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CSFA holds 2011 CT specialty food awards

By Connecticut Food Association





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Hartford, CT – The CT Specialty Food Association (CSFA) held its tenth Product Awards Competition on Thursday, February 17, 2011, at the Aqua Turf in Plantsville. Three hundred twenty-nine specialty food items from Connecticut-based manufacturers were entered into 38 categories, with hopes of receiving the prestigious honor of CSFA Product Award Winner 2011. A complete list of Thursday’s winners appears below.

A panel of 40 judges consisting of local media personalities, food writers, and chefs from the CT Department of Agriculture’s Farm-to-Chef Program scored products on overall taste/flavor, consistency/texture, appeal, and color. Each judge was assigned to specific categories, responsible for evaluating an average of approximately 30 different products.

Categories included breads, cheese, confections, CT Grown, fruits and vegetables, gift packs, gluten-free, organic, pasta sauces, savory condiments, snack foods, and many others. We also proudly included a variety of CT wines along with beers, ales and distilled spirits all produced here in Connecticut. The wide array of products featured fresh breads, ice cream and sauces, jams and jellies, salad greens, pestos, pickles, juices, hot teas and coffees, flavored seeds, oils and vinegars, and much, much more.

“It is always amazing to see the diversity and quality of the 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 additional entrepreneurs looking to showcase the amazing products they produce. Not only are these products perfect for everyday meals and parties, they also make wonderful gifts. There is always something for every member of the family.”

“Purchasing products from Connecticut companies also fuels our local economy and helps create jobs here in our state, which is so important in 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. The CT Department of Agriculture attends CSFA meetings and provides information to the organization as appropriate. To learn more, visit www.ctfoodassociation.org or email ctfood@ctfoodassociation.org.


THE CT SPECIALTY FOOD ASSOCIATION’S
2011 PRODUCT AWARDS COMPETITION WINNERS:

2011 Product of the Year

The Purple Pear by Tina, Willington, CT
Caramel Pecan Cream

Beer/Ale

1st Place Olde Burnside Brewing, East Hartford, CT
Ten Penny Reserve

2nd Place Olde Burnside Brewing, East Hartford, CT
Ten Penny Ale

3rd Place Olde Burnside Brewing, East Hartford, CT
Dirty Penny Ale

Bread - Quick

1st Place Rachel’s Cookies & Treats, Southington, CT
Banana Bread with Chocolate Chip Streusel

2nd Place Michele’s Pies, Norwalk, CT
Pumpkin Bread

3rd Place TIE

Michele’s Pies, Norwalk, CT
Banana Chocolate Chip Bread

Michele’s Pies, Norwalk, CT
Zucchini Nut Bread

Bread - Yeast

1st Place Fairfield Bread Company, Fairfield, CT
The Flaxette

2nd Place Michele’s Pies, Norwalk, CT
Challah Bread

3rd Place Now That’s Good Bread, Colchester, CT
Olive Levain

Certified Organic

1st Place Urban Oaks Farm, New Britain, CT
Salad Mix Greens

2nd Place Urban Oaks Farm, New Britain, CT
Arugula

3rd Place Wild Carrot Farm, LLC, Canton, CT
Tomato Sauce

Cheese - Aged

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

2nd Place TIE

Cato Corner Farm, LLC, Colchester, CT
Cato Ransom Blue

Cato Corner Farm, LLC, Colchester, CT
Dutch Farmstead

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

CT Grown

1st Place Winding Drive Corp., Woodbury, CT
Apple Pie Jam

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

3rd Place TIE

Bishop’s Orchards Winery, LLC, Guilford, CT
Apple Cider

Simmons Family Farm, Farmington, CT
Vanilla Yogurt

Dessert – Cake

1st Place Michele’s Pies, Norwalk, CT
Crumb Cake

Dessert – Chocolate

1st Place The Purple Pear by Tina, Willington, CT
Chocolate Peanut Butter Hot Fudge

2nd Place The Purple Pear by Tina, Willington, CT
Hot Fudge Cream

3rd Place Cookie Wishes/Les Oliviers, Newtown, CT
Belgian Chocolate Truffle Dates w/Sprinkled Pistachios

Dessert – Cookie

1st Place J. Foster Ice Cream, Avon, CT
Vanilla Chocolate Chunk Ice Cream Slider

2nd Place Rachel’s Cookies & Treats, Southington, CT
Cranberry Pistachio Biscotti

