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November 15, 2017

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November 15, 2015

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Volpati: Salse, Amore e … – RAI Italia

June 24, 2015
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Boston Globe – Best in Show

June 8, 2015
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Food Network @SNL

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Boston Globe

November 1, 2011

Food & Dining Five Acre Farm makes pie filling that tastes like grandma’s   Paolo Volpati-Kedra (left) and Cedric Smith, the cofounders of Five Acre Farm, at the company’s Lynn factory.   LYNN – A Norman Rockwell aura hovers over the season: visions of grandmothers in aprons pulling pumpkin, cherry, and mincemeat pies out of the oven as the extended family gathers around.   Fast-forward 60 years and we still want that nostalgic moment, but without all the work. Five Acre Farm got here just in time. “I wanted to make a pure food that people would not have to worry about,’’ says Cedric Smith, 49, of Sterling, who grew up on the family-owned Arrigo Farm in Waltham, picking Bartlett pears and Concord grapes on its 5 acres.   The food scientist and former natural foods salesman knew that the ready-to-bake category needed additive-free products. Picking blueberries in the Adirondacks one day, Smith told a friend, “Now we need to go home and make a pie.’’ And then it hit him: “I need to start a pie-filling company.’’   The fillings and toppings his company makes – in blueberry, cherry, apple, strawberry rhubarb, blackberry, and pumpkin – are not just for pies. They are rich, with a smooth texture, and are less sweet than preserves. Crack open a jar of pumpkin pie and the comforting whiff of cinnamon and nutmeg will have you reaching for a spoon. The vibrant and intense blueberry made with Maine’s finest is pie personified. These

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2009

Real Simple Magazine

April 1, 2009

Scarpetta Marinara Sauce Pizza-Making Essentials By Lindsay Funston   Why pay for pizza delivery? Here, everything you need to make a gourmet pie in the comfort of your home. Rich and slightly chunky, this sauce has a clean, concentrated tomato flavor that’s perfect for pizza pies because it won’t overwhelm the other ingredients. For the easiest application, scoop the sauce on the dough and then spread it in a thin layer using the back of the spoon. Serve extra sauce on the side for dipping. Real Simple Magazine

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2008

Phil’s Food Reviews

December 1, 2008
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Oprah Magazine

September 1, 2008

Scarpetta Spreads & Dips, the latest from Sauces ‘n Love cofounder Tessa Edick, are reason enough to throw a party. The five Italian-inspired flavors (our favorites Olive & Almond and Spicy Red Pepper) are ideal for smearing on grilled bread, using as a dip for crudités, or just eating with a spoon straight from the jar! ($6, saucesnlove.com) The Oprah Magazine

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2008

Specialty Food Magazine

April 3, 2008

Buyer’s picks Lisa Santos, Southport Grocery, Chicago   Our customers love to read; a great food-related book is perfect for any gift basket. Pasta sauces coupled with handmade regional pastas also work well, and Vosges Haute Chocolat has a well-known pretty purple box that stands out in baskets.   My picks include: Field guide to cocktails, by Rob Chirico Chef’s Secrets: Insider techniques from today’s culinary masters by Francine Maroukian Vosges Haute Chocolat Truffles Scarpetta Pasta Sauces Eduardo’s pasta Specialty Food Magazine

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2008

Organic Style Magazine

April 2, 2008

Taste Test: Tomato Sauce—Some nights, what you crave on your pasta is basic red sauce from a jar. No drama. But after tasting 40 organic and natural varieties, we’ve found five stunners that will make you look at this old standby with new respect.   Best Spicy—Scarpetta Arrabbiata Sauce—How It Tastes- Zesty and complex, this handmade sauce gets its heat from a fiery habanero peppers, not traditional red-pepper flakes. Pass it off as your own.   100% organic ingredients. Organic Style Magazine

