Gourmet Gold Specialty Food Award Winners Announced

DALLAS – June 22, 2019 – Dallas Market Center yesterday announced the winners of the 10th annual Gourmet Gold Specialty Food Awards during an awards ceremony and cocktail reception held in the World Trade Center during the Dallas Total Home & Gift Market.

The Gourmet Gold Specialty Food Awards, sponsored by Gourmet Insider magazine, celebrates exceptional manufacturers in the gourmet products industry who exhibit in Dallas. The winners are as follows:

· Best Baked: Dr. Pete's Rustic French Boule by Dr. Pete's Gourmet Foods

· Best Beverage: Bentley's Batch 5 Hot Barbecue Bloody Mary Mix by Bentley's Batch 5

· Best Chocolate Candy/Dessert: Bourbon Pecan Truffle by Spokandy Chocolatier

· Best Condiment I - Sauces, Rubs, Seasonings: Smokin Mary original by Smokin Mary

· Best Condiment II - Oils, Vinegars, Dressings: J Welch Farms Garlic Extra Virgin Olive Oil by J Welch Farms

· Best Fruit Confit: Peach Pepper Jam by Southern Roots Sisters

· Best Healthy Lifestyle: Alberto's Sweet Jalapeño Relish by Alberto's Food Products, Inc.

· Best Non-Chocolate Candy/Desert: Jalapeño Peanut Brittle by Jalapeño Gold

· Best Snack: 40-Piece Wood Box - Sea Salt Caramels by Dutch House Confections

· Best Soup or Chili: Shrimp Bisque by Ala Carte Alice

Judging was based on originality, taste, and packaging. This year’s judges included: Lauren de Bellis, senior editor of Gourmet Insider magazine; Uno Immanivong, CEO of Chef Uno Brands; Chad Houser, founder and executive chef of Café Momentum.

“We are proud to recognize these outstanding companies for their hard work, dedication to the industry, and their exceptional products,” says Cindy Morris, president and CEO of Dallas Market Center.

Winning products can be viewed for the remainder of Dallas Total Home & Gift Market outside Gourmet Market. Keep up-to-date on all market information by visiting Dallas Market Center on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram and the Dallas Market Center website.

About Gourmet Market

For three decades, Gourmet Market at Dallas Market Center has been the premier buyers’ resource for “everything gourmet.” This 22,000-square-foot market-within-a-market features more than 1,000 product lines from across the country and around the world, including specialty food and beverages, kitchen and wine accessories, housewares, casual tabletop and gifts for all occasions, as well as events, tastings and demonstrations. The Gourmet Market is the only permanent gourmet showroom in the industry open daily between markets with full-time staff on site. Registered buyers are welcome from 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. on weekdays and extended hours during markets.

About Dallas Market Center

Dallas Market Center is a global business-to-business trade center and the leading wholesale marketplace in North America connecting retailers and interior designers with top manufacturers in gourmet and housewares, home décor, holiday/floral, gifts, lighting and apparel. Inside its dynamic, five million square foot campus, nearly 200,000 customers from all 50 states and 85 countries seek industry trends, business education and new products from exhibitors throughout the year via dominant trade events for gift, home décor, holiday and floral; the nation’s most comprehensive apparel and accessories markets featuring the latest styles from East Coast and West Coast designers; the largest residential lighting trade event in North America; and the largest and most successful open-daily design center. The marketplace is located in the strongest economic zone in the country. In addition, more than 80% of Dallas Market Center buyers report that they do not shop other market centers. To make plans for upcoming markets, visit the Dallas Market Center website and download the Dallas Market Center App. Also, keep up-to-date on all information by visiting Dallas Market Center on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and the Dallas Market Center blog.