3rd Place TIE

Rachel’s Cookies & Treats, Southington, CT
Oatmeal Cranberry White Chocolate Chip Cookie

Rachel’s Cookies & Treats, Southington, CT
Molasses Cookie

Dessert – Pie

1st Place Michele’s Pies, Norwalk, CT
Blueberry Blackberry Crumb Pie

2nd Place Michele’s Pies, Norwalk, CT
Coconut Cream Pie

3rd Place Michele’s Pies, Norwalk, CT
Chocolate Peanut Butter Dream Pie

Distilled Spirits

1st Place Westford Hill Distillers, Ashford, CT
New World Aged Apple Brandy

2nd Place Westford Hill Distillers, Ashford, CT
Poire Prisonniere Brandy

Frozen Food

1st Place Michele’s Pies, Norwalk, CT
Australian Beef Pie

2nd Place Michele’s Pies, Norwalk, CT
Quiche Lorraine

3rd Place Michele’s Pies, Norwalk, CT
Ham & Brie Quiche

Fruit or Vegetable

1st Place Urban Oaks Farm, New Britain, CT
Arugula

2nd Place Urban Oaks Farm, New Britain, CT
Salad Mix Greens

3rd Place Maple Lane Farms, LLC, Preston, CT
Hydroponic Bibb Lettuce

Gluten Free

1st Place Aleia’s Gluten Free Foods, LLC, Branford, CT
Almond Horns

2nd Place Passage Foods, Collinsville, CT
Moroccan Spiced Lemon Chicken

3rd Place Giff’s Original, LLC, Cheshire, CT
Cranberry Pepper Relish

Herb, Spice or Seasoning

1st Place Passage Foods, Collinsville, CT
Moroccan Spiced Lemon Chicken

2nd Place Passage Foods, Collinsville, CT
Harissa Tomato Tomato & Bell Pepper Beef

Honey/Syrup

1st Place Tiezzi Imports, Chester, CT
Arrigucci Honey

2nd Place Turkeywoods Farm, Mystic, CT
Shagbark Hickory Syrup

3rd Place Turkeywoods Farm, Mystic, CT
Hickory Nut Syrup

Hors d’Oeuvre

1st Place J.F. Food Concepts, Inc./Fortuna Food Products, Burlington, CT
Fortuna’s Bruschetta - Mild

2nd Place J.F. Food Concepts, Inc./Fortuna Food Products, Burlington, CT
Fortuna’s Bruschetta - Hot

3rd Place Can’t Beet It, LLC, South Windsor, CT
Can’t Beet It – Hot Beet Horseradish

Ice Cream/Gelato

1st Place Salem Valley Farms Ice Cream, Salem, CT
Vanilla Ice Cream

2nd Place J. Foster Ice Cream, Avon, CT
Oreo Bomb Gelato

3rd Place Salem Valley Farms Ice Cream, Salem, CT
Cow Track Ice Cream

Jam

1st Place Dondero Orchards, LLC, South Glastonbury, CT
Hot Pepper Jelly

2nd Place Dondero Orchards, LLC, South Glastonbury, CT
Blueberry Rhubarb Jam

3rd Place Killam & Bassette Farmstead, LLC, South Glastonbury, CT
Chocolate Raspberry Jam

Meat

1st Place Butcher’s Best Market, Newtown, CT
Beef Jerky

Non-Alcoholic Beverage

1st Place Maple Lane Farms, Preston, CT
Black Currant Juice

2nd Place Willoughby’s Coffee & Tea, Branford, CT
Kenya AA Igande Estate

3rd Place Willoughby’s Coffee & Tea, Branford, CT
Costa Rica Jose Arce’s Finca Chepe

Oil

1st Place Tiezzi Imports, Chester, CT
Cold Pressed Extra Virgin Olive Oil

2nd Place Capa di Roma, East Hartford, CT
Extra Virgin Olive Oil

3rd Place TIE

Ariston Specialties, LLC, New Britain, CT
Roasted Chili Infused Olive Oil

Ariston Specialties, LLC, New Britain, CT
Rosemary Infused Olive Oil

Package Mix - Savory

1st Place Aurora Products, Stratford, CT
Salad Fixins

Packaging

1st Place The Farmer’s Cow, Lebanon, CT
The Farmer’s Cow Milk

2nd Place The Great New England Apple Company, New Canaan, CT
Red Barn Apple Sauce

