Sunday, December 7, 2014

A Secret of Sweet Success

The King's Cupboard Dessert Sauces
The King's Cupboard Dessert Sauces
Nestled at the base of the Beartooth Mountains, The King’s Cupboard is the bedrock of artisan-scale food production in Red Lodge, Montana. Now in operation for over twenty years, West Fork Creations, Inc. (dba The King’s Cupboard) began producing exquisite dessert sauces in Red Lodge in 1990. Owners Lila Randolph-Poore and Rigger Poore are both molecular biologists. Deciding to settle so far from the usual employment centers of their specialized field, they looked for other ways that their skills could provide a livelihood.

Rigger and Lila Poore - 2004 Wine and Food
Rigger and Lila Poore
2004 Wine and Food
In this 2004 Food and Wine interview, Lila explained how their exploration naturally led them to food, "Kitchens are exactly like laboratories," says Randolph-Poore. "They're both all about experimentation." Beginning in their commercially certified home kitchen with a recipe for Bittersweet Chocolate Sauce, handed down from Lila’s grandmother, their production operation has grown into a 15,000 square foot facility with a global customer base.  The following 2013 NASFT excerpt profiles their success.
King's Cupboard-JarTop
King's Cupboard New Label
King’s Cupboard products have won thirteen NASFT (National Association for the Specialty Food Trade) “Outstanding Product” (SOFI) nominations and awards in addition to many regional honors and have been featured in leading national publications and on The Food Network.
 King's Cupboard crafts an exquisite array of cleanly packaged, all-natural delights, including a line of USDA certified organic chocolate dessert sauce, organic caramel dessert sauce and organic brownie baking mix. Kosher certified, USDA Organic certified, GMO-free and Gluten-free items available. Private label dessert sauces and private label baking mixes are available. King's Cupboard is an expert in food safety and maintains a BRC certified facility.

Heart and Soul Commitment to quality extends well beyond the flavor and texture of their products. As outlined in the History page of the King's Cupboard Website,  up to 70% of their ingredients are locally sourced. Anything that can be recycled is, including the heat from processing equipment.  And support for the surrounding community is written into the Core Goals of their Mission Statement. Because King's Cupboard products are sold internationally and also marketed under a broad range of well-known signature brands, food safety standards and compliance are strictly maintained.

Lila and Rigger with Awards - FoodSpring Interview
 Lila and Rigger with Awards
Food Magazine Interview
Red Lodge Montana
Red Lodge Montana
Sweet Decisions The King's Cupboard produces over fifteen varieties of dessert sauce, including certified organic and sugar-free. If that selection is still not enough to satify your cravings, there are cocoa beverages, frostings, and baking mixes. Their rich and versatile cream caramel sauce has also been used to glaze ham and to pair with cheese. All this lushious temptation is available online at, and along with many brick and mortar specialty food shops.

The sweetest treat of all, though, is knowing that this global, sustainable, artisan scale food company is thriving in a small town in Montana! CONTACT: Dave Beach, VP Sales King’s Cupboard 800-962-6555 ext. 106