Valentines DayS at Hearth Pizzeria – Feb 13 AND 14

Matt regularly appears with Jordan Rich on “Connoisseur’s Corner” which airs on WBZ (http://boston.cbslocal.com) weekdays at 11:55 AM.

The following is a “script” for one of Matt’s segments:

 

In these busy times, even lovers have tight schedules.

Fortunately, the family-friendly folks at Hearth Pizza (which is still my favorite!) in Needham understand this.

That is why in addition to their weekly Kids Eat Free nights on Tuesdays and live music Thursdays, Hearth is offering TWO Valentine’s Day dinners on February 13 AND 14.

On either night (or both), guests can enjoy all of Hearth’s locally-sourced, healthful and delicious pizzas, pastas, and salads, as well as such special treats as a Sirloin strip steak with couscous and green beans, Rosemary roasted chicken with roasted potatoes and greens, and the return of their famed chocolate lava cake!

Ever eager to support the community, Hearth is also looking forward to a fundraising event for Beth Israel Deaconess in Needham on March 28.

So even if you cannot express your love as you’d like to on Valentines Day itself, Hearth gives you heart-healthy options, just as they do every day.

 

 

http://hearthpizzeria.com

 

 

Cocomel’s

Matt regularly appears with Jordan Rich on “Connoisseur’s Corner” which airs on WBZ (http://boston.cbslocal.com) weekdays at 11:55 AM.

The following is a “script” for one of Matt’s segments:

 

Coconut has become one of the hottest foods on the planet. From oils to butters to milks, it is replacing many of our once-favorite foods AND showing that some fats can be GOOD for us!

So how great is it to find coconut milk being used in award-winning organic, vegan, sustainably-sourced, non-GMO, dairy-free, kosher caramel treats that are delicious to boot?!

Cocomel’s come from the Wonka-esque organization known as JJ’s Sweets in Colorado but are quickly making their way east. They come in such delectable flavors as espresso, sea salt and vanilla, or just the tried and true caramel, and either as chocolate-covered cubes, tootsie-sized rolls, or bite-sized balls of joy.

Organic, healthy, AND delicious? I say wrap ‘em up!

 

https://jjssweets.com

 

 

 

Emmy’s Organics

Matt regularly appears with Jordan Rich on “Connoisseur’s Corner” which airs on WBZ (http://boston.cbslocal.com) weekdays at 11:55 AM.

The following is a “script” for one of Matt’s segments:

 

Seems like nearly everyone is doing all they can to get organic certified these days. But like the days when “fat free” was the cause celebre, not all of them do it with the same aplomb.

One who has clearly got organic going on is Emmy’s Organics coconut-based snacks.

Like so many great inventions, Emmy’s were born from a necessity- namely, a co-founder’s dietary issues. In an effort to avoid gluten, dairy, and other digestive irritants while preserving and in fact promoting taste, the team behind Emmy’s took the idea from their mother’s kitchen to a full earth- and community-friendly B-corp certification.

While the basic ingredient is healthy coconut, the flavors are anything but basic and range from vanilla bean and cacao to raspberry, lemon ginger, peanut butter, and others. Each bite-sized snack is dense and indulgent and satisfying, despite all of the things it does not have. As they are also available at CVS, Starbucks, and lots of other places, they are easy to access whenever you want a great snack that gives you all you want and nothing you don’t.

 

https://emmysorganics.com

 

 

Real Pickles

Matt regularly appears with Jordan Rich on “Connoisseur’s Corner” which airs on WBZ (http://boston.cbslocal.com) weekdays at 11:55 AM.

The following is a “script” for one of Matt’s segments:

As you know, Jordan, I loves me some pickles and, as I have gotten deeper into the food scene, I have also come to love independent farmers.

So what a great marriage it has been to find amazing pickles and fermented treats made by a collective of independent farmers.

Inspired by the history and apparent health benefits of pickling, the folks at Real Pickles offer just what their name implies- organic produce that is pickled using time-tested traditions and real ingredients to make pickles, krauts and kimchees, as well as pickled carrot, beets, and other deliciously healthy veggies. They even make their own organic hot sauces and a traditional Ukranian beet kvass that is hard to- you know.

So whether you like pickles, organic farmers, or both, Real Pickles has something in storage for you.

 

www.realpickles.com

Lantana Hummus

Matt regularly appears with Jordan Rich on “Connoisseur’s Corner” which airs on WBZ (http://boston.cbslocal.com) weekdays at 11:55 AM.

The following is a “script” for one of Matt’s segments:

 

Ok, Jordan, It’s time to get excited about hummus again!

Follow me here.

I have been a casual fan for many years, but when I saw a hummus named after the Florida town where I used to help my grandfather in his custom frame shop, I got sentimentally excited and decided to try something new.

Boy, am I glad I did!
Perhaps because it is actually based in Austin, TX (and not in FL at all), Lantana hummus seems to want to keep hummus a bit weird, by which I mean creatively delicious!

In addition to their traditional variety, Lantana offers such tastebud-stretching types as beet, cucumber, edamame, white and black bean, and yellow lentil hummus, each of which go as well with chips and dips as they do straight on a spoon!

So even if the word Lantana does nothing for you, I assure you that the food brand will put you in a good “frame” of mind.

