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    2009 sofi Gold winners Revealed

    At a ceremony held Monday at the National Association for the Specialty Food Trade’s (NASFT) 55th Summer Fancy Food Show in New York and hosted by celebrity chef Ming Tsai, the 37th sofi (“specialty outstanding food innovation”) awards were revealed.

    At a ceremony held Monday at the National Association for the Specialty Food Trade’s (NASFT) 55th Summer Fancy Food Show in New York and hosted by celebrity chef Ming Tsai, the 37th sofi (“specialty outstanding food innovation”) awards were revealed.

    The sofi Gold recipients were as follows:

    Appetizer, Antipasto, Salsa or Dip: Argo Fine Foods - Tzatziki
    Baked Goods, Baking Ingredient or Cereal: Mari’s New York - Caramel Sea Salt Brownie
    Cheese or Dairy Product: Cypress Grove - Chevre Truffle Tremor
    Chocolate: John Kelly Chocolates Truffle Fudge Bites - Dark Chocolate with French Grey Sea Salt
    Classic: Sarabeth’s Kitchen - Blood Orange Marmalade
    Cold Beverage: Aliseo Foods - Fresh Squeezed Blood Orange Juice
    Condiment: Au Printemps Gourmet/Brickstone Fine Foods - Caramelized Onion and Blood Orange Confit
    Confection: Dufflet Caramel Crackle™ - Almond & Pistachio
    Cookie: Desserts On Us - Laceys® Dark Chocolate Almond
    Cooking Sauce or Flavor Enhancer: Appledore Cove - Seaside Barbecue Sauce
    Cracker: 34 Degrees Rosemary Crispbread
    Dessert or Dessert Topping: PreGel AMERICA, Inc. - Pink Grapefruit Super Sprint
    Diet and Lifestyle Product: Kitchen Table Bakers Aged Parmesan Mini Crisps
    Food Gift: O Olive Oil O Balsamic Vinegar Trio
    Frozen Savory: Sukhi’s Gourmet Indian Foods - Sukhi’s Samosa with Chutney
    Hot Beverage: Jayone Foods, Inc. - Yuzu Citrus Tea
    Innovation In Packaging Design or Function: Vervacious - Vervacious Collection
    Jam, Preserve, Honey or Nut Butter: Magnolia Honey Co. - Raspberry William
    Meat, Pâté or Seafood – Nueske’s Applewood Smoked Meats - Nueske’s Applewood Smoked Bacon
    Non-Food Specialty Item: Wildly Delicious Fine Foods - Petite Maisons’ Red Brie Baker
    Oil: Tesori of Sicily - Terraliva “Cherubino” Extra Virgin Olive Oil
    Pasta Sauce: Dave’s Gourmet, Inc. - Dave’s Gourmet Butternut Squash Pasta Sauce
    Pasta, Rice or Grain: Bove’s of Vermont - Bove’s Lasagna
    Perishable Foodservice Product: Ciao Bella Gelato Co. - Key Lime Graham Cracker Gelato
    Pet Product: DOGSWELL VEGGIE LIFE® HAPPY HIPS® - Chicken & Apple
    Salad Dressing: Lucini Italia Co. - Delicate Cucumber & Shallot Artisan Vinaigrette
    Shelf-Stable Foodservice Product: Sid Wainer & Son Specialty Produce & Specialty Foods - Sakurachi Sa Yuzu Marmalade
    Snack Food: Anette’s Chocolate Factory - Triple Nut Kentucky Bourbon Brittle
    Soup, Stew Bean or Chili (TIE): Elena’s Mediterranean Stew; San Angel Mole Co. - San Angel Mole Cascabel Sauce
    USDA-Approved Organic Product: Organic Nectars Pistachio Gelato
    Vinegar: Ritrovo Italian Regional Foods - Ritrovo Selections Aged Balsamic Vinegar
    Product Line: DeMedici Imports, Ltd. - A L'Olivier
    New Product: New England Herbal Foods' Danielle Fruit Chips - Roasted Coconut

    Competition was strong this year, with 1,997 entries across all 33 categories. This spring, a national panel of specialty food experts narrowed the field to 128 Silver finalists during five days of judging at NASFT's offices in New York City. More than 550 buyers at the Summer Fancy Food Show cast ballots to select the Gold winners. The results were tabulated by an outside accounting firm.

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