Retail Times editor, Fiona Briggs, shares her fine food finds.
Miaow. Finding fine food produced on your own doorstep is up there in the satisfaction stakes. Yesterday, my five-year old daughter and I uncovered a fabulous local cupcake maker near our home in south London. The daughter devoured the mini culinary creation, complete with sugar butterfly, in seconds. More remarkable, she ate all of the cake too – usually, in her perfected top-down eating style, the sponge gets left in the cupcake case.
Top marks to Cat & The Cream for sampling products in local stores, which is how we found out about the company. Set up by 25-year old Cat Lyne, a graduate in Fine Art and Painting from the Glasgow School of Art, Cat & The Cream was launched as a part-time venture and an expression for Lyne’s creativity. Word of mouth, farmers’ markets and now online sales have boosted the business, which is also selling lines through four of Whole Foods Market’s London stores.
The company’s philosophy lies in using high quality, natural and organic ingredients and locally-sourced products such as fresh fruit, which is sourced from a family-run greengrocers in East Dulwich.
Flavours span chocolate and fruity and include Chocolate & Pear; White Chocolate & Cranberry; Mocha & Milk Chocolate; Plum, Orange & Almond; Pecan, Banana & Pineapple and Apple, Cinnamon & Ginger.
Products can be ordered online – there is a minimum order of 12 regular cupcakes and 24 mini cupcakes. The company also caters for events such as weddings, parties and birthdays and corporate functions.
If my daughter is anything to go by, this cat has definitely got the cream. Purr-fect.