If you have a taste for specialty foods imported from France, Spain, Italy, Argentina and Canada, you may want to check out the new Cuisinery Food Market in Suntree.
Cuisinery, which opened just before Easter, is the go-to market for ingredients, frozen and gourmet quick-cook meals.
At 7640 N. Wickham Road, Suite 108, shoppers can find hundreds of frozen meals with a variety of appetizers, vegetables, entrees and desserts that can be ready in 20 minutes or less.
Chef Jeremy Miller, a 2007 graduate of the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, N.Y., said the store’s selection of premade foods are as delicious as they are convenient, with no or very little prep necessary, like in a restaurant kitchen.
“Our delicious meals are shipped or delivered straight to your door, or you can come into our store and browse around,” he said. “Our easy freezer meals are perfect for any day, providing delicious restaurant-style dishes for an entire week with no repeats.”
Miller said you can find French bistro pastries and plates, Argentinian dishes, Mediterranean-inspired bites, traditional Carribean meals and more.
“If you’re looking for a premade appetizer to get the party started, turn to our selection of appetizers featuring croquettes, mini-quiches and escargots,” he said. “If you’re craving something sweet, then check out our bakery, boasting an array of premade sweets that range from French macarons to chocolate fondants and cappuccino pie.”
If you’re looking for other unique and exotic meals, Miller said the store offers Iberico pork from Spain and several duck foie gras selections.
“Our torchon, for instance, is a decadent mousse of duck livers with port wine,” he explained. “From Rougié — one of the world’s most famous names in foie gras — this torchon (literally meaning dish towel in French) is wrapped in cheesecloth and finished with red ribbons on both ends.”
Reg Steele, a resident of Heritage Isle in Viera, said he loves the store’s croissants.
“I love the store because it has so many unique things,” he said. “I also like the fact that you can buy individual items for one person.”
According to the company’s website, Cuisinery was launched in 1992 and is the result of the merger between the export operations of France Meditation USA Inc., which is a sales agency for French food and wine companies, and a French manufacturer of frozen entrees and appetizers. The company has expanded its product lines and geographical presence in the market, opening new sales nationwide.
In 1998, the company started exporting under the Gourmet USA brand with a sales office in Lyon, France. Gourmet USA markets American-made goods to both the food service and retail industry in Europe.
Miller said the company decided to open a store in the Suntree-Viera area because they liked the region’s demographics and growth potential.
“We were looking for a store to service the Southern states, and this was the perfect location because of its close proximity to Orlando,” Miller said.
Miller said the company strives to find the highest quality ingredients, with no added preservatives, and stores its food in high-tech, energy-efficient freezers.
“We guarantee the quality of all our ingredients — and finished goods — because we work closely with major manufacturers and production facilities in Europe, establishing strong standards of quality,” he said.
Miller said shipping usually takes two days, and if a customer receives an item that is not frozen “you’re not paying for it.” He explained that sales are about 50 percent of people coming into the store and the other 50 percent from online sales.
The store is open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
For more information, call 321-622-8867.