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2008

Fancy Food & Culinary Products

April 1, 2008

Shelf talk What’s new? Ask Nancy.   She’s got the scoop on the latest in specialty food. Fresh, Spreadable Flavors of Italy-Shoppers will find versatile appetizers that also make great additions to recipes in the new line of Scarpetta Spreads and Dips from Sauces ‘n Love. The spreads only need to be refrigerated after opening—so encourage stocking the pantry for unexpected company or mealtime solutions. They are low in calories, carbs and fat. The spreads are also free of gluten and dairy, making them vegetarian and vegan. Fancy Food & Culinary Products

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2008

Boston Herald

March 31, 2008

The Edge   Eat Scarpetta spreads and dips   Gotta love it!   TRY: SCARPETTA SPREADS AND DIPS Try the new line of Scarpetta spreads and dips from Sauces ’n Love, the Somerville-based pasta sauce impresarios. Mound some onto grilled or toasted bread, use them as a dip for crudites, slather ’em on sandwiches or just eat them straight out of the jar with a spoon. Choose from artichoke and olive, olive and almonds, eggplant and red pepper, asparagus or – our fave – spicy red pepper. They’re all vegetable (and vegan) and delicious. Available at Whole Foods stores; $5.99. by Mat Schaffer Boston Herald Newspaper

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2008

Woodstock Farmers Food Blog

March 2, 2008

Sauces n Love Scarpetta Pasta Sauces   These are perhaps the freshest tasting pasta sauces we carry. No doubt, because they are the shelf stable cousins of the refrigerated line of fresh sauces from Sauces n Love and believe me, you’d almost never know it. Besides being packaged in a container that looks like it should be refrigerated, the flavor screams fresh.   Take Pink Pesto for instance: Tomatoes, fresh basil, cream, fresh onion, Extra Virgin olive oil, pine nuts, fresh garlic, Parmesan and Pecorino cheeses…and that’s it. And the Tomato and Arugula: Tomatoes, fresh arugula, fresh onion, Extra Virgin olive oil, salt and pepper and that’s it. No heavy fillers or thickeners. Just plain and simple ingredients. You don’t need me to tell you that simple ingredients make for a superior tasting sauce. And what does Scarpetta mean? According to the guys at Sauces n Love to “do scarpetta” means dragging your last pieces of bread through the bit of sauce at the end of your meal in order to clean your plate.   My guess is that you will be doing scarpetta every time you use this sauce. Pink Pesto: A unique pesto made with tomatoes, basil, pinenuts, parmesan cheese and cream. Wow. Tomato and Arugula: A marinara style sauce made with tomatoes, fresh arugula, fresh onions and extra virgin olive oil. 19.3oz   Barely Bolognese: Everything but the meat: Tomatoes, fresh carrots, fresh celery, fresh onion, Extra Virgin olive oil, fresh sage, S&P 16.6oz   Marinara: Tomatoes,

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2008

Country Living Magazine

January 3, 2008

Perfect Pizza Partners   Pizza-Perfect Sauces   Our all-natural picks include Dave’s Gourmet Red Heirloom, Appledore Cove Basil & Garlic Marinara Sauce, Sauces ‘n Love Pomodoro & Basilico, Cucina Antica Marinara, and Patsy’s Marinara. Country Living Magazine

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2008

Supermarket Guru

January 1, 2008

New Product Hits & Misses   Scarpetta Spreads & Dips   Spicy Red Pepper   TASTE 30   VALUE 16   HEALTH 15   INGREDIENTS 15   PREPARATION 10   APPEARANCE 5   PACKAGING 5   TOTAL 96   We love this company and brand, everything we’ve tasted has been excellent! And their new line of spreads and dips is no exception. This flavor, the spicy red pepper, succeeds admirably, it is 100% vegetarian, dairy, gluten free, low sodium and tastes great. Unlike a lot of dips and sauces on the shelves, there’s no sugar added and has a list of nice clean ingredients. We also found the crisp bite of the peppers (versus just pureed) perfect. This is a fabulous sauce for veggies, meat, fish, or to replace mayo in sandwiches. NOT JUST FOR DIPS! Imported from Italy. Retails for $4.99/ 6.3oz. Supermarket Guru

