Feb 25

The Best of Connecticut

THE CONNECTICUT SPECIALTY FOOD ASSOCIATION
2010 PRODUCT AWARDS COMPETITION WINNERS

As promised, here are the results from last weeks annual Connecticut Specialty Food Association Awards. Two hundred thirty-seven specialty food items from Connecticut-based manufacturers were entered into 20 categories. And, the prestigious honor of CSFA Product Award Winner 2010 goes to:


2010 PRODUCT OF THE YEAR
The Purple Pear by Tina, Willington, CT
Buttered Almond Cream


OUTSTANDING BARBECUE SAUCE
1st Place
Gourmet Conveniences, Ltd., Litchfield, CT
Sweet Sunshine Sauce – Sweet

2nd Place
RGN Sales, Inc., Coventry, CT
Rich’s Sweet Heat

3rd Place
The Gracious Gourmet, Bridgewater, CT
Sweet Tomato Grilling Sauce

OUTSTANDING BEVERAGE
1st Place
Willoughby’s Coffee & Tea, Branford, CT
Sumatra Mandheling French Roast Organic Coffee

2nd Place
Willoughby’s Coffee & Tea, Branford, CT
Super Keemun Hao Ya “A” Tea

3rd Place
Willoughby’s Coffee & Tea, Branford, CT
English Breakfast Tea

OUTSTANDING BREAD
1st Place
Michele’s Pies, Norwalk, CT
Zucchini Nut Bread

2nd Place
Wave Hill Breads (New England Bread Company, LLC), Wilton, CT
Three Grain Pain du Campagne – Country Bread

3rd Place
Wave Hill Breads (New England Bread Company, LLC), Wilton, CT
Three Grain Petit EPI

OUTSTANDING CONFECTION, BAKED FOOD, COOKIE or CRACKER
1st Place
Michele’s Pies, Norwalk, CT
Pear Cranberry with Walnut Crumb Pie

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

3rd Place
Kathie’s Kitchen, LLC, Newtown, CT
Mucha Superseedz

OUTSTANDING DAIRY
1st Place
Cato Corner Farm, LLC, Colchester, CT
Black Ledge Blue Cheese

2nd Place
Cato Corner Farm, LLC, Colchester, CT
Bridgid’s Abbey Cheese

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

OUTSTANDING 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
Chicken Pot Pie

OUTSTANDING GLUTEN FREE
1st Place
Gilbert’s Gourmet Goodies, Sandy Hook, CT
Apple Crumb Pie

2nd Place
Can’t Beet It, LLC, South Windsor, CT
Can’t Beet It – Medium Beet Horseradish

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

OUTSTANDING GIFT PACK
1st Place
The Purple Pear by Tina, Willington, CT
Two & Four Box Dessert Topping Gift Pack

2nd Place
Sweet Maven’s, LLC, East Hartford, CT
Biscotti Jar (Valentine’s Day)

3rd Place
Ola! Foods, LLC, Redding, CT
Ola! Granola Gift Jars

OUTSTANDING HERB, SEASONING or SPICE BLEND
1st Place
Passage Foods, Collinsville, CT
Pad Thai

2nd Place
El’s Kitchen, Inc., Weston, CT
Moroccan Lamb Spice Rub

3rd Place
Passage Foods, Collinsville, CT
Red Thai Curry

OUTSTANDING HORS D’OEUVRE
1st Place
Can’t Beet It, LLC, South Windsor, CT
Can’t Beet It – Hot Beet Horseradish

2nd Place
Artisan C.S.F., Colchester, CT
Lobster Lover’s Dip

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

OUTSTANDING JAM, HONEY or SWEET TOPPING
1st Place
The Purple Pear By Tina, Willington, CT
Buttered Almond Cream

2nd Place
Twin Pines Farm, Thomaston, CT
Raspberry Rhubarb Jam

3rd Place
Twin Pines Farm, Thomaston, CT
Raspberry Peach Jam

OUTSTANDING OIL, VINEGAR or SALAD DRESSING
1st Place
Capa di Roma, East Hartford, CT
Aged Balsamic Vinegar

