Professional Food Competition

The Sonoma County Harvest Fair strives to create a premier showcase event celebrating Sonoma County’s agricultural diversity. We focus on the locally produced distinctive artisan foods, microbrews/ciders and premium wines that distinguish Sonoma County as a world-class destination for an amazing farm-to-table dining experience. The tasting experience is an all-inclusive tasting for the fair patron each day. Guests will experience the same level of superb food and wine each day. The Tasting Pavilion will showcase all the foods from our professional competition along with the fine wines; and microbrews and ciders will further enhance their experience. New this year, participants of our Coffee Roasting category will be pouring tastes of their locally roasted coffee. More info...

2016 Results

2016 Professional Food Award Winners


Introducing our 2016 Professional Food Judges

APPETIZERS/HORS D’OEUVRES/SMALL PLATES

Toni Echols Young, Owner/Chef, Twist Eatery, Forestville
Deirdre Francis, Chef, Simoncini Winery, Healdsburg
Steve Garner, Culinary Consultant, KSRO “The Good Food Hour” Santa Rosa
Jim May, Chef, Santa Rosa
Madeline Kelley Stewart, Chef, Kelly & Young Inn, Wine Garden Inn
Jeff Young, Owner/Chef, Twist Eatery, Forestville

BREAD

Steve Hartz, Culinary Consultant, Santa Rosa
Ron Misasi, Bakery Consultant, Santa Rosa
Michele Stagi, Owner, Michele’s Corner, Santa Rosa

CAKES

Tracy Mattson, Owner,“Cookie…Take a Bite”, Santa Rosa
Karah Williams, Pastry Chef, Costeaux Bakery, Healdsburg
Doug Cavaliere, SRJC Pastry Chef, Santa Rosa

COFFEE

Mark Inman, Olam America, Healdsburg
Jay Kistner, Dolce Neye, Petaluma
Katie Carguilo, Counter Culture Coffee, Emeryville

DAIRY PRODUCTS

Sheana Davis, Owner, Epicurean Connection, Sonoma
Emily O'Conor, Oliver's Market, Windsor
Karen Brock, Deli and Catering Manager, Big John’s Market, Healdsburg

DELICATESSEN

Lucia Azevedo Fincher, Owner, Café Lucia, Healdsburg
KC McClure, Chef, Philo Ridge Winery, Boonville
Wade Nobles, Manager, Spoonbar, Healdsburg
Christine Piccin, Chef, Santa Rosa Junior College, Santa Rosa
Deirdre Francis, Chef, Simoncini Winery, Healdsburg
Kolin Vazzoler, Executive Chef, Simi Winery, Healdsburg

DESSERTS

Anthony Bonviso, Owner/Pastry Chef, Gotta Havit Desserts, San Rafael
Alain Pisan, Owner/Pastry Chef, Chloe’s French Café, Santa Rosa
Reginald Elgin, Pastry Chef, Santa Rosa
Todd Knoll, Executive Chef, Jordan Winery, Healdsburg
Shelly Kaldunski, Pastry Chef, SRJC, Santa Rosa
Tim Bodell, Executive Chef, Rustic, Francis Ford Coppola Winery, Geyserville

OLIVE OIL

Nancy Lilly, Sonoma
Julie Menge, Sacramento
Louis Gonzales, Oakland

SAUCES & VINEGARS

Debra Del Fiorentino, Consultant, Petaluma
Bob Peak, Consultant, The Beverage People, Santa Rosa
Bill Traverso, Former Delicatessen Owner, Santa Rosa

2015 Results

2014 Results

Testimonials


                 "We have entered the Harvest Fair Professional Food Competition for several years now and are fortunate enough to display our Gold Medals and Best of Category Award s proudly in our restaurant."
Olarn Tonverapongsiri, Thai Time Asian Bistro

 


"The Harvest Fair has promoted the bounty of Sonoma County for decades. We are honored to participate in this annual event that recognizes the outstanding wines and specialty foods from our region, since our initial entry earning the only gold medal and Sweepstakes award for our classic sour deli roll in 1981."
Wlliam K. Seppi, CEO Costeaux French Bakery

 

                   "I entered the Harvest Fair Professional Food Competition for the first time in 2014 and medaled with every one of my entries, even earning a double gold for my Lemon Cheesecake. It gave me the confidence I needed to take the next step and open my own restaurant!"
Emily Nagan, Emily's Kitchen

 

"Entering the Professional Food Competition is a win-win for Oliver's Markets. We are proud supporters of Sonoma County Harvest Fair, and our culinary and baking teams enjoy the recognition from the judges. We hear great feedback from our customers, too." - Tom Scott, CEO, Oliver's Markets