OCT
08

Fall Tasting Series: Big Cheese Sampling Event

Calling all cheese connoisseurs: We’re preparing quite the spread for you!

Our cheese departments carry hundreds of cheeses - all of them good, all of them different from one another. Like the adage goes, “You never know until you try.” Your favorite cheese may be in our case, patiently waiting for you to taste it.

And now is your chance.

Embrace your inner cheesemonger and join us for our new tasting series where our experts will introduce you to some of their favorite top-quality products. From the smooth and creamy to the pungent and earthy, explore all the notes and flavors our cheese departments have to offer. 

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. Not only are guests invited to sample Sunset’s wide range of high-quality cheeses, our experts will also share insights on cheese styles, aging lengths, pairing ideas, and more.

This series is completely free and open to all. Just stop in to taste, enjoy, and learn at a location that works best for you: 

Northbrook: Saturday: October 12

Libertyville: Saturday, October 19

Long Grove: Saturday, October 26 

Lake Forest: Saturday, November 11 

Highland Park: Saturday, November 16 

All tastings are 11 a.m. – 3 .p.m. See you there!

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OCT
01

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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SEP
11

Plant-Based Foods: Explore Offerings During Our Expo!

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Want help navigating the expanding plant-based food space? Now is your chance!

During the past few years, these innovative products - which come from plants and don't contain animal ingredients such as meat, milk, eggs, or honey - have become household favorites for many families.  As this category of food becomes even more popular, our team at Sunset Foods wants to create an educational (and tasty) opportunity for you to explore plant-based options in a convenient setting. 

We hope you'll join us Saturday, September 14 as we host the first first-ever Plant-Based Food Expo at our Northbrook location between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.! Dozens of the top plant-based vendors will set-up shop in our store to share samples, answer questions, and offer exclusive deals for you to enjoy. From burgers, pizza, and deli slices to cookies, ice cream, and beverages, the options are endless -- and delicious!

 

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JUL
12

Fairlife Update

After an in-depth review of the steps Fairlife has taken to address animal welfare concerns, including third-party audits, a new zero tolerance policy, and discontinuing the use of milk from Fair Oaks Farms, Sunset Foods has started selling these products again in our stores.

Many of our customers rely on Fairlife products, and we are encouraged that the new policies will meet the values and standards we expect of all our suppliers.

Fairlife COO, Tim Doelman, shared the below information an update this month. You can continue to follow updated on the fairlife website, located here

 

"Update from fairlife COO Tim Doelman on fairlife’s commitment to audit our supplying farms

As part of fairlife’s ongoing commitment to continuous improvement and to ensure our supplying dairies are in compliance with the National Dairy FARM (Farmers Assuring Responsible Management) animal welfare program, last month we committed to conducting third-party audits of our supplying dairy farms. This note is to update you on our progress.

As of today, our third-party auditor, Food Safety Net Services Certification and Audit (FSNS C&A), has completed audits of farms representing 90% of fairlife’s milk supply. FSNS C&A is in the process of completing the remaining audits and compiling a detailed audit report. We will post additional details of their audit findings by July 21st. In the meantime, here’s a summary of their key findings so far:

  • Zero tolerance policies: The auditors verified that all of the farms’ employees have committed to our zero tolerance policy on animal abuse. Violation of this policy results in termination of any employee who has abused an animal on one occasion and, if appropriate, leads to an investigation by law enforcement.
  • Healthy and well-cared for cows: Key animal wellness indicators, such as cow/calf hygiene and body condition met or exceeded performance target scores for each of these categories.
  • Animal welfare training: The auditors verified that all the farms had signed  training records and documentation for specific animal care best practices.

Also as we previously communicated, fairlife has discontinued the use of milk from Fair Oaks Farms.