2nd Place
Stark Naked, Inc., Monroe, CT
Japanese Ginger Dressing

3rd Place
Ariston Specialties, LLC, New Britain, CT
Ariston Pomegranate Balsamic Vinegar

OUTSTANDING PACKAGING or DESIGN
1st Place
May Cookie Company, Newington, CT
Hearty & Wholesome Oatmeal Cranberry Cookie Mix
Rich & Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix
Triple Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookie Mix

2nd Place
Bridgewater Chocolate, Brookfield, CT
Cherry Hearts

3rd Place
Cookie Wishes, LLC/Les Oliviers, LLC, Newtown, CT
Winton Farms Wildflower Honey

OUTSTANDING PASTA SAUCE
1st Place
Frank’s Marinara, Amston, CT
NY Style Sicilian Gravy

2nd Place
Frank’s Marinara, Amston, CT
Original Marinara Sauce

3rd Place
Chef Silvio’s of Wooster Street/New Med Foods, LLC, Guilford, CT
FraDiavolo Sauce

OUTSTANDING PASTA, RICE or SOUP
1st Place
Boxed Goodes, LLC, Litchfield, CT
Sunny Dahl

2nd Place
Artisan C.S.F., Colchester, CT
Jambalaya Soup

3rd Place
Artisan C.S.F., Colchester, CT
Tortilla Soup

OUTSTANDING PICKLE, RELISH or TAPENADE
1st Place
The Gracious Gourmet, Bridgewater, CT
Artichoke Parmesan Tapenade

2nd Place
The Gracious Gourmet, Bridgewater, CT
Dilled Carrot Tomato Tapenade

3rd Place
The Gracious Gourmet, Bridgewater, CT
Roasted Vegetable Tapenade

OUTSTANDING PRODUCT LINE
1st Place: TIE!
Boxed Goodes, LLC, Litchfield, CT
Herbs, Rice, Snacks & Soup

Twin Pines Farm, Thomaston, CT
Jams, Pickles, Relish & Vinegar

2nd Place
The Olive Oil Factory, LLC, Watertown, CT
Flavored Oils

3rd Place
Gourmet Conveniences, Ltd., Litchfield, CT
Sweet Sunshine Sauce

OUTSTANDING SALSA or HOT SAUCE
1st Place
Mama Manju’s Salsa, Chester, CT
Fandango Mango Salsa

2nd Place: TIE!
Fresh Trak Foods, LLC, East Granby, CT
Salsa Loca – Just Right

Giff’s Original, LLC, Cheshire, CT
Mango Spice Salsa

3rd Place
Gourmet Conveniences, Ltd., Litchfield, CT
Sweet Sunshine Sauce – Atomic

OUTSTANDING SAVORY CONDIMENT
1st Place
The Gracious Gourmet, Bridgewater, CT
Gingered Peach Apricot Spread

2nd Place
Can’t Beet It, LLC, South Windsor, CT
Can’t Beet It – Medium Beet Horseradish

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

OUTSTANDING SNACK FOOD
1st Place
Aurora Products, Inc., Stratford, CT
Wizard’s Mix

2nd Place
Michele’s Pies, Norwalk, CT
Sweet & Spicy Pumpkin Seeds

3rd Place
Aurora Products, Inc., Stratford, CT
Spicy Pub Mix

For more information or to find any of these foods at stores near you, contact the Connecticut Food Association or the Connecticut Department of Agriculture.

EAT CLEAN, LIVE WELL!

Terry Walters

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3 Comments

  1. Chris
    Posted March 19, 2010 at 4:31 pm | Permalink

    Hi ~ This is great. If you have an e-mailing list I’d like to be put on it. Thanks.

  2. Posted March 19, 2010 at 8:39 pm | Permalink

    Hi Chris, Thanks for your interest! You’ve been added to my mailing list and I hope you’ll check back here and the CLEAN FOOD Facebook page, as well!

  3. Posted June 6, 2010 at 3:00 am | Permalink

    nice post. thanks.

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