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Regional Foods: Mustard Slaw

Submitted by on August 14, 2010 – 11:01 pmNo Comment

By Susan McKee
The Road Trips Foodie

Those of us who travel “food first” are delighted to come across a new regional specialty. Although mustard slaw isn’t new to southerners, it was to me, Road Trips Foodies! I discovered Katie’s Mustard Slaw at the Shoals Commercial Culinary Center in northern Alabama last week.

Located in Florence, this business incubator is focused on food. With access to a health department approved facility full of equipment typical of a commercial kitchen, fledgling entrepreneurs have a chance to develop recipe ideas, hone their business plans and launch new products.

Mustard Slaw was a complete surprise to this Yankee. Typically made with cabbage, carrots, onions, peppers and seasonings, I’m told it’s often served by Southern food vendors as a condiment for hot dogs. Katie’s version has the added kick of jalapeño peppers. I haven’t explored all of its uses yet, but I suspect it’ll be great as a side dish for roast pork!

The Shoals Commercial Culinary Center opened in July 2001 in the Burrell Slater Community Education Center in Florence (map). The Center is one of only 15 such kitchens in the United States and the only one in the State of Alabama. Fledgling businesses get help with product development and testing, ingredient procurement, packaging, labeling, cost analysis, co-packing, health department compliance, and marketing plus the use of a licensed and permitted facility. It receives funding from the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) and was created through a partnership with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Tennessee Valley Authority, ARC and Florence City Schools.

(Photo by Susan McKee)

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