Having grown up on a dairy farm, I wanted to revisit the operations for myself. So, in addition to having the third-party audits conducted, I have personally visited a majority of our supplying farms. I was pleased with what I saw as it is consistent with the FSNS C&A audit findings outlined above and demonstrates that our supplying farms are in compliance with the FARM program animal welfare standards.

fairlife is fully committed to requiring all our supplying farms to meet our animal welfare standards. To help meet that commitment going forward, each of our supplying farms will be audited 24 times per year, and all of these audits will be unannounced.

Stay tuned for additional findings from our third-party audits, which we will post here by July 21st."

Sunset will continue to monitor the situation and will update this page with any changes. 

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JUN
11

Savor the 'Thrill of the Grill' every weekend throughout June!


This weekend’s weather forecast? Barbecue! And Sunset Foods has everything you need to get your grill on.

Come sample the very best of what Sunset's Meat Department offers every Saturday during our month-long "Thrill of the Grill." Taking place every Saturday, June 8 to June 29 from 11am-3pm, these fun events offer special values and lots of free samples. See schedule below for specific stores and details. In addition, grill enthusiasts can enter to win one of five Yeti coolers and $200 worth of Certified Angus Beef at Sunset’s Highland Park, Lake Forest, Libertyville, Long Grove, or Northbrook locations.

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Saturday 6/8 Long Grove (Craft Sausage)
Saturday 6/15 Lake Forest (Certified Angus Beef Steaks)
Saturday 6/22 Northbrook (Sunset's All-Natural Pork Ribs & Chops)
Saturday 6/29 Libertyville (Poultry ~ Chicken)

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Giveaway Rules
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NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. MAKING A PURCHASE OR PAYMENT OF ANY KIND WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED OR RESTRICTED BY LAW.

1. PROMOTION DESCRIPTION: The THRILL OF THE GRILL GIVEAWAY ("GIVEAWAY") begins on June 6, 2018, at 7:00 am and ends on June 14, 2018, at 5:00 pm (the \"Promotion Period\").

The sponsor of this Sweepstakes is CERTIFIED ANGUS BEEF & SUNSET FOODS ("Sponsors"). By participating in the GIVEAWAY, each Entrant unconditionally accepts and agrees to comply with and abide by these Official Rules and the decisions of Sponsors, which shall be final and binding in all respects. Sponsor is responsible for the collection, submission or processing of Entries and the overall administration of the Giveaway. Entrants should look solely to Sponsor with any questions, comments or problems related to the Sweepstakes. Sponsor may be reached by email at comments@sunsetfoods.com during the Promotion Period.

2. ELIGIBILITY: Open to legal residents of Illinois who are ELIGIBLE MINIMUM AGE (the \"Entrant\"). Sponsor, and their respective parents, subsidiaries, affiliates, distributors, retailers, sales representatives, advertising and promotion agencies and each of their respective officers, directors, and employees (the \"Promotion Entities\"), are ineligible to enter the Giveaway or win a prize. Household Members and Immediate Family Members of such individuals are also not eligible to enter or win. "Household Members" shall mean those people who share the same residence at least three months a year. "Immediate Family Members" shall mean parents, step-parents, legal guardians, children, step-children, siblings, step-siblings, or spouses. This Giveaway is subject to all applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations and is void where prohibited or restricted by law.

3. PRIZES:

The grand prize is a Yeti Cooler and $200 in Certified Angus Beef. Additional prizes may be given away at the discretion of store management and will be posted in-store. Prizes may not be exchanged for cash. Participants can enter at any Sunset store location. Raffle boxes are located at the Customer Service Desk. No purchase required to enter. Winners will be chosen at random by the Sunset Store Manager where the entry was received. Odds of winning are based on the number of entries received. One entry is allowed per household, per store visit, but participants may enter as often as they wish. Winners will be notified by email. One winner per household. Winners have 60 days to claim their prize or they forfeit the prize. Sunset will not share or use any details collected from the entries. Winners will be posted here and on Sunset's Facebook page.

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APR
30

Great American Cheese Month: New Cheese Tasting Series at Sunset

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Calling all cheese connoisseurs: We’re preparing quite the spread for you!

