When my grandfather passed away in April of 2003 at the age of 90 years old, I knew the world had lost a one-of a kind personality who came from a generation of immigrants that knew hardship, but embraced life with unequaled strength. I kept wishing that I could preserve his wisdom, advice, and experience in a jar. Then whenever I needed his perspective on life, I could simply open up the jar and get the answer. Well… Grandad’s Gravy™ is our attempt to capture and preserve his love for life, his humor, and the wisdom he obtained through 90 years of life experience. Below you will find an explanation of expressions he used which are featured on our products:
“Enough already…Just eat!”
Everything in our family surrounded the kitchen table... the food, the people, the conversation. One would not think about walking into Grandad’s house without immediately sitting at the table to eat. It would have been offensive. And it didn't matter if you had already eaten, the first order of business was always sitting down to eat.
“You gotta eat!”
Grandad would never allow you to even think of skipping a meal. If you ever tried to imply that you were too busy to eat, Grandad would present his infalliblie argument: "You gotta eat!" Well... he was always right.
“Eat it, or wear it!”
This expression was one that was usually saved for the kids. If you were a picky eater, forget it! You were out of luck. You sat at the table until your plate was clean. The threat was not a simple "to bed without dinner," it was a bit more emphatic.
“Bari… the flower of Italy!”
While we are all fond of where we are from, Grandad always enjoyed invoking provincial rivalry between regions of Italy. He would always remind his Sicilian friends that Bari was the "fleur d'Italia."
“Salute... To Health!”
Grandad often said, if you have your health, you have everything. Isn’t that the truth. For a man who saw much hardship in his life, he always knew that a healthy day was a happy one.