Cheryl’s started in a small storefront in Columbus, Ohio, by Cheryl Krueger and her college roommate. Cheryl’s is now part of the 1-800 Flowers Family of Brands, which includes Fannie May and The Popcorn Factory. Score one more franchise for the village.
We in the Midwest, like those in South Australia, live in a region where we’re fortunate enough to have an abundance of good raw materials. Putting those excellent products on the plate, with less intervention, is a welcome trend – and it’s a way of cooking (and shopping!) that is within reach of many of us.
What I admire about Dirk’s Fish and Gourmet Shop is the quality of the fish and seafood, the reasonable prices (though high quality is never low priced), and the effort Dirk makes to source sustainable seafood. His selections in the display case include information about where the fish came from, how it was caught, and whether it has MSC certification.
In Australia last November, I had a chance to visit the Pure Coffin Bay Oyster processing facility in South Australia. It was enlightening. My guess is that people on both coasts are probably very familiar with oyster farming strategies; for me, it was a new experience.