Products at Work is sponsored by Bel Brands USA.
Christophe Joignant, Executive Chef of the Capital City Club (Atlanta, Ga.), is a masterful culinarian. He can take a slate of ingredients and weave them together to create dishes that will satisfy, surprise and delight members and guests.
But no matter how skilled Joignant and his team are, the Capital City Club’s food is only as good as the ingredients its chefs choose to work with.
One product portfolio that has consistently proved superior to all others hails from Bel Brands USA, trusted cheese purveyors for more than 150 years.
Capital City has had impressive menu success with three Bel products in particular: Boursin® Professional Frozen Gournay Cheese Cubes (a three-gram version of the iconic French fresh cheese), Price*s® Pimiento Cheese Spreads, and Boursin® Dairy-Free cheese alternative spread.
“Each of these products offers quality, consistency, and a long shelf life in an easy-to-use format,” says Joignant. “They are cost-effective in the club environment, too.”
Last summer, the Capital City Club sold 1,200 12-inch pizzas from its snack bar in a period of 26 weeks.
Among the most popular of the pies was a savory oyster mushroom and Boursin variation that featured caramelized shallots, butter-roasted oyster mushrooms and herbaceous Boursin Frozen Cheese Cubes that baked to a crispy, golden brown on the outside, with a creamy inside.
“This pizza was actually inspired by the garlic and herbs in the Boursin and how well they paired with the tender and golden oyster mushrooms,” says Joignant, adding that he has not encountered any supply-chain issues with any Bel products. “The frozen cubes are very easy to spread on the pizza, too, which made them even more production-friendly. There was no waste, either.”
The IQF product has all the richness of classic Boursin, frozen into 3-gram pellets, which makes for easy measuring, portioning and handling. The cubes also have no artificial preservatives, colors or flavors.
As members continue to adopt plant-based diets, Joignant saw an opportunity to meet those needs by incorporating Boursin Dairy-Free in a rich, creamy sophisticated risotto.
The combination of garlic, parsley, and chives, cold-blended in a dairy-free base made from high-quality coconut oil, gave the risotto an herbal, rich flavor that was just as delicious as its classic dairy-based counterpart.
“The Boursin Dairy-Free offers a reliable consistency that won’t break when heated,” says Joignant. “It is gluten-free, too, which makes it very desirable from a member standpoint.”
Great Grilled Cheese
Capital City Club members hungry for a Southern-inspired favorite can’t resist Joignant’s ultimate grilled cheese sandwich, made with Price*s Pimiento Cheese Spread.
“The flavor and texture of this spread on the grilled cheese can’t be beat,” says Joignant. “Quality is especially important with so few ingredients on a sandwich like this. This Pimiento Cheese Spread is creamy, with shreds of cheddar that melt beautifully.”
There are plenty more dishes at the Capital City Club featuring Bel Brands products, including a Zesty Jalapeño Pimiento Cheese Spread & Potato Fritter as well as Boursin Cheese Cubes that are fried and served with basil oil and balsamic glaze.
“Bel Brands products help us to streamline kitchen operations while delivering the consistency and quality members have come to expect,” says Joignant.