Our cheese departments carry hundreds of cheeses - all of them good, all of them different from one another. Like the adage goes, “You never know until you try.” Your favorite cheese may be in our case, patiently waiting for you to taste it.

And now is your chance.

Embrace your inner cheesemonger and join us for our new tasting series where our experts will introduce you to some of their favorite top-quality products. From the smooth and creamy to the pungent and earthy, explore all the notes and flavors our cheese departments have to offer. 

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. Not only are guests invited to sample Sunset’s wide range of high-quality cheeses, our experts will also share insights on cheese styles, aging lengths, pairing ideas, and more.

This series is completely free and open to all. Just stop in to taste, enjoy, and learn at a location that works best for you: 


Libertyville: Saturday, May 4

Long Grove: Saturday, May 11 

Lake Forest: Saturday, May 18 

Northbrook: Saturday: May 25

Highland Park: Saturday, June 1 

All tastings are 11 a.m. – 3 .p.m. See you there!

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APR
23

Rub the Pain Away: New Line of All-Natural, CBD Activity Balms Now at Sunset

Powerful pain relief is just a swipe away! Sunset is thrilled to now offer simple, natural, and effective relief with Muscle MX’s CBD Balm. 

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From game time to recovery, athletes need a product that can keep up with their lifestyle. These activity balms, powered by Organic CBD oil, are specifically designed to reduce inflammation and alleviate muscle and joint pain for athletes at every level. The pre- and post- activity formulas use a fast-acting, long-lasting heating and cooling therapy that allows you to stay in the game, cross that finish line, or even knock out your everyday activities with ease. 

Each balm is absorbed through your skin, so simply swipe it on your sore areas for immediate relief.  Once you apply the balm, you’ll feel your muscles warm up and enjoy the invigorating smell of peppermint to help circulate your breathing for an enhanced workout experience.  Use the recovery balm for soothing, post-activity cool downs to heal aching muscles and create joint comfort.

Don’t let muscle and joint pain keep you from the activities you love. Instead, kick your performance up a notch, reduce pain, and speed-up recovery times with these CBD-infused balms.

 

What is CBD Oil?

Muscle MX’s CBD Balm is made using 70 mg of 100% organic, all-natural Cannabidiol Oil. Found in the cannabis plant, this oil is a well-studied, in-demand, and promising therapy for a variety of medical issues, including pain relief. These products do not contain THC, the compound responsible for creating a "high" feeling, but rather the non-intoxicating, non-psychoactive property, CBD. 

 

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MAR
07

Tasting our way through International Women's Day this Saturday!

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International Women's Day celebrates entrepreneurial women from around the globe who set a leading example for the next generation of female leaders - and that includes women who work in the food and beverage industries. With the holiday falling on Friday, Sunset Food's store in Lake Forest will host more than a dozen female-run vendors slated to present their culinary masterpieces for customers to taste and take home to the family this coming Saturday midday.

Our Women-Led Business Event will take place between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. and also feature star vendors catering to those with a sweet tooth like Carol Goldman of Carol's Cookies and Cindy Kienzle of The Hungry Monkey Baking Company. We look forward to seeing you at our event in Lake Forest, and hearing stories from these women on how they are paving the way for other like-minded leaders in the culinary arts through their successes in the industry.

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MAR
01

Exclusive Hawaiian seafood showcase happening March 6-12!

Enjoy a series of freshly caught seafood delivered directly from the Hawaiian islands exclusively to Sunset Foods this Wednesday, March 6 through Tuesday, March 12.

While Sunset sells fresh, sustainably-caught Hawaiian seafood year-round, this week we are celebrating island-like flavors by overnight air-expressing an expanded assortment of freshly caught fish direct from Hawaii.

Fresh Hawaiian fish that you can get at your local Sunset Foods include: Ahi Tuna, Shutome, Mahi Mahi, Onaga, Ono, Monchong, and Opah. All of these fish are line-caught in the open ocean off of the Hawaiian Islands.

