DEC
04

Indulge in sparkling wine, caviar for a one-day event!

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Pamper yourself and savor the elegant flavors of our top-of-the-line caviar paired with carefully selected sparkling wines. Presenting our highly coveted annual wine and caviar tasting event, coinciding with a sale that celebrates customers who have great taste this holiday season. Raise your glass if you're excited to experience this event, happening at all Sunset Foods locations on Saturday, December 15 from 12 to 3 p.m. Remember, this is a one-day special only. So catch the caviar and bubbles special while you still can. Cheers to you, expert shopper!

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DEC
03

Let's celebrate customers like you in Highland Park Dec. 15!

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At Sunset Foods, we value our customers more than anything. In honor of you, our devoted clientele, we are hosting a Customer Appreciation Day celebrating customers like you who come through our doors daily and always support what we pride ourselves in providing. Be sure to join us for a day that celebrates you and your valued patronage on Saturday, December 15 from 12-3 p.m. in our Highland Park store, where you'll see some new additions to the store and find pleasant surprises. In addition, we'll be serving up various food samples, have in-store sales, and certainly bring lots of fun to the table. We look forward to seeing you there, friends!

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DEC
03

Build, decorate, enjoy creating a one-of-a-kind Gingerbread House at Sunset Foods!

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This holiday season, participate in a longstanding tradition that Sunset Foods puts on for your family and friends to enjoy doing together: the decorating of Gingerbread houses! All you have to do is arrive with a creative vision in mind on Saturday, December 8 at 11 a.m. You'll have up to four hours to render your picturesque Gingerbread House, and we'll be sure to provide you all with a pre-built Gingerbread House, candy and frosting for decorating purposes -- you bring the fun. Since space is limited in this event, we recommend registering as soon as possible. We hope to see you decorating gingerbread houses at our bakeries, and in the meantime, sincerely wish you and your loved ones a very Happy Holidays!

 

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NOV
12

New Consumers' Checkbook study shines spotlight on Sunset Foods

In a new study published by Consumers' Checkbook providing survey analyses to consumers about vendors, Sunset Foods ranks at the top of the list in terms of "Which Grocery Stores Offer the Best Prices and Quality." Here's the intro to the article, outlining its premise:

"Our ratings of local chains and stores report how each stacks up for price and quality. To compare prices, our researchers used a 153-item market basket of common items—and a lot of energy—to shop area options," reads the article written by Kevin Brasler in Consumers' Checkbook's "Grocery Stores" article section. "To evaluate stores on quality of products and service, we surveyed area consumers. The results are reported in our ratings tables and summarized below."

The report rated 32 grocery stores in the Chicago area, one of which is Sunset Foods. The five-store gourmet grocery chain received many ratings within the categories of overall quality and produce quality, respectively. More than 80 percent of consumers surveyed gave Sunset in particular "superior" overall ratings. The article continues, saying "Sunset Foods, with five North Shore stores, received very high ratings for produce, meat, and overall quality."

We are proud that consumers like you continue to believe in the quality of products that Sunset Foods provides on a daily basis, and we are excited to continue bringing you the best local produce and prepared foods in the neighborhood.

About Sunset Foods 

For more than 80 years, family-owned Sunset Foods has committed to providing excellent customer service while offering an upscale variety of local, organic, gourmet and specialty items to the community it proudly serves. After debuting in 1937 in Highland Park, IL, Sunset Foods has expanded to five locations in Chicago’s northern suburbs, employing nearly 700 associates. On top of providing the freshest products and friendliest service, store executives pride themselves on giving back to the community. About 300 local organizations receive fiscal support from Sunset Foods, and that business philosophy is part of the company’s core foundation.

Before every company meeting, the family's mission statement is read and absorbed: “Sunset Foods is a neighborhood supermarket dedicated to providing the finest customer service found anywhere. We are small enough to get to know our customers, but we are also large enough to offer the most outstanding selection at competitive prices. We are committed to finding and training friendly, conscientious, and knowledgeable staff who help us provide the freshest, highest quality products in clean, fun-to-shop stores.”

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The adventures of makin' Indiana Kitchen's Bacon

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Sunset Foods is proud to introduce Indiana Kitchen's Premium Bacon, available for 3.99 each at 16 oz.

You can count on the bacon not having liquid smoke, gluten or MSG. And there's never added hormones — ever. Instead, enjoy simply smoked bacon over real hardwood chips, cured in the essentials: water, salt and sugar. For those who want to feed their families the highest quality they can get their hands on, choose Indiana Kitchen's Bacon — available at your local Sunset Foods.

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Microgreens: A trending, great way of getting extra nutrition

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Imagine consuming foods packing 4-40 times the nutrition of fully-grown vegetables.

Sure, that’s hard to fathom when used to consuming simple greens. But now, there’s a new trend that’s become increasingly popular, sweeping across the Chicagoland area and the country. They’re called Microgreens, which are the shoots of vegetables or herbs such as arugula, Swiss chard, mustard (and many more) that have been picked just after the first leaves’ initial development. And one local farmer has made it his mission to bring more than 50 varieties of microgreens into every local farmer’s market, eventually bringing him to Sunset Foods.

“As an example of how dense the nutrition is, a small handful of microgreens contains the same nutrition as a pound and a half of fully grown broccoli.,” says Elliot Hirsch, CEO and co-founder of Lake Forest Farms alongside wife Michelle. A native of Lake Forest, it’s only natural that Hirsch has begun offering his line of microgreens at Sunset. The store is the first local grocery to offer this product. These microgreens are about as local as possible, tying into Sunset’s overall mantra on offering hyper-local products that land in stores within hours of being ready to consume. And there’s a fascinating backstory as to how these microgreens arrived at Sunset in the first place.

"I met Eliot at a local farmer's market and after watching how his customers responded to him and his product, I knew we needed to offer his microgreens in our store," says Marketing VP Thaddeus Tazioli. "I am a lifelong microgreens fan and these are the freshest, most delicious that I have ever tried. I personally love Radish and Sunflower."

Working all day tending to the growing microgreens in his personal greenhouse with fluorescent and LED lights, Hirsch often reflects on just how much more nutritious microgreens are compared with other foods thought to be the healthiest – like any type of greenery. In his home, microgreens have played an especially influential role in the positive development of his children.

“Our boys 4 and 2 years old got hooked on it,” says Hirsch about how the youngsters randomly put a handful of microgreens on their PB&J sandwiches, never looking back. “Now it’s a thing; getting them to eat greens turned things around. They add them to everything, eat them straight, and also have turned all their playmates on to them as well.”

When asked how Hirsch initially became involved in the microgreen industry, he cited his newborn children as primary inspiration in addition to him wanting to pursue a lifelong passion. In his past professional life, Hirsch founded and ran a venture-funded advertising technology company during which he developed a personal interest in agriculture and would grow microgreens and other veggies privately.

Stemming from that knowledge base, Hirsch developed a microgreens growing technique. Using a 10-day old broccoli seed planted in ground up coconut husk (also known as “coco coir”), Hirsch used the soil as a renewable resource that would allow for the freshest microgreens to flourish. These microgreens have four to 40 times more nutrition in them than full-grown plants, Hirsch says.

The fact that these microgreens are grown local remains important given their delicacy, among other traits.

“It’s unique in [Sunset Foods] because we sell them live in a container,” says Hirsch of how customers take home microgreens. “When microgreens are cooled, they stay positive; when home, they’re live in the soil. Customers can take them home and put them directly in their refrigerators, as the greens still live in the pots they come in. This keeps them fresh for up to a month, and customers can simply snip off the portions the want as they go.”

Sunset Foods sells microgreens in their natural state rather than pre-cut, which Hirsch says ensures better quality for the greens and more enjoyment for consumers. Moreover, the Sunset Foods family respects Hirsch’s microgreens business due to quality and the fact that the items have local roots, according to Hirsch. Lake Forest Farms believes in healthy, local goods, and knowing exactly where your food comes from. The founders share that belief with customers who sincerely value the direct relationship had with them and the overall community.

“Sunset Foods is really receptive to local,” says Hirsch of his experiences in working with the like-minded family-owned gourmet grocery store chain.

Try Lake Forest Farms’ microgreens, available now in the produce department of the Lake Forest Sunset Foods.

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How Joseph Antognoli's Alessi & Vigo products shape Italian cooking at home

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For the past 60 plus years, Sunset Foods has worked closely with Joseph Antognoli in bringing the best Italian-imported products to local midwestern shoppers.

“We’ve been doing this for more than 100 years in the Chicago area,” says longtime employee Rocco Ottolino about the company. A pioneer in importing foods from Italy, Antognoli is credited with bringing San Pellegrino water to America where it has become one of the most popular sparkling waters in the world. Paired with a slice of fresh lemon or lime or served plain, San Pellegrino’s lightness perfectly balances out any meal.

Alessi's imported Italian-made organic pasta, rice, olive oil, and vinegar are staple pantry ingredients for any serious chef. The quality and uniqueness of these products is amazing. “Everything [tastes delicious], including pasta sauces,” says Ottolino about his company’s 100-plus Alessi/Vigo product line. “We try and diversify ourselves [with products made in Italy]. Alessi and Vigo do everything.”

Anything and everything can be made delicious while using the Alessi and Vigo products, according to Ottolino.

“When it gets cooler out, people eat soups and pastas and tomatoes,” says Ottolino of the endless cooking possibilities that come with these brands of food. “You can make pasta with marinara sauce and vodka sauce, which cuts the time, or use chunky or smooth marinara.” With multiple sauces from which to choose, pair one with five different cuts of organic and regular pastas. The organic line features delicious spaghetti, linguine, penne rigate, rigatoni and mezzi paccheri.

Pastas require some sort of dressing, whether that’s a chunky marinara sauce or a drizzle of rich olive oil. For that, Antognoli produces its own line of brand products, including Il Duomo and Antica Italia olive oils and vinegars. As the parent company, only Antognoli has access to these products, so they’re not only authentic but also only available at Sunset. In addition, Antognoli has its own homemade Giardiniera brand called Pagliacci, which contains a lifelong family recipe. In the end, shoppers complete the Italian culinary experience using their imagination in the comfort of their own kitchen.

Watch the upcoming Windy City Live segment on ABC7, and get Alessi and Vigo products in Sunset Foods stores soon. During this television segment scheduled to air on Wednesday, Sept. 19, a chef will perform a live cooking demonstration during which he’ll use Alessi and Vigo products to create a certain dish in a timed culinary situation. At the end of the cooking demo, the television stars will taste just how delicious the Alessi and Vigo products are. Commercial breaks feature Sunset Food ads, and there are opportunities to even win a gift card.

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Saving Honeybees, recognizing one local beekeeper

In honor of the recent National Honeybee Day (Saturday, August 18), let’s take a closer look into one natural product that’s about as “bee-friendly” as it gets; meet one local beekeeper who has redefined the standard practice of producing honey, instead managing beekeeping on his own property and seeing that all profits go toward an organization that he and his wife care deeply about.

Sunset’s Lake Forest store sells 9oz jars of Natural Honey by Allen, now featured by the checkout counters. By all accounts, this is the only local honey that does not have any chemicals to preserve freshness or enhance flavor. A man of many talents, hobbies and trades, company founder Allen Kracower initially developed an interest in harvesting honeybees after his wife beat breast cancer. It was Caryn Kracower, a survivor herself who received successful treatment from the aforesaid hospital, who helped start a fund for patients recovering from breast cancer and needed everyday items needed while in recovery mode; all of the proceeds go toward Lake Forest Hospital in Caryn’s name.

Honey has healing qualities to it, according to homeopathic medicinal practitioners and non-licensed believers. For some time, Kracower recalls doctors with different specialties requesting honey to be used on their patients suffering from diseases like cancer and emphysema. The minimal filtration of Honey by Allen helps it retain more natural pollen grains, and consuming pollen from honey may reduce unpleasant seasonal allergy symptoms and could even help treat asthma. Although technically off the record, the results from those honey-based treatments proved astonishingly beneficial. It’s only through friendly beekeeping techniques that the bees can survive as they would in the wild.

“Bees are dying from mites that kill them,” says Kracower about the unfortunate trend. “We are treatment-free beekeepers, helping them survive naturally – even replacing the Queen; we do lose a lot of bees.”

In an effort to keep as many bees alive as possible, Kracower manages 15 hives with 40-50k bees in each one, all located on his private property in Mettawa, Illinois. Buying Lake Forest’s Honey by Allen will help bees thrive, as Kracower devotes himself to protecting local bee populations, and takes great care to produce his honey in a way that will keep his Lake Forest bees safe, happy and healthy for years to come.

Lake Forest Honey by Allen is minimally processed, which increases its nutritional value and overall quality. The honey is heated gently and filtered minimally. Consequently, Lake Forest Honey by Allen retains more healthful nutrients, antioxidants and minerals than more heavily processed honey. The nutrients and beneficial compounds in Lake Forest Honey by Allen makes the honey a smarter alternative to more refined sugars.

Come bring your family and friends to meet the bees and their beekeeper, Allen Kracower on Saturday, September 8 at 10 a.m. for a fun demonstration at our Lake Forest store.

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AUG
27

Hear the buzz? That's Lake Forest Honey by Allen at Sunset Foods

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What: Local, All-Natural, and Chemical-Free Lake Forest Honey by Allen
Where: Sunset Foods’ Lake Forest store

Sunset Foods is proud to announce that it now sells Lake Forest Honey by Allen, and that a demonstration by founder Allen Kracower will happen at Sunset Food’s Lake Forest store on Saturday, September 8.

This all-natural and high-quality honey is chemical-free, minimally processed, and made with care right here in Illinois by local nature-lover Allen Kracower. Not only is purchasing a jar of this fantastic, locally-produced honey a great way for anyone to add a little wholesome sweetness to their day, it’s also an easy way contribute to the fight against breast cancer; all of the proceeds from honey sales are given to the Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital.

Buying Lake Forest Honey by Allen is also a great way to help bees. Allen Kracower is devoted to protecting local bee populations, and he takes great care to produce his honey in a way that will keep his Lake Forest bees safe, happy, and healthy for years to come. Lake Forest Honey by Allen is minimally processed and is chemical-free; though it takes more effort to make honey this way, the difference in the health of the bees and in the quality of the final product is clear. Allen always places his hives away from chemically treated vegetation, and he does not use smoke on his bees when they are producing honey. Allen also does not treat his bees with chemicals or medications. Such practices improve the health of the bees and help keep unwanted flavors from getting into the honey.

Lake Forest Honey by Allen is minimally processed, which increases its nutritional value and overall quality. Allen doesn’t pasteurize his honey; instead he heats it gently and filters it minimally. Consequently, Lake Forest Honey by Allen retains more healthful nutrients, antioxidants, and minerals than more heavily processed honey. The minimal filtration of Lake Forest Honey by Allen also helps it retain more natural pollen grains, and consuming pollen from honey may reduce unpleasant seasonal allergy symptoms and could even help treat asthma. The nutrients and beneficial compounds in Lake Forest Honey by Allen make it a smarter alternative to more refined sugars.

When it comes to honey, local can’t be beat. With this in mind, Sunset invites all its customers to pick up a hand-packed jar of Lake Forest Honey by Allen and to taste the best that Lake Forest has to offer.

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13

Annual Hatch Chile Fest's event schedule

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The annual Hatch Chile harvest in New Mexico is right around the corner - which means so is our Hatch Chile Fest!

These world-famous green chiles have an unmatched flame-roasted flavor and are known for their well-balanced spiciness. They're only available a few weeks each year, and we're making the most of it with a mouth-watering, taste bud-tingling event. During our Hatch Chile Fest, we're turning up the heat throughout all our departments as our chefs incorporate these chiles into special dishes throughout the store - plus, we'll roast them on-site for you at each of our locations!

The Hatch Chile season is short, so save the date and we'll see you there!

Northbrook: Thursday, August 16 from 2 - 5 p.m.
Lake Forest: Friday, August 17 from 2 - 5 p.m.
Long Grove and Libertyville: Saturday, August 18 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Highland Park: Sunday, August 19 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

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JUL
31

Beyond the brush: Local artist renders mural at Lake Forest store

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“Sunset Foods feels like a neighborhood – it’s a place where you can run into someone from down the street, talk to someone who knows your name and exchange a recipe, or talk about what your children are up to,” says longtime Lake Bluff shopper and artist Sandra Bacon of her favorite place to shop.

Reminiscing on the five-store gourmet grocery’s longstanding history in the community, and its unparalleled food and customer service offered, Bacon awakened her native language of painting to show her appreciation.

“This store feels like a throwback to old time graciousness; managers who have worked [at Sunset Foods] for many years are nattily dressed in stylish suits with bright colored shirts and complementary ties,” says Bacon about the special connection she has with Sunset Foods, and the edge it has. “The staff [always offers to] bring your groceries to the car.”

That old-timey and neighborhood-like feel within each store inspired Bacon to create a mural unlike other artworks she’d rendered before. The work of art symbolizes how much Sunset Foods means to the artist, and to the greater community the stores service.

“Painting this mural [in Lake Forest] felt like being embraced,” says Bacon, who has been painting murals since winning a competition in painting a Queens grocery store back in the ‘80s. “When I explained that the message was for Sunset Foods to say ‘thank you,’ people thanked me for bringing in color.”

Inspiration for elements in the mural came from every food angle. The painting’s main elements separate vertically into three tiers, with a banner-like “Thank you, Sunset Foods” message toward the top, a scenery snapshot in the middle and an array of vegetables at the bottom; these elements are flanked on both sides by many foods from seafood to salad to macarons. The mural came together through a combination of house paints (for the background) and Golden acrylics (a professional acrylic).

“I have been waiting to paint this my whole life,” says Bacon about the opportunity of a lifetime, and how the creative process drew inspiration from store employees and customers alike.

When looking closely at the mural’s design elements, the seafood depiction mirrors how fish is flown in fresh; the wine sommelier makes superb suggestions, and how the flower shop provides a lovely ambiance, according to Bacon. But rather than taking full credit for creating this mural, Bacon insists others played integral roles as well.

“The idea for this mural came from Chris Puszynski, a longtime customer of the store and a student of mine from my drawing/painting class I teach at Deerpath Art League,” says Bacon of the process that started in October 2017 but only began materializing later on in warmer weather conditions. “[Puszynski] imagined a mural on the wall and approached John Cortesi. We went through seven to eight ideas for the style of the mural.”

Like any skilled artist, Bacon created multiple sketches well before executing the finishing stages.

“My original sketches were more traditional, showing the story of the grocery store [founded in 1937] centered on the [vintage] car along a road that showed local farms and history,” says the Maryland Institute College of Art alumnus of her preliminary painting stages. “We worked collaboratively with the staff, [who] encouraged me to come up with a style that felt more modern.”

After reviewing chalkboard murals near restaurants throughout the Chicagoland area, Bacon settled on a style.

“I would say [this] is bold, fresh and inspired by a ‘woodblock’ look,” says the fine art painter and muralist. “We tried to combine some of the store’s history with images of food and symbols of the store’s philosophy [of valuing locally-sourced product and providing quality customer service, too].”

Canvases vary for Bacon – she’s painted inside of the Lake Bluff train station, in schools, on a lighthouse near the John Hancock building, and so on. As president of “Artist on the Bluff,” Bacon also serves as a “Working Artist” for Golden paint (specializing in acrylic paints) and enjoys teaching the craft of painting throughout the Midwest. You might even find Bacon teaching a workshop or two at a Sunset Foods store near you in the near future.

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Shoppers, get your Sweet Corn here!

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Guess what season it is? Summer, you might say – in which case, you’d be correct. But we here at Sunset also like to call it corn season! While that might sound “corny,” you’ll soon find out why corn on the cob could very well become a main rather than side dish during your next summer soiree. Unlike other grocery stores offering corn from wherever, we make sure to keep things hyper local and ensure that the farms harvesting corn align with our high standards.

That’s why Sunset Foods chooses Harvard, Illinois’ Twin Gardens Inc. for bicolor sweet corn, otherwise known as “Mirai” corn. Like Sunset, Twin Gardens is a family-owned company that’s been thriving for generations (since 1954, to be exact). The Mirai sweet corn, one of the Gardens’ most innovative produce, came to be in the ‘90s as a natural cross-pollination of sweet corn genes; it grows best in warm temperatures and when fully matured, peeled and packaged, contains three colors (yellow, white and bicolor). As these sweet corns remain super tender, they require handpicking. That also happens to reinforce picking out quality corn, anyway.

So, you’ve got your one-of-a-kind Mirai corn from Sunset – what do you do with it next? Here’s one corn on the cob recipe that’s gotten quite the buzz, and it requires few ingredients and can be mastered by cooking novices and experts alike: https://spicysouthernkitchen.com/best-way-to-cook-corn-on-the-cob/.

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JUL
23

Unveiling the 'bee's knees' of seasonal produce

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Fly like a butterfly, sting like a bee!

That’s what Sunset Foods does, looking elegant while besting its competition from one department to another. Now, in this produce season where foods’ edibility coincides with bees’ livelihood, Sunset takes a look into which of our seasonal foods need bees similar to how plants need water.

According to a report conducted by the Food and Agriculture Association of the United Nations (FAO), crop pollination relies heavily on contribution from none other than bees. As a result of that pollination, certain produce improve in quality than if the bees had avoided these foods all together.

Studies have shown that roughly 85 percent of crops grown specifically for humans require bees’ pollination, as that increases quality and yield. And since Sunset Foods’ inception in 1937, the premium grocery store has provided patrons with the best local and bee-friendly produce available, allowing them to lead betters lives in and outside of the kitchen. Throughout July and August, Sunset will offer produce from Didier Farms (older than us by a quarter-century) out in nearby Lake County, as well as produce from esteemed farms in Michigan and Indiana.

Sweet and tangy, Michigan blueberries from Red Barn Farm in South Haven, MI make for great additions to yogurt and salads, or taste just fine on their own. The United States produces more blueberries than any other country, according to FAO. “Bumblebees visit more flowers per minute than other pollinators, and have no difficulty extracting nectar from blueberry flowers with their long tongues,” reads the FAO study.

Sourced locally from Didier Farms as well as from Indiana and Michigan farmlands, cucumbers will start hitting Sunset’s produce aisle this August. Crunchy and cool, there’s a reason these refreshing veggies make you feel as cool as…well, a cucumber! What might come as a surprise, though, is that bees make it possible for cucumbers to exist in the first place.

Other Sunset fruits and veggies that exist thanks in-part to bees include Athena homegrown cantaloupe (Indiana), watermelon (Indiana), peaches (Illinois and Michigan), kale, green, red & savoy cabbage (Indiana and Didier Farms), vine ripe tomatoes and plum tomatoes (Michigan and Chicago), squash, eggplant (Indiana, Michigan and Didier), beets (Indiana and Didier), basil, herbs and veggies (Illinois), kale, mustard, turnip & collard (Michigan), green & yellow zucchini (Indiana, Michigan and Didier).

More seasonal produce available at Sunset Foods in July and August will include green beans (from Ohio, Michigan and Illinois), celery (Michigan), romaine lettuce, green and red leaf (Michigan), pickles (Indiana, Michigan and Didier), celery (Michigan), green peppers (Indiana, Michigan and Didier), romaine: green leaf & red leaf (Michigan).

