Kalamazoo Bellies Welcome Lush Gourmet Foods

Kalamazoo Bellies Welcome Lush Gourmet Foods

Kalamazoo is happy to welcome a local business, Lush Gourmet Foods! The company’s founder, owner, and creative genius, Bisera Urdarevik, kicked off the company’s first physical location with a house warming and grand opening, inviting friends, business partners, and family into their new home on Portage Road. We’ve always been big fans of the company, we even featured them in our 365 Days of Awesome series.

Photo courtesy of Andy Peninger
Photo courtesy of Andy Peninger

Lush Gourmet Foods is best known for its first and (at the moment) only product line, Lush Nuts. They are thoughtfully crafted gourmet almonds and Spanish peanuts that come in a variety of tasty flavors such as Salt & Pepper, Coconut Lavendar, and Coffee. The nuts are too-die-for-delicious and you can find their products in our Holiday Popup Shop, too!

The company started in Urdarevik’s marketing class at Kendall College in Chicago (where she studied Baking and Pastry as well as Food and Beverage Management). The class was tasked to create a product that would sell in a hotel. She immediately thought of an old family recipe that her mother and grandfather used to make and combined their recipe with what she learned about flavor profiles to expand into several different varieties. What started off as a simple project four years ago is now her full time gig.

Urdarevik talked with Kzoo Uncaged right before the grand opening and she was very excited to call Kalamazoo the new home of Lush Gourmet Foods. Besides the fact that Kalamazoo is, “An ideal location for a business owner because you’re right between Detroit and Chicago,” two places that she travels to often for business, she also said that, “People are just so nice, you really don’t get that a lot of places.”

Photo courtesy of Andy Peninger
Photo courtesy of Andy Peninger

We agree, that is one of many reasons why the Mitten is so very awesome.

Check out Lush Gourmet Foods’ website for all of the different varieties offered and where you can purchase Lush Nuts. Plus, if you are still doing some last minute shopping, the individual bags make great stocking stuffers and the gift boxes pair perfectly with a bottle of wine for the party host.

Welcome, Lush Gourmet Foods! Kzoo is lucky to have you.

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First and foremost I am a food and fitness fanatic. I am dedicated to the local movement. I love going to coffee shops and reading a good book or getting lost in recipes on Pinterest. I love connecting with people and spending time with family & friends. I believe that passing on a random smile is a powerful catalyst for happiness. I live by the phrase, "Feel good, do good. Do good, feel good." I was born and raised in Kalamazoo, MI, moved to Virginia to complete my undergrad and graduate studies, and now I am back in Mitten. In the Fall of 2013, my coworkers and I decided that the people of Kalamazoo were far too fabulous to not talk about them. So we created Kzoo Uncaged, a website that releases a new profile every Wednesday that highlights someone doing spectacular interesting things in our community. Follow me on Twitter, read my food blog, or connect with me via email!