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Boetje's Dutch Style Stone Ground Mustard from the Quad Cities has received a gold medal in the World Wide Mustard Competition in 2008. Boetje's was awarded gold in the "coarse grained" category of the 15th annual Napa Valley Mustard Festival. It even beat out the vaunted Grey Poupon brand, which took silver.
The contest—in the heart of California wine country—attracted more than 400 mustards from seven countries, judged in 19 categories by food journalists and chefs from across the country. This was Boetje's first entry to the
Boetje's (pronounced "boat-chee") Mustard is made in
"I hope people of the Quad Cities realize there's a national treasure there in the mustard world," Barry Levenson, festival coordinator and curator of the
As if he were talking about a complex wine, Mr. Levenson described the local mustard thusly: "It has just a delightful mouth feel. It is able to capture all the flavor of the mustard seed," he said. "It's extremely well-balanced, has a good nose hit, and a satisfying finish.”
"It has just a little bit of sweetness," Mr. Levenson said of the spicy brown mustard, which does use sugar in its
Using the same recipe today, it uses 1,000 pounds of Canadian mustard seeds per batch, and each Friday the brown seeds are split and combined in an oak-wood vat with water, sugar, salt, and distilled vinegar. On Monday, the mixture is sent through a high-speed stone grinder, which takes about six hours, Mr. Kropp said. The mustard is stored overnight in stainless-steel tanks and on Tuesday is pumped into 8.5-ounce jars and packaged.
Boetje's has long had a strong regional following. The majority of business is large-chain grocery stores with about 30 percent independent stores and restaurants. It produces about 36,000 jars a month, twice that in the summer. It is the exclusive mustard for the John Deere Classic PGA Tournament held in the Quad Cities in July.
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Media Contact: Will Kropp, Boetje's General Manager, 309-788-4352