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Sunset Foods receives series of awards, sealing its reputation as best local grocer

And the award for best grocery store near you goes to…Sunset Foods!

It is an honor to announce that Sunset Foods has received two prestigious awards so far this year – and the accolades keep on coming. 22nd Century Media readers selected the family-owned Chicagoland grocery store as “Best Grocery Store,” while similarly the Daily Herald Business Ledger has awarded Sunset Foods with “The Annual Award for Business Excellence” within the “Innovation and Community Involvement by a Family-Owned Business” category – both of which are incredible achievements, indeed. While each award is a humbling honor, we still like to say: “Winning twice is extra nice!”

“These awards add further validation to the core principles which have guided this company for 81 years,” says Sunset Foods’ Vice President of Marketing Thaddeus Tazioli. “Fashions change and trends come and go, but heartfelt care for the customers and communities we serve is our recipe for success.”

22nd Century Media values the opinions of its readers which is why each year it conducts the North Shore Choice Awards to select the best of the best amongst the many businesses which make the Northern suburbs one of the most desirable places to live and work in the country. With so many places to go grocery shopping, it’s tremendously gratifying to be recognized by our neighbors as their number pick for Best Grocery Store. We would like to give a big thank you to all of the readers. We’ve been doing this for 81 years, and promise to continue for at least 81 more.

New customers and returning ones have expressed their gratitude for the consistently exceptional services and products that Sunset Foods always provide.

“There’s not a cause they are asked to support in the community that they don’t support,” a longtime shopper once said. “Their name is listed on every sport team’s plaque you see around town, and as a sponsor every cause; it’s [the store’s] way of saying ‘this community is important.’”

Ever since Vice President of Marketing Thaddeus Tazioli joined Sunset Foods a quarter-century ago, the community involvement has only strengthened.

“Every employee at Sunset has the same job, which is to create value for our customer,” Tazioli said.

The 28th annual Daily Herald Business Ledger awards recognize local businesses within the publication's circulation area that show a positive impact within the community. Sunset Foods has been recognized for its impactful presence as a family venture. Previous industry honors include the Corporate Citizen of the Year Award, the Neighborhood Partnership Award (Food Marketing Institute in Recognition of Sunset’s Annual Food Drive) and recognizing Sunset's participation in the Scouting for Food Drive within the Moraine Township.

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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Blackberry Cabernet Roast Eye of Round

Red wine and blackberries act as a tenderizer for this cut of meat often used for pot roast. For the best flavor and texture, roast to medium rare then slice across the grain. The Cabernet blackberry au jus is an elegant finish that cooks quickly in the roasting pan after the meat is done.

 

Ingredients

Roast with marinade

5 lbs. eye of round beef roast
1 Package Driscoll's Blackberries, plus more for garnish
2 Cups Cabernet Sauvignon
4 Cloves garlic, chopped
1 Tbsp. chopped fresh rosemary leaves, plus more for garnish
1 Tbsp. thyme leaves, plus more for garnish
2 Teaspoons chopped fresh sage leaves
2 Teaspoons salt
1/2 Tsp. ground black pepper
2 Teaspoons cracked pepper melange

Blackberry Cabernet Au Jus

1 Package Driscoll's Blackberries (6 ounces or about 1 1/3 cups)
2 Cups beef broth
2 Tablespoons cornstarch
1/3 Cup Cabernet Sauvignon
Salt and ground black pepper, to taste

Directions
Roast with marinade

Heat oven to 425°F.

Pierce all sides of meat using a meat fork every 1 inch and place in a large resealable plastic bag.

Purée blackberries in a blender or food processor. Press through a sieve to remove seeds. Discard solids. Combine blackberry purée, Cabernet, garlic, rosemary, thyme, sage, salt and black pepper in a small bowl. Pour mixture over roast and seal bag. Refrigerate 4 hours or overnight, turning roast occasionally.

Drain meat from marinade. Sprinkle cracked pepper mélange evenly over meat and place in a large roasting pan. Pour 1 cup marinade from plastic bag into roasting pan. Discard remaining marinade. Roast 15 minutes, reduce oven to 350°F Continue to roast 50 minutes or until meat thermometer reads 145°F for medium rare. Remove meat from roasting pan. Let stand 5 minutes before slicing thinly across the grain.

Blackberry Cabernet Au Jus

Purée 1/2 cup blackberries in a blender or food processor. Press through a sieve to remove seeds. Discard solids. Using a wooden spoon, loosen and dissolve any browned bits in roasting pan. Stir in blackberry puree, beef broth, cornstarch and Cabernet. Place roasting pan over medium heat. Bring to a boil stirring constantly. Cook 1 minute or until slightly thickened. Stir in remaining blackberries. Season with salt and pepper.

To Serve

Garnish platter with rosemary, thyme and blackberries.

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