Le Bon Magot Sampling at Eddies of Roland Park

Source: Baltimore Post Examiner

So, I ran into Amy today who I haven’t seen in eons and we were playing catch up with our lives. We both discovered that we were at the Summer Fancy Food Show; she was scouting new products and food trends for Eddie’s of Roland Park.

Our conversation proceeded with what did you see that you liked? I mentioned that a company that I saw at Natural Products Expo East that I LOVED, was at the Fancy Food Show and they won 5 SOFI Awards and she knew exactly who I was talking about, Le Bon Magot.

She informed me that Eddie’s of Roland Park carries their amazing small batch chutney, dressings, jams and preserves. And, in fact, Amy is doing a demonstration this Sunday, at Eddie’s located at 6213 N. Charles Street on of the Le Bon Magot products from 11 am to 3 pm. GO, GO AND GO…the products are small batch, free of gluten, MSG and preservatives and the best thing you will have tasted in years.

The pricing reflects the quality. You can order on line, but then you have shipping costs. They are ideal with cheeses, on top of meats or a spoonful straight from the jar — personally, I mixed some with a bit of mayonnaise for dipping my artichoke leaves.   I actually wrote them up for the Baltimore Post Examiner as my number one pick for the best holiday gift for food lovers and so did Food & Wine for gifts under $20.

The flavor combinations span the globe: Africa, the Middle East and South Asia.

GO, GO, GO… great chance to taste these fruits, vegetable and spice combinations. Buy, buy, buy—for yourself and oh, how you will impress others when you serve these items.

Le Bon Magot – Product demo and tasting

Sunday, July 16 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Eddies of Roland Park – 6213 N. Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21212

Don’t forget to tell Amy, Dara says hello!

Ready For Summer And Specialty Foods

Source: Yum Yum Traveler

Originally from Karachi, Naomi Mobed, creator of Le Bon Magot, has lived, studied and worked throughout the world.  Her condiments and preserves – hidden treasures all, won four Sofi awards, including two gold awards for her tomato and white sultana chutney with ginger and garam masala and for her spiced raisin marmalata with ras al hanout (a spice mix from North Africa) and smoked cinnamon.  (You go girl!)

A One-Woman Condiment Company

Source: FEZANA

Naomi Mobed was born in Karachi; raised in Tehran; lived in Hong Kong; educated in Princeton, Boston and London; worked in New York, Paris, then Dubai, then Muscat, then Johannesburg and all points in-between.

She states “For as long as I can remember, food has given me a sense of belonging wherever I was in the world. It was, at once, familiar and new; both, a reminder of my history and a call to adventure. My family traveled on its stomachs and wherever life’s journey took us, we embraced local customs, quickly adopting and fusing them to our own culinary traditions. Through these voyages, food bound us and enabled us to communicate with the world – to show both our differences and similarities – to help us assimilate, make friends and settle into the ever-changing landscape.“

Le Bon Magot will be exhibiting from June 25-27 in the Summer Fancy Food Show, Javits Center, New York City, NY. Visit: www.lebonmagot.com to learn more and to order online.

TBJ Gourmet Wins SFA Front Burner Competition

Source: The Gourmet Retailer

TBJ Gourmet’s Black Pepper Bacon Jam won the second Front Burner Foodservice Pitch Competition presented by the Foodservice Council of the Specialty Food Association during the Summer Fancy Food Show. 

Other products in the competition included Slawsa, a cabbage-based relish from The Busha Group/Nicole Foods; and Tomato and White Sultana Chutney with Ginger and Garam Marsala from Le Bon Magot.

Turmeric, Saffron, Cardamom, and Bourbon [...]

Source: Philadelphia Inquirer

Nearly every U.S. state was represented at the show, along with 46 countries, with Pennsylvania and New Jersey making small but significant contributions. Le Bon Magot, an African-, Middle Eastern-, and South Asian-inspired condiment producer in Lawrenceville, N.J., walked away with five SOFI awards across three categories.

Sweet and savory, with a hint of smoky cinnamon, its spiced raisin marmalata won gold and best new product in the jam category, and the lemon-sultana marmalata took bronze in that category. A tomato and white sultanta chutney took gold in the condiment category; the brinjal caponata, a subtle but complex mix of pickled eggplant, cumin, and curry leaves won bronze in the pickled vegetable group.

Companies Share Lancaster County Cuisine

Source: Lancaster Online

 Le Bon Magot, of Lawrenceville, New Jersey, won three awards for its line of unusual chutneys and marmalades. The company’s founder, Naomi Mobed, says her products are based on old family recipes and are filled with the flavors of the places she has lived — Africa, the Middle East and South Asia. This year, Mobed showcased a tomato and white sultana chutney with ginger and garam masala flavorings; a lemon marmalata with caraway and saffron; and a spiced raisin marmalata with smoked cinnamon and a ras el hanout spice blend from North Africa.

Immigrant Entrepreneurs Poised To Shake Up [...]

Source: Forbes

Le Bon Magot is a high-end, natural line of chutneys, marmalatas and caponatas created by Naomi Mobed, the founder and CEO. Elegantly designed glass jars that show off the rich reds, greens and dark purples of Le Bon Magot's products, are stacked in the rear of the white booth. A crowd of buyers stand at the front counter to try samples, some people look dazed as they try and place the exquisite and unusual flavors.

Mobed was born in Pakistan, raised in Iran and moved the U.S. at 11-years-old after a few stops in Asia Pacific and Europe. She spent most of her adult life working in finance and banking abroad. When she returned to the U.S. two years ago, Mobed decided it was finally the time to launch the food business she’d envisioned, based on family recipes.

“I knew these flavors need to come alive,” says Mobed, “because there’s nothing else like it out there.” She only uses top quality ingredients and wants consumers to feel like they are eating a condiment they’d find in her family home. “And we’re not a jar-oriented family,” assures Mobed, “we cook everything.”

Le Bon Magot, which means “The Hidden Treasure” in French, is based in Lawrenceville, New Jersey and the products are made in Long Island’s North Fork.

“We’re tiny,” concedes Mobed, who aims to scale-up her business while retaining the high quality of ingredients. “I refuse to believe we live in a society where we cannot manage a supply chain of fresh ingredients,” exclaims Mobed.

Mobed works with a six-person team, including consultants and part time workers. Le Bon Magot products sell in specialty shops across the country like New York City ‘s Épicerie Boulud and Kalustyan’s among others, and Formaggio’s in Boston.

While Mobed believes there is an energized environment around the mainstream embrace of spices and culinary diversity, she notes that some consumers don’t understand her products. “What is a chutney? Why do you need it?” she’s been asked. “But once people taste it," says Mobed "they are much more open to it.”