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The Oscar of the food world
Vol. 4 No. 3

Humboldt Fog -- Outstanding Classic sofi Awards finalist

The �Outstanding Classic� award is for a product that has been on the market for at least 12 years. Humboldt Fog Grande (below) is an aged goat milk cheese made by Cypress Grove Chevre. The thin layer of edible vegetable ash under the exterior and the ribbon of ash through the middle mark this distinctive cheese. Never tried it? Lucky for you, it�s still being made and still extraordinary.

New products a hit with judges

Bella Chi-Cha. recently added two new cheese tortas to her line, and impressed the sofi Award judges. Creamy Goat Cheese Torta with Apricot is a finalist -- great on a bagel at breakfast, or on a cracker in the evening with a glass of wine!

Sheep milk yogurt

Bellwether Farms has been making sheep milk cheese for many years, and they recently began making yogurt from sheep milk as well. The fresh taste of strawberries shines through with this yogurt, which is a sofi Award finalist.

The authentic flavor of Mexico

San Angel Mole is a finalist with their Cascabel Sauce. The medium heat of this family recipe make it a versatile sauce for enchiladas, tamales, chilaquiles, Chili con Carne, or a delicious shrimp and avocado cocktail.

Truffled cheese - yum!

Another finalist from Cypress Grove Chevre is their newest cheese, Truffle Tremor. The earthy flavor of truffles meets the velvety elegance of ripened goat milk cheese.

Bet you can't eat just one

Desserts on Us is a sofi Award finalist in the cookie category with their delicious (and addicting) Almond and Dark Chocolate Laceys.

Salud, dinero y amor...

...y el tiempo para gustarlos! Make your Cinco de Mayo margaritas with natural agave syrup from 21 Missions Organics. For a cocktail twist, try using the Coconut Lemon flavored agave.

It's like an �Oscar� to us!

A sofi� Award is the highest honor a product can receive in the gourmet food business. In the National Association for the Specialty Food Trade competition, once again, a number of Savor California companies are finalists.

At the Fancy Food Show in New York these select finalists will compete for the gold, with the winners announced on June 29.

Born of long histories

The artisan production methods followed at La Tourangelle originated in the idyllic French town of Saumur over a hundred years ago. The results are nut and seed oils with elegant natural flavors. The La Tourangelle Roasted Peanut Oil (above) is a sofi Award finalist.

Since 1905, Fentimans. Botanically Brewed Beverages have been made from traditional recipes in a time-honored process by brewing and fermenting herbs and milled roots over seven days. Fentimans Ginger Beer, a sofi Award finalist, is a tasty method of time travel.

Spring has sprung

In Northern California, spring is very evident. California poppies, ranging from bright yellow to golden orange are covering hillsides and median strips with their delicate, translucent blossoms.

What better way to enjoy this dazzling scenery than on a bike! A favorite Bay Area bike trip is out to Pt. Reyes, where everyone stops at Bovine Bakery (above) for a breakfast pastry, coffee, a cold drink or lunch.

What's New on

Enjoy the guilt-free pleasure of ice cream and sorbet sweetened with agave instead of sugar from 399 Not Found. Chocolate and vanilla (below) are two of the seven flavors produced at this time.

Happy Chocolates will make you just that � happy. Especially knowing that they work with organic, sustainably produced chocolate. Pretty chocolates in a pretty box.

Gourmet in minutes is easy with the sauces and salsas from Native Kjalii Foods. Chicken and shrimp served with their Spicy Peanut Sauce and Coconut Ginger Sauce are pictured below.

Six varieties of Tuscan olives, grown in the cool Carneros region at the southern end of the Napa Valley, give Talcott Olive Oil (below left) its classic Tuscan taste profile, with a smooth, fruity, tongue-coating, rich taste, followed by a robust, peppery finish.

To make VinJus (above right), Food & Vine uses fine varietal wine grapes to make a non-alcoholic beverage that is sophisticated enough to appeal to fine wine drinkers. Refreshingly crisp and dry on the palate, it pairs beautifully with food.

Dear Mom

Elegant Cheese Cakes makes wonderful ways to tell any important woman in your life how much you care about her, such as this delicious citrus cheesecake in a pistachio and chocolate-brown box, below.

Saturday, May 9 McEvoy Ranch (below) in the rolling hills of southern Sonoma County is hosting a Mother's Day Tour and Lunch from 10am to 3pm. It's a unique opportunity to explore the mill, orchards, kitchen gardens and get a peak into the 42-foot-high Chinese-style pavilion.

Anna Jarvis of Grafton, West Virginia held the first Mother�s Day Celebration in 1908, and Congress made it official nationally in 1914.

We love you! God bless you, Mother!

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