For months now, if you wanted to get your hands on chef Stefano Frigerio‘s creative jams, pastas, and sauces, you had to drag your ass to a local farmers market on the appropriate time and day. A lot easier said then done on most days.
But on Dec. 2 (or thereabouts, since you never know what gremlins could affect its launch), Frigerio will start selling his products online at www.copperpotfoodco.com. The site, at first, will carry only the chef’s jams and sauces but should, eventually, offer his pastas and ragus as well.
Even better, the site will hawk Frigerio’s new “jam trios.” Each collection will feature three, 4-oz jars of jams tied to a particular theme. The $15 themed collections include “Cheese Accoutrements” (white fig & balsamic, red beet & rhubarb, and quince cinnamon), “‘Spirit’ed Jams” (white peach & Prosecco ‘Bellini,’ nectarine & bourbon, and Concorde grape & grappa), and “Copper Pot Signature Jams” (strawberry & vanilla bean, blackberry ginger, and orchard-fresh apple).
Given the direction of the Copper Pot company, I had to ask Frigerio’s wife and publicist, Dusty Lockhart, if the former Mio chef still had any interest in taking a kitchen position. Last I heard, after all, he was interviewing for executive chef posts.
“He definitely wants to go back into the kitchen,” Lockhart tells Y&H. “But he wants to do something Copper Pot related.”
Lockhart says her husband wants to do a “smaller version of Dean & DeLuca” in which he stocks artisanal items, both his and those from other producers, and then also cooks a limited Italian menu for a small number of customers, probably no more than 10.
Frigerio is already scouting for space — and investors. He definitely needs the latter, his wife jokes, because Frigerio can’t seem to stop spending his Copper Pot profits on things like…an entire goat and 12 live pheasants.