September Markets with Made by Mavis September 05 2017, 0 Comments

We absolutely love working the local markets and other public events around Cincinnati. It gives us a chance to get out and meet the people that make this town so amazing, and really capture the pulse and energy of this city. Most months, Made by Mavis normally participates in two or three markets, but this upcoming September we have a particularly busy calendar. From the beginning of the month until the end, we will have our team scattered around the city with jars of delicious jams and tasting spoons for everybody we meet! Since there are several events that we will be participating in this September, we decided to compile them all into one blog so that you are certain to run into us when you’re out and about this month.

Art in the Park

Bellevue's Art in the Park reflects all of the elements of a great local/community festival, including 90+ local artists, craftspeople, musicians and delicious eats in a charming urban park. Come out to Bellevue Beach Park on Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017 at the foot of Ward Avenue, along the scenic Ohio River from 10 AM-5 PM for this not-to-be-missed event.

Bulldog Boutique

Saint Ursula Academy invites you to it’s 7th Annual Bulldog Boutique Friday, September 15 from 6-9PM.! Shop local vendors in the Arlene Fox Keller ’58 Student Center with your classmates and friends while sipping a glass of wine, enjoying some delicious appetizers, or other beverages and desserts. Tickets to this event are $20 and available to all St. Ursula alumni and family/friends.

The City Flea

Over the Rhine comes alive for Cincinnati’s largest flea market in the city. On Saturday, September 16, from 10 AM-4 PM, come out and meet some the city’s artists, vendors, craftspeople, and more. The City Flea is a place to keep your dollars local, support small business and experience YOUR city in a unique and engaging way. Food trucks, merchants, and a live DJ make this market one not to miss!

ish Festival

A new arts and cultural festival will debut in Cincinnati, Ohio on Sunday, September 17, 2017, in Washington Park. ish Festival is an inclusive, community-wide celebration of Jewish and Israeli arts, food, music and cultural experiences. The event will be FREE to attend, OPEN to the public and appeals to ALL AGES! This is an all day event, from 11 AM-8 PM. Come out and help make the inaugural event a success! 

Cincinnati Food & Wine Classic

In order to capture the energy and enthusiasm of the Midwest’s dynamic food and beverage scene, the Cincinnati Food & Wine Classic at Sawyer Point’s Yeatman’s Cove gather all of the city's most popular eateries in one spot. This is a two day event, so come out Friday, September 22 from 6:30 PM-9:30 PM and Saturday, September 23 from 12 PM-9:30 PM as we put Greater Cincinnati on the culinary map.

O.F.F Market-Oakley Square

The O.F.F. Market stands for the Oakley Fancy Flea, and is a unique neighborhood market that reflects the Oakley neighborhood quite well. It is the stomping ground to specialty food and drink vendors, as well as independent small businesses and artists from around the city. The previous two O.F.F. Markets were held at the new Madtree 2.0 facility, but this month’s will return to the Oakley Square outside of 20th Century Theatre on Saturday,  September 30, from 10 AM-4 PM.

A Jammin’ Collaboration with Braxton Brewing August 24 2017, 0 Comments

All summer long our team has stressed about the construction on the Brent Spence Bridge with the rest of Cincinnati as we try and get our deliveries across the Ohio river, and the traffic has been some of the worst this city has seen in a long time. Depending on where you’re traveling from, you just might have detours over 20 miles long during rush hour traffic. Just thinking about it gives us a headache! We’re nice people, honestly. And we know you are, too— It’s the road rage that makes us so grumpy!

Thankfully today marks the end of the construction phase, and the highways will be free of construction barrels tomorrow morning. In order to celebrate this joyous occasion, we are teaming up with Braxton Brewing, located just down the street from us, to throw a happy hour celebration you won’t forget on Friday, August 25th at the Braxton Taproom in Covington (27 W. 7th Street, Covington, Ky., 41011). For the first time since construction began, you will have plenty of time to make it out by happy hour, so there is no excuse to miss this event!

The brewers at Braxton have been working hard to create a special beer that they have appropriately named “Traffic Jam.” It is a unique batch of their Revamp IPA, infused with Made by Mavis’ popular Peach Bellini Jam, made with champagne, peaches, and peach schnapps. Braxton will be selling pints of Traffic Jam for $6.50, with $5.50 refills (and you get to keep your glass).  You can also expect local food trucks and plenty of Braxton bumper stickers and air fresheners to reward your vehicles for putting up with the construction all summer. 