Ahi Tuna

Ahi Tuna

Also known as Yellowfin Tuna, this exceptional fish can be served raw as sashimi or sushi, offers a distinctive yet mild flavor, and has a pleasantly firm texture. Ahi is also delicious lightly seared and will absorb the flavor of whatever it’s cooked in.

Opah

Opah

Also known as Moonfish, this distinctive tropical fish combines a rich flavor with a firm and hearty texture. Opah’s pinkish orange flesh, is easy to prepare, and is as delicious raw, steamed, or smoked as it is baked, broiled, or sautéed.

Mahi Mahi

Mahi Mahi

Also known as Dorado, this deliciously sweet and perfectly mild fish offers a crowd-pleasing flaky texture without being dry. Mahi Mahi is wonderfully versatile and is well-suited for any recipe that calls for white fish.                             

Ono

Ono

Ono means “good to eat” in Hawaiian, and for good reason! This exceptionally sweet and buttery fish is appealing to many, and can be used in a variety of dishes. Like Ahi Tuna, Ono is especially delicious when served grilled or even raw.

Onaga

Onaga

Also known as Hawaiian Red Snapper, this world-renowned fish combines a mildly sweet flavor with an exquisite texture. Onaga can be served raw, but also becomes sweeter and delicately flaky when cooked.                                     

Shutome

Shutome

Also known as Broadbill Swordfish, this versatile and premium fish is easy to prepare and offers rich flavor as well as a smooth and tender texture. Shutome is ideal for grilling and is packed with lean protein, omega-3s, and vitamin B6.

Monchong

Monchong

Monchong is a versatile white-fleshed fish that can only be found in Hawaii. This unique fish is tender and moist and has a fantastic buttery flavor. Monchong is well-suited to sautéing, baking, and poaching and is also firm enough for the grill.

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FEB
22

You're invited to celebrate our 82nd year in business!

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Earlier this year, we announced a "Better For You" healthy eating campaign that promotes a new-and-improved you for the New Year. In our 82 years servicing the North Shore community, this campaign is just one example of how we look forward to better serving you and your families in between the aisles. To celebrate our anniversary of providing top-of-the-line food, customer service and shopping environment, you and your family and friends are invited to our annual cake-tasting celebration. It's happening at all stores this Saturday, February 23, from 11 a.m. onward. Let them eat cake!

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FEB
12

A sweet way to say 'I love you' this Valentine's Day...

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This Valentine’s Day, show your significant other the sweetest side of this love-themed holiday. On February 14, Sunset Foods’ bakery sections at all five locations will be creating custom chocolate-covered strawberries, which you can have dipped in milk or dark chocolate, and drizzled with white chocolate, or even covered in sprinkles, ground almonds, toffee bits and red/pink/white sugar. To complement this sweetly romantic treat, we’re selling berries at a special price of 3.99 per package throughout the two-hour event. Here’s to love, and enjoying some freshly dipped strawberries on Valentine’s Day.

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JAN
15

Buy online, pick up groceries curbside with Sunset’s new eGrocer shopping option!

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“You click it, we pick it” – that’s the motto of Sunset eGrocer - your convenient shop online and pickup  online shopping solution. In this re-rebranded and re-launched grocery shopping push, Sunset Foods offers customers conveniently simple online shopping options 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Save time when ordering all of your favorite Sunset Foods products, and choose from a selection of thousands of gourmet goods at the simple click of a button on our website. Just click on items you want added into your cart, schedule a pickup time and then your groceries will be prepared and waiting for you at your desired store location. As part of this service, skip store lines since staff members will bring your bagged groceries curbside to your car for your convenience.

You have the option of saving grocery lists for future shopping trips in your personal Sunset “eGrocer” account, where you can create and store shopping lists for your future grocery purchases. Whether you’re stocking up for your weekly cooking needs, planning your next party or just want a few things to go, check out even faster this way with your saved lists in the queue.

Sunset eGrocer’s online system works as easy as one, two, three. Simply log into your account, start shopping, and click onto items that will then automatically add into your virtual shopping cart. Select your ideal pickup time, which should be at least one hour prior to your order placement. Order as much or as little as you’d like – there’s no maximum when shopping with Sunset Foods’ eGrocer’s shopping option; minimum spend is $35.