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2007

Plum Good Food Blog

September 1, 2007

Sauces ‘n Love Sugo Rosa   Kate’s Pick: “The perfect red sauce – the hint of cream balances the acidity just right. I will never attempt to make my own, knowing that this is for the taking!”   Paolo Volpati-Kedra, a native Milanese from Italy, creates these delectable fresh sauces and packages them in convenient heat and serve containers, both microwavable and freezable. These products are healthy, fresh and quick – bravo! This Sugo Rosa, or Pink Sauce, is their version of the famed Tuscan Vodka Sauce. It is light, creamy, and gracious in its color and texture. Plum Good Food Blog

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2007

Notcot.com Food Blog

August 1, 2007

Sauces ‘n Love ~   My recent packaging discovery at the market… although not the ONLY reason i purchase something, its definitely big on my first impressions, so i grabbed this Sauces ‘n Love Tuscan Vodka Scarpetta, and was pleased to see that they come in these nice Re-usable screw cap plastic containers that are microwave, freezer, and diswasher safe! Also nice clean typography on the label ~ and its “Healthy ‘n Love – Gluten Free. Vegetarian. No Sugar. No Preservatives. Low count on Carbs, fat, and choesterol.” And the best part ~ this sauce was incredible. So fresh and delicious. Mmmmm… Close up images of the labels and container below!   p.s. here’s their cute story of Scarpetta:   In Italy, Scarpetta is the way to show appreciation for a homemade meal. This tradition is performed at the end of a meal when there is still a bit of food left on the plate. Do Scarpetta by dragging a piece of bread across the plate to soak up the last flavorful taste. Scarpetta is a way of complimenting the host on the meal, so remember to ask if you may do Scarpetta before savoring the last bite. They will love you for it! Notcot.com Food Blog

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2007

Newsday – New York City

June 1, 2007

Food – Potluck   Mint in a meal—In the interest of variety, you might want to switch from basil to mint pesto this summer, as we did last weekend, cut a pocket in a 2 inch-thick piece of swordfish, stuff it with Sauces ‘n Love’s homemade paste, top with sprinkled bread crumbs and a few squeezes of lemon, bake for 13 minutes at 400 degrees—and you’re rockin’. Or just be conservative and toss the mint pesto with rigatoni or penne. It will make your meal. Newsday – New York City Newspaper

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2007

The Nibble.Com Food Blog

February 1, 2007

Pesto Perfect   The Best Basil Pesto, Cilantro Pesto, Arugula Pesto & A Dozen Other Delicious Pesto Sauces   CAPSULE REPORT: We tasted more than 100 pestos from around the world to find the best ones: some shelf-stable, some requiring refrigeration. Some of the best sauces were domestic pestos, showing the craft of American artisans.   The Power Pestos   We sampled more than 100 pre-made sauces from around the world, and surprisingly, many of the ones we enjoyed most came from the U.S. Our favorites follow; prices and product availability are verified at publication but are subject to change: Sauces ‘n Love   Husband and wife, Paolo Volpati-Kedra and Tessa Edick, turn out a homemade, hand-prepared Pesto composed of the freshest ingredients—organic basil, extra virgin olive oil, Parmigiano-Reggiano, Pecorino Romano, garlic, pine nuts, salt and pepper—based on Italian family recipes. Before packing the product, which has a five-month refrigerated shelf life (unopened), they gently sauté the ingredients to draw out their flavors. The potent, chunky sauce, a mosaic of soft herb flakes and nubs of nuts and cheese, is perfect on pasta and bruschetta, and makes a nice alternative to chimichurri† over a grilled steak. SnL’s sublime Pink Pesto is a mix of fresh tomatoes, a bit of pesto, some onions and a hint of cream. Its closest comparison would probably be vodka sauce, although the tomato chunks make this carnation-colored mixture significantly lighter. We were happy to eat it straight from the jar, off a spoon. For more

