Taylor Gourmet Expansion: Soup And More Cookies Coming In October

09/19/2011 10:55 am ET | Updated Nov 19, 2011

WASHINGTON -- Mere days after Taylor Gourmet announced it would open a new cheesesteak-centric concept, Steak and Ice, the hoagie mini-empire now has plans to expand offerings at Taylor's five D.C.-area locations.

Starting in October, Taylor Gourmet will offer soups and more cookies.

There will be three different types of cookies. The first, "Lemon Dream," is a gooey lemon-flavored number with macadamia nuts. In an interview with The Huffington Post, co-owner Casey Patten described its flavor as "lemon square meets sugar cookie meets lemon meringue pie."

The second, currently nameless, is a harvest-themed cookie of considerable heft. Heavily spiced, it contains dried cranberries, raisins, oats and other ingredients reminiscent of autumn.

The third offering, a traditional chocolate chip cookie, is already being sold at Taylor Gourmet stores, where they're selling like hotcakes. The recipe will be tweaked a bit -- the final product won't contain any nuts, unlike the current version -- before its official debut in October.

Soups have yet to be completely sketched out, but Patten said flavors will likely include tomato, chicken soup, lentil and a "kickass turkey chili."

Ahead of the new additions, Taylor Gourmet launched a "Hoagie of the Month" program earlier this month to test out new sandwiches, most of which will take advantage of its newly lifted ban on mayonnaise and mustard. This month is hot pastrami with Swiss cheese and spicy brown mustard. Next month a riff on chicken salad is planned. Patten and his team are still tweaking the recipe.

As to why Taylor Gourmet is taking on the new menu challenges now, with so much already on its plate with Steak and Ice, Patten and spokesman Doug Rashid said it's not a calculated move.

"Our motto is ‘Why wouldn't we?'" said Patten. "We apply it to almost anything."

Pointing to Patten, Rashid added: "He's the definition of ADD."

WATCH: Casey Patten and David Mazza Talk About Taylor Gourmet

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CLARIFICATION: This post has been updated to clarify Doug Rashid's position at Taylor Gourmet.

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