- Published on Wednesday, 09 October 2013 22:32
- Written by Super User
Fire & Spice Gourmet is at 312 Nutt St., Wilmington. In the future they will be offering a website, now you can like the store on Facebook so you will see when the tastings occur. For details, call 910-762-3050.
By: Candace Lookingbill
The weather is just perfect for a grill fest or a barbecue and to help you create some great foods you need sauces and spices to have your guests ask you ‘How did you fix that?’ Well, Tommy Cooper can you provide you with what you need. Tommy Cooper owner of Fire & Spice Gourmet began by selling hot and barbecue sauces and seasonings 15 years ago and has grown to include unique kitchen items along with local prepared foods and wines. The store relocated to a larger store at the parking lot level in The Cotton Exchange.
He stocks a good variety of seasonings and sauces from Louisiana that are mainly used for Cajun and creole dishes which are traditionally seafood and/or chicken based. The assortment of barbecue sauces is unequalled in this area. There is adequate number of sauces and spices for Indian/Middle Eastern recipes. We offer several jerk seasonings and sauces for Caribbean foods.
There are approximately 700 different hot sauces that range from mild to extreme. These can be used in numerous food preparations. Dry rubs and marinades are also abundant. One of Cooper’s favorite side dishes is grits. He has stoneground white and yellow grits. From Texas, there are seasonings for fajitas, tacos, and chili. He also carries locally made salsas, pickles, relishes, jams, jellies, preserves and a really nice local honey. Rum cakes from Kure Beach, toffee from Wilmington, seafood breading, hushpuppy mix, cocktail and tartar sauce from Calabash, garlic butter shrimp and crab boil from Florida, and numerous other regional items are available. If anyone needs some assistance or recommendation on seasoning or preparation, they are ready to help.
The wine selection is not large, but it covers a lot of the planet. One section is all North Carolina wines which have improved tremendously in recent years. There is a good offering from California with the traditional European varietals. In addition, they have wines from Italy, France, Germany, Austria, Armenia, Portugal, Spain, Argentina, Chile, South Africa and Australia. Cooper is always looking for kitchen items that are unique and just not available in everyone’s kitchen. He offers the new and trendy smaller gadgets to be used in the kitchen. There is a section of items made of silicone which can withstand high temperatures. He also offers cookware, wine racks and wine accessories. There are coastal-themed dish towels and aprons.
Throughout the year he has wine tastings and food tastings from the food vendors. Cooper finds it rewarding to interact with the people who come and visit and get their reactions of what is available in the store.
Fire & Spice Gourmet is at 312 Nutt St., Wilmington. The hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. In the future he will be offering a website, now you can like the store on Facebook so you will see when the tastings occur. For details, call 910-762-3050.