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2013 CT Specialty Food Award Winners Announced

 

Tea-rrific's Chunky London Mist ice cream won first place in its category. Photo c/o Tea-rrific! Ice Cream

The CT Specialty Food Association (CSFA) held it’s twelfth Product Awards Competition on Wednesday, March 27, 2013, at the Aqua Turf in Plantsville.  One hundred eighty-four specialty food items from Connecticut-based manufacturers were entered into 35 categories, with hopes of receiving the prestigious honor of CSFA Product Award Winner 2013.   A complete list of Wednesday’s winners appears below.

A panel of 20 judges consisting of local media personalities, food writers, chefs from the CT Department of Agriculture’s Farm-to-Chef Program, and wine specialists scored products on overall taste/flavor, texture, aroma, and appearance/color.  Each judge was assigned to specific categories, responsible for evaluating an average of approximately 30 different products. Analiese Paik of the Fairfield Green Food Guide served as a judge and gave a preview of her top picks to her readers. Renee B. Allen of the Wine Institute of New England, a regular contributor to the Fairfield Green Food Guide, judged the local wines and also shared her top CT wine picks. All of their top picks received awards!

Categories included breads, cheese, CT Grown, dessert, gluten-free, ice cream, jam, organic, pasta sauce, salad dressing, savory condiments, snack food, and many others.   We also proudly included a variety of wines produced here in Connecticut.  All wines were required to contain 100% CT grown fruit.  The wide array of food products featured fresh cheeses, cookies, honey, many varieties of sauce, jams, relishes, flavored seeds, oils and vinegars, syrups and much, much more.

“It is always amazing to see the variety of high quality foods and beverages made by producers right here in Connecticut,” said Tricia Levesque, CSFA Director.  “This competition showcases the best of the best in the state.  Each year we seem to find new entrepreneurs looking to showcase the outstanding products they produce.  The products all lend themselves to special occasions, treats, or an everyday meal.  They also make wonderful gifts.  There is always something for everyone.”

“Purchasing products from Connecticut companies helps to fuel our local economy and create jobs here in our state, which is very important given today’s economy,” Ms. Levesque continued.  “It really is a win-win for everyone – consumers get the best quality foods available and Connecticut companies stay strong.”

Consumers looking for CT specialty food products can visit www.ctspecialtyfood.org and ask for them at local markets and grocers.

CSFA is a subdivision of the CT Food Association and is a non-profit organization that represents small food businesses based in the state.  To learn more, visit www.ctfoodassociation.org or email ctfood@ctfoodassociation.org.

THE CT SPECIALTY FOOD ASSOCIATION’S

2013 PRODUCT AWARDS COMPETITION WINNERS:

2013 Food Product of the Year

Ariston Specialties, LLC, Bloomfield, CT

Select Extra Virgin Olive Oil

 

2013 Wine Product of the Year

Sunset Meadow Vineyards, Goshen, CT

Cayuga White, 2010

Aged Cheese

1st Place                 Cato Corner Farm, LLC, Colchester, CT

Dairyere

2nd Place                                TIE

Cato Corner Farm, LLC, Colchester, CT

Bloomsday

Cato Corner Farm, LLC, Colchester, CT

Vivace

3rd Place                 Cato Corner Farm, LLC, Colchester, CT

Black Ledge Blue

Bread (having served as a judge in this category, I can tell  you that these were the ONLY breads entered and therefore had no competition. I did not score them as winners.)

1st Place                 Storye Bread, Glastonbury, CT

Fine Rye

2nd Place                                Storye Bread, Glastonbury, CT

Classic Rye

3rd Place                 Storye Bread, Glastonbury, CT

Fine Rye with Fruit & Nuts

Cookie

1st Place                 Rachel’s Cookies & Treats, Plainville, CT

PB & C

2nd Place                                Rachel’s Cookies & Treats, Plainville, CT

Oatmeal Cranberry White Chocolate Chip Cookie

3rd Place                 TIE

Rachel’s Cookies & Treats, Plainville, CT

Lemon Cookie

Rachel’s Cookies & Treats, Plainville, CT

Sugar Cookie

CT Grown (I served as a judge in this category and chose the apple butter and strawberry jam as my top picks. The cider was quite good.)

