The Delicious Life - Recipes, Wine Tasting Notes & More...

Tasting Notes - Wines from Loire Valley, France & Priorat, Spain Posted on 06 Feb 17:48

Erin has many wine tasting notes she provides at various functions and wine tastings.  Ask her for more information!

Recipe - Crostini with Lemon-Infused Ricotta Posted on 06 Feb 17:38

Crostini with Lemon-Infused Ricotta, Pink Peppercorns, Flake Salt and Honey Drizzle

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Viva Bene Gourmet

219 N. Main Street (behind All Brides Beautiful)

Hudson, OH 44236

(330) 653-9800

www.facebook.com/vivabenegourmet


Entrepreneur of the Week Posted on 10 Nov 12:41

Global Entrepreneurship Week is Nov. 16 -- 22 and Hudson's GEW Committee continues the celebration of local entrepreneurs.

Viva Bene Gourmet has been in business almost one year, and owner Erin Chenault tells her story.

What inspired you to own your own business?

The opportunity to live my passion. After 20 years in the corporate world, traveling non-stop, I began to realize that life goes by in a blink; so why not find a way to do what you love? I wanted to live more simply -- talk about things that are important to all of us -- family, friends, food and giving. I see that same joy in my customers when we start talking about food, wine and giving gifts to others.

What is your biggest challenge as an entrepreneur?

The start up process was the most difficult, as there is no road map to opening your own business and navigating through all that needs to be done, regardless of the venture. My background was vastly different coming from Corporate-America where the processes are firmly established. As an entrepreneur, you can plan all you want, but it's really trial by fire.

What do you find most rewarding?

Having 'customers' and 'employees' who have become family. I have been incredibly fortunate to be welcomed with open arms by the city of Hudson. Getting to know them has been a true privilege.

Describe your typical day.

When I wake up, my mind is racing with all that I need to do so there is a blend of both inspiration and panic. I kiss my husband, drink my morning coffee while making my to-do list, get some therapeutic play-time with the puppy and then go tackle the day. Depending upon the season, it could be a 9-hour day, sometimes 15. You just have to be ready to dedicate the time to live your dream.

What is your favorite aspect of being an entrepreneur?

Freedom. I find myself smiling every day. I have the opportunity to be creative, talk about things that I love with others that share the same passion and develop incredible friendships along the way. It's wonderful to accomplish something so meaningful, while utilizing the skills and experience honed by a corporate career. It's the best of both worlds.

What is your advice to budding entrepreneurs?

Find your passion, at no matter what stage of life, and go live it. Realize that you cannot know everything, but adapt quickly and embrace the learning curve. Be brave. Plan strategically and tactically; then jump in the deep end. There's really no other way.

What one word would describe your life as an entrepreneur?

Joyful.


St. Germain Happy Hour Posted on 13 Oct 22:45

St. Germain Champagne Cocktail

Serves 8

1 (750-ml) bottle champagne or sparkling wine, chilled
1 cup of  St. Germain
1 (12-ounce) can of club soda or seltzer water, chilled
1 cup sliced strawberries

In a large pitcher, combine all of the ingredients and stir. Add ice. Pour into glasses filled with ice and scoop a few strawberries into each glass.

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Cocktail Party Favorite! Posted on 13 Oct 21:47

Crostini with Lemon-Infused Ricotta, Pink Peppercorns, Flake Salt and Honey Drizzle

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CORPORATE GIFTING.

Don't just give a gift – make a lasting impression.

Contact us today.

330.653.9800

The team at Viva Bene can offer you a full-service corporate gifting program.

So whether you are in need of client gifts, employee incentive gifts, or something extraordinary for any upcoming holiday!

Located behind All Brides Beautiful 219 N. Main Street | Hudson, Ohio

Hours of Operation:Mon-Sat 11am-6pm330.653.9800

Pick up the finest cheese and meat platters.

Grab some bottles of wine or cocktail kits.

Take home some of the finest chocolates and teas.

Plan dinner with some of the most amazing pastas.

Gifts- we have you covered!

The Viva Bene Experience

Enjoy impeccable fine foods and wines.

Expand your palate.

Create the perfect gift.

Ask us for ideas for gourmet gifts, wine, and cheese pairings.