Pi Day Celebration! 9" Apple Pies for $6.49!

Pi Day Celebration! 9" Apple Pies for $6.49!

Indulge your inner nerd this Pi Day (that's March 14th, or 3.14) and enjoy 9-inch Gardner apple pies for $6.49.

Gardner Pies are refreshingly old-fashioned and bursting with homemade goodness. Don't miss this special, one-day only price at your local Sunset Bakery. 


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Women-Owned Business Event ~ 3/10 at Sunset Libertyville!

Women-Owned Business Event ~ 3/10 at Sunset Libertyville!

In honor of International Women’s Day on March 8th, Sunset is celebrating our community’s outstanding female food entrepreneurs! Join us on Saturday, March 10th at Sunset Libertyville for an afternoon of local food and inspiring women. Taste for yourself why they’re so proud of their products, and why we’re so proud to work with them. Sunset will donate a portion of store sales on 3/10 to The Floured Apron—a local non-profit that empowers underserved women with job training in the culinary arts. 

Meet the women behind the business! Here are some of our valued female partners and their stories. 


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The initial concept for The Floured Apron came from passion, need, and a love of chemistry. Emily Boling always loved baking, and has fond memories of doing so in her grandmother’s kitchen. With a background in chemical engineering, she's a self-described science geek. She believes in loving what you do and was convinced that bringing women together in a nurturing baking environment would propel them to stable careers and financial success. The Floured Apron's mission is to empower women from underserved communities with the training, knowledge, and support they need to forge a new and more economically-secure career path. So far it’s been a recipe for success!

Founder and bakery owner, Suzanne Marcus had a "sweet vision" of providing her specialty baked goods to Chicago area markets more than twenty years ago! Looking beyond her career in finance, Suzanne embraced her passion and donned an apron. Her desire to create quality, wholesome, hand-crafted and (most importantly) delicious bakery products became the cornerstone of Hot Cakes Bakery. As her business grew, Suzanne's fans encouraged her to create a line of freshly baked packaged products, available in your local market. Taste the goodness that is distinctly---Hot Cakes Bakery. 

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One of the wine industry’s top executives and innovators, Jackson Family Wines Chairman & Proprietor Barbara R. Banke has spent the last two decades leading the company she co-founded with her late husband, wine icon Jess Jackson, while building and expanding some of the most beloved wineries in the nation.

Carol Goodman spent decades perfecting her baked goods.  In 1979, her friends and family persuaded her to approach Sunset Foods with her homemade cookies. The bakery manager tried them and asked Carol to bring several dozen the next day to see if the cookies would sell. Carol stayed up all night baking and brought 50 lbs. of cookies to the store the following morning.  In record time, all 50 pounds had been sold.  The manager told Carol to..."Go home and start baking!"  And from that day forward, these wonderful, homemade creations were known as Carol's Cookies.

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Dana Dreves is a mom of 3, a hydration enthusiast, and a Chicagoland MOMpreneur. She's dedicated to helping busy women rehydrate and rejuvenate. Because let's face it: moms live very busy lives, working long hours, running busy households, or just keeping up with their children. Dana creates CraftWater to support moms' busy lifestyle!

“Start a natural foods company.” Those were the words Elizabeth wrote down on the blank piece of paper while in class at her holistic nutrition school. Her goal was simple: provide healthier, better-tasting alternatives to what was currently on the market, using the incredibly powerful superfoods that she was learning about in school, like quinoa, hemp, chia seeds and coconut oil. Simply Elizabeth was born! 

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Robin Fields has been bringing smiles to Chicagoland since 1998. After experimenting with making desserts for a party, she discovered her passion for making toffee and gave life to Toffee Break Desserts! Toffee Break Desserts is well-known for corporate gifting, catering special events, and wholesale distribution. We offer a variety of Signature Toffee flavors, as well as other Chocolate Specialties such as Grand Tortoises, Cookies and more!

Ellona Ferson is a visionary behind the Napa Hills brand. A founder of a small local company, and a non-drinker, Ellona was looking for a healthier alternatives to red wine. She count'd find a  beverage that would pair nicely with food, taste delicious and deliver the same heart-healthy antioxidants found in red wine but without the alcohol, calories or sugar.  So she decided to craft Napa Hills water - a refreshing, delicious and heart-healthy water. Her cutting-edge innovative beverage aims to help people live longer, healthier lives. Visit, Napa Hill is available at all Sunset Foods stores.

