Chef Felicia Willett's namesake eatery, Felicia Suzanne's, has been an anchor of the Downtown Memphis dining scene for more than a decade. When it came time to expand her brand, she eschewed opening another restaurant to concentrate on a line of gourmet products using local ingredients.
"Flo's" homemade goodness can currently be ordered from her online store, and she is currently working towards obtaining the certifications that will allow her to sell them in retail spaces across the city.
Tomato Jam - Chef Willett likes to pair this unique treat with a meaty fish, like her pepper-crusted salmon with sweet corn etouffe. I think it makes an excellent addition to almost any sandwich (including my personal favorite: grilled cheese with thick cut bacon).
Chow Chow - I like to use this classic Southern condiment just spooned over grilled or roasted meat (I'm partial to pork tenderloin). At Felicia Suzanne's, they serve this chow chow over their crispy fried green tomato appetizer.
Pepper Jelly - Pepper Jelly is ridiculously versatile. It's sweet, tangy, and has just enough of a kick to keep it interesting.Imagine it served over a bowl of luscious stone ground grits and creamy goat cheese. That's just how they do it at Felicia Suzanne's. I like to mix it with softened cream cheese and serve it with tortilla chip or butter crackers.
If your mouth is already watering, head on over to the online store and grab some. You can get each individually for $8/jar. Or, if you're having a hard time making a decision, select the Flo's gift box and get all three, plus a Felicia Suzanne's apron. It would make an excellent Mother's Day gift or a fantastic birthday surprise for the home cook (or professional chef) in you life.
The last item in the Flo's product line is her famous bread and butter pickles. They're that hint of something special in the tartar sauce that comes with Felicia Suzanne's crab cakes. You can get a large jar for just $10, but they're extremely popular and are often out of stock.
Bonus Note: Chef Willett and seven other Memphis culinarians will be representing the Bluff City in the Big Apple on April 22 at the James Beard House. This "Made in Memphis" dinner will showcase the variety and quality of our fantastic cuisine. For more information, visit the Made in Memphis event page.
Hope to see you there!
Full Disclosure - The folks at Felicia Suzanne's gave me a complimentary box of Flo's goodies, but as always, views are my own.