This collaboration marks the beginning of what we hope will be a very successful partnership with Braxton Brewing. As up-and-coming Covington businesses, it makes sense that we work together to make some really unique and tasty products.

For instance, we’re working on a Dead Blow Jam, made with Dead Blow tropical stout, dates, and cherries. We're also dreaming up a strawberries and cream jam infused with Storm, Braxton’s cream ale. We are huge fans of Braxton’s beers, so we are excited to see where this relationship takes us.

Be sure to let us know what you think of Traffic Jam tomorrow, and check out all of their seasonal beers tomorrow night. Most importantly, celebrate the fact that you’ll be home from work at a reasonable time every night now … CHEERS!

Looking Back— 50 Batches of Apple Jalapeño and Cherry Bomb August 03 2017, 0 Comments

As the product and company developed, so did our packaging.

Way back in 2014, before we were using the jam jars we use today, we sold our products in mason jars. Our logos and labels were mostly hand written and our Made by Mavis team was much smaller. Even though we have changed a lot over the years, we have always tried to focus on the product’s taste more than anything else. Back in the early days we had the idea to make a spicy jam that was so delicious, it would change what people thought jam could be.

We heard things like “Jam is supposed to be sweet,” and “Nobody would want to spread jalapeño jam on anything.” But we knew that we were on to something. After testing and tweaking a few recipes, our Apple Jalapeño jam was born. When we began sharing it with our fans, friends, and family, we got the reaction we were hoping for, which confirmed what we had already suspected — our spicy jam was delicious! Shortly afterwards, we created our Cherry Bomb jam. It is fun for us to look back at the evolution of our product and its packaging. 

This week our team was extremely excited when we realized we’ve reached a milestone that we never imagined was possible when Made by Mavis began. Sean, our very own jam master, just made the 50th batches of our Apple Jalapeño and Cherry Bomb jam! That means that you all LOVE our spicy jams! In the past 4 years of our business, we have only had one other product sell that well, our Dark Chocolate Raspberry jam.

So what does that tell us about you? Although jalapeños are not for everybody, those that do like them, love them. When samples are presented in markets and stores, often times people are very reluctant to try them, but the brave flavor explorers who try the spicy ones almost always go back for seconds. We love seeing people change their beliefs about what flavors they like/dislike. We encourage people to venture beyond their comfort zone with our jams, because beyond your comfort zone is where some of the best flavors are combined.

This is what our current jars and labels look like.

So as we go forward, we would like to thank all of you for helping us sell 50 batches (hundreds of individual jars) of each jam, and we are excited to see what other jams will reach this level of popularity. We will continue to experiment with spicy flavors and keep your taste buds on the edge of your tongue for years to come. Cheers to another 50 batches!

Let's Get Weird at The Covington Night Bazaar July 11 2017, 0 Comments

Over the years, we’ve had the opportunity to work at countless events of various types. Weddings, birthdays, bar mitzvahs, etc. This weekend we are participating in one of the more unique events we’ve ever had the pleasure to vend — The Covington Night Bazaar! The word ‘bazaar’, which comes from the Middle East region, refers to the open street markets that take place in their cities. The events encourage the local community to participate in the trading of their handmade crafts, art, food, and jewelry.

Shops and vendors from all over the Covington, Northern Kentucky, and Cincinnati region will be represented, as well as the most popular food trucks in town, several local breweries, and a stage with over a dozen local bands. The main purpose of the Covington Night Bazaar is simply to participate in a local community. You might even discover your new favorite place in town.

So you’re probably wondering what makes this Night Bazaar so unique? What makes it such an interesting event that we are so excited about? Well besides all of the above mentioned things, the entire event has a mystical theme that makes this Bazaar a little more bizarre. There will be booths set up to tap into the mystic world of tarot cards, palm readings, crystal balls, belly dancers, and more! Normally, things like this are taboo subjects, or are met with rolling eyes and are shrugged off quickly, but this weekend the streets of Covington encourage you to release the weird and strange within you.

The Made by Mavis crew will be out and about taking in all of the metaphysical activities and selling our otherworldly jam Saturday and Sunday during the event, so come by and say hello! The event runs from 4pm-10pm Saturday AND Sunday, and takes place in the street at Madison Avenue and Pike Street. We can't wait to see you there!