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DEC
18

Inviting you to the 'Better For You' Organic, Natural Products Tasting Day

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Make a fresh start right in time for the new year.

Build new and improved healthy eating habits with help. To encourage customers in making great choices to kick off 2019, we’re offering complimentary admission to product demo sessions as well as celebrated items on sale from select vendors across the marketplace.

With the New Year fast approaching, that calls for a new and improved version of you. Come on that journey with us as your guide on Saturday, January 12 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Highland Park.

List of participating vendors:

- Flax4Life Muffins and Brownie Bites
- Natural Sins Baked Fruit Chips
- Phyter Foods Bars
- Polar Seltzer
- The Zen of Slow Cooking Spice Blends
- Carfagna’s Pasta Sauce
- MadeGood Granola
- Petal Rose Sparkling Water
- JiMMYBARS
- Handfulls CrrrunchBites Cracker Coated Almonds
- Handfulls Fusions Trail Mixes Blend
- Mozaics Organic Popped Veggie + Potato Chips
- That’s It Fruit Bars
- Deep River Snacks' Potato Chips
- Ethan’s Functional Apple Cider Vinegar & MCT Oil Shots
- Vermont Smoke & Cure Meat Sticks
- Kuli Kuli Organic Moringa Smoothie Mix
- Palermo’s Pizza
- Boxed Water
- Cooper Street Cookies
- WillPOWER Your Day, Inc.! Truffles
- Justin’s Almond Butter
- Gabriella’s Kitchen skinnypasta
- 1907 Water New Zealand Artesian Water
- Craftwater Keto-Friendly Premium Bottled Electrolyte Water
- RXBAR

 

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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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OCT
24

Happy Birthday! Come Celebrate 20 Years in Libertyville

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2018 marks an important milestone for Sunset Foods as we celebrate two decades of service to the Village of Libertyville and the surrounding communities. To mark the occasion, we are hosting Customer Appreciation Celebration marking our Libertyville location’s 20th anniversary. This location showcases the very best of what Sunset has to offer and offers the cozy neighborhood ambience which has made Sunset a preferred shopping destination for decades. This event is being held on Saturday, October 27th from 11:00 am until 3:00 pm and will feature over over 40 food sampling stations throughout the store. 

What does it take for a company to reach two decades? Dedication to the community, commitment to associates and customers and have outstanding selections at competitive prices. When the first Sunset Foods opened in Highland Park 82 years ago, it was a place for local shoppers to purchase a wide array of food, but more importantly it was a place to gather with friends and neighbors so everybody's groceries felt a little lighter. This Appreciation event is a celebration of that spirit and a time to enjoy some great food, great sale prices, birthday cake, and chance to mingle, and to share happy memories from the last 20 years of shopping at Sunset Foods.

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SEP
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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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21

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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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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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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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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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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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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The most American thing ever? A homemade, juicy, gourmet burger!

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In preparation for July 4 next Wednesday, Sunset Foods' meat department team has begun crafting handmade 1/2 lb. gourmet burgers! Ground and prepared fresh daily, these 100 percent ground chuck patties come with different seasonings and cost $2 each. As they're pre-made, simply throw them on the grill, or put on additional seasonings to your liking!

Looking to jazz up your Independence Day BBQ? Then try out this recipe for "The BA Burger Deluxe," a staple in Bon Appetit's recipe book here.

Remember, all five of our stores are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., so get your burgers today! And be sure to recruit the family or friend who specializes in grilling Sunset's patties to perfection, won't you?

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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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Catch our "Seafood Roadshow" this Memorial Day weekend!

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This week, we found out that the Alaska Fish and Game temporarily paused Copper River fishing operations until Monday. Fortunately, we are still able to offer sustainably sourced fresh, wild-caught Columbia River King Salmon for the highly anticipated Memorial Day weekend "Seafood Roadshow".

