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Do you think I should continue to sample the bread and oil dippings past April?

Poll closed May 16, 2009.
  1. Absolutely yes!

    41 vote(s)
    74.5%
  2. No, I wouldn't too much of an expense.

    3 vote(s)
    5.5%
  3. Undecided whether it would help or not.

    4 vote(s)
    7.3%
  4. Who cares, do what you want! :)

    7 vote(s)
    12.7%
  1. PampMomof3

    PampMomof3 Legend Member Gold Member

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    and wondered if you thought I should continue to do it or not. At all my shows in April, I brought a loaf of french bread and a bottle of olive oil to all my shows to sample the oil dippings. It seemed to work to get some people up to the $60 mark. I wanted to ask you do you think I should continue to do it in May to possibly get them to spend a little extra? The bread is only $2 per show and I have 9 cooking shows booked.

    Here's my top sell list since March 1st.

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    Apr 26, 2009
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  2. chefann

    chefann Legend Member Gold Member

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    Just look at the numbers of those seasonings that you actually SOLD, not just the free ones. That's a lot for a $2 investment per show. And if your shows are anything like mine, you can actually get 2 shows from a single loaf of bread, which takes your additional investment down to $1 per show.

    I think these seasonings are something that people need to taste. I also mention that I use them as rubs for chicken and pork (and I think they'd be good on fish, too).
     
    Apr 26, 2009
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  3. raebates

    raebates Legend Member Staff Member

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    Don't forget that you can sprinkle either on popcorn. Delicious!

    I'm with Ann. That's a minimal investment with big results.
     
    Apr 26, 2009
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  4. ChefBeckyD

    ChefBeckyD Legend Member Gold Member

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    Wow - mine are nothing like yours! I've been having my hosts buy the Pillsbury bread, and most of them have gone through 2 loaves!

    I agree that people need to taste them. I've sold a ton of them, and like Ann, I talk about other uses. I love them on Roasted veggies, and the garlic-parm is great on popcorn, too. Also, for the people who comment that they don't like olive oil and bread, I let them know that the seasonings are also great mixed into some softened butter.

    I think a $2 investment per show isn't bad. For 9 shows, that is an $18 investment....and look at what you can get from it!
     
    Apr 26, 2009
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  5. pampchefsarah

    pampchefsarah Senior Member Gold Member

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    You didn't ask, but I would say to bring the sauces, too. You can provide one brick of cream cheese, and pour the Ginger Wasabi over one half, and the Pineapple Rum over the other half. Like the dipping seasonings, the sauces need to be tasted to be appreciated!
     
    Apr 26, 2009
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  6. PampMomof3

    PampMomof3 Legend Member Gold Member

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    I definitely agree Sarah. I should start doing that but that requires crackers to go along with it. Right? That would be more of an expense but it may be a great one. Hmm, decisions.....
     
    Apr 26, 2009
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  7. pampchefsarah

    pampchefsarah Senior Member Gold Member

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    I actually add the cream cheese and crackers to the shopping list for my host. ;) After all, it's a recipe, and the extra sales help his/her totals.
     
    Apr 26, 2009
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  8. ChefBeckyD

    ChefBeckyD Legend Member Gold Member

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    Or pretzels...pretzels are cheaper and go further!

    I've been doing crackers and pretzels. I actually like the GW sauce as a dip for pretzels. (without the cream cheese)
     
    Apr 26, 2009
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  9. chefann

    chefann Legend Member Gold Member

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    I usually use the Italian loaf from the bakery at Meijer, and I cut it into 1/2" cubes.
     
    Apr 26, 2009
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  10. byrd1956

    byrd1956 Senior Member Gold Member

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    great ideas!!
     
    Apr 26, 2009
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  11. pjpamchef

    pjpamchef Member Silver Member

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    I have been making the beer bread in the mini loaf pan and taking one mini loaf per show (I freeze the others till I need them). I have been selling both the bread and the dipping seasonings, and a couple mini loaf pans!!! I started doing this in March, and what I noticed is people who tried it at March shows, made sure they had a $60 order so they could get it for free at April shows. I incorporate it into my interactive shows by having them dice up the loaf with the bread knife, and prepare the dipping seasonings in the bamboo bowls. For my May shows, I am switching over to the dipping set from the outlet. Gives me the opportunity to talk about the outlet!
     