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2006

Gourmet Retailer

September 1, 2006

Fresh homemade products prepared with love in small batches by slow-cooking methods. Only premium-quality, farm-fresh all-natural and organic ingredients are used in our products including extra virgin olive oil from the region of Lazio, Italy. Offering All New Spreads & Dips as well as Twenty Flavors of Sauces, Pesto and Bruschetta products in two lines. Foodservice and private label products are also available. No sugar or preservatives are added ever. Revolutionary taste and packaging featuring BPA-free re-useable plastic containers that are microwave-, freezer- and dishwasher-safe. You can taste the difference. Pasta never had it so good!   Fresh homemade Pasta Sauces and Spreads & Dips. 100% natural, gluten free, vegetarian, low in carbs & fat. Elegantly packed in plastic microwaveable, freezable and reusable containers. The Gourmet Retailer

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2006

Dallas News

May 1, 2006

Foraging: Sauces ‘n Love Pasta Sauce   Sometimes, you have to leave home to appreciate what’s in your own back yard.   Case in point: our latest pasta sauce obsession. We were up in New York on assignment when we met Tessa Edick, who told us about her “little” homemade pasta sauce company that she founded with Italian hubby Paolo Volpati-Kedra. Our ears perked up even more when she mentioned that the couple’s gourmet goods were available right here in Dallas. Naturally, we came home and went shopping.   The verdict? Sauces ‘n Love (the name is a nod to the couple’s romantic and professional union) has our palates doing their own form of pitter-patter. These fresh, organic sauces are hearty and robust, and made from small batches with no added sugar or preservatives (so look for them in the refrigerated section). From pasta and pizza to dipping sauces, there’s a fix for every foodie, ranging from Pomodoro & Basilico to classic pesto. The company also has a new line of shelf-stable sauces called Scarpetta.   Hint: Try the Tuscan Vodka.   Oh, and more good news: The handy sauce containers are microwave-, freezer- and dishwasher-safe, not to mention perfect for hauling leftovers to work. Not that we had any.   Sauces ‘n Love and Scarpetta pasta sauces, $5.99 -$7.99, are available at Whole Foods Love story: Sauces ‘n Love Pomodoro & Basilico, $5.99 Dallas News

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2006

News Magazine

April 1, 2006

Show Stoppers   Sauces ‘n Love Pasta Sauces   Presented in microwaveable freezable and reusable plastic containers with a non-refrigerated shelf-life of nine months, Sauces ‘n Love Pasta Sauces are all natural, gluten-free and vegetarian. They are processed in small batches as only fresh natural ingredients are used. The sauces are currently sold in the US, Canada the UK and Bermuda. News Magazine

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2006

Real Simple Magazine

March 1, 2006

Beyond Marinara: A Pasta-Sauce Primer   Vodka: The additional of vodka and cream makes for a velvety sauce.   RS PICK: Scarpetta Tuscan Vodka Sauce. Real Simple Magazine

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2006

Better Homes and Gardens

February 1, 2006

Home Front   The Way to Someone’s Heart   Pesto lovers will be green with envy when you serve pasta or bruschetta topped with Pink Pesto. This sauce combines traditional pesto ingredients: basil, olive oil, pine nuts, and garlic- with a tomato base for pure pink pleasure. Or stir jarred pesto sauce into chopped tomatoes to top pasta. Better Homes and Gardens Magazine

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2005

Specialty Food Magazine

September 1, 2005

Outstanding Product Line   Sauces ‘n Love—Scarpetta Specialty Food Magazine

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2005

House & Garden Magazine

April 1, 2005

Yes, tomato sauce in a jar can be really wonderful. Here are a few that stand up to any homemade contender. Sauces n’ Love is authentic and delicious. The Sugo Rosa (pink sauce) is a smooth partner for shrimp or lobster. Scarpetta’s Tuscan Vodka sauce is a delicious vegetarian variation on the classic version. It’s great with baked pasta such as ziti or lasagna. House & Garden Magazine

