Longtime next-door neighbors Dave
Haig and Chef Bob Harre, have much more than their friendship in common.
Dave and Bob are the co-founders of Stuffin Gourmet®, a Pennsylvania
based gourmet food company with a rich and colorful history. Bob
Harre is, by trade, a professional Chef of 25 years, well known for
his constant pursuit of new and innovative culinary creations. Dave's
extensive background as an entrepreneur in product development, research,
manufacturing, and machine design is the perfect complement to Bob's
These are the events that led to the creation of their
natural essence, the common denominator for the success of Stuffin
Gourmet® products: While on vacation in the Carolinas, they attended
an authentic Southern Clambake, where they were introduced to a traditional
'Low Country Steam Pot', consisting of a variety of fresh poultry,
vegetables, herbs and spices. Through the combination of these
natural ingredients and a slow cooking process, a distinctive and flavorful
stock is rendered. "The flavor profile is like nothing you
have ever experienced," says Chef Harre, "The stock is full
of interacting flavors." "Once you try it, the blend
of tastes actually locks into your memory." In all his years
of professional experience, Bob was never so impressed. He was
determined to learn how to reproduce something that tasted so good!
After returning home, friends and neighbors were invited
to enjoy this great discovery from the Deep South. The overwhelming
positive reaction to its flavor and aroma spawned Dave and Bob's passion
for sharing what they had found with everyone.
They spent several years perfecting their process
and were finally satisfied that the mission was accomplished…The
Stuffin Gourmet Natural Essence was born! The Essence was found to
be incredibly versatile. Dave and Bob began using it to provide
unusually flavorful soups, sauces, hors d'oeuvres and eventually, their
unmistakable stuffing. The endorsement of friends, neighbors,
and more importantly, a host of international Master Chefs, convinced
the founders to produce their products on a commercial basis.
"Our philosophy is consistent and remains true
to the original recipe," explains co-founder Haig, “We have
learned that there is no substitution for superior natural ingredients
and there can be no shortcuts in the manufacturing process."
All of the Stuffin Gourmet® products have been
developed just for QVC. Their specialty is ‘Farm Fresh Chicken’ in
a multitude of gourmet offerings. From their 'Barn Yard' to your 'Back
Yard', the success of their products is complimented by listening
to the QVC customer, and giving them what they want.
Stuffin Gourmet® encourages
customers to call and chat. They have given both of the founders telephone
numbers to QVC Customer Service representatives, and extensively use
this unique relationship to keep very much in touch with the QVC customer.
The Low Carb Challenge: QVC challenged
them to go out and develop Low Carb Entrées, that people could
not duplicate at home, or find elsewhere else for that matter, no matter
how hard they tried. Their unique Low Carb breading was the result
of this challenge. It employs a natural process which lowers sugars,
and starches while leave a wonderful real food flavor. This innovative
process has made them a huge success in the QVC Low Carb category!
"When it comes to gourmet food", says Haig...
"What the QVC customer wants, is what
we do best!"