Our “Seafood Roadshow” event will go on as scheduled at all five Sunset Foods locations starting this coming Saturday, May 26. The show will feature Gulf Shrimp, Alaskan Crab Legs and Columbia River King Salmon while supplies last. We hope to see you there!

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Culinary Career Fair: Jumpstart your cooking profession with us!

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Calling all current and aspiring chefs! Sunset Foods, the leading family-owned grocery store in Chicago’s Northern suburbs, has full and part-time culinary career opportunities at all five store locations. Openings include sous chefs, smokehouse staff, line cooks, deli counter attendants and more. Sunset Foods offers an excellent benefits package for full-time employees. In an effort to fill those positions, Sunset Foods’ Long Grove store will have a career fair taking place on Saturday, June 2 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

“We always encourage people of all different experience and skill levels to apply since we’re looking for more than just seasoned chefs to join our team,” says VP of Human Resources, Stephanie Sandberg. “We welcome professionals who share a love for food, who work well with others and have a constant desire to improve their skills every day. Store team members – no matter what their role is – seek to make positive differences in our customers’ lives.”

For those unable to attend the career fair in-person on Saturday, June 2, e-mail your resume to ssandberg@sunsetfoods.com, including your job title of interest in the subject line.

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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Sunset Floral Design offering beautiful prom corsages!

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Wishing Glenbrook North and Glenbrook South seniors a fun and safe prom this weekend! Looking for last-minute corsages? We've got your date covered! Order now: 847 272 7700.

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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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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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Let Mom indulge in this chocolate-covered fruit

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Yet another sweet way of going the extra mile in showing Mom your appreciation this Mother's Day? Chocolate-covered Strawberries, of course! For one day only on Saturday, May 12, our fresh Chocolate Dipped Stem Strawberry 4-pack will go for 3.99!

And on Mother's Day, May 13, the first 50 lucky customers at each Sunset store have a chance to receive Beauty Product Mother's Day Giveaways!

This is an event not to be missed - whether you're celebrating or just happen to be in the neighborhood!

 

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Moms love gifts, so what do you plan on showering her with?

This Mother's Day, show Mom how much you love her in more ways than one.

Sunset Floral's Lake Forest design center offers masterful custom arrangements featuring Mom's favorite flowers, from our signature Spring Floral Arrangement with Lilies to a Vintage Rose Pitcher. Place your pick-up or delivery order before the big day on Sunday, May 13: 847 295 0460.

Some other gift ideas include our 12" Combo Hanging Basket for garden-obsessed moms, all natural bubble bath bombs for moms who embrace tranquility, and even soy candles to complement bath time.

Whether the mom(s) in your life loves flowers, gardening accents, or pampering gifts - or better yet, all of them - sweeten her celebration today with Sunset Foods!

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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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Bouquet building in a cinch

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Ever wonder what it's like creating your very own bouquet of flowers, just how you like it? Learn how during our one-of-a-kind class this Saturday, April 21 at our Long Grove location. We are even offering a second workshop the following weekend in Lake Forest at our Design Center. Sign up today, and bring the colors of spring home exclusively from Sunset Foods.

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Celebrating Earth Day this Saturday in Northbrook

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This Earth Day, celebrate the beautiful planet we love with Sunset Foods in Northbrook! Special food samples and product sales will be available to our valued customers, who can also take items to-go in reusable bags. See you all on Saturday, April 21 between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.!

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Join us in Lake Forest for "Paint & Sip" night!

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Experience an unforgettable evening of artistic expression, fun, food and wine. Local artist Sandie Bacon will teach artists of all levels using stroke-by-stroke techniques, ensuring you paint your very own spring time in Paris-inspired masterpiece reflecting 'joie de vivre.' We'll provide you with everything you need for a great night out, from food and drink to art supplies. All you have to do is flex your creative muscles. There's limited space available, so reserve your spot today: 847 234 8380.