3rd Place The Purple Pear by Tina, Willington, CT
2 & 4 Jar Gift Packs

Pasta Sauce

1st Place Capa di Roma, East Hartford, CT
Roasted Garlic Sauce

2nd Place Chef Silvio’s of Wooster Street/New Med Foods, LLC, Guilford, CT
FraDiavolo Sauce


3rd Place TIE

Capa di Roma, East Hartford, CT
Arrustica Sauce

Frank’s Marinara, Amston, CT
NY Style Sicilian Gravy

Pesto

1st Place The Gracious Gourmet, Bridgewater, CT
Lemon Artichoke Pesto

2nd Place Dondero Orchards, LLC, South Glastonbury, CT
Cilantro Pesto

3rd Place Dondero Orchards, LLC, South Glastonbury, CT
Basil Pesto

Pickle, Relish or Tapenade

1st Place Dondero Orchards, LLC, South Glastonbury, CT
Dilly Beans

2nd Place Dondero Orchards, LLC, South Glastonbury, CT
Dill Pickles

3rd Place The Gracious Gourmet, Bridgewater, CT
Chili Red Pepper Tapenade

Salsa

1st Place Mama Manju’s Salsa, Chester, CT
Mama Manju’s Medium Salsa

2nd Place Mama Manju’s Salsa, Chester, CT
Mama Manju’s Fandango Mango Salsa

3rd Place Mama Manju’s Salsa, Chester, CT
Mama Manju’s Black Bean & Corn Salsa

Savory Condiment

1st Place White Silo Winery, Sherman, CT
Quince Mustard

2nd Place TIE

Bessel’s Best, Collinsville, CT
Whole Grain Mustard

Winding Drive Corp., Woodbury, CT
Habanera Gold Jelly

Winding Drive Corp., Woodbury, CT
Roasted Garlic Caramelized Onion

3rd Place White Silo Winery, Sherman, CT
Black Currant Mustard

Snack Food

1st Place Rachel’s Cookies & Treats, Southington, CT
Peanut Brittle

2nd Place TIE

Rachel’s Cookies & Treats, Southington, CT
Candied Pecans

Sweet Maven’s, LLC, East Hartford, CT
Meringue Baked Almonds & Pecans

3rd Place Nothin’ But Foods, Westport, CT
Ginger Lemon Cashew Bar

Sweet Topping

1st Place The Purple Pear by Tina, Willington, CT
Caramel Pecan Cream

2nd Place The Purple Pear by Tina, Willington, CT
Fresh Summer Berry

3rd Place Cookie Wishes/Les Oliviers, Newtown, CT
Belgian Chocolate Dessert Sauce w/Pecans & Dates

Vinegar

1st Place Ariston Specialties, LLC, New Britain, CT
Traditional Balsamic Vinegar

2nd Place Capa di Roma, East Hartford, CT
Aged Balsamic Vinegar

3rd Place Ariston Specialties, LLC, New Britain, CT
White Balsamic Condiment

Wine - Blush

1st Place Bishop’s Orchards Winery, LLC, Guilford, CT
Amazing Grace

2nd Place Sunset Meadow Vineyards, Goshen, CT
SMV Sunset Blush

3rd Place Bishop’s Orchards Winery, LLC, Guilford, CT
Apple Raspberry Blush

Wine - Dessert

1st Place Hopkins Vineyard, New Preston, CT
Ice Wine

2nd Place Bishop’s Orchards Winery, LLC, Guilford, CT
Strawberry Delight

3rd Place Gouveia Vineyards, Wallingford, CT
Epiphany Reserve

Wine - Fruit

1st Place Jones Winery, Shelton, CT
Black Currant

2nd Place Bishop’s Orchards Winery, LLC, Guilford, CT
Stone House White

3rd Place Jones Winery, Shelton, CT
First Blush

Wine - Red

1st Place Stonington Vineyards, Stonington, CT
Cabernet Franc

2nd Place Jones Winery, Shelton, CT
Cabernet Franc

3rd Place Jonathan Edwards Winery, North Stonington, CT
Cabernet Franc

Wine - Rosé

1st Place Gouveia Vineyards, Wallingford, CT
Whirlwind Rosé

2nd Place Sunset Meadow Vineyards, Goshen, CT
SMV Rosé

3rd Place Hopkins Vineyard, New Preston, CT
Lady Rosé

Wine - White

1st Place Jones Winery, Shelton, CT
Pinot Gris

2nd Place Taylor Brook Winery, Woodstock, CT
Traminette

3rd Place Jonathan Edwards Winery, North Stonington, CT
2009 Chardonnay




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