In January 2019, Bernard’s Gourmet Foods Roasted Salsas debut as H-E-B Primo Picks. David, Michele, and sons hit the Texas highways. They visit and share their delicious cooking salsas and easy-to-follow recipes at H-E-B Grocery stores, GOTEXAN special events, and festivals throughout the Lone Star State.
Michele enters three of David’s gourmet roasted cooking salsas in the H-E-B Quest for Texas Best Contest. To their delight and surprise, they are named to the 2018 Quest For Texas Best Class as Finalists! All three cooking salsas become H-E-B Primo Picks! With a mission to Nourish Others, Michele and David put together an all-star team of community leaders to produce and host McKinney’s first Star-Spangled SalsaFest benefitting the Community Garden Kitchen of Collin County.
David and Michele’s company, Game Day Foods, LLC (dba Bernard’s Gourmet Foods) become proud GOTEXAN members. David begins professionally producing his delicious creations. With a mission to Nourish Others, David and Michele join McKinney Farmers Market at Chestnut Square.
David and Michele’s Gig With A View: David serves as private chef at Michele’s weekend writer’s retreat. Retreat guest and owner of the beautiful Crescent Moon Lodge and Retreat Center invites David to become the lodge’s private chef. Michele is invited to become the lodge’s workshop creator and facilitator. With a mission to Nourish Others, David prepares nourishing meals. He hones and expands his culinary horizon to best honor the wide variety of health and nutritional needs of each guest. David and Michele’s Weekend retreats enjoy an extremely positive reception and soon book out to over a year in advance. Happy guests are gifted with goodie bags filled with David’s treats from the kitchen, including jars of his award-winning gourmet roasted cooking salsas.
David enters his first salsa competition, the Austin Chronicle Hot Sauce Festival. His roasted Tomato y Chipotle earns an honorable mention. His second competition sees him place third with his Mango Pineapple y Habanero. To date, David’s salsa has placed in 100% of every contest entered! Contests include, numerous charity fundraising events, Zest Fest Hot Sauce Festival, and the H-E-B Quest for Texas Best Competition.
David allows fellow UTD MBA classmate to taste-test his salsa against a plane of established national brands. Of the 100-blind taste-test participants, 100 unanimously agree David’s salsa is the best!
At home, David invested in his first automated food processor. He planted a garden. He grew tomatoes and a variety of peppers. He explored and tested a profusion of flavor profiles. During this experimentation phase, garden vegetables found their way to the grill or the oven or the pickling jar. He discovered dried peppers while making competition chili. When he met the chipotle pepper, he fell in love, adding it to everything, so deep his infatuation. Once David discovered the robust flavors born from his efforts, he knew exactly how he wanted to enjoy them: as the perfect ingredient to elevate the gourmet dishes he liked to create. Before long, David developed a whole line of yummy roasted salsa offerings to do just that. He even went on to develop a wonderful variety of recipes for pickled peppers, hot sauces, and spice blends. With his homemade condiments in hand, he could now easily elevate any signature dish, meal, cuisine or even cocktail he decided to make. David’s gourmet creations were a big hit with family and friends. They routinely received these offerings each holiday season. Family and friends in turn, shared David’s treats with their family and friends. Soon, the ever-growing circle of fans demanding more grew beyond anything David could ever imagine.
David visits the Great State Fair of Texas Food Pavilion. He comes home with a hand-crank food processor. This handy gadget marries his twin hobbies, gardening, and gourmet cooking. That same day, David makes his first bowl of salsa. He takes it to work the next day to enjoy as a break-time snack. He shares. For the next twenty-five plus years, David makes salsa daily for his co-workers to enjoy.