BLiS Gourmet – “Becuase Life is Short”, Eat Great Food!
BLiS is the result of one chef’s passion to handcraft unique, sustainable, naturally sourced gourmet food ingredients that inspire chefs and discerning home cooks around the world.
The BLiS Gourmet line consists of bourbon barrel aged sauces and wild caught domestic roes handcrafted in Grand Rapids. As the pioneer in bourbon barrel aging, Steve has unique access to bourbon barrels that are over 20 years old, which provide an extraordinary taste experience.
Tell us a little about yourself and the company you own/run
BLiS was founded by Chef Steve Stallard. He started creating products that he would have loved to have in his kitchen, beginning with hand cured domestic caviar. The product line now includes maple syrup, vinegar, fish sauce, hot sauce, truffle oil, fleur de sel, and spice rubs. Everyone on the BLiS team is passionate about food, wine, and the outdoors. In our free time you can find us cooking, foraging, fishing and sharing great wine with friends.
What is your location and when did you start/how long has the company been in business
BLiS is located in Grand Rapids and we’ve been in business since 2004.
What makes your products special/unique
The quality and flavor of our products make us unique. As the pioneers of bourbon barrel aging, we have access to extra old barrels that impart an incredible flavor to everything we age in them. Our domestic roe is unique in that we started working with wild caught domestic species, so we wouldn’t be part of the problem of overfishing more popular species. The attention to detail and quality sets us apart from other food producers.
What’s the favorite part about your job
Everything! I love to see what type of amazing dishes our products wind up in. I’m constantly blown away by how our products inspire everyone from the backyard barbecue cook, to the finest chefs in the world. It is truly humbling and keeps us on our toes to keep creating the best stuff around. I love working with a team that is so passionate about what we do. And I love having a boss/mentor that is so knowledgeable, passionate, and respected to be learning from.
Where can we buy more of your products
Our hot sauce is available at Meijer nationwide, and our bourbon maple syrup is available at Williams-Sonoma nationwide. In the Detroit area, Plum market carries some products. For a list of where to buy, you can visit our webpage www.blisgourmet.com. You can also purchase all products direct from the webpage.
Whats the best way to enjoy/eat/prepare/utilize your product
The #9 vinegar is the perfect example of an everyday vinegar. Use it in salad dressings, marinades, and in pickling applications.