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2005

TV Channel 5

March 1, 2005

Chronicle – Fancy Foods   What new tastes are coming soon to a food store near you? Figs and fennel and flavored peanut butter. How do we know? We dropped into New York’s Fancy Foods show, the place to see the latest products from every entrepreneur with a skillet and a business plan. Tonight, we’ll sample the gourmet menu. Plus, why is Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry hot on hot sauce? And, do you have a kitchen and a dream? See how local entrepreneurs are getting help cooking up their own recipes for success. TV Channel 5

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2004

Queer Eye for the Straight Guy

October 2, 2004

TV show/video   I loved Ted’s bruschetta! It was totally well-suited to a time-impaired lifestyle, it looked great, and I love Sauces ‘n Love because they make yummy pesto sauce with real pine nuts in it like Ted used on the show. Queer Eye for the Straight Guy

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2004

Fancy Food & Culinary Products

October 1, 2004

Oh So Saucy   Gourmet pasta sauces provide easy restaurant-quality meal solutions in the comfort of your home. –Mint Pesto is the top-selling product from Sauces ‘n Love. The company’s Mint Pesto won the 2004 award from the NASFT for Outstanding Foodservice Product. The company’s Scarpetta sauces and bruschettas were also nominated for this year’s Outstanding Product line award. Fancy Food & Culinary Products

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2004

Fancy Food & Culinary Products

September 1, 2004

September 2004   Outstanding product line finalists—Sauces ‘n Love Inc—Sauces ‘n Love Scarpetta Fancy Food & Culinary Products

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2004

Boston Globe

July 2, 2004

New fruit, cocoa are food-show hits   –this years Fancy Food Show was the largest in its 50-year history. Sponsored by the National Association for the Specialty Food Trade, the show exhibited products of more than 2,300 companies, from the truly innovative…to the simply bizarre…winners included Mint Pesto from the local Somerville company Sauces ‘n Love.   At this year’s Fancy Food Show in New York, award winners included Vermont Butter & Cheese Company’s Cultured Butter with Sea Salt and Sauces ‘n Love Mint Pesto. The Boston Globe

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2004

Fancy Food & Culinary Products

July 1, 2004

Summer Fancy Food Show Spectacular   Scarpetta fresh pasta sauces provide gourmet taste without the need for refrigeration. Sauces come in Puttanesca, Marinara, Tuscan Vodka, and Arrabbiata and Pesto. Fresh bruschetta toppings are Tomato & Artichoke and Tomato & Capers. Fancy Food & Culinary Products

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2004

Supermarket Guru

June 2, 2004

This pasta sauce is sooooooooo good! Mama mia! Fresh and flavorful like your Italian mother made it. And what’s even better is that it comes in a plastic container that is microwaveable and freezable. Most convenience products lose a little in taste and freshness for the sake of saving consumers time. This one gives you the best of both worlds. Supermarket Guru

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2004

Wedding Bells Magazine

June 1, 2004

“Tasteful Flavors” Pass on those ubiquitous candied almonds. For a truly tasteful way to treat your wedding guests, try one of these sweet or savory favors. — Cooked with love–Fresh organic homemade gourmet pasta sauces in Sugo Rosa and Mint Pesto. Wedding Bells Magazine

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2004

Echo Magazine

May 1, 2004

It’s Saucey! Queer Eye for pasta sauce   –there’s a new pasta sauce in Valley grocery stores that is the envy of all other sauces because it comes with the Queer Eye for the Straight Guy seal of approval. Sauces n’ Love is a line of hand-made pasta sauces inspired by authentic Italian recipes, created with fresh, organic ingredients and a touch of love.   Thom Filicia, the design guru on Queer Eye, says, “I can’t live without Sauces n’ Love.”   Thom has been enjoying these special sauces for years, long before they found their way to the market— These sauces are gourmet, healthy and delicious but they are also fast and easy. They come in reusable containers that can go from the refrigerator to the microwave and into the dishwasher. Echo Magazine

