We are Simply Panache (better known as the Mango Ladies) a national event planning firm that specializes in personalized parties and professional events.
People often ask how do Event Planners who plan parties start manufacturing a gourmet mango preserve. The answer is simple, fun, and key to why we call them PARTY Preserves.
We have used our preserves in many PARTY recipes for our clients to Spread It! on toast, bagels, or croissants; Mix It! with cream cheese for a delicious fruit dip; Shake It! With red wine vinegar and olive oil for a mangolicious vinaigrette; and Stir It! with our Jammin’ Ginger PARTY Mix to make our Mango Ginger Shrimp, just to name a few.
Our clients loved the preserves so much we decided to commercially manufacture them.
With all of the VDACS & FDA rules and specifications in hand, we started producing our preserves, that we aptly named ‘Mango Mango’ at the Hanover Cannery in Ashland, Virginia. Shortly after producing ‘Mango Mango’, we started to attend Farmer’s Markets and Food Shows. We were selling out at every market and our customers would follow us from market to market.
After our first food show (Virginia Finest), we were picked up by three Whole Foods Markets. We were so excited to know that people were enjoying our preserves as much as we enjoyed making them. Some weekends we would work four farmer’s markets a day. Our customers started giving us new recipes and ideas on how to use and promote ‘Mango Mango’.
One of our farmer’s market customers suggested we contact ABC Shark Tank to acquire an investor and grow our business. After watching the show we were a bit apprehensive however we saw the potential in the show and agreed to contact the show’s producers. After contacting the show’s producers and being selected out of 50,000 applicants, we appeared in front of the Sharks and the episode aired September 27, 2013.
Although we did not partner with a Shark, the Sharks loved ‘Mango Mango’ and we received 15,000 orders in 48 hours. Those orders equated to nearly 100,000 jars. Shortly after Shark Tank we debuted ‘Mango Mango’ on QVC and SOLD OUT 5 times. ‘Mango Mango’ Mango Preserves can now be found in all Whole Foods in the Mid-Atlantic region and Specialty & Gourmet stores nationwide. Since then, the revenue for ‘Mango Mango’ soared to over a million dollars in sales.
With our earnings, we decided to invest in our community by bringing new and niche businesses to the city of Hampton.
Mango Mangeaux A Simply Panache Bistro was born which now houses our ‘Mango Mango’ Mango Preserves manufacturing and distribution. We hope you enjoy the flavors of our French, Creole, NeoSoul bistro and take home a jar of ‘Mango Mango’ Mango Preserves!