1st Place                 TIE

Bishop’s Orchards Farm Market, Guilford, CT

Apple Cider

Killam & Bassette Farmstead, LLC, South Glastonbury, CT

Strawberry Jam

2nd Place                                TIE

Bishop’s Orchards Farm Market, Guilford, CT

Apple Butter

Winding Drive Corp., Woodbury, CT

Pear with Honey Ginger Jam

3rd Place                 White Oak Farm & Table, Westport, CT

Apple Jalapeno Finishing Sauce

Dessert (I chose the donut too! Excellent flavor and texture.)

1st Place                 Bishop’s Orchards Farm Market, Guilford, CT

Apple Cider Donuts

2nd Place                                Sixpence Pie Company, LLC, Southington, CT

Banana Cream Pie

3rd Place                 Sixpence Pie Company, LLC, Southington, CT

Apple Pie

Frozen Food

1st Place                 Sixpence Pie Company, LLC, Southington, CT

Chicken Pot Pie

2nd Place                                Sixpence Pie Company, LLC, Southington, CT

Shepard’s Pie

Gluten Free

1st Place                 El’s Kitchen, Weston, CT

Medleys Original Snack Mix

2nd Place              El’s Kitchen, Weston, CT

Medleys Sour Cream & Onion Snack Mix

3rd Place                 Shayna B’s & the Pickle, Ashford, CT

Coconut Bliss Cake

Grain

1st Place                 Ola! Foods, Norwalk, CT

Ola! Granola – Cranberry Orange Pecan

2nd Place                                Ola! Foods, Norwalk, CT

Ola! Granola – Vanilla Almond

Honey (As a I judge assigned to this category, I can tell you that these 4 Italian honeys were the only ones entered and therefore had no competition.  They were all excellent though and deserve their awards. How about some local honey next year?)

1st Place               Tiezzi Imports, LLC, Chester, CT

Tutti Amici Wildflower Honey

2nd Place             Tiezzi Imports, LLC, Chester, CT

Tutti Amici Clover Honey

3rd Place                 TIE

Tiezzi Imports, LLC, Chester, CT

Tutti Amici Acacia Honey

Tiezzi Imports, LLC, Chester, CT

Tutti Amici Chestnut Honey

Hors d’Oeuvre (The mini pasties were very good and are worth seeking out. Think of them as savory hand pies or empanadas.)

1st Place                 Sixpence Pie Company, LLC, Southington, CT

Mini Pasties

2nd Place                                J.F. Food Concepts, Inc./Fortuna Food Products, Burlington, CT

Fresh Fortuna’s Bruschetta – Mild

3rd Place                 J.F. Food Concepts, Inc./Fortuna Food Products, Burlington, CT

Fresh Fortuna’s Bruschetta – Original

Hot Sauce

1st Place                 Winding Drive Corp., Woodbury, CT

Spiced Tomato Spread

2nd Place                                Saha Sauces, LLC, Newtown, CT

Chipotle Harissa

3rd Place                 TIE

El Peka Foods, LLC, New London, CT

Miss Hortencia’s Original Mexican Hot Sauce

Giff’s Original, LLC, Cheshire, CT

Hot & Spicy Cooking Sauce

Ice Cream ( I did not judge this category, but am not surprised to see Tea-rrific! among the award winners. You can learn more about Tea-rrific! Ice Cream in our feature article.

1st Place                 TIE

Tea-rrific! Ice Cream, Norwalk, CT

Chunky London Mist

Tea-rrific! Ice Cream, Norwalk, CT

Masala Chai

2nd Place                                TIE

Figo Brands, Inc., Westport, CT

Forte Gelato Chocolate

Tea-rrific! Ice Cream, Norwalk, CT

Ginger Matcha

3rd Place                 Tea-rrific! Ice Cream, Norwalk, CT

London Mist

Jam (I judged this category and just loved the the 1st and 2nd place winners. Additionally, the Raspberry Chocolate Jam is a former first place award winner and I suspected the Blueberry Limoncello would best it this year! Read more about these jams here.

