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Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Oliver’s Market Wins Big at Sonoma County Harvest Fair

October 2, 2017, Santa Rosa, CA – Amid a field of almost 300 entries from many of Sonoma County’s finest bakers and chefs, Oliver’s Market Bakery and Deli teams walked away with 38 awards from this year’s Sonoma Harvest Fair Pro Food Competition.

The winning creations will be featured at all four Oliver’s Market locations from Wednesday, October 4 through Tuesday, October 10. Many of the winning dishes will also be featured at the Food & Wine tastings at the Sonoma Harvest Fair, which runs from Friday, October 6 through Sunday, October 8.

Honors for Oliver’s Market included Best of Show in the  Delicatessen category for their Alive & Healing Maple Glazed Tempeh Salad; Best of Show Cake/Pastry for Oliver’s Naked Chocolate Mousse Cake; Best of Show, Decorated Cake for the “Into the Woods” inspired Red Velvet/Chai Mousse Cake; Sweepstakes in the Cake & Pastries category; Best of Show, Individual Dessert for the Peanut Butter Chocolate Tart; and Sweepstakes for the Individual Dessert category, in addition to nine Double Gold Medals, nine Gold Medals and other accolades. The Deli Team also earned Best Use of Seafood and Double Gold in the Appetizer category for their Coconut Shrimp with Pumpkin Curry Sauce and Best Use of Lamb and Double Gold in the Appetizer category for their Lamb Meatballs with Pistachio Sauce.

Each year, the Bakery and Deli teams at each of the four Oliver’s Market locations prepare their own entries for the Sonoma Harvest Fair Pro Food Competition. “It’s a chance for our teams to be creative and build a little healthy competition between stores,” said Roxanne Abruzzo-Backman, Oliver’s Deli Coordinator. “Everyone learns from each other and the bragging rights are the icing on the cake – pun intended! Many of these winning items become part of our permanent menu, and they are all really delicious.”

Customers are encouraged to watch for special Sonoma Harvest Fair signage on all featured wine, Deli and Bakery items throughout the stores, celebrate the season, and taste some of the finest food and wine that Sonoma County has to offer.

Harvest Fair Wine Winners Also Featured

Oliver’s Wine & Spirits Buyer Richard Williams also works each year to gather as many of the Harvest Fair Wine Competition Best of Class, Double Gold, and Gold Medal winners as possible to provide Oliver’s Market customers with easy access to some of Sonoma County’s most awarded wines. “I am really pleased with the number of winners we have gathered so far, and more are arriving daily,” said Williams. “Our customers know to expect a great selection from us at the best possible prices, and we are on track to really deliver this year.”

About Oliver’s Market

Established in 1988, Oliver’s Market is an employee-owned, independent grocer serving Sonoma County, California from four locations in Santa Rosa (2), Cotati and Windsor. Oliver's Markets strive to offer customers the finest selection of natural, conventional, and specialty products. This mission begins with a commitment to support the community through hundreds of local partners including farmers and producers of food, beverage, and wellness products. Oliver’s carries over 6,000 locally produced products, which account for 26% of sales annually. A member of the Sonoma County GoLocal Cooperative, Oliver’s received “Green Business Certification” from the Sonoma County Green Business Program (2011) and a “Best Practice Award” from the Business Environment Alliance (2007). It was named “Best Grocery Store” by the North Bay Bohemian (2000-2017) and won the “Outstanding Retailers Award” in 2005 and 2013 by the Specialty Food Association. In 2015 and 2016 Oliver’s was chosen for “Best Local Produce” in the Press Democrat’s “Best of Sonoma County” awards program.  Oliver’s was named one of the “Best Places to Work in the North Bay” by North Bay Business Journal in 2016 and 2017, and was the featured Store of the Month in the December 2016 issue of Progressive Grocer Independent magazine. Additionally, Oliver’s earned the 2017 Progressive Grocer Outstanding Independent Award in the multi-store category and received the “Inclusive Employer Award” from Down Syndrome Association North Bay. Oliver’s Market became an Employee Owned Company (ESOP) and a Social Purpose Corporation in 2017. Learn more at 


Where "Local" Means Sonoma County

To us Local means Sonoma County -- period. Not Marin, not Napa, and definitely not the state of California, as some of our competitors define it.

From the day we opened our doors in 1988, we’ve built our business on the simple premise that the best food and wine in the world are produced here, in Sonoma County. We didn’t feel like we were pioneers at the time, but as people have come to understand and embrace the value of locally grown and made food and the value of shopping locally, we realize we were part of the early days of the movement.

As a Sonoma County business, we’ve built enduring relationships with local growers, makers, and manufacturers, because they make the foods and wines we love. Many of them were getting started when we were. Now they are nationally known, but for us, they are still old friends who often delivered products to our Cotati store in their cars back in the late 1980s.

Along with local products being excellent choices for taste and quality reasons, buying locally also improves our local economy. The dollars you spend at local retailers buying local products support other local businesses and our tax base, too!

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