Mediterranean Baby WINS the Harvest Festival Cook Off

mediterranean baby with american healthcareLast Saturday we entered the Cook Off at the Farm to Table Harvest Festival…and Guess what!?!? We won :)

Our entry included 3 dishes: Beer Cheese Soup w/Roasted Butternut Squash, Thanksgiving Bites over Fresh Cranberry Sauce, and Harvest Filo Cups w/Rum Reduction and Vanilla Mascarpone Cream.

We would like to say a big Thank You to the organizers at Farm to Table Pittsburgh! It was a real pleasure to meet everyone at the event. Pictured Right: Robert Hagan, President of American HealthCare Group, Inc. with Nicole of Mediterraneanbaby.com

We wanted to highlight a few of the other groups we met at the event: (In no particular order, but they are all living in their passion as am I.)

mediterraneanbaby with great lakes breweryGreat Lakes Brewery http://www.greatlakesbrewing.com

Great Lakes Brewing Company® is a principle-centered, environmentally respectful and socially conscious company committed to crafting fresh, flavorful, high-quality beer and food for the enjoyment of our customers. They aspire to maintain their status as the premier craft brewery in the Great Lakes region and they’re dedicated to uncompromising service, continuous improvement, and innovative consumer education.

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1456058_10152007967550831_1556701057_nBriar Valley Vineyard & Winery http://www.briarvalleywinery.com/

Briar Valley Vineyard & Winery is located in historic Bedford, Pennsylvania at the foot of the Allegheny Mountains. They are unique, in that they are the first winery in Bedford and the surrounding counties to produce all vinifera wines styled after classic European wines. They are dedicated to remaining a small boutique winery concentrating on premium quality and craftsmanship.

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1456076_10152007969915831_1392827212_nJ & D Cellars Winery http://www.jndcellars.com/index.html

J&D Cellars Winery and Vineyard is a small winery that specializes in making small batch wines of the highest quality. The winery and vineyard is located on 16 acres just off Route 519 in Eighty Four, PA. Their tasting room is in the basement of a log home and shares the same rustic décor as the surrounding landscape. Anyone is welcome to enjoy a glass of wine on their outdoor seating area and take in the beautiful country scenery.

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1453266_10152007967040831_382203252_nGrandma Z’s Maple Haus http://www.grandmazsmaplehaus.com/

Grandma Z’s (named after the owner’s Grandma Z) continues the maple tradition of the Zehr family. The Zehr family, located in Copenhagen, New York, has been producing quality maple syrup for four generations. The Zehr family practices sustainable forest management to ensure generations of healthy maple trees. Sugar Maples on the family woodlot are tapped each spring. The sap is then carefully boiled down in a wood fire evaporator. The end result is the purest natural sweetener, maple syrup. The Zehr family maple syrup tradition is continuing in Western Pennsylvania. In 2012, the Zehr family started selling our 100% Pure Maple Syrup and maple related products (think Maple Mustard, Maple BBQ Sauce, Maple Lemonade, Granola) in The Strip District in Pittsburgh, PA. Fast forward a year and they have expanded to four local farmers markets, Farm to Table lunchtime markets, one day festivals, and developed two new products.

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1454840_10152004754565831_974457748_nEnon Valley Garlic http://www.enonvalleygarlic.com/

They started Enon Valley Garlic 2003. Originally from Mid-Town Manhattan, they decided that the “Green Acres” model first portrayed by Oliver and Lisa Douglas was worth a try.  The idea was to have a farm that produced enough to basically feed the residents and provided enough surplus income to make the operation break even. Today they have 90 acres with 11 individuals from 5 families living and working there.

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sugar social at farm to tableSugar Social http://www.sugarsocialonline.com/

Sugar Social is Northern Pittsburgh’s leading gourmet cupcake bakery.  Their luscious decorated cupcakes are like nothing you’ve ever seen or tasted before! Unique flavor combinations have been tested and retested to achieve delicious perfection! Their bakery is located inside Mac’s Café in Butler, PA, but we serve the entire Pittsburgh region.

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1424284_10152007966185831_1131071962_nHappy Family Organic Superfoods  http://happyfamilybrands.com/
Launched on Mother’s Day 2006, and founded and operated by moms, Happy Family is the leading premium organic food brand delivering optimal nutrition for the entire family. In 2011, founder and CEO Shazi Visram earned the title of Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year for New York. Happy Family has been named as one of the fastest growing organic food companies in the nation by Inc. magazine for two years running, and was named “Rockstar of the New Economy” by Fast Company in 2012. After watching a friend struggle to find healthy food options for her baby (that didn’t involve hours of slaving away in the kitchen), Shazi came up with the idea for Happy Family. What began as Happy Baby — a minimally processed frozen, organic alternative to baby food in a jar — has since grown into a comprehensive line of products for the whole family. Today, Happy Family provides organic foods for babies, toddlers, kids, and even adults! It’s delicious, convenient and made with a mother’s touch for all ages, all stages. What could be happier than that? Available at: Giant Eagle Market District, 5550 Centre Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15232

 

 

8 Responses to “Mediterranean Baby WINS the Harvest Festival Cook Off”

  1. Tracie says:

    I’m happy to see you won the Harvest Festival contest, I voted for you! Can’t wait to make your recipes this week!

  2. Dolly Whelan says:

    Congratulations, Nicole. I am so proud of you!

  3. Cara says:

    That is awesome! I am so proud of you!

  4. Mary Ann says:

    Congrats … well done!

  5. Lisa Trozzi says:

    Congratulations Nicole! What a fabulous recognition for all the time and creativity you have put into your wonderful and useful site. You are an inspiration and should be proud…Domenica will be so excited!

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