Holiday Sale and Gift Packs!

Howdy! Just wanted to let everyone know that we have a lil ol’ holiday sale goin’ on. If you visit https://www.dennymikes.com and type in the coupon code holidaysale that’ll getcha 15% off of your order till Thursday December 18th! Not to mention FREE SHIPPING on order over $50! 

If that’s not exciting enough, make sure you check out my holiday gift packs! You can try to win one by visiting my facebook page and entering the contest! https://www.facebook.com/dennymikes

Get those orders in soon, the last day to ship out in time for Christmas is Friday December 19th!

Yours in Smoke,

DennyMike

DennyMike goes back down south!

Hey ya’ll!

I’ll be down in Georgia all next week cookin’ up my tasty treats at Whole Foods Market, be sure to stop by and say hey!!

Monday October 27th 2:30pm-6:30pm 

Whole Foods Market Avalon

2800 Old Milton Pkwy Alpharetta, Georgia 30004

https://www.facebook.com/WholeFoodsAvalon

 

Tuesday October 28th  4:00pm-7:00pm

Whole Foods Market John’s Creek

5945 State Bridge Rd Johns Creek, GA 30097
 

 

Wednesday October 29th 4:00pm-7:00pm

Whole Foods Market Merchants Walk

1311 Johnson Ferry Road NE Suite 580 Marietta, GA 30068

https://www.facebook.com/wfmmerchantswalk

 

Thursday October 30th 4:00pm-7:00pm

Harry’s Farmers Market Marietta

70 Powers Ferry Rd SE Marietta, GA 30067

https://www.facebook.com/HarrysMarietta

 

Friday October 31st  4:00pm-7:00pm

Whole Foods Market Buckhead

77 West Paces Ferry Rd NW Atlanta, GA 30305
 

 

Saturday November 1st 10:00am-2:00pm

Whole Foods Market Avalon

2800 Old Milton Pkwy Alpharetta, Georgia 30004

https://www.facebook.com/WholeFoodsAvalon

 

DennyMike’s + Sysco = VERY EXCITING NEWS!

All I can say is WOW!  It’s certainly a treat for me to be able to share the news that Sysco Boston, LLC, the largest volume regional producer in the Sysco system, has agreed to add DennyMike’s award winning seasonings to its line of offerings.  Sysco Boston is a market leader and distributor of foodservice products reaching restaurants, healthcare and educational facilities,  and lodging establishments throughout greater New England, especially Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Southern Maine.

It’s exciting to know that I will have the help of more than 300 seasoned sales associates selling Fintastic, Sublime Swine, Chick Magnet and Cow Bell Hell in 24-ounce shakers and five-pound tubs.  I have been told that the Boston region is the trendsetter for the entire Sysco system and that we’d better be ready to be brought on by other regions.  All I can say about that is “Bring it on!!”  I love having my product in kitchens everywhere, and our relationship with the good folks at Sysco is going to make that happen.  Words can’t express how pleased I am to have been selected, but I can say that we’ll be making sure our products continue to be made with care using the finest ingredients to ensure the outstanding flavor and quality that has become synonymous with all of DennyMike’s products.

West Coast Here We Come!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

DennyMike’s Wraps Up BBQ Season with Vast West Coast Expansion

Maine-made, award winning sauces and rubs increase national and international distribution

York, Maine — September 21, 2011 Dennis Sherman, owner of DennyMike’s Award Winning Sauces and Rubs, announced today that the company has landed two major West Coast distributors and an impressive array of independent super markets, making the Maine-made products a hot bi-coastal commodity.

“This is a real kick,” said Sherman.  “We’ve enjoyed phenomenal success in the Northeast and Southern markets, and it’s a fantastic feeling to be hitting shelves on the West Coast…we are well on our way to full national exposure and coast-to-coast store-front availability.”

Sherman recently sealed the deal with QFC, a Washington-based, upscale market chain with more than 170 grocery stores.  DennyMike’s complete line of rubs is now available in QFC stores with the addition of DennyMike’s line of sauces in the stores’ meat departments well underway.

In addition, Sherman has signed on with J.C. Wright, a Seattle distributor of gourmet, ethnic and natural foods that services top-notch retailers throughout the Northwest.  The much-respected distributor is carrying DennyMike’s full line, putting the popular rubs and sauces front and center with the Seattle area’s leading specialty food retailers.

A number of independent outlets in the West also have picked up the award-winning line that has been touted by Saveur magazine and the “Today” show.  Kitchen Kaboodle, a high-end chain of housewares stores in Oregon, has placed DennyMike’s rubs in all of its five locations in the Portland area. Furthermore, Non-essentials, an independent gourmet store in Palmer, Alaska,  along with Atkinson’s, a specialty food grocery in Ketchum, Idaho, are now offering the complete DennyMike’s line.

“It’s very gratifying to sign on with these impressive distributors and grocery stores,” Sherman said.  “Their confidence in the DennyMike’s product line speaks volumes, and we appreciate their support and enthusiasm.  We’re looking forward to being a staple in kitchens, campsites and patios across the United States very soon.”

