A fourth generation Puget Sound native and Mercer Island resident, Kurt has always felt passionately about authentic, full-flavored foods, free of artificial additives and preservatives. Through his company, Sugar Mountain, Kurt is the owner and chef of a number of food brands and destinations, including Bennett’s, Beecher’s Handmade Cheese, and Mishima Reserve, a luxury Wagyu beef brand. With each operation, Kurt’s goal is to demonstrate how quality ingredients make for delicious meals, without added food colorings, flavor enhancers, or preservatives. Beyond the retail world, Kurt is effecting change in people’s eating habits through the Beecher’s Pure Food Kids Foundation (501c3), founded in 2004.
We buy from producers who share our commitment to whole foods and handmade fare.
People dedicated to the simple pleasures of creating delicious food and drink the way it was intended to be made; fresh from the earth, the sea and the vine.
Located in Carnation, Washington, with a goal to bring ‘the farm’ back to the center of our community. As one of the preeminent organic farms in the northwest, the produce they provide is ‘just picked’ fresh and delicious.
In 2003, KurtBeecher Dammeier combined his love of great cheese with his passion for authentic foods – and Beecher’s was born. Combining the time-tested method of open-vat artisan cheesemaking with a commitment to purity and quality, Beecher’s products are free of artificial preservatives, coloring and flavor enhancers.
Hempler’s B.B. Meat & Sausage is a local family owned business located in Bellingham, Washington, producing a variety of high quality no-nitrite ham, bacon, and sausage.
All Mishima Reserve beef comes from full-blood Black Wagyu bulls, the Japanese breed that elevates beef to a luxury, crossed predominantly with Angus cows. Born and bred in America, our cattle begin life in the pasture. We work with a network of family ranches and manage every aspect of the cattle’s lives, from breeding to feeding to care, to ensure the result on your plate is consistently and incredibly delicious.
Founded in 2007 by George Gavros and Charlie Hertz, Zoe’s Meats is a mission-based, artisan, cured meat company committed to nurturing the well being of today’s children and future generations. Zoe’s Meats works with artisan manufacturers using only the highest quality ingredients to create the highest quality products. Hundreds of bay area chefs use Zoe’s Meats for their menus. Named after George’s daughter, Zoe’s Meats directs 1% of its customers’ purchases to educational programs in their local area.
Yes, there really was a Mama Lil and yes, she made delicious pickled peppers in oil with the same recipe they use today. For almost twenty years, Mama Lil’s peppers have been grown and made in Washington’s Yakima Valley.