Friday, January 28, 2011

Stonewall Kitchen Celebrates 20 Years

2011 marks the 20th anniversary of the internationally recognized, award-winning specialty food manufacturer Stonewall Kitchen. Based in York, Maine, the company was started in 1991 by entrepreneurs and New England natives Jim Stott and Jonathan King. Today, both men continue to be actively involved in the privately held company.
Operating out of their home in Hampton, NH, the two gardeners, waiters and “foodies” first started out in 1991 bottling products at night on an apartment-sized stove that they would sell at local farmers’ markets in the morning. Response to their products was overwhelmingly positive and soon the pair was wholesaling their handmade specialty foods throughout New England. Customers were, and still are, struck by the unique flavor combinations, creative and well-designed packaging and consistent quality for which Stonewall Kitchen is known. Throughout the 20 years, Jim Stott and Jonathan King have created a strong, recognizable brand that is displayed on shelves in specialty food stores throughout the nation and is beginning to be distributed throughout the world. The company is the most highly awarded specialty food manufacturer in the United States by the National Association of Specialty Food Trade. Along with dozens of individual awards, Stonewall Kitchen products have earned the Outstanding Product Line Award three times as well as several notable awards for Maine-based businesses.
With nine Company Stores along the East Coast, a worldwide wholesale division, thriving Internet and direct-to-consumer sales channels, a Cooking School, Cafe and a state-of-the-art production facility, the company continues to thrive. Stonewall Kitchen employs a yearly average of 300 people and looks forward to continued growth.
The 20th Anniversary Celebration begins this January with the introduction of a new celebratory jam, Wild Maine Blueberry Champagne Jam. This incredibly flavorful jam is inspired by the company’s number one selling product, Wild Maine Blueberry Jam, and is a limited reserve product. The entire staff with be noting the anniversary with a companywide celebration on February 12.
During the summer of 2011, Stonewall Kitchen will mark the 20th anniversary with a special project developed in conjunction with the George Marshall Store Art Gallery, a part of the Old York Historical Society, and Jacqueline Nooney, landscape designer and owner of Nooney Landscaping and Design. The project is named “From Garden to the Kitchen” and will feature a major installation of art in the expansive gardens at Stonewall Kitchen. Approximately 20 artists from the area will be selected to participate in this creative project that will tie each artist’s vision of the bounty of the harvest to the kitchen table. Opening parties, celebrations of the installation and special activities at the Gallery are planned for the summer.
For more information about Stonewall Kitchen or the anniversary celebration, please call 1-207-351-2713 or check for further details.
Photo caption: Stonewall Kitchen’s flagship store in York, ME. (Courtesy photo)