About Us

The Gracious Gourmet's small-batch products create memorable appetizers, main courses and desserts.

Whether you're putting together a dinner party or enjoying a quiet night at home, we're here to help.

Our aim is to make all your meals special occasions.

Artichoke Parmesan Tapenade by The Gracious GourmetThe Gracious Gourmet, based in the rolling hills of rural Bridgewater Connecticut, has created a line of delicious, easy to use and all natural condiments, fruit spreads, jams and pestos that transform ordinary dishes into extraordinary ones without any fuss. The quality of our products is second to none and their uses are nearly unlimited.
   
Our customers are busy and sophisticated people who enjoy exciting and innovative food. Enter The Gracious Gourmet. Our condiments serve as the perfect complements to many things, from cheese to ice cream, and can be combined with other ingredients to create memorable hors d’oeuvres, main courses and desserts.

 

Whether you are putting together a dinner party for a dozen or enjoying a quiet night at home, The Gracious Gourmet is here to help. Our aim is quite simple: we want to make every one of your dining experiences a special occasion!

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Why Choose The Gracious Gourmet?

Based in Bridgewater, Connecticut, The Gracious Gourmet offers a line of award-winning specialty condiments and snacks that easily transform ordinary dishes into exceptional ones.
Our products include chutneys, spreads, tapenades, pestos, jams and jellies. Made in small batches, we source only the finest all-natural ingredients for our recipes without using preservatives. Keeping health-consciousness in mind, we also minimize the use of salt and sugar and many of our products are vegan and naturally gluten free.
Our aim is simple: We want to make every one of your meals a special occasion.

Nancy's Obsession with Food

black olive tapenade appetizer with tomatoesNancy Wekselbaum has always been known to friends and family as a gracious host with a love for cooking and entertaining. When she arrives in your city, friends know finding the best places in town to eat is on her mind. Although her love of good food has shaped her life, it wasn’t until later in her career that she made food her full-time job.
Nancy’s love of enjoying good food and cooking began early. Although her mother discouraged her from cooking after she  nearly burned down the kitchen trying to bake a cake as a young girl, Nancy wasn't daunted. She continued to bake, explore different cuisines, and then eventually found success in all kinds of cooking techniques including flambe and souffle. 

During her busy career running a retail business with her husband in New York City, her favorite way to spend time off became taking trips to France and immersing herself in the cuisine of the French countryside. She even worked alongside top chefs during a stint at the renowned Les Freres Troisgros in Roanne. 

It was during a power outage while serving dinner to a friend that Nancy got the idea for her business. The friend so raved about Nancy's homemade chutney served with steak that she urged Nancy start a business. Something clicked, and in 2006 The Gracious Gourmet was born. The first product launched was that same chutney prepared for her friend. Nancy still develops everything in her own kitchen, creating products that make cooking and entertaining easy.