Convalita Gourmet is the result of a new partnership between pocket rocket Michelle Thomas and me, Karen McConnell. Michelle, married with two children is an award winning chef who worked all over the country until she decided to commence her own business Convalita Farmhouse Foods from her farm near Nairne. Michelle has always used fresh produce, whether grown by herself or procured from local growers, in her jams, sauces, pickles and pastes. She prides herself on the fact that there are no preservatives, colours or anything artificial in her goods. I was impressed by this and in the early days of Gourmet Goodies began to distribute her products. You can read my story in the Gourmet Goodies section.
Over time, and many discussions over cups of coffee, we decided to introduce a range of frozen foods to offer people an easy, nutritional, value for money, quick and easy meal. We could see these being utilised by time poor working people, retirees, convalescents and simply for those who aren’t keen cooks! Everything is handmade and you guessed it, no preservatives allowed! Being gluten, grain and dairy intolerant herself, Michelle has also created some delicious cheesecakes, brownies, crackers and loaves to cater for those with intolerances. She will not release anything which doesn’t taste delicious!
So together we are continuing to keep our dream alive and feed the people!