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 Mad Rose Specialty Foods is an evolution of Neal Rosenthal’s passion for the artisanal and his respect for terroir. Borne from the success of Rosenthal Wine Merchant and Neal’s immersive travels throughout Europe, Mad Rose Specialty Foods brings our customers carefully curated products sourced according to the same elevated standards as all of our wine. We work closely with trusted family-run producers that have honed their production methods through multiple generations of care for their land and respect for their product. The result is an exceptional selection of quality food products that will change the way you cook, taste and feel.


Neal Rosenthal leaped from the waters of corporate law into the world of wine forty years ago. Since then, Rosenthal Wine Merchant has established itself as one of New York’s most respected wine importers, boasting a portfolio of wines from small-batch, artisanal producers throughout Europe. The relationships Neal has cultivated with these producers over the years is one of mutual love and respect, with a shared dedication to showcasing their commitment to terroir and quality craftsmanship over mass production. With Rosenthal Wine Merchant as the foundation of Mad Rose, the garden has grown to include Mad Rose Specialty Foods and Mad Rose Journeys.



Kerry Madigan, partner, warrior and force behind the evolution of the Mad Rose Group of companies (and the “Mad” of Mad Rose!), has worked side-by-side with Neal for forty years to make the imagined real.  Kerry’s singular talents in the gardens and fields of Mad Rose Ranch and wizardry in the kitchen have been the source of many of the recipes and ideas that inform this site. The ongoing roll-out of information relating to the use of the various products offered here will frequently bear Kerry’s imprint as we search for new and creative ways to utilize the bounty of our relationships and the products that arise therefrom. Kerry may also, from time-to-time, share her tips for how to insure a proper harvest from the garden in the face of the growing challenges presented by the capricious nature of our more-than-ever volatile climate. As well, she might reveal sources for seeds, cuttings and the like that will enhance your gardening experience.




Gwen grew up in a family where conversation was dominated by three perennial topics: what's been eaten in the past, what we're eating now, and what one hopes to eat in the future. These conversations continue to loom large in Gwen's mind. She began her exploration of terroir as a tour guide at a single-origin chocolate factory soon after graduating from Northeastern University, and continued her journey across the world. She served wine at top fine dining restaurants Seiobo in Sydney and Momofuku Ko in Manhattan, taking time to study biodynamic farming on New Zealand's South Island in the interim. Gwen returned to the US in 2017 and is thrilled for the opportunity to marry her twin passions of food and wine as Director of Sales at Mad Rose Foods. 


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Kevin is an ambitious and dedicated professional with a passionate love for the food industry. His interest in the sector, especially in the art of bread baking, has seen him join one of the fastest growing and reputable companies in the field. Driven by his unmatched desire to showcase his talent and skills in the food business, he aims to connect with artisan food makers dedicated to craftsmanship, legitimacy, and superior taste. He is thrilled to serve as the Shipping and Logistics Administrator at Mad Rose Specialty Foods. 


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