Rainy Day Blog

Bella Cucina

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When you think of Rainy Day and what we typically carry on our shelves, you probably don’t think of artisan foods; but amongst the beautiful pottery and candles, you’ll find a fantastic company called Bella Cucina.

In the early nineties, in an effort to share her passions for cooking and her love of Italy, Alisa Barry opened a small café in Atlanta, Georgia called Bella Cucina. When her loyal customers kept asking to take home her delicious offerings, an artisan food business was born.

Bella Cucina Artful Food is an award-winning product line sold all over the world. Twice, they have been picked by Oprah on her popular “Favorite Things” show! Bella Cucina has a deep appreciation for beauty and a sensibility for classic, yet innovative flavors. They make their products by hand, in small batches in the traditional European hand-crafted way.  


With the holiday season quickly approaching, we have stocked up on their yummy creations. Impress your guests with our personal favorites, Artichoke Lemon Pesto and Spinach & Artichoke Bruschetta Spread.



During the month of November,
we will be having tastings of Bella Cucina 
Saturdays from 4pm-6:00pm
Snack on some yummy goodness
while you start your holiday shopping! 




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Island Made: Martha's Vineyard Sea Salt

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Don't leave the Vineyard without a little something to remember it by. Whether you are shopping for yourself or someone special, artisanal sea salts are never the wrong way to go. They can be the important finishing touch on a home cooked meal and a stellar talking point.

Husband and wife team Curtis and Heidi are the driving force behind Martha's Vineyard Sea Salts, which upholds a centuries old Island tradition in harvesting local salts. Once a month, throughout the summer, Heidi and Curtis drive to the South Shore of Martha's Vineyard to collect over 500 gallons of seawater. They then bring their bounty back to Down Island Farm to filter and process the water through their solar powered evaporator. While procuring and utilizing salt for preservation has been important to Islanders since the first European settlers, and was once the Island's second largest industry, Martha's Vineyard Sea Salt has been the only scale harvester of sea salt on the Island in the last 200 years!

Here at Rainy Day we sell a variety of their salts, including gift bags and mixed sampler packs. The offerings range from smoked oak to blueberry honey, so the utilization of these salts is endless! Check them out on your next visit.

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