ALEXANDRIA, LA — After years of product development and six-months of market testing , a young Louisiana company has launched not just a new product but a brand new category onto the local food market—culinary condiments. A native Louisianan, Lili Courtney, turned her 25-year love affair with cooking into Delightful Palate, a company dedicated to helping others become confident and creative in their own kitchen through her company’s product line and cooking classes.
“If food is my passion, then culinary condiments are my obsession,” said Courtney, Owner & Founder of Delightful Palate. “I’ve spent many years in the kitchen—cooking, developing recipes and teaching people how to enjoy the simple pleasures of food. My culinary condiments truly enhance and simplify the art of eating well.”
Delightful Palate finds it roots in Courtney’s cooking classes where she demonstrates the joy of “mingling what’s trending with fresh ingredients to create a unique taste” and teaches sometimes timid cooks to become confident and creative. In an effort to make it easier for others to “steal a little pleasure out of each day” (a favorite Courtney phrase), she created her first culinary condiment—a rich, high—quality olive oil infused with fresh ingredients that can be used as a marinade, a salad dressing, cooking oil, or as a sauce in an almost endless number of ways to turn an ordinary recipe into a unique and delicious dish. Courtney’s next cooking class will be held at the Kitchenary in Lafayette on March 28 at 6:00 p.m. To learn more or register, go to www.thekitchenary.net/kitchenary_cooking.html  or call (337) 264-1037.
Delightful Palate’s signature culinary condiments Stone Fruit Nectar, Balsamic Garlic Honey and Wild Mayhaw Berry debut this year in stores across South and Central Louisiana—at Kitchen Warehouse in Alexandria; at Champagne’s Market and The Kitchenary in Lafayette; Every Day Gourmet an Maxwell Markets in Baton Rouge; at Acquistapace Supermarket in Covington; and Langenstiens in New Orleans.
Each Delightful Palate flavor combines fresh, healthy ingredients with high-quality oils and vinegars that instantly warm the soul and tantalize the taste buds. Delightful Palate’s Stone Fruit Nectar uses natural peach and apricot ingredients to deliver pitch-perfect balance to the palate. Used to infuse chicken, tossed with a favorite green and grain salad or drizzled as a sauce over grilled tuna or salmon, Stone Fruit Nectar turns an ordinary meal into a special occasion. The Balsamic Garlic Honey has an intensely bright, powerful finish. It's a staple for salads and baby greens and is equally divine drizzled over heirloom tomatoes or thick slabs of fresh mozzarella. Balsamic Garlic Honey also serves as a fabulous marinade for steak and shrimp. Delightful Palate’s Wild Mayhaw Berry combines citrus notes with a hint of hot pepper seasoning and delicate sweetness. With a savory profile, it pairs well as a marinade or sauce drizzled over smoky pork tenderloin and lamb or savor it tossed with fresh grapes, tarragon and ricotta salata.
For a listing of Delightful Palate recipes, to sign-up for Courtney’s next Louisiana cooking class, or to learn more about the Delightful Palate line of culinary condiments, please visit www.delightfulpalate.net.