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sofi™ Awards Winners | Wozz! Kitchen Creations Takes Home 2 Gold at Summer Fancy Food Show

Posted on July 03, 2014 by Ashley Thompson | 0 comments

and the winner is...

Let me tell you, the last few months have been just crazy.  Attending the fancy food show as a first time exhibitor made our heads spin.  From booth set up to signs to marketing material to press releases and interviews and still doing the everyday tasks of kitchen production (oh yeah like making the product!), order fulfilling, events, accounting and me (ashley here) still working full time as an ER nurse, it sure has been a wild few months. 

We actually were not sure if we would attend the fancy food show this year due to the price ticket of attending.  It's not cheap and unfortunately my "head office" isn't paying for it and no I do not have a rich uncle.  We entered the sofi™ awards to get a review on our products because they are judged by a panel of food experts, writers, buyers, etc that can give you such knowledgeable information and great advice regarding packaging, ingredient profile, price point...plus the exposure is huge so for $75 per product, why not?

When we opened our email to see that we had been chosen out of 2737 entries for 3 silver sofi's for Outstanding Condiment, Dressing and Vinegar we were blown away.  To be honest at first we did wonder if there was any political element to the sofi™ awards. We wondered do you have to be part of the good ole boys club? Do you have to already have a well known brand?  We all know that money equals power so we wondered do you have to be a who's who of specialty food? but we can wholeheartedly say, the answer is NO.  We are a true testament to the authenticity of the sofi™ Awards and the judging process.  We are small, our brand is just now growing, we are a grass roots company that does everything ourselves, no rich uncles, no investment firms.  So it's all real.  No bullshit.  Isn't that refreshing?

So with a 3x nomination for the sofi™ awards...we decided we should probably put our good shoes on and show up.  We were assigned booth #1860 in the main hall which was sweet, but don't blink because between Monini, olive oil company with like 50 feet of frontage who had celebrity chef Lidia from Lidia's Italy at their booth for a book signing and Renfro's salsa with another huge booth, we looked like an ant in a desert.  But hey I think we scrubbed up well and we even got a photo with Lidia! 

 

 

Entering the sofi™ awards ceremony is truly like attending a Hollywood awards ceremony.  The red carpet, the VIP table section, the service, the STAGE, it's pretty incredible.  After being escorted to our table in a room filled with specialty food pioneers and the best specialty food companies in the world we sipped on kind of a lot of wine, nervously tapped our feet under the table and waited for our categories to be announced.   After a few deep breaths, we hear "and the winner is...."

for Outstanding Condiment

Triple Ale Onion Spread, Wozz! Kitchen Creations.

and then...

for Outstanding Dressing

Ginger Soy Infusion Dressing, Wozz! Kitchen Creations

2 Golds. Get out of town.

We were hoping for a hat trick with our Silver Finalist Spiced Beet Vinegar but hey as meatloaf says, "2 out of 3 ain't bad"

The show was a hit.  The recognition incredible.  If you are thinking about attending the Fancy Food Show.  Attend.  If you are thinking about going for a sofi.  Go for it.  It could change your life. :)

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Nominated! | 3x sofi™ Award Finalists

Posted on April 12, 2014 by Ashley Thompson | 0 comments

So does this mean I finally get to meet Oprah?  They are known per O magazine as "the oscars of specialty food" so I hear.  After 4 years of "the rise and grind"...we finally feel like "maybe it is worth it!"  We just received news that we are headed to NYC for the summer fancy food show because we have been nominated by the Specialty Food Association for not one, not two, but three prestigious sofi™ Awards.

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Healthy Breakfast | Coconut Chia Pudding

Posted on January 27, 2014 by Ashley Thompson | 0 comments

So it's all the rage right now, Coconut and Chia seeds.  You all remember those infomercials right?  Can you believe that was the 80's.  Yes we are getting old.  Anyway, forget the chia pet and try this delicious coconut chia pudding.  It's packed with protein, calcium, fiber and omega fatty acids and it leaves you full for hours.

 

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Drinks: What is a shrub?

Posted on November 30, 2013 by Ashley Thompson | 0 comments

Well low and behold…we have discovered a surprising but brilliant and delicious way to use our flavored finishing vinegars.
Have you guys heard of Shrubs? 
No. Well you are not alone…but there are a whole heap of hipster cool kids that have and they are spreading the word and educating the rest of us.

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Sugared & Spiced Nuts

Posted on November 17, 2013 by Ashley Thompson | 0 comments

Okay, so I made these nuts to put on salad tomorrow but I don't know if they or I will make it till then.  They are soooo good and they do go nicely with my evening IPA.  Not only that, but Wozz is on his way home from a long weekend away and I am sure as soon as he smells the aroma in here, they (the nuts) won't stand a chance. 

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Winter Warmer | 13 Bean Tomato Soup

Posted on November 14, 2013 by Warrick Dowsett | 0 comments

 

If you are looking to add some vitamins and fiber to your diet, this bean and tomato soup is an easy way to do it.  It is commonly served with a drizzle of olive oil, grated Parmesan cheese and crusty garlic bread. 

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