MAY
18

Enjoy Sunset Foods’ upcoming Wine Tastings and Evaluation Event May 24

 

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Sunset Foods, the top-rated family-owned grocery chain located in Chicago’s northern suburbs, welcomes you to attend its upcoming “Wine Tastings and Evaluation Event" in Lake Forest, IL scheduled for Thursday, May 24 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Sunset Floral Design area.

During the two-hour summer-themed wine tasting class, in-house Sommelier Pierre Asti, alongside Sunset Floral Design’s Joanne Willing, will introduce guests to the unique flavors of white, sparkling and Syrah wines personally selected alongside complementary aperitifs such as cheeses, vegetables with dips and meats. Guests will taste and evaluate wines ranging from $8.49 up to $40. It’s the ideal way of getting a feel for which wines should make their way into one’s summer collection.

“I think we have a lot of fun doing it,” says Asti regarding the process of leading monthly wine tastings within the North Shore community. “It’s enriching to see people learn how one wine tastes different from another, and I encourage people to talk about what they’re tasting.”

Oftentimes guests will visit the Lake Forest store and wander around the wine collection, debating which beverages they should enjoy for their next special occasion. Under Pierre’s guidance, each wine has been carefully added to the store so that whichever one a customer chooses – regardless of budget – will leave lasting impressions on the palate. Knowing which wines pair well with certain foods takes another level of training, and that skill will come from taking Asti’s class.

“Many of our regular customers who take home salads that we make in-house and steaks for the grill will ask us ‘what wines will pair well with my food?’” says Vice President of Sunset Foods, Thaddeus Tazioli. “Having Pierre lead an event like this helps people better select wines suited for their respective taste, just in time for summer.”

While each wine tasting class is open to the public, advance reservations are required as there’s limited space available. The $20 attendance fee also goes toward wine purchases made on the evening of May 24.

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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JUN
20

Quinoa Salad with Mango, Ginger, and Lime

I love a good grain salad, especially in the summer. Served chilled, it’s perfect for hot days when we swap out heavy dishes for lighter fare. This recipe in particular has a lovely balance of flavors. It’s part fruity, part bold, part citrusy, and a total crowd pleaser. Serve it as an accompaniment to whatever’s coming off the backyard grill. Or eat it all on its own for lunch. Between the quinoa and the cashews, there’s enough protein in this recipe to keep you full until dinner.

 

Quinoa recipe

 

 

If you haven’t yet embraced quinoa (pronounced KEEN-wah), this recipe is a great introduction. Although it’s technically a seed, quinoa behaves like a grain. In fact, you can use quinoa just about any place you would use rice, and it cooks up in much the same way. Like rice, quinoa is also gluten-free. The kernels are small—about the size of couscous—but they pack a big nutritional punch. Quinoa is unique in the sense that it’s a complete protein, meaning it supplies all the amino acids we can’t make ourselves. Not many grains can do that!

Quinoa plant Quinoa was a staple food of Andean peoples. The Incas considered it to be sacred, referring to it as
chisoya mama, or “mother of all grains.” Today, over 90% of the quinoa that’s available in the U.S. comes from Bolivia or Peru.There are many varietals of quinoa; you may notice white, red, or black quinoa on Sunset’s shelves. Nutritionally, each variety is very similar. Experiment with different colors to keep your pantry interesting.  

 

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