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Cucina Pasta-bilities: 30 Day Gourmet Challenge

Gourmet greens with dipping sauce

The word gourmet comes from the French language, and originally referred to a “wine taster” and later evolved to indicate a connoisseur of foods not primarily meant for nourishment. The pleasure was not just in the taste, but also the visual aspect of the dish. Currently, gourmet is associated with a person of refined or discriminating tastes in food and drink, or directly to food and drink that is elaborately prepared or of very fine, expensive, or rare ingredients. At Cucina Antica, we think that authenticity is a key component of gourmet cooking and food. Fresh, quality ingredients that are minimally processed, all-natural, and preferably organic, and that are prepared with care and love turn any dish into a work of art.

We’re challenging ourselves this year to be more conscientious about our food and its freshness, quality, and the care in its preparation. Over the next 30 days, we'll be making extra effort to be more conscientious about the food we cook and eat and we want you to join us in the challenge to become gourmet in 2017! We’ll be sharing tips and recipes along the way, but we’ll start you off with a few tips to get started, plan well, and stay within a budget (‘cause everyone’s on a budget!)

Gourmet food tips


Tuscany Pumpkin Finalist for Outstanding Pasta Sauce Award

Cucina Antica's Tuscany Pumpkin pasta sauce has been named a Finalist for Outstanding Pasta Sauce in the Specialty Food Association's 2014 sofi™ Award competition. Specialty Outstanding Food Innovation or "sofi" is the top honor in the $88 billion specialty food industry.

Cucina Antica's Tuscany Pumpkin pasta sauce was one of 109 Finalists selected by a national panel of specialty food professionals from 2,025 entries across 30 Awards categories. Winners will be announced by noted chef Dominique Ansel at a red-carpet ceremony June 30, 2014, at the Summer Fancy Food Show in New York City.

"We are proud to be recognized for our Tuscany Pumpkin pasta sauce, it's a one-of-a-kind, all-natural sauce, with a blend of peak harvested pumpkin and flavorful San Marzano tomatoes," said Neil Fusco, owner of Cucina Antica Foods, Corp. "It's one of our most popular sauce flavors among our customers," said Fusco. The Tuscany Pumpkin pasta sauce is sold nationally, at many retailers including Whole Foods, Central Market, Bristol Farms, Natural Grocers, Vitamin Cottage, Food Town, Harris Teeter, Raleys, Safeway, Sprouts, and many, many more.

"A sofi is the highest honor for products from our members, who bring craft, care and joy to the specialty food they create. The honor means the product is simply the best in its category," says Specialty Food Association President Ann Daw.

 


Cucina Antica Foods Becomes a ‘Champion for the Poor’

Cucina Antica Foods has become a ‘Champion for the Poor’, meaning they have set up a web page allowing customers, friends and family to send donations to the organization. Chef Neil Fusco has been supporting the organization for many years and hopes that Cucina Antica Foods can continue to help raise awareness and money to provide food for feeding the poor. Neil quotes St. Francis of Assisi in saying, “It is in giving that we receive.” Donations can be made at http://www.foodforthepoor.org/cucina, which will be linked on our website and is currently available on Facebook through our Donate Tab.

According to the Food for the Poor website, “Food For The Poor, named by Chronicle of Philanthropy as the largest international relief and development organization based in the U.S., is an interdenominational Christian agency working to physically and spiritually renew impoverished people throughout 17 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean.”

Cucina Antica Foods Corp. is a family owned and operated company located in Westchester County, New York. For over 14 years, Cucina Antica Foods Corp. has provided families with all-natural, fresh sauces as well as donations and support for families in need. Recently an organic line of dressings and ketchup has been launched. Read the official press release.


Ashley Koff RD Approves Cucina Antica Foods Products

Cucina Antica’s organic dressings are Ashley Koff Approved (AKA). Ashley Koff is an internationally-renowned registered dietician who is on a mission to help people get healthy by bringing quality eating into every home. Koff was named among the Top 10 Registered Dieticians in the US by Today’s Dietician Magazine and Best of LA’s “Nutritionist/Dieticians” by CitySearch three years running. Koff appears regularly on national television programs, including Dr. Oz, Good Morning America Health, The Doctors, CNN, AOL and E! According to Ashley Koff’s website (http://www.ashleykoffapproved.com), this is her goal and assessment criteria: “Whether it’s a product, menu, recipe or gadget, the AKA stamp confirms that it has been evaluated and approved by me, as a better quality and healthier choice. More specifically, it means that the product does not contain any nutrition “no, no’s,” (artificial stuff, too much of something, not enough of another), its marketing message is truthful and it fits into a nutrition plan for optimal health. What it does not mean is that anyone paid me to evaluate or influence my decision, and it also does not mean that a product stays either approved or not approved forever – I am always re-evaluating products to follow updated marketing messages, ingredients, learning about sourcing methods and focusing on truths in nutrition, not trends and fads.”

Cucina Antica Foods Corp. is a family owned and operated company located in Westchester County, New York. For over 14 years, Cucina Antica Foods Corp. has provided families with all-natural, fresh sauces as well as donations and support for families in need. Recently an organic line of dressings and ketchup has been launched. Read the official press release.