift baskets, stuffed olives, coffee, pasta and even chocolates. His diversity of product made him realize he wasn’t just about olive oils. Everything here is for sale – even the Indonesian furniture, pottery and the art on the walls. Owner Kevin Roth spent his life being a world-renowned folk singer and dulcimer player before he decided to make a change and open up this shop. He first began thinking about it one year ago almost to the day and he opened Nov. 15 to the open arms of local residents.
“The business community wants to help me out. The chamber has been wonderful. I have never seen anything like it anywhere else,” said Roth, who likes to give back himself, donating 10 percent of his profits back to charities like Broward Pantry and Women in Distress.
He offers cooking classes here too, teaching people how to make “the ordinary taste extraordinary.” He shows how a dash of balsamic and a splash of herbs can make a big difference to spice up leftovers or add new zip to a dish.
“You can make one dish taste 100 different ways,” he said, showing how white strawberry peach balsamic can transform a chicken and rice dish or can be used to accentuate wine, or raspberry chocolate balsamic can add kick when drizzled over chocolate brownies.
To find out more about Heart of the Gourmet, located at 816 N. Federal Hwy., Pompano Beach, call 754-222-8071 or visit www.heartofthegourmet.com.

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