The Specialty Food Association has established a Hall of Fame to honor individuals who have been pioneers in the $88.3 billion specialty food industry.
The inaugural group of honorees includes 114 people who were pivotal in establishing the specialty food industry as far back as the 1950’s as well as visionaries who are shaping the ever-evolving specialty food industry today.
“The specialty food industry is built on the creativity and passion of individuals who have worked hard to bring top-quality food and new flavors to market. We are proud to recognize these pioneers,” said Ann Daw, Specialty Food Association president.
Inductees include retailers, distributors, importers and suppliers. The 2015 inductees will be celebrated on Jan. 11 at the Winter Fancy Food Show in San Francisco as part of a special event that also includes the association’s leadership awards. The event is 5 – 6:30 p.m. at Moscone Center.
2015 inductees are:
Manfred Adler, Atalanta Foods
Harold Alexander, Koppers Chocolate
David Anderson Sr., Haddon House
Harold Anderson, Haddon House
Rennie Antolini, G. B. Raffetto
Andy Balducci, Balducci's
Leo Barth, Liberty Import Corp.
Louis Barth, Liberty Import Corp.
John Beers, World Finer Foods
David Bigelow, Bigelow Tea
Eunice Bigelow, Bigelow Tea
Seymour Binstein, European Imports Ltd.
Ken Berger, Europa Foods
Ann Brody, Sutton Place Gourmet
Frank Cardullo, Cardullo's Gourmet Shop
Dan Carter, DCI Cheese
Peter Coe, Taste Unlimited
Dan Cohen, Clearbrook Farms
Bob Cooper, Chocolate Tobler American Corp.
Julian Cowan, Cowan & Fransman
Benny Curl, Byrd Cookie Company
Joel Dean, Dean & DeLuca
Giorgio DeLuca, Dean & DeLuca
Dennis Deschaine, Al Dente Pasta Co.
Vincent Dole, Dolefam Corp.
Jerry Dorf, Milwaukee Biscuit Co. Inc.
Ed Edelman, Ideal Cheese Shop
Stephen Fass, Macy’s/Bloomingdale’s
Herb Feuerstein, FIG/Source Atlantique
Mario Foah, Foah International LLC
Jean Frame, Specialty Food Association/NASFT
Edith Friedland, EFCO Imports
Rowena Fullinwider, Rowena's
Bill Greca, William A. Greca Company
Bernard Hamstra, Haram-Christensen Corp.
John Hamstra, Haram-Christensen Corp.
John Harney, Harney & Sons
Martin Isaacs, A&A Foods
Bob Jaret, Jaret International
Steven Jenkins, Fairway Markets
Larry Kaufman, Novalia
George Kalajian, Near East
Hanna Kalajian, Near East
Jerry Kehe, Kehe Foods
Jonathan King, Stonewall Kitchen
George Kinzler, Macy's
Walter Koppel, Jaret International
Ted Koryn, Liberty Imports
Morris Kushner, Reese Finer Foods
Frank Landry, Andre Prost Inc.
Kurt Lehman, Liberty Imports
Alfred Lepore, Ferrara Foods
Harry Lesser, Cresca Co. Inc.
Bill Levine, Sarabeth's Kitchen
Sarabeth Levine, Sarabeth's Kitchen
Tony Matthews, Foods from Britain
Jim McCaffrey, Iroquois Brands
Jim McGilloway, The Gilway Co. Ltd.
Tim Metzger, Tillen Farms
Klaus Mortimer, Gourmet Specialties
Hank Norton, H.G. Norton
Arnold Nussdorf, A&A Foods
Mona Onstead, Judyth's Mountain
Gene Orsenigo, Bonvego16 Ltd.
Marvin Pearlman, A1 Distributors
Christo Poulos, Christo Poulos & Co. Inc.
John Profaci, Colavita
Paul Prudhomme, Magic Seasoning Blends
Steve Reich, Charlotte Charles
Kurt Richter, A&A/Richter
Max Ries, Reese Finer Foods
John Roberts, Specialty Food Association/NASFT
Kurt Rosenberg, Arbee Fine Foods
Arnold Rosenstock, A&A Foods
Julee Rosso, Silver Palate
Harold Roth, Roth & Liebman Inc.
Herman Rowland, Sr., Jelly Belly
Joan Rubschlager, Rubschlager Baking Corp.
Paul Rubschlager, Rubschlager Baking Corp.
Myra Sable, Sable & Rosenfield
Paul Saginaw, Zingermans
Charles Sahadi, Sahadi Importing Co.
Gerry Santucci, Santucci Associates
Bruno Scheidt, Roland Foods
Fred A. Schlossberg, Castle Food Products
Bluma Schlossberg, Castle Food Products
Joel Schuman, Source Atlantique
David Shaffer, Shaffer-Clark & Co., Inc.
Joe Shannon, KeHE Foods
Mo Siegel, Celestial Seasonings
Alain Sinturel, Les Trois Petit Cochons
Bill Skura, Liberty Richter/Wasa USA
Steven Smith, Steven Smith Teamakers/Tazo/Stash Tea
George Steiner, Steiner Foods
Art Stone, Gourmet Awards
Jim Stott, Stonewall Kitchen
Ron Straci, Rao's
Sharon Straci, Rao's
Trip Straub, Straub's Market
Bud Suarez, Bud Suarez Inc.
Lynn Symon, Symon's General Store
Russ Vernon, West Point Market
Henry Wainer, Sid Wainer & Sons
James Walker, Walkers Shortbread
Leon Wechsler, Europa Foods
Ari Weinzweig, Zingermans
Chuck Williams, Williams-Sonoma
Sara Wilson, Market Hall Foods
Sara Wilson, The Snack Factory
Warren Wilson, The Snack Factory
Henry Witte, Carl Brandt Inc.
Eli Zabar, Eli Zabar
Saul Zabar, Zabar’s
Stanley Zabar, Zabar’s
The inaugural class was selected by association members and members of the Hall of Fame Committee.