Broadbent’s 50th year Catalog Anniversary

It has been 50 yeafall catalogrs since the first Broadbent’s Food catalog was mailed to customers. That first catalog looked quite a bit different than our anniversary addition released this September. The first edition lacked color, prices and a few customer favorites. The black and white catalog featured slabs of bacon and large hams, those were the days when most slicing was done in the home. Since those days there has been a whole cultural shift, less time spent in the home and much, much more technology.

Our products and catalog have been shaped by these changes of the times, now customers often prefer convenient ordering and packaging. We are glad our business has been able to grow and to keep up with the changing lifestyles we have added 24/7 online ordering capabilities and pre-sliced ham. We have chosen not to change everything though. To keep with the tradition of being locally owned and operated though, we have continued to strive growing our facility in Kuttawa, Kentucky which employs several local residents.  At our facility we cure, process and package all our products then ship them out across the country.

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Great workers packaging the individual ham slices at our facility in Kuttawa, Kentucky

Beyond our catalog and online sales, Broadbent Foods has increased considerably in the wholesale industry. Over the past few years, Ronnie & Beth have attended numerous food shows making connections with Chef’s and Restaurateurs throughout the culinary world. We proudly have our products featured in gourmet specialty stores and a variety of restaurants across the nation. There is a heavy focus in the northeast where deli style foods often fuel the busy masses. Having Chef’s use our products in such creative ways is also a unique part of owning Broadbent Foods.

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Ronny & Beth at Taste Creation in Nashville, TN

The years have been kind when we look back. We have been thankful to bring the Kentucky Proud tradition to the hearts and tables of families celebrating numerous special occasions. Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas are special in this business, because we can just imagine all the hugs, kisses and conversations surrounding our products adorning lovely table tops.  We look forward to sharing in another 50 years of traditions.

Thank you for being a customer, and for letting Broadbent into your home to share in the tradition of your own family.

Now is the Time To Start Your Kentucky Derby Preparations

Kentucky Derby

 

Many people have heard of The Kentucky Derby, but some are unaware of the event’s amazing history. For instance, did you know it’s been held the first Saturday in May in Louisville, KY every year since 1875?

 

The Kentucky Derby is known as “the most exciting two minutes in sports” as three-year-old horses race at a distance of one and a quarter miles. The fastest horse– the winner– gets a blanket of roses draped over it while the owner of the horse gets a huge sum of prize money.

 

There’s a certain Southern charm to the whole event, complete with ladies dressing up in spring dresses, pastel-colored suits or bold separates that coordinate with their headwear and accessories. Even the men dress up for the event, looking stylish because the event is just as much about who’s there looking good as it is the horse race taking place. It’s a nostalgic, yet exciting American tradition that never gets old!

 

If you can’t go to the actual Kentucky Derby but you’d still like to have a Kentucky Derby party, Broadbent’s suggests you watch the race on TV while having a nice meal with friends and family at home wherever that is.

 

Broadbent’s can send you all sorts of goodies for the party. Browse the website here — http://www.broadbenthams.com/Kentucky-Derby-Party-Foods/products/16/ –to look over the many delectable delights available, including traditional country ham and “beaten biscuits.” For dessert, there’s the Kentucky Woods Bourbon Barrel Cake or Kentucky’s Derby-Pie® Baked by Kerns Kitchen. Yummy!

 

Bourbon and chocolate go together well for your Kentucky Derby party this year, and Broadbent’s is pleased to sell Old Kentucky Bourbon Chocolates as well as Ruth Hunt Bourbon Balls.

 

Speaking of bourbon, get a bottle or two of Kentucky Mint Julep Mixer. This drink combines bourbon, syrup, ice and mint leaves and is easy to prepare. You can make a non-alcoholic version by using ginger ale instead of bourbon.

 

My goodness– Broadbent’s has a nice variety of food and drink items for a Southern-style Kentucky Derby party. Now’s a great time to place your order in time for the big day.

 

 

The History of Kentucky’s Derby Pie

Pie2Kentucky’s DERBY-PIE® is a blend of chocolate and walnuts on buttery and flaky crust. A long-standing Kentucky tradition, especially during the Kentucky Derby season, the DERBY-PIE®- in addition to a rich, flavorful recipe- has a rich history as well.

 

 

The DERBY-PIE® was created in 1950 by the Melrose Inn in Prospect, Kentucky. Ironically, the name didn’t have origins where you may think. The name “DERBY-PIE®” was actually chosen at random because the creating family members each had a different name for the creation. Legend has it the name was literally picked from a hat. Whether or not it was a derby hat, however, remains unknown.

 

 

A registered trademark of Kern’s Kitchen since 1968, the exact “DERBY-PIE®” recipe is kept secret, known only to Kern family members. Ever since, the trademark has constantly been renewed and federally registered, even though the Kerns sold the Melrose Inn in 1960. The company continues to make DERBY-PIE® to this day, even as the ownership of the business changed hands to the Kern’s grandson in 1973.

 

 

The trademark has been diligently defended, including going after various cookbooks with similar pie recipes. And once you taste the original DERBY-PIE® the differences are obvious. It is clear why the recipe is so diligently guarded and why it has been enjoyed for 65 years.

