1ST + only sustainable caviar company
Started the first, only sustainable caviar company in U.S. prior to the ban on wild sturgeon in 2011
1ST trademark for a woman owned and woman run caviar company
CCC Registers trademark for first woman owned and woman run caviar company in the world
1ST Pressed Caviar in the U.S.
First Pressed Caviar in the United States Produced for Jacques Pepin
1ST caviar for kids
Release of Caviar Kid
1ST caviar bumps
Introduced Caviar bumps to the public at PBFW
1ST sales office in sausalito
Sales & Marketing Office opened in Sausalito
1ST online perishable item
First Perishable Item listed on Gilt (35+million members) & Rue La La (10+million members)
1ST partnership with top chefs for caviar infusions
Introduction of Caviar Infusions with top chefs
1ST in big box stores
Sold first in-store caviar contract to Costco
1ST caviar by the gram
Opened first caviar by the gram bar in the U.S. along with packing shipping facility
1ST to import no-kill caviar
First in the US to import no-kill caviar
1ST launch of caviar queen - partnership with farm
Launched Caviar Queen reserve caviar began a partnership with the Farm
1ST custom caviar program with Michelin Star chefs
Launched “Caviar Chefs” custom caviar program with Michelin Star Chefs
1ST Nomination for Best Outstanding Service Provider
Saucy Award Nomination for Best Outstanding Service Provider
1ST secure white sturgeon sourcing
White Sturgeon sourcing secure pending fish farm purchase
1ST caviar tasting room. The Bump Bar
Launch of fully operational tasting room when a liquor license is issued
– Expertise + Experience
“Caviar is here to stay and, through continued education, it will be an everyday indulgence for many in the near future.” —Deborah Keane
A longtime expert in luxury products, founder and CEO Deborah Keane—dubbed the “Caviar Queen” by the press—has catapulted California Caviar Company into one of the premier caviar brands in America. Globally known as a master tastemaker, she has perfected the art of caviar production and is a leading pioneer in sustainable fish farming.
Over the last 14 years, Keane has enlightened aspiring chefs on the wonders and versatility of caviar at the legendary Degustibus Cooking School, Johnson & Whales, and the Culinary Institute of America. She has lectured at the Woman Chefs and Restaurateur Conference and at Pebble Beach Food & Wine, and conducted seminars at the American Institute for Wine and Food, Chevalier du Tastevin, and Les Dames d’Escoffier.
In the media, Keane has been featured alongside culinary royalty including Armon Petrossian and Thomas Keller, and has been featured and interviewed in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Food & Wine Magazine, Travel & Leisure, Huffington Post, ABC, E!, and CNBC.
Keane has been invited to prestigious events from the James Beard Foundation Awards to the Oscars and the Golden Globes.
Prior to entering the caviar world, Keane had an extensive career in luxury publishing with Morris Communications, in the U.S. and in Paris. Throughout her career, she has been a devoted advocate for advancing women in business and in education, serving on boards and working for organizations such as Women on the Move Conference, Bloom Where You Are Planted, and the Women’s Institute for Continuing Education (WICE in Paris).