Zest! Spice Shoppe Opens
by Gisele Rinaldi Siebold
A doorway from the inside of Zest! specialty cooking store, located at 30 East Main Street, in Lititz, leads to more culinary delights with the addition of Zest! Spice Shoppe. According to owner Sharon Landis, adding the spice shop to their already existing store that features gourmet foods, cookware, gadgets, home goods and more is another way to inspire creative cooking.
Premium spices from around the world, sold in half-cup size glass jars, are pure, fresh and flavorful, and do not contain anti-caking agents, fillers or gluten. “The spices that we sell are customized and not typically found in grocery stores,” explains Landis. “We collaborate with a Pennsylvania spice dealer who grinds the spices to our specifications. Every week, we order small cases to ensure our standard of quality.”
The wide variety includes baking spices, peppers, chili powders, international spices, blends, rubs, dried herbs and whole spices. Tester jars allow customers to smell and taste the seasonings while they shop.
“Since most of the spices and blends contain neither salt nor sugar, even if you are following a special diet, you can still have great culinary adventures because the spices bring the flavor to the food,” she suggests, “and since our spices are pure, a little goes a long way.
“There’s no need to trade your regular recipes for fancy ones; changing one seasoning can enhance the recipe’s aromatic flavor,” encourages Landis. “Swap your usual cinnamon for our chai baking spice or even cardamom. Our international spices taste delicious on roasted vegetables. Or, kick your chili recipe up a notch by adding one of our chili powders,” she enthuses.
The use of spices will also be featured during classes scheduled at Zest! Cooking School, located at 1180 Erbs Quarry Road, in Lititz. “While a few more additions to Zest! Spice Shoppe will be coming soon, the shop is open, and we invite everyone to visit and be inspired to add some spice to life,” shares Landis.
For more information, call 717-626-6002 or visit ZestChef.com.