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Durham business among Food and Wine's best food artisans

Posted November 10, 2014

Big Spoon Roasters Peanut Butter is made in Durham. (Photo by Chris Reid)

— Food and Wine magazine has named Durham's Big Spoon Roasters one of its 20 best food artisans. The full list is featured in the November issue and online.

We have been fans for years, so we are glad owner Mark Overbay and the rest of the Big Spoon gang are getting national recognition! In the article, Overbay says he hasn't "eaten an industrially processed nut butter in 15 years." 

"I’ll drink bad coffee in a pinch, but I’ll always wait until I can get good nut butter," Overbay said.

Overbay told the magazine that he learned to make nut butter when he was a volunteer with the Peace Corps in a rural village in Zimbabwe. The families would roast peanuts over an open fire and use stones to make a paste. 

In the issue, Overbay also gives his recipe for Peanut Dipping Sauce.


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  • PRGuy Nov 11, 2014

    Very nice guy (Mark) and great products. Their chai spice nut butter, almond and ginger butter, and others are absolutely delicious.

  • Danielle White Nov 10, 2014
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    For a long time, cost was a major factor in that as offset printing wasn't cheap. It's only recently that lower-cost, full-color digital options have become available. Once they have a label they tend to stick with it.

  • Claytonmomof2 Nov 10, 2014

    As a consumer, I am drawn to such "non-commercial" labels since it means the product is not main stream.

  • USMC Vet Nov 10, 2014

    Kudos to them.

  • Jenny Miller Nov 10, 2014
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    Why do all artisian type foods have such generic looking labels? Labels attract new customers and this label does not stick out.