Don't you just love serendipitous moments? I'm sitting at the counter facing the kitchen at Pago in Salt Lake City, and getting ready to enjoy a meal fixed by Phelix Gardner, one of my favorite chefs. A couple walks in and is seated next to me. Since I'm such a shy guy, I start talking to them immediately. If they have in mind a romantic night out, my take is they should have asked to sit at a table for two. Anyway, we make some small talk. Phelix comes over with my first plate-two pieces of grilled bread, two cheeses, one jam and one marmalade. "The jam and marmalade were made by the couple sitting next to you," he says with a grin.
Now, our conversation really begins in earnest, and it gains traction after I taste their creations. John and Casee Francis are artists. Interestingly, not just in the kitchen, but as landscape gardeners, and John is a four-time National Old-Time Fiddle Contest Champion.
They have captured their boundless creativity in jars with Amour Spreads. From the first taste, there is no doubt this is a labor of love. Join us this week on Great Taste as we talk with John and Casee, and explore why this successful couple decided to cook up delicious preserves. Check their products out here and on Facebook.
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