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About Us

ninaward-cm-22-small.jpgI have to tell you a little about myself before I can tell you about KC Classic Gourmet Foods. I have been in the restaurant and food business for over 45 years. It has been my life and my passion.  
It started as a kid working in my families restaurants in Kansas City. The Jose’s Family Restaurants were a Kansas City original. My family was pure Italian and running a Mexican food place. This combination allowed us to put a different spin on the traditional fare.
What developed was a unique taco sauce that our patrons loved.
Over time, our customers wanted to take the sauce home to use in the kitchen or just a snack with some chips. This became my first product to be put on grocers shelves.
My mom and dad finally wanted to retire so we sold the restaurants. I went to work with a couple of local food manufacturing places to better understand the development, manufacturing, and distribution of “micro” specialty products.
What I discovered was a lack of creativity, innovation, and real passion to deliver people unique and easy to prepare gourmet products. My focus became centered around the food key for informal gatherings, for cheering on your favorite team on TV, family nights, grilling, or relaxing outside on the patio or by the pool. You know the type of events we have all the time. But, these days who has the time to make the food.
So KC Classic Gourmet Foods was born. Food created from premium stock and prepared in ways that make it different from the common.  

Nina Ward

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