Herma's Food Suggestions for Outdoor Dining

Herma's Food Suggestions for Outdoor Dining

Herma’s Food Suggestions for Outdoor Dining

Simple Outdoor Dining Suggestions

and what to purchase for warm weather months ahead

During warm months we realize you want to spend your time outdoors and not in the kitchen. Herma’s has no shortage of fabulous foods to enjoy over the holiday weekend and in the warm months to come. Foods that pass our three S test – simple, scrumptious and satisfying.

Herma’s Signature Products

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photo by photographer Gary Mulcahey

Made fresh in our kitchen on a weekly basis there is no end to what you can do with these amazing dips, pates and spreads.

Chicken Liver Pate – Goat Cheese Rounds – Savoury Cheddar Spread – Herma’s Chevre – Herma’s Stilton Pate – Sundried Tomato Dip – Beer Cheese Spread – Bacon Cheddar Spread – Lemo-licious – Spicy Pimento Spread – Seafood Dazzler

Bacon Cheddar Spread

Herma suggests heating the Bacon Cheddar Spread in the microwave for 20 seconds and enjoy with crostini. It would also be nice placed on a hamburger or baked potato.


Lemolicious + Salmon + Capers on top of Crostini = Delightfully Refreshing

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Lemo-licious, Smoked Salmon, Caper on Crostini

Herma’s Homemade Crostini

available NOW and through the summer!

Really the most scrumptious vehicle for cheese, dips and pates. Nobody does it like Herma.

Prosciutto Buffalo Mozzarella on Crostini


Top crostini with a slice of fresh mozzarella. Grill or broil the toasts for 2 minutes, or just until the mozzarella begins to melt.  Remove from the grill or broiler and top with salt, pepper and fresh basil.

Buffalo Mozzarella, Crostini and Prosciutto may be found in Herma’s Cheese Shop. Be sure to ask someone to slice the Prosciutto to your liking. FYI: Cheese and Prosciutto are 25% off NOW until June 2nd.

Brianna’s Salad Dressings

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Summer Salad using Brianna’s Blush Wine Vinaigrette Dressing

Herma one day this week enjoyed this summer salad with Brianna’s Blush Wine Vinaigrette which paired beautifully and delicately with the fresh greens and fruit.

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Collection of Brianna’s Salad Dressings

Meats to Grill or place in Oven

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Prime Striploin Steaks

Prime Striploin Steaks and Marinated Flank Steak

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Village Grocer Soups and Flat Chickens

Caesar Flat Chicken – Hyatt Flat Chicken – Rosemary Flat Chicken – Barbecue Flat Chicken – Rosemary Flat Chicken – Teriyaki Flat Chicken – Jamaican Jerk Flat Chicken

Prime Rib Beef Sausage – Guinness Pork Sausage – Chorizo Pork Sausage – Bratwurst Pork Sausage

Fresh Atlantic Salmon Filet

Other Frozen Foods for Simple Outdoor Dining


Dry Glaze Grilling Seasoning for a little spiced kick.

Bacon Wrapped Scallops – Black Tiger Shrimp – Scallops – Steelhead Salmon (smoked and sliced) – Shrimp & Scallop Gratin – Atlantic Tempura Shrimp – – Gratin Dauphinios – Fries cooked in Duck Fat – Escargot – Potato Gratins –  Sarladaise Potatoes cooked in Duck Fat

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Vintage Pizza Pie Co. Pizzas

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The Vintage Pizza Pie Co. prepares their pizzas in Northumberland County the old fashioned way using only 4 ingredients – flour, water, salt and yeast. Their pizzas are baked in a 3000 pound Le Panyol Camelot oven, burning exclusively apple wood, lilac wood, hard maple & oak to reach and maintain temperatures in excess of 900 degrees. The result? A freshly baked, flame kissed dough – blistered yet pliable, chewy yet delicate, a perfectly cooked Neapolitan pizza.

Preheat to 450 and bake from frozen for 5-6 min.

Find these pizzas in Herma’s freezers…

The Carnivore – Prosciutto Honey Truffle – White Dragon – Classic Margherita – Mushroom Parmesan

Manoucher Breads

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Manoucher’s Small Baguette

Manoucher Baguette (long and short) The classic Parisian baguette for picnics, al fresco dining and in-door dining.

Manoucher Basil Folded Bread is folded around the finest fresh and dried basil and fragrant olive oil. Makes a beautiful sandwich bread. We love porchetta ham and gouda with aioli spread.

Manoucher’s Pocketed Flat Bread (with Poppyseed, Sesame Seed, Garlic and Onion). A tasty, crispy bread that may be used for dipping into Garlic Expressions or filled with a lovely tomato, onion, garlic mixture.

Persian Noon Bread is a hand shaped and folded bread with feta cheese, olive oil and basil. Another lovely bread for sandwiches and salads.

Our Favorite Condiments

Not just ketchup and mustard anymore. We are providing you with the following list of condiments with which we have just recently fallen in love.

