Nina Ward launched KC Classic Gourmet Foods in January 2019 and found a home for her business in Grain Valley, after searching all over the metro for the right location. Ward’s son-in-law, who works in real estate, found the perfect location in Grain Valley for the specialty food product creator.
With more than 45 years experience in the food and restaurant business, Ward is an expert at developing and manufacturing specialty food products, the focus of KC Classic Gourmet Foods.
Ward grew up working in her family’s
Jose’s Family Restaurants in the Kansas City area. Ward’s family was “pure Italian” running a Mexican restaurant. Ward says this helped them “put a different spin on the traditional fare”.
The restaurant’s taco sauce was so beloved, customers often asked for a jar to take home. This became the first product Ward helped place on grocer’s shelves, and the education she gained from the experience launched her businesses in specialty products.
Ward develops creative products from premium ingredients with a focus on food for informal gatherings, perfect for cheering on your favorite team, or gathering with family and friends.
“My specialty is the gourmet cheese dips. They’re shelf stable and we have 9 flavors. We’ll have three new flavors by the holidays: a Sweet Potato Pie, Dill, and a Bread and Butter Pickle dip. The most popular cheese dip is the Raspberry Jalapeno Dip,” Ward said.
KC Classic Gourmet Foods products can be found in 127 regional outlets, including Hy-Vee and Hen House markets.
Ward also works with entrepreneurs to develop and distribute products.
For more information on KC Classic Gourmet Foods or to order products directly from their store, visit www.kcclassicgourmetfoods.com or call 816-506-9023.
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