Best Gourmet Grocer/Food Hall
The Readers Choice nominees for Best Gourmet Grocer/Food Hall include one that started out with a small store in Texas and today, has more than 270 stores in North America and the United Kingdom. An Ohio-based nominee is family-owned and operated that is recognized for its great food and service. Two nominees are New York institutions offering gourmet foods from around the world. Last, but not least, there's an opulent Food Hall in London that is known worldwide for the sheer volume and selection of its international goods all presented in breathtaking displays.
Dean & DeLuca
Dorothy Lane Market
Harrods Food Hall
Best Online Gourmet Food
The Readers' Choice nominees for the Best Online Gourmet Food include a New York institution with a staff that travel the world in search of great artisan-produced foods. A Seattle-based nominee was launched by a group of passionate food-lovers committed to the best artisan-produced, sustainable foods while another nominee is a family-owned operation that originated from three generations of cheese importers. A Michigan-based nominee is a collection of local businesses, each with its own food specialty. Finally, the Philadelphia-based nominee celebrates the European roots of its two founders with a wide array of gourmet meats, cheeses, oils, and other goods from around the world.
Dean & DeLuca
Di Bruno Brothers
Zingerman's Mail Order
Best Caviar Retailer
The Readers' Choice nominees for Best Caviar Retailer include award-winning brands from Europe and the United States with each offering the highest of quality. Several offer some of the finest Russian caviar to be found, while one is a proponent of sustainably harvested roe with its own tank-farming system.
Caviar House & Prunier
Tsar Nicoulai Caviar
Best Bread Bakery
The Readers' Choice nominees for Best Bread Bakery include companies that have been producing bread for decades. One opened more than 70 years ago and is now an institution in Paris, while another was launched in Belgium before expanding around the world. A Los Angeles-based nominee has developed more than 100 varieties of award-winning breads. The Philadelphia-based nominee features artisanal breads and the baked goods of the Ann Arbor-based nominee are known throughout the Midwest.
La Brea Bakery
Le Pain Quotidien
Best Cheese Shop
The Readers' Choice nominees are among the most respected shops in the world. These cheese shops, offer a full range of both international and domestic artisanal cheeses. They are the destinations for serious cheese lovers and chefs who are in search of the best.
Neal's Yard Dairy
Filed under: Dining
Caviar Russe, which is nominated for a Luxist Award in the Best Caviar Retailer category, has been supplying America's top chefs and restaurants with fine Caspian Sea caviar for over fifteen years. Today, it reaches consumers through direct retail, national mail order sales and the Internet.
Caviar Russe specializes in roe from the Caspian Sea, including the bold, nutty Osetra; rich, intense Sevruga; and the finest American Caviars. To enrich the caviar experience, Caviar Russe offers accompaniments such as quail eggs, profiteroles and plugra butter, as well as mother-of-pearl plateware and utensils.
In 1996, the company opened a restaurant and retail boutique on New York's posh Madison Avenue as part of an effort to expand its brand. In addition to serving high-quality roe, the Caviar Russe Restaurant offers a vast selection of rare vintage champagnes and a comprehensive vodka list, while the adjoining retail boutique provides patrons with an opportunity to bring home a supply of their freshest favorites.
The company's online business offers a wide selection of caviar sold by the ounce and pound, in addition to smoked salmon, fois gras and game. It also has a selection of caviar pairings packed in insulated caviar gift bags complete with pearl caviar utensils, creme fraiche, and home made crepe blinis.
In an attempt to protect the Caspian Sea area that produces some of the worlds most famous caviar, Caviar Russe works with CITES (Convention for the International Trade of Endangered Species) to eliminate the black market trade of premium roe and to support aggressive reinvestment and preservation efforts in the Caspian region.
Vote now for what you believe is the best of breed in Gourmet Foods. Readers' Choice Awards for Food will be announced on November 30th.
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