 

www.lantanafoods.com

 

IQ Bar

Matt regularly appears with Jordan Rich on “Connoisseur’s Corner” which airs on WBZ (http://boston.cbslocal.com) weekdays at 11:55 AM.

The following is a “script” for one of Matt’s segments:

I love talking about food, especially with you, Jordan, but as an entrepreneur myself, another of my other favorite topics to talk (and write) about is entrepreneurs. That is why I am so excited about (and frankly thankful for) local disruptor Will Nitze, who recently built a better mousetrap by devising a snack bar that not only gives you energy, but that actually helps your brain chemistry as well!

While working too hard on a degree in psychology and neuroscience at Harvard, Will began to run out of energy from all his studying and such and wanted something better than energy drinks and pizza, which he knew were not all that good for him in the long run. Using his own research and himself as a test unit, Will came up with IQ Bars, each of which is made with all natural, non-GMO ingredients that are packed not only with energy-producing nutrients but also with elements that have been proven to encourage more efficient and effective brain function. They may not make you Einstein, but they taste good in any case, so what do you have to lose other than caffeine jitters and belly fat?

 

www.eatiqbar.com

 

Cusa Tea

Matt regularly appears with Jordan Rich on “Connoisseur’s Corner” which airs on WBZ (http://boston.cbslocal.com) weekdays at 11:55 AM.

The following is a “script” for one of Matt’s segments:

Like so many of our listeners, I am getting into tea. And while I love tasting the latest from Mem and pondering a cup with Hillel Bromberg at the Tea Oasis, sometimes, I just do not have the time to let it steep.

Thankfully, there is Cusa tea, a new line of organic teas that are pre-measured and powdered so they can be added to hot or cold water and enjoyed right away with no waiting and no over- or under-steeping.

Cusa teas come in a variety of popular flavors, including green, lemon black, oolong, and English breakfast, each of which is made with premium teas and fresh fruits that are derived from farmers who are partners in the company and botanical scientists that helped make the chemical-free no-steep process nearly as satisfying as formal service with the Queen. And as each pack is individually-portioned, it is perfect to toss into a bag, purse, backpack, or office desk drawer so you can have the great taste and health benefits of tea anywhere at anytime.

Cheers!

 

www.Cusatea.com

 

 

 

Bite Hard Cider

Matt regularly appears with Jordan Rich on “Connoisseur’s Corner” which airs on WBZ (http://boston.cbslocal.com) weekdays at 11:55 AM.

The following is a “script” for one of Matt’s segments:

Having grown up in the apple country of Westford, MA, I love me some cider! And while I am a fan of such local legends as Angry Orchard, Bantam, Citizen, and Far From the Tree, my new fave may be from all the way across in California.

The Boonville-based brands’ name is Bite Hard, but the slow-fermented English style cider is surprisingly smooth and satisfying. There is a bite, but it is just as sweet and succulent as the real apples from which the cider is made (albeit with a bit of alcohol thrown in for fun!).

The company has been run for nearly 10 years by an experienced winemaker from Napa and his merry band of cider fans. And their care and love of what they do and make comes through in every sip!

So while local apples may be Veryfine, when it is time to taste something out of town and out of the ordinary, be sure to Bite Hard!

 

(www.bitehard.com)

 

 

 

 

 

Farmer Willie’s Ginger Beer

Matt regularly appears with Jordan Rich on “Connoisseur’s Corner” which airs on WBZ (http://boston.cbslocal.com) weekdays at 11:55 AM.

The following is a “script” for one of Matt’s segments:

 

I was recently at Kane’s Donuts (as I often am) and discovered a great new ginger beer that was born in a kitchen on Cape Cod 15 bottles at a time but that can now be enjoyed all over the area (by people over 21, that is)!

Farmer Willie’s uses more real ginger than most other drinks of its kind (300 pounds per batch, to be exact). Not only does this impart more ginger flavor it also means that they use about ¼ the sugar. It is also gluten-free! This past fall, they even added a new variety to the lineup that is made with over two tons of ginger and a touch of Cayenne pepper in each batch, making it a natural favorite for ginger fans and fans of refreshingly different beverages that are great out of the can or mixed with other favorite foods or beverages. Their website even gets you started with a recipe book that includes an international set of Mules and more!

So the next time you need something refreshing and a bit sharp, Grab a Willie (their slogan- not mine)!

 

http://thefarmerwillies.com

 

 

 

http://thefarmerwillies.com

 

Brooklyn Organics

Matt regularly appears with Jordan Rich on “Connoisseur’s Corner” which airs on WBZ (http://boston.cbslocal.com) weekdays at 11:55 AM.

The following is a “script” for one of Matt’s segments:

 

We recently talked about the all-natural wonders that are Bruce Cost’s ginger ales, but for those for whom real ginger and cane sugar are not wholesome enough, Bruce’s colleagues have come up with a line of organic craft ginger ales that have much of the same flavor but even fewer calories and (thanks to naturally-derived Stevia) related cavities.

Served in cans that are as slim and cool as the folks who drink from them, Brooklyn Organics Craft Ginger Ales come in classic ginger flavor, as well as coconut, acai, guava, and even cola, so there is at least one to go with every meal and every taste. And as all the ingredients are real and organic, you can gulp assured that you are getting all the health benefits with none of the junk that other beverage makers use.

So even if sugar makes you sour, Bruce Cost and his team got you covered!

 

www.drinkbrooklynorganics.com