    Apr 26, 2009
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  12. DebbieJ

    DebbieJ Legend Member

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    Like Ann, I buy bread from the grocery store bakery and cut it into cubes. I can get two shows from one large loaf as well.

    That Pillsbury stuff is expensive!
     
    Apr 26, 2009
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  13. DebbieJ

    DebbieJ Legend Member

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    I am doing this for my May shows--have the host buy the stuff. I figure I'm already spending enough on the sauce. :)
     
    Apr 26, 2009
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  14. PampMomof3

    PampMomof3 Legend Member Gold Member

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    Maybe I'll do that then. I just hate that the sauces have to be refrigerated.
     
    Apr 27, 2009
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  15. pampchefsarah

    pampchefsarah Senior Member Gold Member

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    Yeah, well, learn from my experience - definitely refrigerate those sauces once they're open! Even as fast as we were going through mine, the Pineapple Rum still got moldy sitting in the cupboard (and, yes, I did see it says to refrigerate after opening, I just don't always agree).

    They can, however, be unrefrigerated for a time. I'll take mine out of the refrigerator as I'm getting ready to walk out the door, and replace them immediately upon arriving home. However, during the show they're on the table along with the dressed cream cheese and crackers, so guests can read the labels.
     
  16. PamperedK

    PamperedK Veteran Member Silver Member

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    I have the host buy the bread. I just add it to the recipe list and let her know that I'll be bringing some oil dipping seasonings so she doesn't have to worry about other snacks.

    And honestly - I don't even do the cream cheese for the sauces. I bring my bamboo snack bowls and put the oil dips into 2 of them and the 2 sauces in the other 2 and I still sell the sauces. I just let them know that this is to taste, and then tell them the other ways you can use it.
     
    Apr 27, 2009
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  17. Flamingo

    Flamingo Advanced Member Gold Member

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    Sounds like a great idea. I think I may just do this at my next show....
     
    Apr 27, 2009
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  18. floccies

    floccies Member

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    Ask the host to buy the bread, you provide the seasonings and olive oil. Let me the hosts choice.
     
    Apr 27, 2009
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  19. vonfirmath

    vonfirmath Member

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    Do you think these seasonings would work well with rice? People around here eat a lot of rice and there's always problems with what to do with the leftovers.
     
    Apr 27, 2009
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  20. pamperedlinda

    pamperedlinda Legend Member Gold Member

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    I love the Ginger Wasabi on rice
     
  21. nancycookspc

    nancycookspc Member Gold Member

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    Yeah, well, learn from my experience - definitely refrigerate those sauces once they're open! Even as fast as we were going through mine, the Pineapple Rum still got moldy sitting in the cupboard (and, yes, I did see it says to refrigerate after opening, I just don't always agree).

    OHHH. I need to go tto my trunk...its 90 outside and I left them in there from yesterdays show w/ the clean dishes :yuck:
     
    Apr 27, 2009
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  22. PampMomof3

    PampMomof3 Legend Member Gold Member

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    Uh oh!! :cry:
     
    Apr 27, 2009
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  23. Intrepid_Chef

    Intrepid_Chef Legend Member Silver Member

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    Kristi Starducci, did you see the latest "good news" about sampling the spices?
     
  24. PampMomof3

    PampMomof3 Legend Member Gold Member

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    Ha! I did and I thought about my story too!! It's definitely the best way to go!! Thanks Di!
     
    Apr 28, 2009
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  25. gailz2

    gailz2 Senior Member Gold Member

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    how much seasoning do you add to how much oil??
     
    May 1, 2009
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  26. chefann

    chefann Legend Member Gold Member

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    The recipe is on the side of the jar, although I find you can just about double the oil, if you let it sit so that the seasoning infuses it well.
     
    May 1, 2009
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  27. gailz2

    gailz2 Senior Member Gold Member

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    Thanks, Ann. I haven't tried it yet, but have a party in 4 hours where it will be sampled.
     
    May 1, 2009
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  28. This is actually what I've been doing too...they honestly feel that I am bringing the best part, all they have to provide is the bread and oil...and so far at each show people have bought them. I tell them it's the perfect "permanent" appetizer for unexpected guests they can always keep on hand without spoiling.
     
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