Our company, C.R.S., Inc., has been in business here in Spokane since 1976. It has been an interesting journey, to say the least. After representing other manufacturers’ products for many years, it was time for us to roll out our own product line … and that’s just what we did in 2003 when we introduced the popular Spud Spikes brand, to help potatoes cook evenly, get a better-tasting crispy skin, and reduce the overall baking time. Spud Spikes also help to keep brats straighter and juicer, and to cook faster. We are the co-manufacturer, and we sell this brand all over the world.
In 2011 we introduced the Spud Spikes Gourmet Potato Skin Rubs and Everyday Seasonings (Original Blend, Garlic, and Pepper). In 2014 we created new lower-sodium seasonings from the original recipes, and rebranded the new recipes under the Burly Babe brand. This is why we currently have both brands of gourmet seasonings on the market, including our Burly Babe gourmet garlic popcorn seasoning (lower sodium content).
In 2014 we also introduced our Burly Babe tender meat snacks, and in 2015 we modified the recipe by cutting the amount of seasoning to a lower sodium level. Now we have tender meat snack that is a beef/pork combo with no casing, fillers, or high sodium. The snacks are high on protein and low on sodium and use real meat from local farmers. This product is available in about 80 stores from Oregon to Montana. Besides being in the stores, our tender meat snacks can be found in many consumer shows and events throughout the area.
Finally, in 2016 we brought in the Nutty Bavarian Glazed Roasted Nuts to the lineup, to compliment our meat snacks at shows. However, we soon discovered that individuals in the surrounding area absolutely loved our freshly roasted nuts, so this brand has taken on a life of its own!
Because the Burly Babe Tender Meat Snacks and the Nutty Bavarian Glazed Roasted Nuts (including salted cashews) are considered snacks, both of these product lines do well at events.
We can do a partial setup, where we simply bring in the prepackaged products and use a warmer to keep the nuts at just the right temperature. Or, for longer events, we can set up a canopy that houses the 400-pound cart with roaster, to roast nuts along with the warmer. We are currently converting a popup trailer to a fully contained concession trailer, to make it easier to roast nuts on the fly (the goal is to have it ready to go in the first quarter of 2017).
Roasting can be done both inside and outside. Our equipment (roaster, warmer, and wash station) requires a dedicated 20-amp circuit (or we can tap into a 30- or 50-amp circuit). We do have a very quiet generator that we use at most outside events, which requires a 20–25-foot setback from the canopy, to meet the fire code.
If you have an event (sports, wedding, birthday, car lot sale, employee party, etc.), please contact us so we can discuss the details and get you on the schedule.