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Ali Graeme's life changed dramatically in the summer of 2007 when her teenage son was diagnosed with Celiac Disease. She immediately thought about all her son's favorite foods that he would have to give up. They were both devastated! Things got worse when Ali was diagnosed with the same disease. Ali channeled her energies into something positive for her and her son. She started Sweet Ali’s Gluten Free Bakery in 2009, with the goal of creating delicious gluten-free products that those suffering from gluten intolerance would enjoy, and those not affected by gluten would enthusiastically embrace.

When Kiki Michalakos's son was diagnosed with Celiac Disease, she knew many of her family's traditional Greek recipes would be off-limits. She wasn't able to find any truly crave-able, gluten-free ethnic foods like the ones she grew up enjoying, so she started developing gluten-free versions of her family's favorite recipes. Today, she's shattering preconceived notions of how gluten-free foods should taste, with a her line, Kiki's Gluten-Free Foods--a full range of entrees, pizzas, pastas, baked goods, and desserts. Her products are recipients of the 2017, 2016, 2014, and 2013 National Restaurant Association FABI Award. 

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Eighteen years ago the Giacomini family, Bob, his wife Dean, and their four daughters Karen, Diana, Lynn and Jill, decided to re-focus their dairy business on artisan cheese production. In August of 2000 they produced their first batch of Original Blue Cheese, which today has grown into Point Reyes Farmstead. The brand has become iconic as one of California’s most highly-regarded and well-known, artisan cheeses. The family has since focused on producing the best blue cheese in the country while building a reputable and reliable brand as they introduced Original Blue to every major market in the US.

Cindy Kienzle is the owner and creator of The Hungry Monkey Baking Company, LLC.®, a premium brand of sweets. Hungry Monkey started almost by accident. After leaving her marketing career, Cindy was asked to bake her banana bread for a nonprofit for kids with learning differences. Since her own daughter, Lily (Hungry Monkey’s namesake), has special needs, she jumped at the opportunity.  Her breads sold out two days in a row and people didn’t stop calling to order. A month later Cindy was selling her banana bread at local farmers markets, selling out weekly; three months later, Sunset Foods gave her a start in the wholesale grocery business, and the business continued to grow from there.

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After Barbara Giannetti married and started a family, she found that getting a healthy and delicious dinner on the table after working all day was almost impossible. Barbara grew up steeped in family tradition, especially at mealtime. She searched for a bottled sauce that resembled her families’ recipes, but none were quite what she was looking for. Seeking to recreate her memories of aromas, tastes and flavors of the pasta dishes that were a staple in her home, da Giulia was born! Barbara’s sauces help bring families together at mealtime by creating memories that will last a lifetime.

Diane Garber transitioned her 25-year career as a business executive in the food, retail and consulting industry to her lifelong passion as the founder of WillPOWER Your Day™, Inc., an innovative company that specializes in the development and retailing of plant-based foods.  While all of WillPOWER Your Day’s snacks are sinfully delicious, they also provide outstanding nutrition. Ms. Garber received her certification as a Food For Life Instructor from Physician’s Committee for Responsible Medicine

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What Does It Mean to 'Eat Clean'?

What Does It Mean to 'Eat Clean'?

Does the idea of chemical-sounding ingredients in your food leave a bad taste in your mouth? You’re not alone. ‘Clean eating’ is sweeping the nation as one of the most popular diet movements. But what does this term really mean?

‘Clean eating’ doesn’t have an official definition, so it means different things to different people. To most, it means choosing foods that are closest to their natural state—also known as ‘whole foods’ or minimally processed foods. More extreme interpretations of ‘clean eating’ may exclude dairy, gluten, or grains from the diet, though this is not recommended without a medical reason.

Often, terms like ‘clean’ and ‘natural’ go hand in hand. A food is ‘natural’ when it lacks artificial colors, flavors, and preservatives. While artificial food additives are not harmful (at least not in the quantities that are added to foods), a long list of additives in the ingredient statement is a telltale sign that that food is highly processed. Generally speaking, highly processed foods are less nutrient-dense and are higher in sugar, sodium, and fat than minimally processed foods.