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2004

Style Magazine

April 1, 2004

Vaporization   Baby’s Got Sauce   Sauces ‘n Love’s delicious tomato sauces and pestos are made with only the highest-quality ingredients, organic herbs and are gluten-free. If that’s not enough to melt your heart (or in your mouth)…consider that they’re made from a family recipe passed down straight from Italy.   Now that’s Love! Zink – The Element of Style Magazine

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2004

Newsweek

March 1, 2004

Smart Strategies for Your Money, Health, Family, Technology, Design, Real Estate, Travel   The Tip Sheet   Food – Tomato Sauces   There’s nothing like a bowl of pasta with homemade sauce to warm your soul on a cold winter day, but if you don’t have time to spend hours stewing tomatoes with chopped onion, ground beef and the requisite bay leaf, there are many tasty alternatives.   Try these brands with fresh ingredients: Sauces ‘n Love – Homemade Sugo Rosa — this velvety, cream-based sauce is prepared in small batches with fresh, organic herbs that are hand-chopped. In summer, try the cool mint pesto. Newsweek

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2004

Stuff @ Night Newspaper

February 1, 2004

What’s Hot   Sauces to really love   Sauces ‘n Love, a Somerville company that uses only the freshest organic ingredients in its sublime products. Sauces ‘n Love has recently launched a new Scarpetta line of shelf-stable sauces that you can keep in your pantry for nine months without refrigeration. Stuff @ Night Newspaper

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2004

Boston Magazine

January 1, 2004

The Best Restaurants   New England’s locally made products rank among the country’s finest. The best among them are made by tradition-bound purveyors, free of preservatives, and full of flavor—from artisanal cheese to innovative condiments. Here’s a handful of our favorites.   Great Blue Cheese Sauces ‘n Love, Somerville Stonyfield Farm Yogurt Triple Eight Vodka Bogland by the Sea sauces and marinades Mendon creamery flavored butters Stonewall Kitchen jams, salsas and Sauces ‘n Love Raye’s Mustards Boston Magazine

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2003

Washington Post

November 1, 2003

A Fresh Look at Sauces   Each of the seven varieties is equally chunky and fresh-tasting, in a late-summer rather than slow-simmered sort of way. –Flavor aside, the sauces are organic, contain no added sugar or preservatives and are packaged in reusable screw-top plastic jars with charming, if not quirky, labeling that claims “Pasta never had it so good.” We’d have to agree. The Washington Post

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2003

Boston University Magazine

September 3, 2003

Marriage Spices Up Sauce Venture   Paolo Volpati-Kedra met Tessa Edick in a Brighton park several years ago when they were walking their dogs. It was her striking red hair that first caught the young man’s eye, and Edick, who had traveled widely in Europe, was elated to learn that this handsome stranger could speak Italian. He also understood food, which he demonstrated when they began dating.   “I had to do the Italian thing and impress her,” says Volpati-Kedra (SMG’96), who grew up on exquisite meals prepared by his Milanese father. “So I started cooking for her and our friends and neighbors. It came out so nicely that people started coming over every night.” What guests craved most were the pasta sauces Volpati-Kedra created from scratch. From there the couple, who were married in 1997, dreamed up an idea for what’s now an expanding specialty-food business: Sauces ’n’ Love, a line of pasta toppings made from fresh ingredients and packaged in heat-and-serve containers.   The company started in 1999 as a neighborhood delivery service; today it distributes products to seven states in the Northeast. Volpati-Kedra, the president, employs eleven people at his Somerville plant, while Edick is the vice president of sales and marketing. They see their target customer as the health-conscious but overworked professional, who tends to forage on weeknights for convenient meals at high-end grocery stores such as Bread & Circus. The sauce, available in the refrigerated-food section, heats up in the microwave in four minutes.  