 

 

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

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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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Sunset Highland Park Welcomes Mighty Microgreens to Shelves

Sunset Highland Park Welcomes Mighty Microgreens to Shelves

Microgreens are small but mighty, packing a huge nutrient punch in each bite. Here’s how microgreens add a pop of nutrition, color, and flavor to your plate.

What are microgreens?
Microgreens are very young greens. They’re harvested somewhere between 7 and 20 days after the seed has begun to sprout. They're only about 3-4 inches long.

Microgreen mix

 

Why are microgreens healthy?
All fruits and vegetables, especially leafy greens, are very healthy foods. Microgreens take dark leafy nutrition up a notch. Studies show that very young greens have the highest content of vitamins and minerals to weight—even higher than their mature older brothers.

Microgreens achieve this nutrient density because plant germination is an intense process. It begins when a seed meets water and oxygen at just the right temperature. Then the seed rapidly absorbs water and a bunch of nutrients from the soil. Because this nutrient uptake is happening very quickly, and because these plants are still very small, that plant’s first week or two of life is the most nutrient-dense it will ever be.

A study comparing lettuce microgreens to mature lettuce found that microgreens are significantly richer (sometimes up to 9 times richer!) in minerals like iron, manganese, zinc, and selenium. Microgreens are rich sources of antioxidants, too, and contain more different types of antioxidants than their mature older brothers.

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Fig Trade—the microgreens (not figs) on Sunset Highland Park’s shelves—are flown direct from Israel. They’re 100% hydroponically grown. Hydroponic systems allow the grower to control exactly how much nutrients and water the plants receive. Research shows the amount of minerals in microgreens climbs even higher when they’re grown hydroponically.  

Fig Trade does not spray any pesticide on their plants. Instead, they use Integrated Pest Management (IPM)—an agro-ecological approach that introduces “good bugs” into their greenhouses, and the good bugs suppress the “bad bugs”. Hence, no need for pesticides. (Don’t worry, all the greens are carefully inspected to make sure no critters make it into the packaged product.)

Fig Trade microgreens are available at Sunset in thyme, arugula, watercress, basil, cilantro, and parsley varieties.

How do I eat microgreens?
Microgreens can take your meal from ho-hum to gourmet! Here are some ideas...

  • Use them in place of lettuce on sandwiches and wraps.
  • Add them to a smoothie for a flavor and nutrient boost.
  • Swap out some regular greens in your salad for microgreens.
  • Use them in place of fresh herbs.
  • Mix them into pasta for a pop of color.
  • Use them to garnish just about anything! Throw some on top of soups, stews, eggs, chicken, meat, or fish. 

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Stop by the Highland Park Sunset on Sunday, 3/18 or Monday, 3/19, from 11am-3pm to taste the delicousness of Fig Trade microgreens! 

 

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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 napahills.com, 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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Blackberry Cabernet Roast Eye of Round

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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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Valentine's Day is February 14th!

Valentine's day is fast approaching. Celebrate the love in your life with our beautiful floral offerings or our delicious food and bakery items designed specifically for you this holiday.

 

Floral Arrangements
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Classic Dozen Rose Vase

 

A tradition for Valentines Day. 12 beautiful roses artfully arranged in a glass vase with greenery and babies breath. Always the perfect way to say "Happy Valentines Day".

$49.99

Carnation Topiary

 

Bring home something different. This topiary arrangement boasts a unique design and will be a long lasting reminder of your love.

$24.99

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European Blooming Gardens

Fresh cut flowers not your thing? Lovely combinations of blooming plants in a variety of containers to suit your taste.

starting at $27.99

Tropical Arrangement

Make a statement with this elegant arrangement of ginger combined with hypericum berry and alstromeria.

$34.99

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Simply Sweet Arrangement

 

Pick this charming red cube filled with red, pink and white carnations. Seasonal accents finish the design.

$19.99

18 Roses with Oriental Lilies

Choose this stunning arrangement of Rose Lilies and 18 long stemmed roses combined with lush greenery and unique accent flowers.

$89.99

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We Can Deliver Floral Arrangements!

