By: Mary Webra | Category: Restaurants | Issue: November 2020
Lee Griffin, Owner of Honey Baked Ham Company of Tulsa.
This year, more than 2.5 million customers will invite HoneyBaked Ham to be an important part of their holiday gatherings from Thanksgiving through the beginning of the New Year. It all started back in the 1940s when founder Harry Hoenselaar patented the perfect final touch to his delicious gourmet hams…the spiral-slicing process. In addition, Harry also created a unique curing and cooking process that produced unbelievably high quality, bone-in smoked hams. The company is still family-owned, and each product still employs the same procedures Harry created from the beginning…one at a time. This is just one of the unique features that make Honey Baked Ham and Turkey so deliciously different from similar products. Whole Honey Baked Turkeys are sold roasted, smoked, or Cajun style.
HoneyBaked Ham Co. and Cafe of Tulsa is locally owned and operated by Lee Griffin, and the store Manager/Partner is Nikki McAnelly. “Honey Baked’s core values include treating customers like gold, treating everyone with respect, doing the right thing, delivering quality and growth worthy of the brand, and making a difference while having some fun!” says Lee. When you visit the store for lunch, to pick up a delicious dinner, or use them to cater an event at your home or business, you’ll readily witness how well Lee and his crew live up to the values instilled by the parent company. Hams from Honey Baked go through a strict vetting process before they are even cooked. Once selected, they are cured and flavored and baked between 20 and 24 hours over hickory smoke. They are then spiral-sliced before they are carefully packaged. Before the ham is sold, it is again inspected, and a special glaze is layered on before sealing it up. “We’re consistent in what we do, and this is just one of the reasons HoneyBaked Ham Co. has remained a leader in the industry for over 60 years.” In addition to the exquisite taste, turkey breasts are fully cooked and ready to serve, allowing you to spend less time in the kitchen and more time celebrating life with friends and family, one meal at a time.
Each of the 12,000 people employed during the holiday season are instrumental in helping equip the company to deliver the premium quality products millions of customers have come to expect from HoneyBaked Ham.
The store provides the same high-quality standards in every product offered, from their Honey Glazed Ham and Turkey to all the additional products. You will love their plethora of side dishes that are sure to convince everyone you’ve labored for days over a hot stove. Items include standards such as mashed potatoes and gravy, green bean casserole, macaroni and cheese, and cornbread dressing. But how about shaking it up with a sweet potato soufflé or Tuscan style broccoli? Lee stated that their sweet potato soufflé continues to be their #1 selling side dish with literally thousands sold at their store during the holiday season. He also smiled and said, “I can eat 5 or 6 all by myself.”
Honey Baked Ham signature sauces and holiday side dishes are perennial favorites.
Ham, turkey, cheese, fruit, and veggie trays continue to be a corporate favorite for parties and get-togethers. A meat and cheese party tray that serves 10 to 12 people runs about $49.99; 12 to 14 people about $69.99. A 24-hour advance preparation notice for trays is appreciated. To accompany your party trays and meats, you won’t want to forget to add their ever-popular Signature Sauces… #1 is their Hickory Honey Mustard, and #2 is Cranberry Walnut Chutney. Each one deliciously enhances the flavor of the meats.
A wide range of desserts, such as apple, pecan, and pumpkin pie are available as well. But if your gang is yearning for something different, try a carrot cake or cheesecake. Red velvet cake is back in stock especially for the holidays. “Our most popular dessert is our pecan pie followed by our apple caramel pie,” said Lee. Their selection of sweet rolls and breakfast items are the perfect hostess gift idea, to serve for your holiday breakfast, or with a cup of cocoa after an evening of outdoor strolling and caroling. “Whether you’re dining at our cafe, catering or using us for your holiday parties and meals, you’re going to enjoy the same high-quality standards in every product we offer. Our customers say, over and over again, that our recipes are reminiscent of their mothers and grandmothers, and the dishes taste as if they came from their kitchens.”
Lee and his team have gone above and beyond, keeping your foods and pick-up preferences safe and secure. Your safety is at the top of their list. “Inspections are frequent and as intense as ever. We are doing everything possible to ensure the public, our employees, and their families their utmost safety and reliability,” stressed Lee, “through all of this, we have kept our full staff working, and no one in our Honey Baked family has so far been sick.” The letter pictured says it all.
For your convenience, you can “Grab-n-GO” inside their socially distanced store; or “Touchless” purchasing and pick-up curbside. Both are smooth and seamless. It’s easy by following these steps: First, choose your items and pay online at pickup.honeybaked.com. Second, follow the signage at the store for the touch-less drive-thru pick-up line. You will receive a reminder email and receipt for your purchases. Curbside service will be open during regular business hours. Their drive-thru will be open on peak days, and you must pre-purchase online to pick-up at the drive-thru. Both ways to purchase have been well planned and organized.
“Our hams have a distinctly different taste and tenderness that other similar products fail to possess. Our world-renowned recipe and preparation compare to no other,” explained Lee.
Trust the experts by letting Lee and his crew help you create the setting, moments, and taste that have helped make holidays so special for 60 years! That sweet, crunchy glaze on both the ham and turkey breasts can only be found at Honey Baked Ham. And each ham and turkey breast is glazed by hand in the store to assure that you’re receiving the freshest, best-tasting products. Nothing’s better the day after than a Honey Baked Ham sandwich! “We have everything you need,” says Lee. “And we look forward to serving you!” Honey Baked Gift Cards make great gifts for any special occasion. You can redeem your Honey Baked Ham gift card at Lee’s website: pickup.honeybaked.com.
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