This post was sponsored by Litehouse, but all humor and awesomesauce commentary is my own (May contain affiliate links, momma’s gotta eat, yo!)
One of my favorite parts of my job is learning about brands that I really can stand behind. Ok, so that may sound super cheesy, but it’s true! Over the years I’ve gotten to learn about so many brands that have my love of convenience and my love of fresh ingredients. Last week, I had the honor of sitting down to dinner with Litehouse and a local chef/celebrity, Chef Daniel Green, to talk about how Litehouse is so much more than a salad dressing brand.
One of my favorite blogger friends, Chrysa Duran from Thrifty Jinxy, and I carpooled down to Birchwood Cafe to meet Litehouse. As if that wasn’t fun enough, I was able to reunite with my bloggy friends Ali from The Mama Report and meet my friend Jesica from the Mommy Bunch for the first time in person! I didn’t even know she was coming to the event, so it was such a great surprise!
Litehouse didn’t just pick any ole restaurant in Minneapolis. They picked one that gets how important fresh ingredients are to good food! Birchwood Cafe makes everything in house, and a lot of what they cook with comes from a garden behind the restaurant. (You can’t get fresher than that!) The venue was the perfect place to talk about why fresh is best! Litehouse really prides itself on serving products with ingredients that you can pronounce and no preservatives. That’s why you will always find their dressings in the refrigerator section!
Birchwood Cafe is a cute little cafe nestled in the heart of Minneapolis, and our entire meal was divine. Throw in some creamy ranch Litehouse dressing, and it was like a dinner made in heaven. I mean look at this salad. It was almost too beautiful to eat, but you know I over came that quickly! Pssst, if you want another salad recipe that is heavenly click here for a chef salad recipe that is creamy perfection.
While we were eating, we got a live demonstration on how to make guacamole. This wasn’t any ordinary guacamole recipe. It had two super top secret ingredients Litehouse Ranch Dressing and Litehouse Guacamole Seasoning. Yes, you read that right ranch dressing in guacamole! This is the part where I have a confession to make, before this night I have NEVER in my life had guacamole. No lie!
In a total Ash “open mouth insert foot” style, I was chatting with Chef Daniel Green, he was seated on my left at dinner, and shared that I had never really had avocado. (Ok, other than one totally disgusting salad incident made by an ex-mother in law of mine that was more like lettuce smeared with over ripened avocado, and we’ll just say that memory was so tragic it’s been wiped from my brain). Almost as the words left my mouth, he rose and began the cooking demonstration which began with three or four fresh avocados. (Yep, felt totally like a boob there)
While I’m not normally an adventurous eater, I always find that at brand events like this there is always something new that I try. Because I was literally sitting next to the guy that made the guacamole, I felt the need to at least give it a try. With no hesitation at all, I loaded my chip up with green creaminess and took a bite! My tastebuds burst with excitement, and the flavor hit my brain screaming “I LOVE GUACAMOLE”! Who knew?
Now that I’m officially a fan of fresh homemade guacamole, I’m ready to see what other non salad things Litehouse dressings can do! Not only that, but Litehouse was kind enough to send me home with jars of their freeze dried guacamole seasoning. I didn’t even know they did dried herbs. Happy dance! Happy dance!
If you are looking for a way to enjoy great flavor with out all the preservatives, and want to support company that not only believes in its products but is employee owned, you need to check out Litehouse’s line of products. Our family will definitely be stocking up not only on their refrigerated dressings, but on their freeze dried herbs as well. We can’t wait to start putting together new recipes for you featuring Litehouse products! Check them out!