updated 1/20/2011 9:48:36 AM ET 2011-01-20T14:48:36

CHICAGO, Jan. 20, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- What do ancient Rome and Master Chef Ferran Adria have in common? They have both made their mark on the cuisine of Spain, a country whose unique foods consumers can now enjoy via newly launched FoodSpain101.com. With www.FoodSpain101.com , foods from Spain that used to be available only to chefs can now be purchased online and shipped straight to American homes. The site promises to present the rich and varied foods of Spain in a simple and straightforward way, much like an entry level class on the Spanish cuisine.

The variety of foods available on FoodSpain101.com reflects the gastronomy of Spain itself and customers can use the site as an affordable way to take a culinary trip through Spain without leaving home. On the site, customers purchase award winning cheeses like Montelarreina, which won a gold medal for being the best sheep's milk cheese worldwide for multiple years as well as over a dozen kinds of Spanish sausage like Chistorra and Cantimpalo.

The Spanish family behind Food Spain 101 firmly believes that gourmet foods from Spain should be accessible to Americans and has taken on the mission to deliver Spain's hams, cheeses, meats, olives, olive oils and more to the American table. Jose Sarrate of Food Spain 101 says "we have successfully distributed artisanal foods from Spain to restaurants and specialty food stores for years and thought it was about time we make these wonderful products that express our native Spain's joy for life directly to consumers in our adopted home in the United States. Now customers will be able to take advantage of our relationships with producers in Spain as well as the large quantities we import, which translate into a great selection and good prices. "

Food Spain 101 brings consumers a selection of artisanal foods from producers across Spain.  Through the Web site, an artisanal cheese producer in the land of Don Quijote shares the fruit of thousand year old cheese making techniques with Americans. A family of young entrepreneurs shares their ancestors' knowledge of olive oil making techniques through exceptional products with a contemporary twist. These producers are fundamental not only because they produce high quality artisanal products, but also because of their commitment to the maintenance of Spanish culinary traditions and to sustainable and ethically responsible production.

About Food Spain 101

Food Spain 101 is the e-commerce division of Solex Partners ( www.SolexPartners.com ), a company that since 2004 has imported and distributed foods from Spain to the best restaurants and specialty stores in the United States. Through both Solex Partners, the organization's business to business arm and Food Spain 101, the direct to consumer division, the company strives to bring the essence of Spanish Gastronomy to Americans.

CONTACT: Barbara Engelskirchen
         3701 N. Ravenswood, Suite 101
         Chicago, IL 60613
         Phone: 773-404-0792
         Fax: 773-388-8556

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