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Brooklyn Delhi’s Curry Ketchup

Brooklyn Delhi…Curry Ketchup, Mango Chutney, Roasted Garlic Achaar

Smoke House…Jalapeno Aioli, Jalapeno Dijonnaise and Jalapeno Hot Sauce

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Smoke Show’s Jalapeno Dijonnaise Sauce

3 Angry Cats…Stray Cat BBQ Sauce Blueberry and Vodka, Spicy BBQ Sauce with Bourbon & Maple, Alley Cat BBQ Sauce with Jerk & Rum, Pickled Beets with Maple

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3 Angry Cats Boozy Barbecue Sauces

Saucy Dotty…Sweet Gourmet Sauce and Original Gourmet Sauce

Salt Spring Kitchen Co… Hot Mango Spicy Pepper Spread, Charcuterie Mustard, Candied Jalapenos, Candied Jalapeno Relish, Spicy Tomato Savoury Spread

Truffle Hunter’s Black Truffle Ketchup and Borgo de’ Medici’s Mustard with Black Truffle

Linden’s…Hot Maple Mustard and Spicy Curry Mustard

If you’ve visited Herma’s you know that the above listed sauces are just the tip of the ice berg as to the condiments we have to offer. We hope you will come and visit in order to pick out those that will soon become your favorites too.

For fruity spreads we suggest…

Rootham’s from Puslinch, Ontario

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Rootham’s Blueberry Raspberry Spread

Wild Blueberry Raspberry Spread – Wild Blueberry Lavender Spread – Cantaloupe Peach Marmalade

Also Bonne Maman’s Compote Apricots (jarred)

Caffiti Jarred Vegetables

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Cafiti’s Beets, Cauliflower and Mushrooms in clear, long-stemmed glasses

These are tasty local vegetables from Quebec that are steamed, pickled and flavored smoothly. They perfectly fit with outdoor dining, raclette, charcuterie platter and served alongside barbecued foods. You can use the juice to make your salad dressing!

Herma places veggies in clear long-stemmed glasses as the veggies are so pretty, not to mention tasty.

1830 Bremond Fils Balsamic Vinegars

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Balsamic Vinegars complimented with Fruit

Balsamic Vinegar with Blueberry – a balanced blend of white wine vinegar and blueberry juice.

Food pairings: Lamb, red meats, game, vegetables, salad, cheese, dessert and ice cream.

Vinegar with Raspberry PulpGives a touch of fruity sweetness and acidity to your dishes. This raspberry vinegar contains a lot of raspberry pulp, which gives it a rich and real flavour of raspberries.

Food pairings: Sauces and salad dressing, salad, bacon, asparagus, fresh fruit salads. Goes very well with basil oil.

Balsamic Vinegar with Mango

Food pairings: Pairs with Salad, fish and seafood, scallops, fruit salad and desserts.


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ITACA’s Flavored Olive Oils

Lemon Oil is a natural infused oil lovely drizzled over fish, crustaceans, soups, salads, grilled vegetables, chicken, white beans and fine sauces. (one of Herma’s favorite oils to drizzle over salads and seafood)

Bergamot Olive Oil is a natural infused oil obtained from the extraction of ripe olives and fresh bergamot.  We recommend this oil as a seasoning for endive or fennel salads, to enhance the flavour of carpaccio, fish, smoked salmon.

Basil Oil is a natural infused oil obtained from the extraction of ripe olives ans fresh basil.  We recommend this oil as a seasoning for sauces, pizzas, pasta, caprese, tomatoes and bruschetta.

Black Truffle Oil is a natural infused oil obtained from the combination of extra virgin olive oil and the aroma of black truffles.  We recommend this oil as a seasoning for risotto, wild mushroom dishes, omelettes and bruschetta.

Mandarin Oil is a natural infused oil obtained from the extraction of ripe olives and fresh mandarins.  Drizzle on salmon, tajines, salads, carpaccio and crustaceans.

Halloumi Cheese – Great for the Grill!


Grilled halloumi cheese is quick and easy to make on your home barbecue grill. You can enjoy grilled halloumi slices or you can make it part of cheese and vegetable skewers.

Halloumi cheese is traditionally made from sheep’s milk on the Greek island of Cyprus.

Halloumi has a higher melting point than you will find with most types of cheese, so it won’t fall through the grates of your barbecue, which makes it a great candidate for grilling. You’ll also get attractive grill marks on the cheese.

Don’t be tempted to take a bite of the fresh halloumi cheese just out of the package—it’s a bit oddly textured and rubbery. It is brined, which adds saltiness and a greater depth of flavor than mozzarella (which has a similar texture). On the grill (or even just pan-fried in a skillet), halloumi cheese really comes alive and bursts with deliciousness.

Pair alongside a salad with dates or figs, skewer the cheese with onions and mushrooms and grill or enjoy in a grilled cheese sandwich. So many possibilities. Find at Herma’s! 

We hope you have a fabulous weekend and that this beautiful weather continues.

Be sure to stop by for all sorts of yummy foods perfect for outdoor dining.