Back on his home turf, Sherman recently signed on with UNFI, the nation’s leading distributor of natural foods.  UNFI’s East Coast division has selected DennyMike’s to launch in 150 of its top specialty foods markets.  In addition, talks are underway with UNFI’s West Coast office, which currently services approximately 4,000 stores and is undergoing rapid expansion in Washington, Arizona and eastward.

The increasingly popular line of all-natural, gluten-free and certified Kosher sauces and rubs also is enjoying a measure of international success through Soon’s Secret Garden, a Norway distributor.  Canadians also have access to the BBQ big shot as DennyMike’s is now available through P.M. Hansen, a new distribution channel that supplies the Canadian version of Home Shopping Network along with grocery stores and specialty food stores nationwide. Additional distribution throughout Central America is under development.

Since its launch in 2006, DennyMike’s has enjoyed rapid growth and notable success in the barbecue arena and in specialty food circles.  The award-winning line has been touted by local, regional and national outlets and earned repeated awards in the National BBQ Association and Scovie competitions. In addition, Sherman has become a leader in the barbecue industry, serving as a certified barbecue judge at several national-level, high-profile competitions, including the American Royal and Memphis in May, and establishing area qualifying barbecue competitions.

Available at Hannaford’s throughout the Northeast, DennyMike’s also is available through Whole Foods Northeast, Mid Atlantic and North Atlantic, with product in more than 100 stores and via its popular website www.dennymikes.com.

About DennyMike’s

DennyMike’s is a Maine company with roots founded in the spirit of true, Texas-style dry rub BBQ. All of DennyMike’s award-winning, gluten-free, all-natural and Kosher-Certified sauces and rubs are hand-crafted in Maine in small batches, using only the finest ingredients, including natural sea salt, wildflower honey and pure Barbados molasses. DennyMike’s rubs are a great way to begin any meal, whether cooking in your kitchen or at your pit, and his sauces add a unique finishing touch to whatever dishes are presented at the table. DennyMike’s products are available nationwide at www.dennymikes.com and at specialty retailers throughout the Northeast and North Atlantic states and is newly available in the Mid Atlantic states and throughout the West Coast.

For descriptions of DennyMike’s sauces and rubs, barbecue recipes, and order placements,

visit www.dennymikes.com.

To schedule an interview with DennyMike Sherman, or request additional background information or product images, contact: Ann Ewing at 615-419-3753 or ann.ewing@hotmail.com.

MaineBiz Sticky Business Profile




Sticky business | BBQ king DennyMike’s grabs kudos for sauces and rubs

DennyMike’s was recently featured in MaineBiz’s Sticky Business Section. Check out a snippet of the article below or click on the headline above to read the full article.

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By ANNA FIORENTINO: Mainebiz contributing writer

When people in the Northeast talk about barbecue, they think of putting a burger on a gas grill long enough for it to look like a hockey puck. And while Yankee pot roast may be a few dashes of cayenne pepper away from traditional smoked barbecue brisket, Mainers aren’t about to spend 15 hours in front of a barbecue smoker.

“New Englanders are in a hurry and that’s why barbecue — I mean real barbecue cooking — never caught on,” says Dennis Michael Sherman, owner of DennyMike’s, a specialty producer of sauces and rubs in York garnering kudos from gourmet magazines and national barbecue competitions alike.

But little by little, that barbecue hesitation is beginning to lessen. As new sauces, styles and flavors pop up across the country, backyard enthusiasts are turning into pit masters ready to compete in world-class barbecue competitions.

“Barbecue is slowly starting to evolve here in Maine,” says Sherman. “DennyMike’s success was all about the timing.”

In 2006, DennyMike’s sauces, and later its rubs, hit the shelves of Portland’s Whole Foods. Conveniently, it was at a time when New Englanders were also beginning to introduce varied flavors of traditional barbecue to their palates, says Sherman.

Today, DennyMike’s four award-winning, gluten-free, all-natural Kosher sauces, and five rubs are sold in nearly a thousand national retailers, in hundreds of Whole Foods and Hannaford supermarkets alone. In six years, Sherman’s sales have catapulted to nearly $1 million, growing 50% over the last three years alone, a trend he expects to continue.

Sherman has erased his $150,000 startup debt with the exception of an equity line on his York home, where he headquarters his business, employing six, including his wife, Patty, who keeps the books. He expects to double his work force within the next six to 12 months. Internet sales at www.dennymikes.com increase each week, now averaging 30 to 40 transactions of about $50 each, with an occasional spike such as the one that followed his appearance on NBC’s “TODAY” show over Christmas of 2009 that brought in 600 orders…. READ FULL ARTICLE ONLINE HERE!

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2011 Best BBQ Rubs in the Country!

