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gluten-free chipotle chilies, John fetched a particular brand and advised that they be rinsed thoroughly before use.


Box lunches for biking, hiking, boat-


ing expeditions or conferences are pre- pared to order. “Sometimes,” John says, “families gathered for a reunion prefer to spend time sharing memories and catch- ing up with recent events, rather than cooking. We can prepare a meal or two for them, whatever they want.”


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Bay off ers a package that includes Top Shelf box lunches with a room and con- cert tickets – an example of the synergy that exists between the shop and other local businesses. “We sometimes work with restaurants to select wines that will be tasty for both our customer bases,” John says.


Annie has built the reputation of her


catering business on quality, with an em- phasis on carefully-sourced, seasonally- inspired ingredients. Whenever possible, produce is bought locally. She can pro- vide meals in a wide price range, from a mini-continental breakfast of fresh fruit and assorted baked goodies to a formal dinner featuring Australian lamb chops with mint sauce for a large wedding party.


T e Door County wedding of Matt


Frick and his fi ancée Sarah of Pewaukee, Wisconsin scheduled for September 18, 2010, planned months in advance, could easily have been a disaster when the wed- ding planner backed out just three weeks before the date.


After hastily checking other possibili-


ties, the couple found Annie. “She really stepped up,” Matt says. “She was person- able, professional, a really good person. Even with time short, she didn’t rush, but provided us with a great product at a very reasonable price. And she didn’t just do the dinner, she also organized the tent and table and chairs. We wouldn’t have changed a thing!”


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And they didn’t. When the Fricks


returned to Door County to celebrate their fi rst anniversary, they asked Annie to prepare the same meal for them.


Top Shelf does a strong business in


gift baskets, especially at Christmas and to visitors on fall getaways. Filled to or- der for special occasions like birthdays and anniversaries, they can be delivered locally or shipped anywhere in the coun- try.


While one can’t fi nd a head of let-


tuce or a box of Wheaties in this upscale shop, it does have many products of- fered at a supermarket. T e diff erence is, rather than one or two kinds of olives, Top Shelf off ers 11 varieties available with 11 diff erent stuffi ngs. Further, one can fi nd dried mangoes, spanikopita (a traditional Greek spinach pie), or, for af- ternoon tea, triangles of albacore tuna in a light lemon wasabi sauce, topped with black and white sesame seeds.


Top Shelf is a fascinating place to


browse, and it’s a disciplined soul, in- deed, who can leave without a bag chockfull of unique edibles and pota- bles.


INFORMATION


ADDRESS: 10588 Country Walk Drive, Sister Bay PHONE: (920) 854-5040 WEBSITE: www.topshelfgourmet.com HOURS: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm daily, except Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter


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