Minneapolis, MN - Just in time for the holiday entertaining season, Chef Wolfgang Puck is introducing a line of all-natural, gourmet appetizers, each paired with unique dipping sauces. As consumers look for easy-to-prepare gourmet foods at home, the chef-inspired appetizers help consumers integrate more gourmet flavors into their holiday entertaining and everyday dining. A powerful addition to Chef Puck’s line of all-natural, gourmet frozen pizzas, these appetizers are inspired by Chef Puck’s well-known restaurants, including Spago and Chinois.
Featuring a broad range of global tastes, the line of four appetizers includes only the freshest, all-natural ingredients and does not contain artificial ingredients and preservatives. Unique ingredients include shiitake mushrooms, panko breadcrumbs and artisan cheeses. Each appetizer variety is complemented with a distinctive, flavorful dipping sauce that enhances taste and provides a sophisticated presentation.
"Food is the focus of many gatherings, but people don't always have time to prepare a gourmet meal," said Chef Puck. "My new signature appetizers feature the finest ingredients and culinary inspirations straight from my restaurants and make it easy to quickly prepare quality appetizers at home to share with guests or savor alone."
Preparing a meal for one or two or hosting a party for ten during the busy holiday season can be a challenge, but with the help of Wolfgang Puck All-Natural Appetizers, a holiday cocktail party, first course, or any dining occasion can be simple and stress free. The new Wolfgang Puck appetizer line includes:
Mu Shu Pork Spring Rolls – Spring rolls in a crunchy paper-thin wrapper filled with a mixture of all-natural savory shredded pork, green onions, carrots and Chinese-style seasonings are complemented with a Garlic Chili Ponzu Dipping Sauce. The Mu Shu Pork Spring Rolls come in a package of nine and have an MSRP of $5.99.
Chicken Pot Stickers - All-natural Chinese-style chicken and vegetable dumplings paired with a flavorful Garlic Ponzu Dipping Sauce. The Chicken Potstickers come packaged in a box of 12 and have an MSRP of $5.99.
Arancini - Italian risotto balls blended with shiitake mushrooms, Mascarpone, Parmesan and mozzarella cheeses with a fresh Tomato-Basil-Garlic Sauce. Arancini come in a package of eight and have an MSRP $6.99.
Classic Shrimp Cakes – An all-natural fusion of shrimp, panko bread crumbs, peppers, onions, herbs, and spices is complemented by a Creamy Dijon Citrus Sauce. The Shrimp Cakes come packaged in a box of six and have an MSRP of $6.99.
"Wolfgang Puck All-Natural Appetizers were created to meet consumer demands; high quality, all-natural ingredients combined with worldly flavors and vegetarian options makes these appetizers extremely versatile and appealing to many different palates," said David Miller, director of new ventures, Schwan's Consumer Brands North America, Inc.
"As families eat and entertain at home more often, the restaurant-inspired line of Wolfgang Puck All-Natural appetizers delivers the taste profile and gourmet quality consumers want, even when they are short on time.
The line of Wolfgang Puck All-Natural Appetizers will be available at Whole Foods nationwide in late summer 2008. Wolfgang Puck All-Natural Appetizers are part of an exclusive frozen foods partnership between Chef Puck's Wolfgang Puck Worldwide, Inc. (WPW), an international frozen food leader, Schwan's Consumer Brands North America, Inc.
About Wolfgang Puck br> Austrian-born Wolfgang Puck opened his first restaurant, Spago, on Hollywood's Sunset Strip in 1982. Building on Spago's success, he has become one of the most influential chefs in North America, with an empire that includes a growing number of fine dining and casual restaurants, catering venues, cookbooks and products. He is dedicated to offering the freshest, highest-quality products and the most delicious, innovative tastes.
Wolfgang Puck Worldwide, Inc., a privately held corporation, includes franchises of casual Wolfgang Puck Bistro and fast-casual Wolfgang Puck Express restaurants, consumer products including Wolfgang Puck branded packaged foods and beverages, book publishing and other licensing and merchandising projects. For additional information, visit www.wolfgangpuck.com.
About Schwan's Consumer Brands North America, Inc. br> Schwan's Consumer Brands North America, Inc., a subsidiary of The Schwan Food Company, has marketed and distributed premium frozen foods since 1970. Its brands include Red Baron®, Freschetta®, and Tony's® pizzas, Asian Sensations® snacks and appetizers, and Larry's® potatoes. The business is based in Bloomington, Minn. The brands are represented in more than 50,000 retail outlets across the United States.
The Schwan Food Company ("Schwan") is the largest, privately held manufacturer and marketer of fine frozen foods in the United States and operates production and distribution facilities across the United States, Europe and in Canada to serve customers in more than 25 countries through home delivery, retail grocery and foodservice channels.
Headquartered in Marshall, Minn. for more than 50 years, Schwan employs approximately 22,000 people. To learn more about the company, visit www.TheSchwanFoodCompany.com