1st Place                 Winding Drive Corp., Woodbury, CT

Blueberry Limóncello

2nd Place                                Winding Drive Corp., Woodbury, CT

Raspberry Chocolate Jam

3rd Place                 White Oak Farm & Table, Westport, CT

Strawberry Rhubarb Jam

Non-Alcoholic Beverage

1st Place                 TIE

Raus Coffee Company, Stamford, CT

Cold Roman Coffee Beverage

Raus Coffee Company, Stamford, CT

Roman Kiss Coffee Beverage

2nd Place                                Willoughby’s Coffee & Tea, Branford, CT

Ethiopia Yrgacheffe Kochere Grade 1 Coffee

Oil

1st Place                 Ariston Specialties, LLC, Bloomfield, CT

Select Extra Virgin Olive Oil

2nd Place                                Chiappetta Olive Oil, LLC, Stamford, CT

Cold Pressed Extra Virgin Olive Oil

3rd Place                 Tiezzi Imports, LLC, Chester, CT

Tutti Amici Olive Oil

Organic

1st Place                 Willoughby’s Coffee & Tea, Branford, CT

Sumatra Mandheling Fair Trade & Organic Coffee

2nd Place                                Gourganics Salsa & Simmer Sauce, Fairfield, CT

Gourganics Mild Salsa

Packaging

1st Place                 Giff’s Original, LLC, Cheshire, CT

Jalapeno Pepper Relish

2nd Place                                Krazy for Kazu’s, Inc., Falls Village, CT

Quinoa Miso Spread

Pasta Sauce

1st Place                 Chef Silvio’s of Wooster Street, Guilford, CT

Chef Silvio’s Fradiavolo Sauce

2nd Place                                Frank’s Marinara, Amston, CT

Frank’s Fradiavolo Sauce

3rd Place                 Capa di Roma, East Hartford, CT

Capa di Roma Three Cheese Marinara Sauce

Relish

1st Place                 Killam & Bassette Farmstead, LLC, South Glastonbury, CT

Sugar Free Zucchini Relish

2nd Place                                Killam & Bassette Farmstead, LLC, South Glastonbury, CT

Zucchini Relish

3rd Place                 Southern Relishes, LLC, West Haven, CT

Sweet & Spicy Relish

Salad Dressing

1st Place                 Kerry Wood Healthy Foods, Westport, CT

Tuscany

2nd Place                                Krazy for Kazu’s, Inc., Falls Village, CT