DennyMike’s Award-Winning Sauces and Rubs Earn 11 Top Awards at National BBQ Conference and Competition

Dennis Sherman Bests the Competition and Shares Insider Secrets During BBQ-Pro-Packed Roundtable

 

York, Maine — Dennis Sherman, creator of the DennyMike’s line of sauces and rubs and New England’s unofficial barbecue ambassador, recently returned from the 2011 National Barbecue Association’s (www.nbbqa.org) 20th Anniversary Conference with an armload of high-profile awards for his rubs, sauces and packaging, finishing among the leaders in total medals awarded.  Sherman also earned a prime slot at the conference in Greenville, S.C., joining barbecue hot shots including Dave Anderson, founder of Famous Dave’s; John Markus, executive producer of TLC’s reality show “BBQ Pitmasters”; Chris Lilly, head honcho of Big Bob Gibson Bar-B-Q in Decatur, Ala.; and the Legend of BBQ himself, Mike Mills, for “Meet the Masters,” an intimate roundtable discussion that is considered one of the highlights of the annual meeting.

 

“It was indeed an honor to be recognized by my peers in the highly competitive barbecue industry,” said Sherman.  “I’m always proud to show folks across the country that Maine is, indeed, bona fide barbecue country.”

 

Sherman’s Sublime Swine was named the 2011 national gold medalist in the all-purpose rub category.  In addition, Fintastic, DennyMike’s savory seafood seasoning, won gold in the Mediterranean- herb rub category.  Cow Bell Hell was awarded silver in the Cajun Rub category, and Chick Magnet earned a 4th place finish in the Southwest category.  Sherman’s popular products earned two additional 4th place medals and one 5th place medal (complete awards list below).

In addition to the prestigious product awards, DennyMike’s labels and packaging, designed by Portland-based Pulp+Wire design and marketing firm, were recognized by the judges.  The Chick Magnet label earned gold in the Best Label competition, and DennyMike’s Wooden Crate 9 Pack Gift Set, Hat & ‘Cue Gift Set, and Smoker Box Gift Set were awarded 2nd 3rd and 5th place, respectively, for their design and functionality.

“These products stand out as leaders in the industry,” said Jeff Allen, executive director of the NBBQA.  “We are pleased to recognize them for their contributions to supporting the great American tradition of barbecue.”

The annual Awards of Excellence recognize the very best barbecue products in a number of industry categories.  Winners were selected from nearly 300 submissions by judges from the Rend Lake Culinary Arts School in Ina, Ill.

During the elite “Meet the Masters” roundtable, conference attendees, comprised of restaurateurs, caterers, competitors, product developers and backyard BBQ enthusiasts, met with their choice of three masters for a personal question-and-answer session covering their experience, expertise and advice.  Sherman focused on “Creating a Brand That Wins: From Your Kitchen to the Medals Stand,” sharing how he created and launched his consistently award-winning line of sauces and rubs.

 

“It was a great personal pleasure to keep such good company at a conference of this caliber,” Sherman explained.  “These guys are the real deal when you are talking about barbecue icons, and it was incredible to work alongside them and help spread the gospel of great American barbecue.”

 

Sherman’s Maine-made products have garnered attention from prominent outlets including NBC’s “TODAY” show, The Houston Chronicle, and Marie Claire and also have consistently earned accolades and repeat awards from industry giants, such as the NBBQA and the Scovie Awards.  A barbecue professional and rabid advocate, Sherman shares his love of barbecue at local, regional and national demonstrations, cooking contests and conferences throughout the year.

 

About DennyMike’s

DennyMike’s is a Maine company with roots founded in the spirit of true, Texas-style dry rub BBQ. All of DennyMike’s award-winning, gluten-free, all-natural and Kosher-Certified sauces and rubs are hand-crafted in Maine in small batches, using only the finest ingredients, including natural sea salt, wildflower honey and pure Barbados molasses. DennyMike’s rubs are a great way to begin any meal, whether cooking in your kitchen or at your pit, and his sauces add a unique finishing touch to whatever dishes are presented at the table. DennyMike’s products are available nationwide at www.dennymikes.com and at specialty retailers throughout the Northeast and North Atlantic states and is newly available in the Mid Atlantic states and throughout the West Coast.

About the NBBQA

Founded in 1991, the National Barbecue Association (NBBQA) is dedicated to bringing barbecue enthusiasts together and supporting the barbecue industry. NBBQA’S goals are to promote the recognition and image of the industry, facilitate effective networking of industry resources, foster new business opportunities for its members, and educate and inform the public about the art and enjoyment of barbecue. For more information, visit www.nbbqa.org. Each year, hundreds of barbecue professionals and enthusiasts from all over the country celebrate the great American tradition of barbecue at the four-day NBBQA Conference, which  features education, professional support and entertainment.

 

 

Award List

1st Place Sublime Swine for All Purpose Rub

1st Place Fintastic for Mediterranean Herb Rub

1st Place  Best Label for Chick Magnet

2nd Place Cow Bell Hell for Cajun Rub

2nd Place Wooden Crate 9 Pack Gift Set

3rd Place Hat & ‘Cue Gift Set

4th Place Chick Magnet for Southwest Rub

4th Place Carolina-Style for Vinegar Spicy Sauce

4th Place Mesquit-O Madness for Tomato Mild Sauce

5th Place Pixie Dust for Southwest Rub

5th Place Smoker Box Gift Set

 

 

To schedule an interview with DennyMike Sherman, or request additional background information or product images, contact: Ann Ewing at 615-419-3753 or ann.ewing@hotmail.com.