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2003

Hartford Courant

September 2, 2003

Food   Your future in-laws are sure to be impessed when you serve them a plate of pasta loaded with a Sauces ‘n Love creation.   The company, based in Somerville, Mass, was founded by real-life married couple Paolo Volpati-Kedra and Tessa Edick. They’ve created fresh, homemade pasta sauces in convenient jars that go from fridge to microwave (or stove) in minutes. The sauces are made from authentic Italian recipes…   Sauces ‘n Love offer seven kinds of sauces. All the jars are 16 ounces except for the pesto, which is 4.5. These sauces have a shelf life of five months and need to be refrigerated (the plastic jars make it easy to freeze also). The Hartford Courant

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2003

Oprah Magazine

September 1, 2003

The O list – “A few things I think are just great.”   Pasta Perfect —   “These delicious sauces come in microwaveable containers, keep in the fridge for five months (unopened), and are made from authentic Italian recipes. That’s amore.” O – The Oprah Magazine

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2003

Food & Wine Magazine

April 1, 2003

“Food Finds”   Love Italian-Style— a great pasta Bolognese recipe brought one couple together—and not too many months later, a food business was born.   –After meeting in a Boston park, Milanese-born Volpati-Kedra (Paolo) convinced Edick (Tessa) to come home with him so he could cook her that family recipe—and they married within a year. At their dinner parties, friends asked to buy their pasta sauce so often that they launched the line of seven sauces in 2000 in Somerville, Massachusetts.   –Volpati-Kedra insists on chopping the onions by hand and plucking the herbs leaf by leaf. Each jar of sauce is made with such emotion, he says, that people can feel the love when they taste it. Food & Wine Magazine

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2003

Supermarket Guru

February 2, 2003

Sauces ‘n Love Forget the Prego! Not only are these homemade pasta sauces incredible, the story behind their creation is very romantic – hence the name Sauces ‘n Love! The culinary founder and CEO had originally created these sauces to impress his girlfriend. Guess what? It worked – they’re married now and turned their passion into a successful business. Varieties include: Pesto, Sugo Rosa (a Tuscan Vodka Sauce), Pomodoro & Basilico, Arrabbiata (Spicy), Mint Pesto, Puttanesca and Pizza Sauce. Pick some up for your Valentine! Located in the refrigerated specialty section of grocery and gourmet stores – but read the label – refrigerated these sauces will last up to 5 months! Sells for $5.99. Supermarket Guru

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2003

San Francisco Chronicle

February 1, 2003

Food show glimpses the future — and it’s not fat-free   The crystal ball predicting our gustatory future, a.k.a. the Winter Fancy Food Show, rolled into Moscone Center for three days early this week.   And if this 28th annual for-the-trade-only show, staged by the National Association for the Specialty Food Trade, is an indicator, the downturn in the economy has not dampened our appetite for new foods, whether they are produced in Northern California or are imported from the four corners of the earth.   Many of these products are just making it into stores now, or may become available in the next few months.   The new austerity showed few signs of life, either in terms of price or caloric content. Galaxy, the San Rafael maker of picture-perfect single- serving desserts (sold in upscale groceries, Neiman-Marcus and the like), does acknowledge leaner budgets by introducing Forever Mousse cakes (pictured above) in four flavors, with a $2.98 retail price ($1 less than most of the line). However, cost-cutting doesn’t apply to the huge category of alternative soft drinks based on fruit juices (Switch, Le Village’s new sparkling cider) or tea (Swiss T green tea beverage; Steap, an organic green tea turned into fizzy sodas, or Honest Tea’s minimally sweetened organic Green Dragon Tea and Peach Oo-La-Long, among them). To a drop, these are more costly than conventional soft drinks.   From the looks of the show, food producers may be thinking that consumers are done with low-fat foods. While