Despite being tested for safety, some shoppers are still skeptical of artificial food additives—for many reasons. Some shoppers distrust food manufacturers, believe artificial additives may be harmful over the long term, or just feel funny about eating something they can’t pronounce. No matter the reason, there are options for those who wish to avoid undesirable ingredients.Wild Harvest Logo

Wild Harvest is Sunset’s line of “free from” foods—all Wild Harvest foods do not contain artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives. In fact, there are hundreds of ingredients that are kept out, click here to view a full list.

Sunset believes simple food is best. Try Wild Harvest and taste how natural flavors speak for themselves. 




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All Supplements & Protein Powders 20% Off 1/17-1/24

Get ready to shop, save, and support your health! Now's the time to stock up on your favorite products and finally get that vitamin D you've been meaning to pick up. 

Need help choosing the right supplements for you? Want a Dietitian's input on your supplement regimen? Stop by our Lake Forest store on Saturday, 1/20, from 11am-2pm to meet Courtney, our Registered Dietitian. She'll be available to field questions and share her favorite products. Plus snag free samples and coupons!


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Get Fancy: Champagne and Caviar Tasting 12/16/17

Get Fancy: Champagne and Caviar Tasting 12/16/17

Go ahead and spoil yourself. Indulge in the finer things at our Champagne and Caviar tasting on Saturday, December 16th, from 12pm-3pm, at all Sunset locations.

Ring in the New Year with a bit of luxury, or find that unique gift for the person who has everything. Discover flavor nuances while enjoying deep discounts on these highly coveted items.

This event is free to attend. Sale prices are valid on champagnes throughout the week, though caviar discounts apply only on 12/16/17. 

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Santa’s Reindeer at Lake Forest Sunset 12/16/17

Santa’s Reindeer at Lake Forest Sunset 12/16/17

Santa’s reindeer are bringing extra magic to Sunset Foods this Christmas.

Dasher, Dancer, and the rest of the gang will be spreading some Christmas cheer at our Lake Forest store on Saturday, December 16th from 10am-2pm.

Petting is encouraged! Don't miss this festive photo opp with the kids. (Next year’s Christmas card, anyone?) 

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Annual Gingerbread House Decorating & Seasonal Sampling

Annual Gingerbread House Decorating & Seasonal Sampling

One of our favorite holiday traditions continues! Join us for seasonal family fun during our annual Gingerbread House Decorating event on Saturday, December 9th, from 11am-4pm, at all Sunset locations. 

$15 gets you a prebuilt gingerbread house and all the gumdrops, candy canes, frosting, and other goodies you’ll need to decorate the gingerbread house of your dreams. Take it home, give it as a gift, or enjoy it yourself.

Space is limited, so please sign up with the customer service desk (either in-person or over the phone) of your favorite Sunset store.

This is event isn’t just for the little ones. Moms and Dads: we’re bringing you tasty inspiration for your holiday menu. Sample holiday items from our favorite vendors throughout the store. See you there! 

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Know Your Food: The Story of Our Parmigiano Reggiano

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Sunset’s Parmigiano Reggiano is special. Here’s why:

The farm.
Our Parmigiano Reggiano hales from Malandrone farm, which has been managed by the Minelli family for over 100 years. The farm is nestled in the rural mountain town of Pavullo nel Frignano in the northern Italian province of Modena. 

Our Parmigiano Reggiano is made at a higher elevation than most. In fact, it’s a certified ‘Mountain Product’—a unique designation given to Parmigiano Reggianos produced in pristine mountain environments. The mountain altitude and climate promotes the growth of lush grasses and herbs, whose unique aroma and flavors make their way into the cheese. 

The sourcing.
Giovanni Minelli photoOur Parmigiano Reggiano is completely single-sourced. This is unique; most Parmigiano Reggiano dairies pool milk from a number of neighboring farms, make cheese from it, then sell it to a separate aging facility. Our Parmigiano Reggiano is produced on the Malandrone farm from start to finish. The Minelli family meticulously controls every detail of production, from the cow’s diet to the aging process. 

The unpasteurized milk used for our Parmigiano Reggiano is sourced exclusively from cows born and raised on the Malandrone farm. About 150 Holstein Friesian cows are raised in the pasture and open housing. If the cow’s aren’t able to find enough to eat on their mountain pasture, supplemental forage is sourced locally within 3-4 miles from the farm. 

The process.