Horse Racing & Country Ham, Kentucky Traditions

Churchill DownsBroadbent Award Winning Country hamTradition is one of the great aspects of the Kentucky Derby. Since 1875 Churchill Downs has been the home of the Derby.  It was started by Meriwether Lewis Clark, Jr., the grandson of William Clark of the Lewis and Clark Expedition.  England’s horse racing inspired him to begin this famous Kentucky tradition.  Broadbent’s methods of Dry-Curing Hams come from those same English roots and have been handed down many generations.  Country Ham and the Derby are a steadfast Kentucky Tradition.

 

Over 150,000 people will attend the derby each year.  The attendees will be quite a mix of celebrities and commoners. Ladies and Gents alike will be sporting the latest fashionable and trendy spring attire.  Country Ham will definitely be on the menu.  It is a time honored tradition that is always in fashion.

 

Another common fact about the derby and country ham:  The derby is often called the “run for the roses” because the winner is blanketed with 554 red roses.  Kentucky’s annual Grand Champion Country Ham is surrounded by a dozen roses each year at the Famous Charity Auction at the Kentucky State Fair. Broadbent Country Hams have been named the “Grand Champ” 16 times.

 

In 1973 Secretariat ran the fastest race ever coming in just under 2 minutes at 1:59.4.  But your party is guaranteed to last much longer than that when you serve up Broadbent Derby party selections such as:  traditional country ham, mint julep, bourbon chocolate and Kentucky’s Derby Pie®.  Infusing Kentucky traditions into your derby party allows you and your friends to enjoy the entire race day experience.

Broadbent’s prized ham auctioned off for $2 million at this year’s Kentucky State Fair

The Million Dollar HamAt this year’s Kentucky State Fair, Broadbent’s Ham was six times more valuable than gold.
The 15.89-pound Grand Champion Ham sold for $2 million on August 21. That same day, 16 pound of gold would have been worth just over $300,000.

Last year’s ham sold for $350,000, and the bidding quickly topped that at Kentucky Farm Bureau’s 51st annual Country Ham Breakfast & Auction.  Enthusiasm mounted as the price rose from $400,000 to $600,000 to $900,000.  Then a timeout was called.  Kentucky Department of Ag’s Warren Beeler sprinted from one end of the room between Steve Trager of Republic Bank and Steve Wilson and Ryan Bridgeman of Hermitage Farms and Bridgeman Foods, conferring with the bidders and making sure his ears weren’t lying to him.

A historical deal was in the works.  The rival bidders had joined forces, bidding $1 million each, totaling a record $2 million dollars for the prized ham.  The money will now go to charities of the buyer’s choice.
The ham was auctioned off after being crowded the Kentucky State Fair Grand Champion Ham, Broadbent’s 16th year winning the crown.  Broadbent’s has come a long way from our humble beginnings. In 1967, Broadbent’s won its first Grand Champion, and the ham was auctioned for $825. This year we broke the record we set in 2010 when our ham sold for $1.6 million.

We’re the most decorated ham in Kentucky, but why take our word for it? Check out what folks in the media have to say…

 

“Record sale: Broadbent grand champion ham yields $2 million at KFB auction.” Times Ledger, Princeton, Ky. August 23, 2014. 

“Grand champion ham brings $2M.” Wave 3 News. Louisville, Ky. August 21,
2014.

“Ham upstages politicians at annual Kentucky Farm Bureau Ham Breakfast.” WHAS 11 News, Louisville, Ky. August 21, 2014.

“A high-priced ham.” The Courier-Journal. Louisville, Ky. August 22, 2014

PASS THE RED-EYE GRAVY, PLEASE!!!

Broadbent Country Ham Breakfast SteaksRed-eye gravy first showed up on the American frontier.  Or so one story goes…..

To help get going in the morning, cattle-herding cowboys would swirl strong, black coffee and a little flower in a skillet of drippings from pan-fried country ham.

How red-eye gravy got its name is up for debate. Some say it comes from the gravy’s appearance when the water-based coffee sinks to the bottom of a bowl and the oil-based grease forms a top layer, a mixture resembling a red human eye.

However, depending on how red-eye gravy is prepared, it doesn’t always have the red-eye look, leading to a pot full of urban legends surrounding its name sake. According to one legend, U.S. President Andrew Jackson called his cook over to order his breakfast. The cook’s eyes were bloodshot after a night of drinking, so the president requested ham with gravy as red as his eyes and ham gravy was known as red-eye gravy from then on. Another leans on logic, saying the term is homage to the black coffee ingredient and the fatigue symptom of having red eyes.

Well known in the South, red-eye gravy remains largely unheard of throughout the rest of the country. Whatever its history is, this gravy is here to stay. With Broadbent’s country ham, you too can make the gravy that packs a punch.

Instructions: To make red-eye gravy, stir a cup of black coffee into a pan of hot ham drippings. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring to get any bits of ham that may be stuck to the pan. Cook until the mixture has thickened. Remove from heat and serve.

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