Ordering gourmet food online
Food Tips by Donald Burleson
Great food online
I live in the gastronomic
wasteland of rural North Carolina where all foods are bland and deep fried,
creating a dire dining situation that calls for extreme creativity.
One benefit in being in an
exclusive country club is that you share a private restaurant with a small group
and you can get personal attention from a classically-train executive chef. At
our private restaurant the members have their own food lockers where they can
keep their personal delectables. Some folks keep caviar and Dom, while some
stash a few bottles of Ch?eau Mouton Rothschild for special occasions, but I
stock-up with fine foods that are not easily obtained.
Some clubs hire from the CIA
(the Culinary Institute of America) located in Poughkeepsie New York. Computer
professionals have known about the CIA for years (IBM is headquartered just a
few miles away), and computer nerds flock to the CIA's six on campus
Regardless of the food snobs,
the web has made the world smaller and you can order fine food from around the
USA with just a few mouse clicks. Here are my favorites:
Super high grade steaks are a
special treat, far better than the Grade A Angus beef found in mediocre
restaurants. The old ?Omaha Steaks? have become pass?and are being replaced
by more high-end steaks such as those available by Smith & Wollensky of New York
or the Capital Grille.
Some folks like Kobe beef,
but don't want Japanese beef. Fortunately you can now get
USA Kobe beef, delivered by mail, overnight. Allen's sells two
Kobe rib eye steaks by mail for only $139.95, a great deal. Me, I buy from
a secret producer that feed their beeves papaya, a natural meat tenderizer.
The giant U10-sized diver
scallops are wondrous (the U10 means ten per pound) and a number if US producers
can have them flown in fresh with overnight delivery. Or only $9.00 each, you
can even order U8's,
sashimi-grade scallops with a great texture and flavor that you cannot find
except in the finest restaurants.
Texas smoked BBQ
The Texas Style ribs and
Coopers BBQ is a life-changing experience, and I order their brisket and
ribs frequently. Your chef just warms them up and serves them with sauce and
Texas toast for a true Texan experience.
Other BBQ by mail includes:
- Corky's, Memphis, TN
- Charlie Vergos?
Rendezvous, Memphis, TN (888) 464-7359.
- Moonlite Bar-B-Q,
Owensboro, KY (502) 684-8143.
- Oklahoma Joe's BBQ and
Catering, Kansas City, MO (913) 722-3366.
For real hot wings, you don't
have to go to the Anchor Bar in Buffalo. The
Anchor Bar invented Buffalo wings and
you can order them by mail for delivery coast-to-coast, but sadly, not with with
the original Franks hot sauce (they make their own sauce now). Me, I have
my chef deep fry the wings in lots of real butter, and then just dunk in Franks
Hot sauce. Wonderful . . .
Hatch New Mexico has the
green chile. You can buy a 50 lb bag and roast it yourself or get it canned
or in a jar. It's wonderful on grilled cheese sandwiches, pizza and in New
Mexico you can get green chile on your McDonald's hamburger. Well worth the
Black & white Truffles
These wonderful fungus are
now grown in North Carolina and Oregon, great news for those who detest all
You can order
USA truffles here.
There is no need to mess with
Frenchy cheese that smells like dirty socks.
has some of the
world's best cheese, and it's all available via mail order.
You can also check-out
imported cheeses from
Also see my notes on
proper cheese course.
cheesecake: delivered anywhere
Many deli's claim to have the
world's best cheesecake, but the Carnegie Deli gets my vote.
You can order a fantastic cheesecake online for
These cheesecakes make a great gift!