The Minelli’s don’t cut corners in their cheese making process. Valuing flavor over return, they use the minimal amount of rennet and whey, and they favor a low fat to casein ratio (some dairies increase this ratio to increase yields, though this reduces the flavor complexity). They also know that a slow curd formation is crucial; the difference is evidence when flavors emerge during the aging process. 

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The Minell’s go above and beyond in their aging process, too. Their Parmigiano Reggiano is aged for 26 months—a period well over industry norms. After those 26 months, delicate flavors of butter and grass emerge, and distinctive bits of tyrosine crystals develop. 

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Taste why we’re so proud of our Parmigiano Reggiano (and many other cheeses) at our Fall Cheese Tasting on Saturday, 11/4 in Northbrook, or Saturday, 11/11 in Long Grove


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Fall Fun: Apple Dipping & Pumpkin Carving at Sunset’s Bakery

Nothing says fall like dipped apples and carved pumpkins. Join us in the Bakery department of your local Sunset for some fall fun—without any of the clean up!

Show off your craftsmanship and carve your very own pumpkin for $5. You bring the creativity, we’ll provide the pumpkins, tools, and Halloween spirit. Pumpkin carving is from 10am-3pm on Saturday, 10/21.

Nothing beats a freshly dipped caramel apple. Swing by our Bakery and decorate with your choice of yummy toppings. Apple dipping is from 11am-2pm on Saturday, 10/21.

These sweet seaonal events will take place at all Sunset locations. All ages are welcome! 

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The Hatch Chile: One Fiesta-Worthy Pepper

Hatch Chiles are a finer gastronomic pleasure that, when you have the opportunity, you should really try.
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A Hatch Chile is a green chili around 4-5 inches in length. They’re grown exclusively in a 100 square-mile area of New Mexico called the Mesilla Valley. The chili is named after the town of “Hatch”, a small village in the valley.

Like wine, the best chilies are grown in climates with hot daytime temperatures and cold nights. The intense sunlight and cool evening in the Mesilla Valley result in a uniquely flavored chile. Served raw, Hatch Chiles have earthy flavors, mild heat, and a subtle sweetness. Served roasted, these flavors intensify, creating complex, zesty and smoky flavors. Hatch Chiles are about half as hot as jalapenos. They tingle on the tongue rather than burn. Their meaty flesh stands up well to an open flame.

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During the chili harvest, Hatch, NM hosts an annual Hatch Chile roast and festival. Thousands of out-of-state and international visitors flock to the sleepy New Mexican town to experience the esteemed Hatch Chile.

Sunset shoppers need only travel as far as the nearest Sunset store to experience a freshly roasted Hatch Chile. We’re shipping in Hatch Chiles direct from New Mexico, and roasting them outside all Sunset locations. Here’s the schedule:

Hatch Chile schedule


Our rotating drum roasters turn the chilies as they roast over an open flame at 900 degrees. Watch them blister, char, and pop, then taste for yourself what all the hype is about. Purchase the chilies by-the-pound and stock up for the rest of the year (roasted Hatch Chiles freeze well in zip-lock bags). Or try one of Sunset’s original recipes featuring our favorite chili, such as:

Items featuring Hatch Chiles

Hatch Chile season is short. Fresh chilies are available for a limited 6-week window, with late August being peak harvest. Get ‘em while they’re hot! 

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Fall Cheese Tasting Events

We’re kicking off a new weekend cheese tasting series that offers the opportunity to learn about dozens of delectable cheeses while getting the chance to sample them all.

This series is much more than just a tasting event. It’s a grand tour with some of the best artisanal guides in the business. Guests are invited to explore Sunset’s wide range of high-quality cheeses and talk with cheese experts.

The wide array of cheeses showcased each week will include plenty of the best quality international and domestic varieties. We’ll have creamy and flavorful options from Ireland’s Kerrygold, France’s Champs-Élysées, Italy’s Isola, and Spain’s Manchego. Our experts will also feature savory local and domestic offerings including Wisconsin Artisan Cheese, La Bottega Di Belgioioso, and Sartori cheeses.

Join us Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. to enjoy this free event! It all kicks off September 10 at Sunset’s Highland Park location, September 17 at our Northbrook location, September 24 at our Lake Forest location, October 8 at our Long Grove location, and October 22 at our Libertyville location.

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