Happy anniversary… to Bove’s Cafe!

July 1st, 2011

What a year 2011 is shaping up to be for Bove’s!  Our pasta sauce company celebrates its fifteenth anniversary in June, our restaurant celebrates its 70th anniversary in December and earlier this year, our Vodka sauce was awarded a Silver sofi™ award by the National Association for the Specialty Food Trade (NASFT).

With the anniversary of the sauce company behind us and the anniversary of our restaurant just around the corner, I’ve been thinking about where we began and how we got to where we are today.  Over the years, there have been lots of changes and incredible growth and expansion, yet we’ve stayed true to our roots and still make our sauces the same way that my grandparents, Louis and Victoria, did.  While we’ve been working hard (and having a ton of fun along the way!), we know that we wouldn’t be where we are today without the love and support of our loyal customers.

As a small token of our appreciation, we’ll be offering an online-only coupon deal — buy five jars of Bove’s pasta sauce (whatever combination of flavors you choose) and get the sixth jar free!

Thank you!

Pasta Power!

May 25th, 2011

Welcome, marathoners!

Gearing up to run the marathon this weekend?  I’ll see you on the course!  Whether you’re running the 1/2 or the full, chances are you’re looking to fuel up with a carb-filled meal to boost your energy before you pound out miles of pavement.

We’re open until 8:45 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, so stop by the cafe and fuel up with a delicious plate of pasta topped with your favorite Bove’s pasta sauce.

Not able to make it to the cafe for a pile of pasta and sauce this weekend?  Now you can grab a jar of your favorite Bove’s pasta sauce at all Market Basket stores in New Hampshire and Massachusetts (Not in NH or MA? Check out Boves.com to locate a store near you!)

For those visiting from out of town, we’re located downtown at 68 Pearl Street (just a few blocks from the Marriott and the Hilton).  Stop by the restaurant and say hi if you’re in Burlington this weekend, or grab a few jars of your favorite Bove’s sauce the next time you hit the supermarket.  Enjoy!

And runners… be sure to keep an eye out for Darth Vader outside the cafe this weekend!

Thank you!

April 30th, 2011

This afternoon I had the opportunity to spend a few hours at the Hannaford on Dorset Street in South Burlington, VT sharing samples of Bove’s famous lasagna with customers as part of the store’s grand re-opening celebration.  I always enjoy spending time with customers and sharing my love for great homemade Italian food, but this particular event also provided me an opportunity to do something extremely important to me and to our community — to help ensure that all Vermonters have access to food to feed themselves and their families.

Today, Bove’s and Hannaford teamed up and donated more than 1,000 jars of pasta sauce and 1,000 pounds of pasta to the Chittenden County Emergency Food Shelf to help make sure that the community’s needs continue to be met all year round.

I’d like to thank Hannaford for having me in the Dorset Street store this afternoon and for stepping up to help out our community, and send another big shout-out to all who came out to say hello this afternoon.

Servin’ up Samples at Hannaford’s

April 27th, 2011

Saturday, April 30 is Customer Appreciation Day at Hannaford’s on Dorset Street in South Burlington, VT and to help celebrate the grand re-opening, I’ll be at the store from noon to 1 p.m. cooking up and dishing out samples of Bove’s lasagna — with a little twist this time!  Instead of using the traditional meatballs and marinara sauce recipe, I’m whipping up the lasagna for this event with Bove’s Sweet Red Pepper pasta sauce and spicy chicken sausage (can you say “yum”?!?)

Come on by and snag a taste of a new twist on an old favorite (as it comes fresh out of the oven) or drop by the store to pick up a few boxes of our classic meatball lasagna from the freezer and celebrate along with us at the newly remodeled Dorset Street store!

March Madness… with a side of meatballs?

March 22nd, 2011

Just days away from the Sweet 16, the Bove’s crew is thinking about our brackets (or what’s left of them thanks to all of this year’s upsets) and debating this year’s Naismith finalists. I’m also busy trying to figure out what to feed the mob of hungry friends that are likely to crash the couch this weekend.

