Making a comeback from the era of chilled hors d’oeuvre platters garnished with green olives and carved radishes, deviled eggs have been popping up on appetizer menus with some esteem over the past few years. In Schuyler TenEyck’s family, though, the paprika-dusted finger food never went out of style. “Our retro deviled eggs have a way of bringing a smile to those who taste them,” she says, “whether it be for the first or the 20th time.” Based in Warwick, TenEyck started Rosie’s Deviled Eggs to share her family’s fine-tuned recipe with Rhode Islanders – keeping the nostalgia in classic flavors always at the core.
The name comes from TenEyck’s great-grandmother Marion Rose Stevens, an entertaining prowess whose deviled egg recipe was the star of family gatherings and described as “nothing fancy, but sure tasted good.” But in between Grandma Stevens’ picnic pick-me-up and the founding of TenEyck’s business, her dad’s deviled eggs were passed around at tailgating parties while rooting for the Pats. “Some of my best memories come from going to these tailgates with my dad during which food was not only important but also unifying,” TenEyck recalls. “I knew I wanted to get these special eggs out to more people, but I also knew it wouldn’t be easy.”
The timing was finally right earlier this year. Armed with a recently earned degree in communication studies from URI and a slew of egg taste-testers in the form of family and friends, TenEyck took her COVID-19 lockdown daydream to food incubator Hope & Main to officially launch Rosie’s Deviled Eggs. She started with classic mayo-based spice-filled delicacies – all gluten-free and keto-friendly – before expanding into bacon-topped and spicy jalapeño varieties, plus decadent charcuterie boards. Dozens of farmers market appearances and pop-ups later, and with some help from younger sister Laurel, Grandma Stevens lives on in TenEyck’s perfectly curated platters. According to TenEyck, “Deviled eggs are a labor of love, but I wouldn’t have it any other way.”
Bring a little nostalgia to a holiday spread or a snack to your fave outdoor bar this month with ready-made eggs available in six-packs, trays, or seasonal charcuterie boards. Shop online for pickup and follow along on Instagram @rosies_deviled_eggs for pop-ups and events.