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Marin French Cheese Company Hosts Third Annual Summer Picnic

Culinary pleasures and artist displays are best enjoyed with family and friends, and what better occasion to do so than at Marin French Cheese’s third annual Summer Picnic, to be held Sunday, September 10, 2017, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the bucolic grounds surrounding the iconic creamery, better known to locals as the Cheese Factory, located just 10 miles west of Petaluma?

New to this year’s family-friendly event will be a selection of artists, including painters and a photographer, all hailing from Marin County and showcasing their crafts for all to behold. Live music by IrieFuse, a hot reggae trio from San Francisco’s Bay area, will keep the crowd upbeat while 25 food and beverage vendors from the surrounding locale will be sampling and selling new items along with their beloved classics, including the iconic yogurt purveyor, Saint Benoit Creamery, and Rians Crème Brûlée. To quench your thirst, first-time participant Apple-a-Day Ratzlaff Ranch will provide fresh apple juice and cider, while 3 Twins Ice Cream will keep you cool if you pony up to its food truck. Other new comestible additions to the picnic will include favorites such as Lala’s Jams, McEvoy Olive Oil, Sonoma Harvest, and Petaluma Toffee. Marin County’s French restaurant, L’Appart Resto, will be on the grounds as well as Sonoma’s The Girl & The Fig’s food truck, The Fig Rig.

Returning with samples to taste and product to sell will be a wide variety of purveyors of charcuterie, honey, crackers, dips, spreads and olive oils, including Angelo’s Smokehouse and Fabrique Délice. Not only do these products all pair perfectly with artisan cheeses from Marin French Cheese, Laura Chenel’s, Nicasio Valley Cheese, Le Roulé Premium Spreadable Cheese, and Point Reyes Cheese, but crackers from Rustic Bakery as well as bread from Costeaux Bakery and La Boulangerie of San Francisco will also complement the specialty product offerings. Available for purchase by The California Artisan Cheese Guild will be a cheese-centered item as well as wine and beer from local vineyards and breweries, respectively. Proceeds from the Guild’s offerings will support the nonprofit and its educational programs.

Family-focused, interactive demos will feature cheesemaking, beekeeping, and a garden art project for kids organized by the North Bay Children’s Center. Local historian and writer Kathleen Hill will have her collection of culinary antiques on display to peruse and enjoy.

The whole family is welcome to attend and participate, and all are encouraged to bring a shopping bag, a picnic blanket and an appetite! Tickets are $20 each (children ages 12 and under are free), and are available through Eventbrite. While 600 tickets will be available, the event is expected to sell out quickly as it did last year. For those driving to Marin French Cheese Company, the best address for GPS is 7510 Pt. Reyes-Petaluma Rd, Petaluma 94952.

Mediterranean Umami Wins IFT17 Food Expo Innovation Award

Salt of the Earth Ltd.’s flagship sodium-reduction ingredient, Mediterranean Umami, won an IFT17 Food Expo Innovation Award, presented at the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) Awards Ceremony on June 25, 2017. Mediterranean Umami received the award for outstanding innovation.

The ingredient solves the challenge of reducing sodium significantly in processed foods while being 100 percent natural and clean-label. Mediterranean Umami is an “on-trend” sodium-reduction solution, possessing a great umami flavor profile. It allows product developers to formulate across a range of lower-sodium applications, from meats, soups and sauces to bakery and ready-meals. Its unique blend of simple, consumer-friendly ingredients include natural vegetable extracts and sea-salt.

The IFT17 Food Expo Innovation Awards program-inaugurated in 2007-honors “outstanding innovation in products, ingredients, applications, instruments, equipment, technology, and services.” A panel of eight jurors from industry, academia, and government, with expertise in ingredients, product development, processing and packaging technology and food safety, reviewed all entries before voting for Salt of the Earth’s Mediterranean Umami.

“We are honored to receive this prestigious innovation award for our sodium-reduction ingredient,” says Dovik Tal, CEO of Salt of the Earth. “IFT is the premier organization for the food industry, and this recognition highlights the awareness of the need for significant sodium reduction and the importance of effective natural and clean-label solutions for the industry.”

Schnucks and Instacart to Offer Same-Day Grocery Delivery Across Midwest

Schnucks, the third-generation, family-owned grocery/pharmacy retailer, and delivery service Instacart are expanding their partnership to bring same-day grocery delivery from the majority of Schnucks stores throughout the Midwest.

On July 13, Schnucks customers in Missouri (Cape Girardeau, Columbia and Jefferson City) and Illinois (Carbondale, Champaign, Bloomington, Normal, Pekin, Peoria, Savoy, Springfield, Urbana) can visit to fill their virtual carts with all their favorite items and have them delivered straight to their doorstep by Instacart, in as little as an hour.

“Schnucks is committed to giving our customers premier products and the best shopping experience,” said Andrew Nadin, Chief Marketing Officer, Schnuck Markets. “Partnering with Instacart to offer Schnucks Delivers online grocery shopping and same-day delivery will allow us to further nourish our communities and provide shoppers the kind of options they expect in order to manage their busy lifestyles.”

Schnucks and Instacart first joined forces to bring same-day grocery delivery to customers in February 2017 with the launch of Schnucks Delivers Powered by Instacart. Since launching in St. Louis, Missouri; Rockford, Illinois; and Evansville, Indiana; customers have embraced the service.

Based on strong initial results — including the most successful launch in Instacart’s history in St. Louis, Missouri — Schnucks and Instacart are doubling down on the partnership to bring the winning combination of  high-quality products from Schnucks stores and the convenience of same-day delivery to more customers across Missouri and Illinois.

“Instacart’s expansion across the heartland of America, to meet the goal of serving 80 percent of American households by 2018, is driven by partnerships with the nation’s best retailers like Schnucks,” said Nilam Ganenthiran, Instacart’s Chief Business Officer. “We are thrilled to bring same-day delivery to more Schnucks customers across the Midwest.”

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