Naturally, I’ve been experimenting with different meatball recipes, and I’ve come up with a few ideas that I think the guys (and the ladies!) will love. Here’s one of my new favorites:

Bove’s Meatball Supreme Pizza

You’ll need:
• Pizza dough (homemade or store bought, whichever you prefer)
• Pasta sauce (I recommend Sweet Red Pepper, but any variety will do)
• Shredded mozzarella cheese
• Onions, roasted red peppers and any other favorite pizza toppings
• Bove’s Italian Style Meatballs (in your grocers freezer)

To prepare:
Preheat the oven to 450 degrees.

Spoon pasta sauce on to prepared pizza dough. Sprinkle with cheese and add the onions, roasted red peppers and any other desired toppings. Cut Bove’s meatballs in half and add to pizza.

Bake pizza for approx. 15 minutes or until meatballs are warmed through and crust is browned.

What are some of your favorite meatball recipes?

Whistle While We Work

January 24th, 2011

Insert whistling here… ;)

Yep.  That’s what we’re doing as we are packing up lasagnas to send out to fans across the United States.  After the last airing of Throwdown with Bobby Flay, we got a TON of orders for our handmade lasagna.  Since we make each lasagna by hand, freeze them and then ship them – this takes time.  Rest assured, your order is being prepared!  Our next shipment leaves Bove’s on Wednesday.

In the mean time, if you want to get nostalgic with us and revisit a childhood favorite song, Disney’s “Whistle While You Work”, check this out:

‘Tis the Season

December 22nd, 2010

We’ve been packing and shipping, and shipping and packing lasagna after lasagna to send to fans far and wide.  I just wanted to post to let you know, if you have ordered and are expecting a delivery – fear not! All of the orders have left Bove’s and are en route in time for delivery before Christmas.  We have been informed that UPS is “swamped”.

Questions about your order? Give the Sauceline a call at (802) 862-7235.  We’ll get back to you just as fast as we can.

Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night!

Online Shopping is LIVE!

December 2nd, 2010

With the launch of our new, and improved website we re-opened our online store.  You’ll see lots of changes and enhancements to the shopping experience.  Products are easier to find.  The ordering process is easier.  We’ve created packages to make your ordering easier.  And hey, it just looks more beautiful.  Let us know what you think.

Almost five pounds of Bove’s love lasagna can be yours!  We’re selling our homemade lasagna online.   This is not the version that you find in your grocer’s freezer… it’s much BIGGER!  Get two for $29.99 (plus shipping).  Now, that’s a party!

An Afternoon at Williams Sonoma

November 28th, 2010

We were really excited to be invited by Williams Sonoma in Burlington, VT to come in and do a cooking demo today. Mark created a chicken sausage lasagna using the Sweet Red Pepper sauce. Here’s a few pictures from our day. We had a great time! Special thanks to Liza, the store manager, for setting this all up!

Throwdown…Take Two!

October 14th, 2010

Ok… ok.  From the title you probably thought I was going to get a re-match with Bobby on Throwdown.  And though I would LOVE to do that (Bobby – are you listening?!), that is not the case – yet.

But, my lasagna recipe and pictures from the Throwdown episode I was on do appear in Bobby Flay’s new book: Bobby Flay’s Throwdown! which was just released.  I am thrilled and honored to be included.

To celebrate, we’re giving away a copy with a Bove’s lasagna, which will be shipped to your home.  We’ll select the THREE winners at random on October 27th.

How to enter:

  • Become a fan of Bove’s on Facebook or follow us on Twitter
  • Leave a comment here, on our blog, as to why you think you should win and tell us what store you do your grocery shopping in most.

That’s it!  Three lucky winners will get Bobby’s new book that is loaded with his recipes and those of the 51 featured Throwdown opponents.  The pictures are beautiful, and this would make a GREAT gift for any cook on your gift list.  The lasagna may just be too tempting for you to gift… ;)

Good luck!  We’ll announce the winners first on our Facebook page and Twitter feed.