YORK, Maine – Award-winning specialty food producer Stonewall Kitchen has opened its first retail locations on the West Coast with a new Stonewall Kitchen Cooking School and Café in the Macy’s South Coast Plaza location in Costa Mesa, California. A grand opening is scheduled for Wednesday, November 28th from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., featuring a ribbon cutting ceremony with the Orange County Chamber of Commerce.
The Café will feature the same classic New England fare made famous at Stonewall Kitchen’s flagship York, Maine, location, such as the best-selling Lobster B.L.T. Sandwich, New England Clam Chowder, and the Haddock Sandwich with Downeast Tartar Sauce. Kid favorites like the award-winning Café Burger or the Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich made with Stonewall Kitchen Wild Maine Blueberry Jam will also be featured.
The Cooking School will offer a variety of demonstration classes for lunch and dinner with chef instructors similar to those taught at the York, Maine location. Sample classes will include the New England Indoor Clam Bake, East Coast Meets West Coast, and Brunchtime Delights, along with an annual celebration of Julia Child and other special events. With 24 seats available, the classes will be perfect for a delicious lunch, date night, or girls’ night out.
“We’re incredibly excited to expand our partnership with Macy’s with the launch of our new Cooking School and Café in California,” said John Stiker, Stonewall Kitchen’s Chief Executive Officer. “We’ve been working hand-in-hand with Macy’s since 2002, and today Stonewall Kitchen product is in more than 500 Macy’s locations. During the holidays, we even collaborate together to create custom gift packaging exclusively for Macy’s. The launch of our new Cooking School and Café inside their Costa Mesa location represents a logical and exciting evolution of our relationship, as we both look to create interesting and interactive retail experiences for our guests that can’t be found anywhere else.”
“We’re thrilled about the addition of a Stonewall Kitchen Cooking School and Café at our Costa Mesa location,” said Sue Graham-Sparks, the Vice President and Store Manager of Macy’s at South Coast Plaza. “We’ve worked closely with Stonewall Kitchen for many years and this expansion is an exciting milestone in our partnership. In preparation for the opening, we’ve sent our staff to Maine for weeks to make sure we bring the Stonewall Kitchen experience to life here in South Coast Plaza. We’re replicating the classic Stonewall Kitchen experience not only by offering the same menu and cooking classes, but also by focusing on the details that make the experience so special, such as lobsters from Maine, New England wooden bead board fixtures, and large screen TVs in the Cooking School so that you are sure to see all of the fine handwork being done no matter where you are sitting. We’re looking forward to growing our two great businesses and brands together.”
The Stonewall Kitchen Cooking School and Café is located at Macy’s in the South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa, California:
Macy’s South Coast Plaza
3333 Bristol Street
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
The Cooking School class schedule and Café menu can be viewed at www.macysrestaurants.com/stonewall-kitchen-cooking-school/
About Stonewall Kitchen
Stonewall Kitchen is a leading specialty food producer headquartered in York, Maine. Founded in 1991 by partners Jonathan King and Jim Stott, the two established the Stonewall Kitchen brand by selling jams and jellies at local farmers’ markets with a flavorful line of distinctive and high quality products. Over time, they expanded the brand to include sauces, condiments, crackers and baking mixes, always focusing on innovative product development, beautiful packaging, and exceptional guest service.
Today, Stonewall Kitchen® is the premier specialty foods platform in North America, home to a family of premium quality brands including the flagship Stonewall Kitchen® brand; the Tillen Farms® brand of pickled vegetables and cocktail cherries; the Napa Valley Naturals® brand of olive oils, culinary oils, balsamic vinegars and wine vinegars; the Montebello® brand of artisan organic pasta imported from Italy; and the Legal Sea Foods® brand of restaurant-quality seafood sauces and condiments.
The company boasts more than 6,000 wholesale accounts nationwide and internationally; a thriving catalog and online division; a cooking school and café in York, Maine; and nine retail Company Stores throughout New England. As winners of 28 prestigious awards from the Specialty Food Association and the recipient of the coveted Outstanding Product Line Honors three times, Stonewall Kitchen is proud to be one of the most awarded specialty food companies in the country.
For information about Stonewall Kitchen, visit: www.stonewallkitchen.com