I'll Bite

Tasty, tasty N.C. foods win state contest

Bruce Julian of Bruce Julian Clothier with his Bloody Mary products.
Bruce Julian of Bruce Julian Clothier with his Bloody Mary products. rlahser@charlotteobserver.com

What should you throw in your market basket when you’re wondering around the state? At the N.C. Specialty Foods Association spring meeting in Raleigh, the association gave out awards for the best state-made products. New: Vegan has been added as a category in the competition.

Among the Charlotte winners, Bruce Julian’s Bloody Mary mixes, Savory Moments and Glory Kitchen cheese spread did well. Here’s the whole list:

Grand champion: Peggy Rose’s golden Pepper Jelly, Raleigh.

Jams/jellies/preserves/marmalades: Peggy Rose’s Golden Pepper Jelly, Raleigh. Runner up: The Palace Green Fresh Blueberry Freezer Jam, Cary.

Pimento cheese/spreads: Savory Moments Honey Blu Cheese Spread, Charlotte.

Dry rubs/dry mixes: Bevs & Bites’ Bruce Julian’s Bloody Mary Rim Mix. Runner up: Fogwood Food’s Shiitake Mushroom Powder, Reidsville.

Beverages: Bev’s & Bites’ Bruce Julian’s Bloody Mary Mix. Runner up: Hemisphere Beverages ZOBO Ginger Mint Tea, Durham.

Sauces/condiments: Bev’s & Bites’ Bruce Julian Picante Mango Hot Sauce. Runner up: Bruce Julian Picante Pepper Hot Sauce.

Confections/candy/chocolate: Fogwood Food’s Buttered Pecan Syrup, Reidsville. Runner up: Mackey’s Ferry Peanuts’ White Chocolate Pecan Clusters, Jamesville.

Nuts/nut mixes: America’s Best Nut Co.’s Sea Nuts, Rocky Mount. Runner up: Glory Kitchen’s Umbria Italian Blend, Charlotte.

Salty snacks: America’s Best Nut. Co. Sea Salt peanuts, Rocky Mount. Runner up: Mackey’s Ferry Peanuts’ Flaming Frenchy’s.

Pickles/relishes: Cottage Lane Kitchen Cape Fear, Chapel Hill. Runner up: Cottage Lane Kitchen Get Me A Switch.

Dressing: Little Black Dressing Co. Far East Flair, High Point. Runner up: Little Black Dressing Co. It Takes Three to Tango.

Cookies/cakes: Anna’s Gourmet Goodies’ Chocolate Chip Cookies, Raleigh. Runner up: Anna’s Gourmet Goodies’ Chocolate Brownies.

Vegan: Atlantic Natural Foods’ Neat Egg, Nashville, N.C. Runner up: Atlantic Natural Foods Loma Linda Chorizo.

Kathleen Purvis: 704-358-5236, @kathleenpurvis