Monday, June 28, 2010
Hancock Gourmet Lobster Co. of Cundys Harbor, Maine, walked away with the Gold Award in the Frozen Savory Category at the Sofi Awards presented earlier tonight at the Fancy Food Show in New York.
Two other frozen food specialty items were big winners tonight. Ciao Bello Gelato Company took top honors in the Dessert or Dessert Topping category for its Key Lime Graham Gelato Squares and G. S. Gelato and Desserts Inc. was the Sofi Gold Award winner in the Diet and Lifestyle Product category for its Blood Orange Sorbetto.
TFFG SAYS: While sampling the delicious Port Clyde Lobster Mac & Cheese at the Hancock Gourmet Lobster Co. booth, TFFG had the chance to chat with Cal Hancock and learn more about her entire product line and business. The products are available in gourmet and better food stores throughout New England and she is looking to expand to other market territories through such stores as Wegmans, the popular retail chain in New York and the mid-Atlantic states. And dog lovers take note, Cal even has doggie treats—Lobster Flavored Dog Biscuits!
Posted by Justin This at 5:58 PM
Sunday, June 27, 2010
AND THE WINNER IS…
Four frozen food products have been named finalists in the Frozen Savory category of the NASFT Sofi Awards to be presented Monday evening at the Fancy Food Show which begins a three-day run today at the Jacob Javits Center in New York City.
The four finalists are Pork & Ginger Wontons from Annie Chun’s Inc.; Smoky Roasted Vegetable Cavatappi from Beecher’s Handmade Cheese; Port Clyde Lobster Mac & Cheese from Hancock Gourmet Lobster Co.; and Goat Cheese and Pear Savory Tart from Pearl River Pastry.
Annie Chun’s has also been named a finalist in the USDA-Approved Organic Product category for its Organic Chicken and Vegetable Potstickers.
In the Perishable Food Service category, Pork Goya Potstickers from Day-Lee Foods, a gourmet frozen Asian food company, and Swiss Vanilla Almond Lollibons from Philip R’s Frozen Desserts were named finalists.
Other frozen food products honored as finalists include Blood Orange Sorbetto from G.S. Gelato & Desserts Inc. in the Diet and Lifestyle Product category; Key Lime Graham Gelato Squares from Cia Bello in the Dessert or Dessert Topping Category; and Naked Cripini from Crepini Café in the Baked Goods category.
Each of the four finalists in the 33 award categories are presented with the Silver Sofi Award. One of the four Silver finalists in each category is then awarded a coveted Gold Sofi at Monday’s awards red carpet award ceremony, which features a keynote address by Executive Chef Dan Barber. This year, 2,257 entries were submitted for the Sofi awards, breaking the previous record of 2,191 in 2008.
Monday, June 21, 2010
MEAL PREP CHEF DEBUTS LINE IN CALIFORNIA
The Full Plate, a meal preparation company in the San Francisco Bay area, has branched out with a new line of four frozen meals.
Chef Lisa Alumkal has blended her meal prep expertise from the company she founded in Oakland, Calif., in 2004 to the need of today’s busy consumers for healthy and tasty but easy-to-prepare meals.
The frozen meals are Risotto Primavera; Mushroom Stroganoff; Roasted Garlic, Zucchini and Penne with Pesto; and Asparagus Risotto. Suggested retail price for each is $5.99.
Full Plate meals are available in northern California at Whole Foods stores in Oakland, Berkeley, Walnut Creek, San Francisco (399 Fourth Street), La Honda, San Mateo, Cupertino, Los Altos, Redwood City, Napa, Novato, Sonoma and Roseville; Farmer Joe’s and Piedmont Grocers in Oakland; Piazza’s Find Foods in San Mateo; La Honda Country Market in La Honda; Angels Food Market in Angels Camp; Twain Harte Market in Twain Harte; and Whole Foods in Reno, Nev.
Friday, June 11, 2010
SMOOTHIE BARS, MINTY FLAVORS, AND EVEN FRAPPUCCINO!
Summer weather is here and America’s ice cream makers have rolled out a number of tasty cold treats to help keep us cool, calm and collected.
Weight Watchers has introduced Strawberry Smoothie and Dark Chocolate Raspberry Bars.
Thursday, June 3, 2010
A package of four veggie burgers (about 2.5 oz. each) retails for a suggested price of $5.79.
TFFG Says: The incidence of high sodium levels in processed foods has long been a concern of nutritionists and wellness advocates, so it’s good to see Amy’s rolling out these low sodium options. The Frozen Food Guy is a regular buyer of veggie burgers, and he has been concerned that longstanding brands have suffered from “nutrition level” creep the last few years. These brands have shifted their veggie burger products from just 1 gram of fat per serving up to 2.5, 3 and sometimes even 4 grams of fat while the fiber levels have been reduced. Check your labels closely as the “all vegan” and “California” veggie burgers can sometimes have twice the fat of a “garden veggie” or vice-versa based on whichever manufacturer makes that particular brand. Don’t be fooled by the package front, not all “veggie” products are the same. Contrast and compare the nutrition levels listed on the back of the package for fat grams, fiber grams, calories and sodium content levels.