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2003

Metro Explorer – Somerville

January 1, 2003

With Love, from a Somerville Kitchen   Couple find love of fine food in a romantic life   –the brainchild (Sauces ‘n Love) of Tessa Edick and Paolo-Volpati-Kedra has grown from a small local operation that delivered to its neighbors to a 3,000 square foot kitchen in Somerville whose products retail in 300 stores in 15 states and it’s just beginning.   The delectable sauces are in an entirely different league than the standard fare on any grocer’s shelf. The key is that they are made from the freshest ingredients available, including hand-picked organic herbs and extra virgin olive oil from Tuscany. And they’re cooked very slowly, allowing the product to evolve. Metro Explorer – Somerville

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2002

Boston Herald

October 1, 2002

A Ladle of Love   Locally, Sauces ‘n Love pasta sauces are available at many gourmet outlets and bread % Circus, wild oats, Roche Brothers and Lee’s supermarkets. Packed in freezable, microwaveable jars…   Couple turns pasta sauce of courtship into business — “We formed the company in spring 1999, and started a little delivery service in Brighton, in our neighborhood,” Volpati-Kedra remembers. “We had weekly menu, one sauce every day. I would cook two hours a day out of the kitchen of a restaurant and then work full-time, go home, retrieve all the messages and deliver all the orders myself.”   –“we use only the best ingredients and we hand-prep every single thing that goes into the jar,” Edick explains. “It’s all about quality control. We go physically, with gloves, through every batch of tomatoes pulling out any skins, any bruises. If you have the best ingredients, the outcome can only be the best.” Boston Herald

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2002

Boston Business Journal

June 1, 2002

Pouring it on thick!   Labor of love leads to thriving pasta sauce business.   When Paolo Volpati-Kedra met his future wife, Tessa Edick, in 1996, the Milan, Italy, native wooed his American love with pasta — or, more specifically, the homemade pasta sauces he created to top each bowl.   “I had to do the Italian thing for Tessa and impress her,” recalled Volpati-Kedra, 30, a self-taught cook who grew up watching his father prepare “outstanding” meals. That first dish was pasta Bolognese. By the time the couple married the following year, Volpati-Kedra had expanded his repertoire, and the newlyweds soon were feeding hungry friends nearly every night of the week.   “They came for the sauce,” said Edick, 32, who after a while began sending jars home with dinner guests so the couple would have a few nights to themselves.   They wouldn’t sell the sauces to friends, preferring to give it away. But the enthusiastic response to Volpati-Kedra’s cooking boiled over into a business idea.   In 1999, the couple co-founded Sauces ‘n Love Inc. (named to commemorate the company’s romantic beginnings) to sell the sauces. With Volpati-Kedra in the kitchen and Edick handling marketing, they have grown the company to 11 employees working from 2,300 square feet of commercial kitchen space in the Union Square section of Somerville.   By selling their pasta sauces primarily through high-end gourmet food stores, the company last year generated $113,000 in revenue. After netting a deal in the beginning of

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2002

Boston Phoenix

April 1, 2002

Sharing The Love!   Isn’t it time you weaned yourself off the old standby jars of Prego and Ragu? Even if you’re not the make-it-from-scratch type, you can still enjoy homemade-tasting sauce on your pasta, thanks to Somerville-based Sauces ’n Love. Its eight varieties — including Pomodoro & Basilico, Arrabbiata, Pezzettoni, and Pesto — come in see-through microwavable plastic containers, a welcome upgrade from the traditional glass jars. Sauces ’n Love, which was founded in February 1999 by Italian chef Paolo Volpati-Kedra and his wife, Tessa Edick, boasts that it uses only all-natural and organic ingredients in its sauces, and its labels back up the claim: the container of Pezzettoni, for example, lists tomato, onion, extra-virgin olive oil, carrot, celery, fresh organic rosemary, salt, and pepper as its only ingredients. And as ready-made sauces go, its taste is equally revolutionary.   Available for $3.99–$8.49 at Bread & Circus stores, Wild Oats Markets, Zathmary’s Markets, and other local stores. by Tamara Wieder Boston Phoenix

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