Posted By Jacqueline Fox
If you’re a regular shopper at the Doylestown Food Co-op, you have probably noticed the distinct glass jars of Eat This savory and sweet jams, jellies and marmalades gracing the shelves. And hopefully, you have been inspired to purchase one of the artisanal product selections. If not, this month, Eat This proprietor and chef, Gino De Schrijver will be sampling his locally grown, all-natural jams and spreads.
The culinary background of Belgium born Chef Gino includes fine-tuning his talents at culinary school, but mostly at the hands of his father, a chef. After working in upscale restaurants in Belgium, he and his father opened a restaurant in Ireland. Arriving in the US in 1989 Gino worked as a chef in prestigious restaurants on the east coast. In 2003 he moved west and started his own company, Icebox Kitchens, which provided gourmet prepared foods at various locations. After selling the business in 2008, Gino knew he wanted to move back east, within close proximity to New York City. And that’s when his realtor friend told him about the “perfect place” in Bucks County.
In his own words Gino emphasizes the value he places on “local”: “The Idea behind the business is to create a lifestyle that is indicative of giving back to the community while doing something I enjoy. What success means to me is to live a happy life not governed by making money but by working with local farmers and products and giving jobs to local people.”
What does Chef Gino do in his spare time? Well, one thing is, he serves as a volunteer firefighter at the Delaware Valley Fire Company in Erwinna. And the Fire Company commercial kitchen is where the magic of creating all the Eat This products happens. Being a volunteer firefighter is an integral part of the business. Now in his fourth year of operation, De Schrijver donates 5% of sales back to the firehouse.
Here are two opportunities to meet Gino and sample his unique Eat This products: