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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AUG
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
26

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
12

Sunset Foods Invites You to Taste the Hottest Foods of 2018!

 

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Explore more than 35 of the absolute greatest local food vendors in the business at select Sunset Foods during our back-to-back tasting events happening this month!

What: “Presenting the Best Products of 2018” Tasting and Sale Event
When: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. on Saturday, July 21; 11 a.m.-3 p.m. on Saturday, July 28
Where: July 21 in Highland Park; July 28 in Northbrook
Cost: FREE for Sunset Foods patrons!
To register: Just show up!

“Our greatest pride and joy at Sunset Foods is providing customers with the highest quality products available,” said Sunset Foods’ Vice President of Marketing, Thaddeus Tazioli. “And when our stores showcase beverages, savories and sweets that have been manufactured locally, we are in turn exposing clients to nearby products they would only now realize can be brought into their homes.”

Each of the 35+ vendors has unique backgrounds behind their products, which align with Sunset Foods’ mission of offering upscale gourmet items. Here are some vendors to key an eye (and mouth!) out for:

• Petal botanical sparkling rose water (local)
• Malk Organics nut milks
• Craft Water (local)
• Limitless Cold Brew Coffee (local). The company’s truck will be parked outside of both events, providing cold brew samples for those wanting an extra kick leading into the shopping events.
• Coolhaus Ice Cream
• Alter Eco Chocolate bars
• Sketchbook Brewery (local Evanston-based New England-style IPA recently featured in The Chicago Tribune)
• Beyond Burger (plant-based burger)

That list above must have gotten your taste buds raring to go. Luckily, we’re once again having two events rather than just one: Saturday, July 21 at Sunset Foods’ Highland Park location from 11 a.m. – 3p.m., and Saturday, July 28 at our Northbrook store, same time frame. Get ready to taste the best at your local Sunset Foods market!

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MAY
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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MAY
01

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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