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2014 “sofi Awards” Finalists Announced

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Fruit gels from Hawaii, Sriracha popcorn from Washington state and beet yogurt from New York all made the finals in the Specialty Food Association’s 2014 sofi™ Awards contest.

A sofi is considered the highest honor in the $88 billion specialty food industry. A national panel of specialty food professionals tasted and evaluated 2,025 specialty foods and beverages across 30 categories to come up with their list of 109 finalists.

Winners will be announced at a red-carpet ceremony June 30, 2014, at the Association’s Summer Fancy Food Show in New York. The event will be hosted by Dominique Ansel, the noted pastry chef.

“Creativity, innovation, and excellence were in evidence across all awards categories,” says Association President Ann Daw. “The finalists reflect the best of the craft, care and joy our members bring to the specialty food they create.”

The awards are open to members of the Specialty Food Association, a not-for-profit trade association for food artisans, importers and entrepreneurs. “sofi” stands for Specialty Outstanding Food Innovation.

Judges spent five days selecting finalists. They included top buyers from Fresh Direct, Whole Foods Market, Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurants, Mollie Stone’s Market, DeLaurenti’s Specialty Food & Wine, Kroger, Bristol Farms, Sickles Market, and Artisanal Premium Cheese. The panel also included a food historian, executive chefs from Loi restaurant and Grand Central Oyster Bar, and journalists from Food & Wine, The Wall Street Journal, Edible Manhattan and Cooking Stoned.

The full list is available at this link here.

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sofi Award Winners Announced at NY’s Summer Fancy Food Show

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The winners of the 41st sofi Awards for the outstanding specialty foods and beverages of the year were announced this evening at the Summer Fancy Food Show at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York.

The awards, from the Specialty Food Association, were presented at a red-carpet ceremony hosted by internationally-acclaimed chef Marcus Samuelsson. A sofi is the highest honor in the $86 billion specialty food industry. The Awards are open to members of the Specialty Food Association (formerly NASFT), a not-for-profit trade association for food artisans, importers and entrepreneurs. “sofi” stands for Specialty Outstanding Food Innovation.

This year’s contest was the largest in its 41-year history, with specialty food makers submitting 2,573 products across all 32 awards categories. Check out the winners after the jump!
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Food Movies – “Jiro Dreams of Sushi”

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“Sukiyabashi Jiro” sits next to a subway exit in the basement of an office building, an auspicious location for a three-star Michelin restaurant. It is the home of Jiro Ono, the world’s oldest sushi maker at 85 years old, and his oldest son, Yoshikazu. With only ten seats, reservations are taken a month in advance, costing 300,000 yen for the meal consisting only of sushi – no appetizers or dessert.

Director David Gelb initially planned on doing a documentary in Japan about the world of sushi, but after much research, he was told to visit Jiro’s tiny eatery in the Ginza district of Tokyo, and the story of one family began to tell itself in front of his camera. 150 hours of footage later, “Jiro Dreams of Sushi” was made.
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Welcome to “Blowtorch Pudding”!

Hello, and welcome to “Blowtorch Pudding”! Stay tuned, and stay hungry!

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