Wine/Jam Tasting at DEP's Fine Wine & Spirits July 06 2017, 0 Comments

We at Made by Mavis recognize when other businesses are successful, and it makes us happy. Everybody loves a success story, and by comparing one business to another, we are able to learn and improve operations. Often times we partner up with other companies in order to combine resources and grow together. That is exactly what we’ve done recently with DEP’s Fine Wine and Spirits in Ft. Thomas, Kentucky.

DEP’s is more than just your average liquor store. They take the business of alcohol sales to a whole new level by offering interactive member programs, as well as painting classes, special events, and weekly tastings, just to name a few things. They offer many more options on wine and bourbon than other liquor stores, and they have a constantly changing growler station with various local beers.

We have recently been added to the Kentucky Proud section of their store, and as a treat to the Club DEP’s members, we will be sampling a few of our jams at DEP’s Ft. Thomas location this Friday from 4-8 pm. Our team member Suzanna will be handing out samples to go along with their Friday night wine tasting, so if you are a member, come on out and say hello! If you aren’t a member, it is not too late to join. Besides exclusive tasting parties and discounts, Club DEP’s members are entered into drawings and raffles, and have opportunities to purchase rare or limited items before they are available the general public.

After their staff invited some of the Made by Mavis team to a wine class a few weeks ago, our eyes were opened to the complex world of wine that the DEP’s team knows quite well. We learned that they take their jobs as seriously as we do ours, and that there are proper tasting techniques and vocabulary when it comes to wine. They told us about the complex history of wine, and educated us on certain wine pairings.

When we were finished, we couldn’t help but compare their dedication to the art, craft, and enjoyment of wine to our dedication to jams at Made by Mavis. Our teams both seemed to enjoy the experience, and we have since formed a partnership with them. DEP’s now carries three Made by Mavis jams (Cherry Bomb, Peach Bellini, and Pomegranate Pinot Noir), as well as our Bourbon Barrel Stout Syrup, which will all be available for sampling this Friday night. Although our relationship is in it’s early stage, we hope to grow alongside this local business for years to come. Come out this Friday to help both companies grow and celebrate wine, jam, and friends!

We are "Kentucky Proud" June 22 2017, 0 Comments

We at Made by Mavis take a lot of pride in our work. We try to create recipes that we are proud of, and that we would be proud to serve our friends and families. We take pride knowing that we are giving you some of the best local ingredients we can find. We are proud to be one of the leading members of the catering community in Cincinnati. And although we are proud to call Cincinnati our home, our true roots live across the river in Covington, Kentucky. That’s right — we’re “Kentucky Proud”!

That’s not just a slogan that we came up with. Kentucky Proud is a program created by the Kentucky Department of Agriculture that helps bring delicious, natural, and local food to your kitchen straight from their source at Kentucky farms and shops. Not every product made in the state gets a Kentucky Proud label slapped on the box though. It takes a commitment and dedication to the local area’s farming industry, as well as a nutritional focus in order to be accepted into their program.  

So how exactly do we stay Kentucky Proud? We are committed to supporting other Kentucky businesses by working in partnership with them and keep growing our local economy. Many of our ingredients are bought from local farmer’s markets or are grown within a close proximity of our business. We even use Alltech’s Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Stout beer for our Bourbon Barrel Stout Syrup! One of our current seasonal jams, Strawberry Lemon Balm, is made with lemon balm leaves from Latonia Elementary’s urban garden, which is a student led project where fifth graders take on entrepreneurial roles in their community. We are constantly seeking out new farmers and local produce so that we can continue creating new jams for you, our fans!

Ever since we have been accepted into the Kentucky Proud community, our products have reached audiences that we never would have dreamed of and our flavors have turned on thousands of new taste buds throughout the state. We are featured on the Kentucky Proud section of dozens of Kroger stores as well as various grocery stores, liquor stores, and farmers markets across the state.

If you already buy Made by Mavis off of the Kentucky Proud section, perhaps you should try another product next time you go to the store. The items vary from baked goods to beverages or arts and crafts. You can be certain that whatever product you buy, it will represent Kentucky’s people and culture, and will be hand crafted with state pride that will have you singing "My Old Kentucky Home" all day long. 

