Since 1972, the sofi Awards have helped the Specialty Food Association advance culinary excellence and creativity worldwide by recognizing the outstanding work of its members. The 2017 sofi Winners were selected from 3,000 entries by a national panel of 62 culinary experts in a blind tasting. These sofi Winners serve as ambassadors for the industry and represent the best of what specialty food has to offer.
— Specialty Food Association

 
 

Sofi™ Gold for Best Condiment, tomato & white sultana chutney with ginger & garam masala

“Chutney" or chattni in Hindi means “to lick”, which is precisely what diners will be doing as they lick their plates clean – not wanting to waste a single syrupy morsel! When sweet fruitiness of tomato is married to piquant Kashmiri chillies in this versatile chattni, you will forget about ketchup.

 
 
 

Sofi™ Gold for Best Jam or Preserve, spiced raisin marmalata with ras al hanout & smoked cinnamon

This marmalade transports you down the Silk Road, thru musky casbahs and bustling markets. Ebony nuggets hang in a sweet-’n-spicy syrup, honoring Ras al Hanout, North Africa’s signature blend of rose petals, cinnamon, cardamom. 

 
 
 

Sofi™ Best New Product for Jam or Preserve, spiced raisin marmalata with ras al hanout & smoked cinnamon

This marmalade transports you down the Silk Road, thru musky casbahs and bustling markets. Ebony nuggets hang in a sweet-’n-spicy syrup, honoring Ras al Hanout, North Africa’s signature blend of rose petals, cinnamon, cardamom.

 
 
 

Sofi™ Bronze for Best Jam or Preserve, lemon-sultana marmalata with caraway & saffron

Too much of a good thing? Never! Fragrant saffron, liquorice-scented caraway, citrusy lemon and zaftig verjus from Wölffer Estate Vineyard’s all conspire to produce a lux marmalade evocative of the dried fruit preserves of Turkey.

 
 
 

Sofi™ Bronze for Best Pickle or Preserved Vegetable, brinjal caponata purple aubergine with cumin & curry leaves

Revered in Indian folklore, the Brinjal or Aubergine is said to attract untold prosperity and treasure. This treasure of a relish has its origins in Western India and, much like its Provençal, Sicilian and Spanish sisters, its sweet-and-sour taste has natural affinity to oil-rich grilled fish, lamb, nutty cheeses and breads.

 
 
 

The Gourmet Retailer 2017 Editor's Picks, spiced raisin marmalata with ras al hanout & smoked cinnamon

This marmalade transports you down the Silk Road, thru musky casbahs and bustling markets. Ebony nuggets hang in a sweet-’n-spicy syrup, honoring Ras al Hanout, North Africa’s signature blend of rose petals, cinnamon, cardamom.