I retired from my broker job in specialty foods, but still keep tabs on food trends and products that may be used in our local restaurants’ kitchens or can be found the shelves at our local stores like Cheesemonger’s Table or PCC Market, here in Edmonds.
Each year at the Summer Fancy Food Show, exceptional food products are recognized with Sofi awards, presented by the Specialty Food Association. Sofis are the Academy Awards of the $100 billion specialty food industry. Many nominees are from our area!
These local area importers earned top honors:
Culinary Collective, located in Lynnwood, supplies local retailers and restaurants with high-quality specialty gourmet food products from Spain and Peru. They struck gold in the Oil category with Castillo de Canena Smoked Arbequina Olive Oil.
Ritrovo Italian Regional Foods, a Seattle importer of products from Italy, garnered a Gold for their Organic Apple Balsamic Vinegar .
Hot Cakes, from Ballard, an organic-certified artisanal dessert shop and manufacturer, saw its signature item — Organic Molten Chocolate Cake Dark Decadence — receive Gold. And these delicious items are available at Canarino Gelato Caffé in Edmonds.
Just being in the finals is a great achievement. A Seattle-area restaurateur and manufacturer scored with two Silver Sofi awards
Boat Street Pickles, LLC. For many years, Renee has produced a variety of pickled fruits and vegetables as a way to preserve fresh, Northwest produce at the height of ripeness and flavor. She was nominated for Best New Product-Pickled Cherries, plus her French Plums made the finals for Best Condiment.
It’s still hot! Let someone else do the cooking…
Kitchens are the last place you want to be when temperatures top out in the 80s or higher. Here are more solutions to escape the heat and still eat well.
Pizza. Whether you eat it at your favorite spot, have it delivered or be creative with “bake at home” pies on your outdoor grill, it is one of the best foods to enjoy in the shade of your patio or deck, or if you are lucky, in your A/C-cooled home.
We have many options in Edmonds; here are a few, sure to please palettes of your family members.
Evviva Wood Fired Pizza offers dine in or takeout pizza made with the freshest organic/all natural ingredients such as organic extra virgin olive oil, organic flour, all natural Fior de Latte mozzarella, imported San Marzano tomatoes from Campagnia region of Italy, imported 24-month cured Prosciutto de Parma, organic/all natural/nitrate free cured meats from Zoe’s Charcuterie…cooked in 800F apple wood-fired oven, to create an unmistakable taste of authentic Neapolitan pizza.
Kebella’s Pizza and Pasta offers homemade, gourmet pizzas and pastas, prepared with daily fresh ingredients from our family recipes. Eat in, Take out or have delivered. Check out their website for a special promotion called 30/30!
Pagliacci Pizza has been open in Edmonds since 2006. Delivery service is available in Edmonds and parts of Lynnwood and Shoreline. Beat the heat in their large dining room or grab a single-slice pizza for a meal on-the-go. Pick up specials too, so check out the website.
Portofino has ordering online. Create your own pizza or choose from pasta dishes, and have it delivered.
Venice Pizza, a family-run Italian restaurant, offers specialty pizzas, oven-baked pasta dishes and classic sandwiches. Free delivery and take-out options. Choose from an extensive menu online.
Scratch Distillery has promised a soft opening in a few weeks. Keep up to date on their Facebook page.
Photos keep appearing. The Spud Fish & Chips “sign” has arrived— somewhere in town, just not yet affixed to the top of their new Salish Crossing location!
Not a peep from Top Pot on their Edmonds spot either.
But, don’t let the summer doldrums dissuade you from food adventures. Mark your calendars! A Taste of Edmonds will happen soon. Dates are Aug. 14-16. Their Facebook page already lists the bands for both the Main Stage, viewable from the Wine Garden, and acts performing on the Beer Garden Stage!
I wonder which of our amazing restaurants will win the Taste Off categories this year?
Stay tuned, stay cool and eat well.
— By Kathy Passage
A specialty gourmet food broker for over 30 years, Kathy Passage has in-depth knowledge on food and the special qualities of ingredients used in the exquisite products she helped bring to market. Kathy brings this unique perspective from the “other side of the plate” to writing about the food and restaurant scene in Edmonds.