Take Back Your Kitchen — The Role of the Artisan Chef June 06 2017, 0 Comments

In the busy world that we live in, many of us go through our week without very many well prepared meals. Most people cannot find the time to buy the necessary ingredients, prepare them and sit down to enjoy the finished product, but this is one of the most rewarding experiences. Preparing a well cooked meal is a tradition as old civilization, and there is a reason that it brings people together. Family dinner is a great concept because it not only can be delicious, but it gives everybody a reason to enjoy eachother’s company for an hour or so. If your family isn’t around, cook a meal for your friends instead of going out to eat one night. Anymore people are opting to take a more convenient method, which is less rewarding, and almost always, less healthy.

Although the fast food industry has taken a bit of a hit in the past few years, restaurants with a drive-thru window seem to be the easiest choice for most people still, and we at Made by Mavis could not be more bothered by this. Our focus has always been on quality products, and our jam is created with hopes that it can be enjoyed and shared with others during gatherings and events that bring people together, not eaten quickly as you rush between errands.

We consider our jam to be an artisan product, meaning it is hand crafted, with attention to slowing down the process and acknowledging the importance of pairing flavors that go well together. In other words, mass production is not the name of the game for us. When we make a batch of our jam, there are less than 100 jars made at a time, and each batch varies slightly based on the day we made it. We want you to be able to truly taste all the hard work that our team puts into canning, cleaning, and labeling each jar of Made by Mavis jam.

Another thing about artisan chefs is that they are often the most experimental people in the industry, and by taking such risks, they are able to create unique dishes and flavors that others would never have conceived. Would you have ever thought to pair something like habanero peppers with pineapple and mango and turn it into a spreadable treat? What about apples with vanilla beans? We have found that when we are sampling our products in stores or at events, the ones that people are most reluctant to try are surprisingly the ones with the best feedback.

So the moral of all this is that although you might pass fifteen restaurants on your drive home from work, we encourage you to take back your kitchen and cook yourself a meal. You deserve it. And if you cook a lot already, we encourage you to get creative and make something new. It is easy to fall into the safety net of your favorite few dishes to prepare, but if you find some new recipes online and experiment a little bit, you will learn to use ingredients in new ways that you never would have dreamed about. Don’t forget to make room for a Made by Mavis product in your meal!

We Want to Attend Your Grill Out this Memorial Day! May 23 2017, 0 Comments

Memorial Day is this weekend, and that means one thing—it’s grilling season! The aroma of backyard grill outs will soon fill the streets as the sun stays out as long as it can, shining down on families and friends celebrating the warm weather and delicious seasonal foods that we are all looking forward to eating.

As you already know, we here at Made by Mavis love to experiment with unusual jam flavors, but did you also know that we have our very own killer barbecue sauce? Made by Mavis offers a tangy BBQ sauce perfect for grilling or smoking—our soon-to-famous DDQ Sauce, which gets it’s name from our catering company, The Delish Dish. 

It’s delicious smoky flavor captures the summer season and reflects the fantastic memories that will be made around the table as your guests enjoy this sauce during your next cookout. It pairs well with chicken, wings, pork chops, ribs, tofu, or any other protein you might want to cook up!

The possibilities are endless:  Use it as a cooking glaze or dipping sauce, mix it with ranch for a dip, or flavor your main course with its signature smoky kick.

Still can’t decide what to cook with it? Try out this recipe for a DDQ Bacon Ranch Dip that is sure to satisfy your guests while the main course is being cooked. The perfect appetizer for a summer campout, pool party, or pot-luck.

You will need….

  • 8 slices maple bacon
  • 2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
  • 1 (1 ounce) envelope ranch dressing mix
  • 1/2 jar of Made by Mavis DDQ Grilling Sauce (which you can buy here)
  • 1 chopped tomato
  • 1 chopped red or green bell pepper
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese

What you need to do….

  1. Place the bacon in a large skillet, and cook on medium-high heat, turning occasionally, until evenly browned (about 10 minutes)
  2. Drain the bacon slices on a plate with a paper towel.
  3. Once cooled, crumble the 8 slices of bacon and set aside.
  4. Stir together the cream cheese and ranch dressing mix in a bowl until smooth. An electronic mixer is not required, but will make it easier to spread.
  5. Spread the cream cheese and ranch mixture on the bottom of a pie dish.
  6. Evenly spread the Made by Mavis DDQ sauce on top of the cream cheese mixture.
  7. Layer the bacon, bell peppers, and tomatoes on top of the barbecue sauce.
  8. Top with the shredded cheddar cheese.
  9. Cover and chill for 1 hour before serving.