Since November 5th, 1990...
Janet Barnes and Ray Chamberlain, wife and husband have owned and operated At Last! Gourmet Foods in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Through their inspiration we create handcrafted gourmet soups and sauces for the top restaurants and retailers in Minnesota as well as nationally.
Our hands-on approach in both crafting our products and servicing our clients is truly what defines us.
A Complete Partner
As a partner we take pride in the fact that we work with you through the entire process. From recipe development to product preparation and logistical coordination, we will ensure the soup you want your customers to have is the soup they receive every time - on time.
Our custom built facility is in the heart of the historic Seward neighborhood in South Minneapolis. At Last! Gourmet's state-of-the-art production facility features a unique cooking process and packaging technology that allows us to quickly cool and then freeze products for an immediate "flavor capture". All of our products are delivered to you frozen from our facility so they can be prepared quickly and conveniently whenever you want.
Certified & Inspected By
At Last! is inspected and certified by the United States Department of Agriculture, the Food & Drug Administration, the Minnesota Department of Agriculture, and Osha (Occupational Safety and Health Administration).
Some of our frequently asked questions...
Do At Last! products come frozen?
Yes. At Last! soups, chilies, sauces, gravies are shipped frozen. Since our products are quick frozen right after cooking they taste the same way as they did right out of the kettle; one day, a week or month later. Ask yourself a question, would you eat a soup that was made 30 days, 60 days..120 days earlier and been sitting in your fridge? That's what we thought.
Do you just heat the product in the bag?
Our chilies, sauces and soups are ready to use and can be heated in the bag. Our products are best prepared in a steam kettle.
How long has At Last! been in business?
At Last! was founded in 1990 by Ray Chamberlain and Janet Barnes, just two people who loved soups.
How many varieties does At Last! have?
At Last! has nearly 100 soups, chilies, sauces and gravies that we make on a regular basis. But, and this is a big one, our catalogue of recipes goes back 30 years. We have up to 500 different time tested, proven soups; if you can dream up a soup, we can make it. The same way, every time.
If I use your soups instead of making my own from scratch, how can I say I serve "homemade soups"?
At Last! makes soups from scratch too. Our products are the same as what you make at home, just in bigger batches. We build the soups for you, but you have to finish cooking them to ensure that homemade flavor and appearance. Each soup, sauce or gravy is prepared by one chef, in fact, if you wanted to, you could call and even ask which chef made your soup. That's what we mean by personal.
I need a vegetarian soup, do you have one?
We have a full line of vegetarian soups.
Is At Last! just another soup company?
No way! We are small, family owned business; have been since day one. That's what makes us so different from the rest of the guys; well that and the fact we make probably the best soup and sauces around. But don't let the small size fool you; we ship our products nationwide to customers with one small deli to retail operations with hundreds of locations. For example, all things considered a customer could call today and get their soup in a day or so. That's the kind of personal service you just cant seem to find anymore.
Our FILL IN THE BLANK WITH YOUR FAVORITE SOUP is our top selling item. We couldn't possibly change the recipe because we have customers that come specifically for it. However, we have consistency issues. Can At Last! help us in any way?
Yes!! Our research and development department can match your recipe and package it as fresh-frozen ready to serve . From soups, sauces, marinades, to chilies our chefs can work directly with you to develop exactly what you need. Please contact us and we would be happy to discuss this with you.
What do you add to the Alfredo?
The Alfredo and all the other sauces, entres, and chilies are ready to serve. Nothing is added, you simply heat and serve.
Where can I find your product?
Just about anywhere you look. You can find our soups, chilies and sauces in grocery stores, warehouse clubs, and restaurants. Grocery stores carry our soup packaged under a number of different brands in the refrigerated/frozen section and also serve our deli products in their hot soup area or behind the deli counter. To be honest, your favorite restaurant may be serving our soup right now and you didn't even know it; we like making soup and we believe there is no better compliment than for a customer to call it their own.
Where is At Last! located?
We're located just southeast of downtown Minneapolis, Minnesota. In the same building we've always been in; why, you ask, haven't we moved onward and upwards. Because Ray and Janet took a chance on this neighborhood a long time ago (the Seward neighborhood in south Minneapolis) that had seen better days. Some other companies and residents did the same thing and it worked, the neighborhood is now as alive and vibrant as any, and we think that's pretty cool (and maybe we had just a little to do with it too!)
Who carries At Last! products?
We have many broad-line distribution partners across the country including: SYSCO and US Foodervice, and other regional distributors. Contact us or your Regional Sales Manager or broker for the specifics in your area.
Who carries At Last! products?
We have many broad line distribution partners across the country including: SYSCO and US Foods and other regional distributors. Contact us or your Regional Sales Manager or broker for the specifics in your area.
Who owns At Last!?
One of our favorite questions! Ray and Janet still do, and they still love being a part of the business they started over 30 years ago. There aren't many things done or decisions made at At Last! without Ray and Janet's input; and that's the way we like it, they're the experts.