Call now to place your order:

847-295-0406

Supplies of these items are limited. Please order early to reserve yours.

 

 

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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!

 

New Years Wellness Sale

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Sunset's Healthy Holiday Gift Guide 2017

Sunset's Healthy Holiday Gift Guide 2017

This year, give the gift of good health. Inspire your loved ones with thoughtful gifts that won’t add to the laundry list of seasonal indulgences. Plus, knock out some of your holiday shopping at the grocery store. 

Nice Olive Oil
Olive oil may already be a pantry staple, but splurging on high-quality oil isn’t something many people typically buy for themselves. For a full-flavored and fruity choice, we recommend DeCarlo Classico Olive Oil. It has elements of almond in flavor, apple in aroma, and pepper in the finish. It’s also packaged in an attractive, refillable ceramic bottle.
$23.99

 

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Similar to olive oil, vinegar is a pantry must-have that many people don’t think much about—but should. A nice vinegar can totally transform a dish. We recommend Aceto Balsamico by Due Vittoria. It’s dense and full-bodied with just the right amount of acidity. Aged in durmast oak barrels, it’s woodsy on the nose and slightly sour on the palate. It’s the type of vinegar your recipient will savor to the last drop.
$24.49

Lavender Tree
Help your loved one de-stress during the holidays with an elegant lavender plant. Tamed into the shape of a miniature Christmas tree, this calming, classy, and pet-friendly alternative to the poinsettia can be enjoyed long after the holidays are over.
$19.99

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Brimming with heart-healthy fats, protein, fiber, and minerals, nuts make a satiating holiday snack that will help offset all those sweets. For something that’s a step above your everyday nut, we recommend Spanish Marcona Almonds by Cocina Selecta. Imported from Spain, they’re rounder, sweeter, and have a more delicate, buttery flavor than typical California almonds.
$6.39
Dark chocolate
Everyone can appreciate a good bar of chocolate. Gifting dark chocolate raises the bar for health benefits and flavor complexity. We recommend the Pink Himalayan Crystal Salt Caramel bar by Vosges Haut Chocolat. Its smoky, salted caramel oozes out between two layers of rich, 72% dark chocolate. It’s pink gooey perfection.
$6.99
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For a thoughtful gift sure to get lots of use, try this 5 piece Bamboo Utensil set by Totally Bamboo. Although most home chefs have at least one of the basic kitchen utensils—wooden spoon, slotted spoon, spatula, etc.—this set ensures your lucky recipient can keep on cooking when their items are in the dishwasher. Perfect for whomever’s hosting Christmas dinner!
$5
Tea
There’s nothing like unwinding with a warm cup of tea on a cold winter’s night. We recommend Organic Peppermint Bark ‘cool winter’ herbal tea by The Republic of Tea. This caffeine-free blend has a delightful balance of refreshing peppermint, warming cocoa, and sweet vanilla. The perfect calorie-free dessert tea for the holiday season, it will fill your loved ones’ home with the scents of winter.
$12.00
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There’s no question that hand washing is important during cold and flu season.
Help you recipient stay well the gentle way, without harsh chemicals that can lead to dry, cracked skin. We recommend goat milk soap by Zum Bar scented with frankincense and myrrh. It’s woodsy, sweet, and seasonally appropriate.
$5.79
Gourmet Popcorn
Fiber-rich and low in calories, popcorn is a mouthwatering snack you can feel good about. We recommend Black Popcorn by Black Jewel Natural Grain. Grown and harvested on small Midwestern farms, the eye-catching black kernels turn snow white once popped. Looking to take your gift up a notch? Gift gourmet kernels alongside an air popper and truffle oil.
$7.39
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There’s a big difference between a corn syrup-based “pancake syrup” and real maple syrup. Despite the colossal difference in quality, many shoppers aren’t willing to splurge on the good stuff. We recommend Hilltop Sugar Bush for 100% pure Wisconsin maple syrup. It also comes in a sculptural bottle that adds some pizzazz to the pantry.
$11.99
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