Japanese Style Ginger Dressing

3rd Place                 Kerry Wood Healthy Foods, Westport, CT

Ginger Carrot

Salsa

1st Place                 Gourganics Salsa & Simmer Sauce, Fairfield, CT

Gourganics Spicy Salsa

2nd Place                                Giff’s Original, LLC, Cheshire, CT

Garden Vegetable Salsa

Savory Condiment

1st Place                 Krazy for Kazu’s, Inc., Falls Village, CT

Stir Fry Barbecue Sauce

2nd Place                                TIE

The Gracious Gourmet, Bridgewater, CT

Hatch Chile Pesto

White Oak Farm & Table, Westport, CT

Honey Mustard Crunch Mustard

3rd Place                 White Oak Farm & Table, Westport, CT

Champagne Dill Mustard

Savory Spread

1st Place                 Winding Drive Corp., Woodbury, CT

Habanero Gold Jelly

2nd Place                                The Gracious Gourmet, Bridgewater, CT

Rosemary Pear Spread

3rd Place                 The Gracious Gourmet, Bridgewater, CT

Fig Almond Spread

Snack Food

1st Place                 Bishop’s Orchards Farm Market, Guilford, CT

Maple Kettlecorn

2nd Place                                TIE

Kathie’s Kitchen, LLC, North Haven, CT

Superseedz – Sea Salt

Oats Granola, Westport, CT

Oats Granola Vanilla Almond

3rd Place                 Oats Granola, Westport, CT

Oats Granola Toasted Coconut

Sweet Topping

1st Place                 TIE

The Purple Pear by Tina, Willington, CT

French Caramel Cream with Pecans

The Purple Pear by Tina, Willington, CT

Fresh Summer Berry

The Purple Pear by Tina, Willington, CT

Hot Fudge Cream

2nd Place                                The Purple Pear by Tina, Willington, CT

Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge

3rd Place                 The Purple Pear by Tina, Willington, CT

French Caramel Cream

Syrup

1st Place                 Turkeywoods Farm, LLC, Mystic, CT

Strawberry Syrup

2nd Place                                Turkeywoods Farm, LLC, Mystic, CT

Hickory Nut Syrup

3rd Place                 Turkeywoods Farm, LLC, Mystic, CT

Blueberry Syrup

Tapenade

1st Place                 The Gracious Gourmet, Bridgewater, CT

Black Olive Tapenade

2nd Place                                The Gracious Gourmet, Bridgewater, CT

Artichoke Parmesan Tapenade

3rd Place                 White Oak Farm & Table, Westport, CT

Artichoke Spinach Tapenade

Vinegar

1st Place                 Capa di Roma, East Hartford, CT

Balsamic Vinegar

2nd Place                                Ariston Specialties, LLC, Bloomfield, CT

Traditional Balsamic Vinegar

3rd Place                 Ariston Specialties, LLC, Bloomfield, CT

Plum Condiment Vinegar

Wine – Blush (Renee Allen served as a judge in this category and her top pick was Sunset Meadow’s Sunset Blush! Read about the wine here.)

1st Place                 Sunset Meadow Vineyards, Goshen, CT

Sunset Blush, 2010

2nd Place                                Bishop’s Orchards Winery, Guilford, CT

Amazing Grace

Wine – Dessert (Renee Allen served as a judge in this category and her top pick was Sunset Meadow’s Midnight Ice! Read about the wine here.)

1st Place                 Sunset Meadow Vineyards, Goshen, CT

Midnight Ice, 2010

2nd Place                                Taylor Brooke Winery, LLC, Woodstock, CT

Corot Noir, 2011

3rd Place                 Taylor Brooke Winery, LLC, Woodstock, CT

Woodstock Valley Red, 2010

Wine – Dry Red(Renee Allen served as a judge in this category and her top pick was Jones Winery’s Cabernet Franc! Read about the wine here.)

1st Place                 Jones Winery, Shelton, CT

Cabernet Franc, 2010

2nd Place                                Sunset Meadow Vineyards, Goshen, CT

St. Croix, 2008

3rd Place                 Jonathan Edwards Winery, North Stonington, CT

Cabernet Franc, 2011

Wine – Dry White

1st Place                 Sunset Meadow Vineyards, Goshen, CT

Cayuga White, 2010

2nd Place                                Taylor Brooke Winery, LLC, Woodstock, CT

Wine Dog 1, 2011

3rd Place                 Taylor Brooke Winery, LLC, Woodstock, CT

Woodstock Hill White, 2011

Wine – Fruit (Renee Allen served as a judge in this category and her top pick was Bishop’s Orchards’ Hyland Red! Read about the wine here.)

1st Place                 Bishop’s Orchards Winery, Guilford, CT

Hyland Red

2nd Place                                TIE

Bishop’s Orchards Winery, Guilford, CT

Celebration

Bishop’s Orchards Winery, Guilford, CT

Honey Peach Melba

3rd Place                 Bishop’s Orchards Winery, Guilford, CT

Happily Impeared

Wine – Other White

1st Place                 Jones Winery, Shelton, CT

Woodland White, 2011

2nd Place                                Bishop’s Orchards Winery, Guilford, CT

Hard Cider – Semi-Sweet

3rd Place                 Sunset Meadow Vineyards, Goshen, CT

Blustery Blend, 2010

Wine – Rosé

1st Place                 Taylor Brooke Winery, LLC, Woodstock, CT

St. Croix Rosé, 2011

2nd Place                                Sunset Meadow Vineyards, Goshen, CT

Rosé, 2011

3rd Place                 Jones Winery, Shelton, CT

Rosé of Cabernet Franc, 2011

 

 
 
 

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  1. […] Analiese Paik, founder of the Fairfield Green Food Guide, served as a specialty food judge and was happy to see all of her picks for best products receive an award. For a complete list of food winners from the competition and to read about Paik's favorites, visit http://fairfieldgreenfoodguide.com/2013/04/02/2013-ct-specialty-food-award-winners-announced/   […]

 
 

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