In all, it’s safe to say that without bees, there would be fewer and fewer delicious produce to grow in the farmlands, land in Sunset stores and eventually, family kitchens. Stay tuned for another blog post on Natural Honey by Allen (run by Lake Forest’s Allen Kracower), which prides itself on being the only local honey that contains zero chemicals. The honey operation has many other unique qualities, including the fact that all of its proceeds go toward recovering cancer patients from the Lake Forest Hospital (more on that later).

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Nothing says 'Happy Father's Day' more than top-of-the-line steaks!

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At Sunset Foods, we're cooking up something extra tasty for deserving dads this Father’s Day.

Join us on Saturday, June 16, for a special Steak Cutting Event! Our Master Meat Cutters will offer custom-cut tender Ribeye, Tomahawk and Strip steaks from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., making for delectable gifts for dad's special day!

Debating how to best grill up this goodness? Our hands-on experts provide at-home recommendations, or will gladly season your cuts for you depending on what dad likes. See you there!

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10

Sunset Foods unveils new Quick and Easy chef-created meal program

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Sunset Foods, the top-rated family-owned grocery chain located in Chicago’s northern suburbs, has launched 4-minute chef-created meals under the Quick and Easy banner. Targeting consumers wanting deliciously fresh meals with minimal prep and clean up time, these all-natural and nutritious foods make getting meals on the table faster than ever before.

Designed with the on-the-go consumer in mind, Sunset’s Quick and Easy recipes are prefect for anyone who wants to make a delicious meal without any dicing, cutting, or measuring. There are three categories within the program allowing customers the option of adding their own flair to their culinary creations: “Hot & Ready,” “Prepare at Home” and “Heat & Eat.”

“We have been in the prepared meals business long before it became trendy,” says Sunset Foods’ Vice President of Marketing, Thaddeus Tazioli. “Our kitchens are busier than most restaurants and we have 10-15 cooks per store who prepare at least 75 to 100 unique dishes from scratch every day.” While preparing true restaurant-quality meals is something Sunset was already doing, the breakthrough was the packaging technology which allows the meals to be cooked in minutes.

Under the guidance of Deli Department Director Chuck Gullo, these cooking experts use simple, fresh ingredients and unique recipes for a variety of fish, meat and vegetable favorites including: Cod Provencal, Garlic and Herb Chicken and Mediterranean Vegetables.

“We want to take something that’s great quality, but also super simple,” says Deli Department Head Chuck Gullo. “The food looks beautiful and because the packaging allows you to see it before you buy it, it’s been an immediate success. Preparation is deceptively simple, and one might be tempted to think there must be a sacrifice someplace; but this isn’t the case.”

All five of Sunset Foods’ critically and consumer-acclaimed grocery stores are offering customers Quick & Easy programs: Lake Forest, Libertyville, Highland Park, Northbrook and Long Grove, with the latter store’s program debuting this month.

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Where to celebrate Cinco De Mayo this Saturday

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Get into the fiesta spirit this Cinco de Mayo this Saturday with Sunset Foods! Celebrate Mexican heritage exclusively at our stores, which will feature lots of fresh guacamole and serenades from local band Mariachi Garibaldi! The mariachi band will perform in signature costume starting in our Libertyville store at roughly 11 a.m., then Long Grove at 11:45 a.m., Northbrook at 12:30 p.m., Highland Park at 1:15 p.m. and end its celebratory Sunset Foods tour in Lake Forest at 2 p.m.

Sombreros welcome. And pick up a case of Coronas, while you’re at it! Cheers.

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The secret to great guacamole? That's best answered by Gloria Castrejon, who's been making guacamole in our Highland Park store for five years. She's just now sharing her secrets for Sunset's homemade take on this customer favorite:

- Use the freshest ingredients and an extra splash of lime juice to slow browning

- Mash five avocados with a fork, and then stir in one juiced lime, one diced Roma tomato, one minced red onion, ¼ bunch of chopped cilantro, and add some salt and pepper

 

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