Born and raised in Roanoke, Virginia, the Lampros brothers set out on very different paths that eventually merged into what today has become Gunther’s Gourmet Groceries, LLC. Although each had worked in a variety of restaurants throughout their high school and college years, neither brother had seriously considered working with the other, much less together in the food industry. Older brother Nick, after graduating from Duke University in 1984 and Vanderbilt University School of Law in 1987, went into the private practice of law. Younger brother Mike, after graduating from the University of Richmond in 1988, continued to work in restaurants until deciding to attend the Culinary Institute of America, from which he graduated in 1991.
While working as the Executive Chef at Crestar Bank (now SunTrust Bank) and then Reynolds Metals (the makers of Reynolds Wrap® Aluminum Foil and other products) in Richmond, Virginia, Mike began to develop various salad dressings for use at corporate dinners. That experimentation continued after he left those posts and eventually led to the development of Gunther’s three vinaigrettes and marinades, which Mike originally sold to small gourmet and food shops from the back of his Jeep. As interest in his products grew, Mike turned to Nick for assistance with the legal side of the business. While Nick handled the paperwork, Mike handled sales and expanded the product line by developing and adding Gunther’s various salsas to the mix.
Today, the two brothers actively work together to develop new flavors and recipes and to grow the business. Their love of food and willingness to experiment has allowed them to develop a line of products and flavors that surpasses what is generally being sold in today’s markets; all while avoiding the artificial ingredients, preservatives, trans fats, and high levels of sodium and cholesterol that are too often found in the products of other companies.
As you try, and hopefully enjoy, the various Gunther’s Gourmet products, please do not hesitate to contact either brother. They would love to hear from you, get your feedback on the flavors, and find out if you enjoyed their products and recipe ideas.
Thank you for your patronage and do not forget to ask your local store to carry Gunther’s Gourmet.