ZZEST MARKET & CAFE RECEIVES THE AMERICAN CHEESE
SOCIETY’S CERTIFIED CHEESE PROFESSIONAL™ CREDENTIAL
Rochester, MN (September 4, 2012) – ZZest Market & Cafe
announces that LeeAnn Zubay is among the first class of
American Cheese Society Certified Cheese Professionals™ (ACS
CCPs™). LeeAnn is part of an elite group of 121 individuals
who passed the inaugural Certified Cheese Professional™
Exam, which was held on August 1 in Raleigh, N.C. This
prestigious group consists of cheese professionals from
across the United States and Canada. For a full list of ACS
CCPs™, please visit
The Certified Cheese Professional Exam™ is the first exam of
its kind. It was established by the American Cheese Society
to encourage high standards of comprehensive cheese
knowledge and service for professionals in all areas of the
industry. The exam was developed over an eight-year period
with more than 100 industry experts working together with
credential consultants Knapp International and software
provider ExamSoft. The exam is based on the knowledge and
skills required to successfully perform cheese-related tasks
in jobs across the industry. Testing encompasses a broad
range of topics including raw ingredients, the cheesemaking
process, storing and handling cheese, selecting
distributors, marketing and communicating about cheese,
nutrition, and regulations and sanitation.
“I applaud the efforts of all those who displayed their
cheese industry knowledge by passing this exam,” says Nora
Weiser, ACS Executive Director. “The expertise of ACS CCPs™
not only elevates the industry, but also designates for
consumers that a highly skilled and reliable cheese resource
is available to them.”
LeeAnn will receive the right to use the title ACS Certified
Cheese Professional™ (or ACS CCP™). All ACS CCPs™ will be
required to demonstrate continued active participation
within the cheese industry and continued professional
development to maintain this credential, and will be
required to recertify every three years.
To learn more about the Certified Cheese Professional Exam,
ZZest Market and Café
Partners With Minnesota Cheese Festival for Unique Wine and
Posted on May
08, 2012 at 07:00 AM EDT
While most Americans think of Wisconsin when they hear
“hand-crafted, artisan cheeses,” Minnesota is actually the
No. 6 cheese producing state in the US, giving Minnesotans
something to be proud of as National Dairy Month approaches.
ZZest Market and Café provides local residents with the
freshest culinary products, including artisan domestic and
“When we can, we like to use local products in our café
because it means we get to know the farmer and his products
on a first name basis. Our chefs are really talented so
giving them local resources and a pantry like ZZest Market
to work from, amazing things hit our menu!” said ZZest
founder, LeeAnn Zubay.
read the entire article here
on January 20, 2012
"The one thing everyone agrees on is the food. Billing
itself as “a market by day and a restaurant by night,”
ZZest’s menu changes daily and features seasonal choices
prepared with many of the gourmet ingredients found in the
"There are numerous oils, vinegars, honeys, chutneys,
chocolate, and crackers on hand, plus cheeses and
charcuterie, both local and imported from across the country
and the world."
"Free samples play up the staff’s friendly attitude."
"Diners sitting at the bar have begun to lean together,
arms resting jovially around each other."
Washington, D.C. (July 11, 2011) – The
winners of the 39th sofi Awards for the
outstanding specialty foods and beverages of the year were
announced this evening by the National Association for the
Specialty Food Trade (NASFT) at the Summer Fancy Food Show.
The awards were presented at a red-carpet ceremony hosted
by Celebrity Chef Cat Cora. A sofi Award is considered the
highest honor in the $70-billion specialty food industry.
“sofi” stands for specialty outstanding food innovation.
Award presentation by Ann Daw, President of
LeeAnn and Iron Chef Cat Cora
From a two-year-old store and restaurant in Rochester,
Minn., to a specialty chain with more than 100 locations,
this year’s selections show what great sourcing, strong
business sense, premium services and true culinary passion
Specialty Food Magazine and the National
Association for the Specialty Food Trade (NASFT) present the
six Outstanding Retailers of 2011, as nominated and selected
by members of the NASFT. Members are asked to nominate
stores based on qualities such as uniqueness, product
knowledge and customer service. Each of the following
award-winning stores exemplifies these traits of a
successful specialty food establishment, while remaining
true to its community and its customers. Read on to learn
about their operations, history, innovative features and
points of distinction.
read the full article here
Six Specialty Retailers Selected For Top Industry Award
by National Association of Specialty Food
Posted: Wednesday, May 25, 2011 at 3:40PM EDT
New York, N.Y. - The National Association for the
Specialty Food Trade, Inc. (NASFT), is pleased to announce
the Outstanding Specialty Food Retailers of 2011. They are:
Central Market, Austin, Texas; Fromagination, Madison, Wisc.;
Olives Gourmet Grocer, Long Beach, Calif.; The Cheese Iron,
Portland, Maine; The Fresh Market, Greensboro, N.C.; and
ZZest Market & Café, Rochester, Minn.
These outstanding retailers range from a local cheese
shop founded by a career changer, to a specialty supermarket
that has expanded to more than 100 locations without
sacrificing its commitment to quality and customer service.
The winners were selected by a panel of specialty food
experts convened by the NASFT who evaluated nominees from
across the U.S.
“Each honoree exemplifies the hallmarks of specialty food
retailing in a unique way,” says Ann Daw, president of the
NASFT. “They all bring a passion for food, the customer, and
the community to their work every day.”
The awards will be presented July 11, 2011, at the Summer
Fancy Food Show in Washington, D.C., in a red-carpet
ceremony hosted by Celebrity Chef Cat Cora. Winners are
featured in the June issue of the NASFT’s Specialty Food
Magazine and at specialtyfood.com/retailerawards.
Nominations for Outstanding Specialty Food Retailers were
made by members of the NASFT. The NASFT is a not-for-profit
trade association for food artisans and entrepreneurs.
Retailers with the most nominations were asked to submit
information including menus, newsletters, training manuals,
promotional materials and customer comments, to support
their nominations. The judges included previous honorees,
manufacturers, distributors and journalists.
Honorable mentions went to: Carlino’s Market, West
Chester, Pa.; City Olive, Chicago; Farm Fresh to You, San
Francisco; Gerrards Market, Redlands, Calif.; Mollie Stone’s
Markets, San Rafael, Calif.; Papa Joe’s Gourmet Market &
Catering, Rochester, Minn.; Parkview Gourmet, Libertyville,
Ill.; Peppers of Key West, Key West, Fla.; Savor the Flavor,
Sierra Madre, Calif.; Southport Grocery & Café, Chicago;
Star Provisions, Atlanta; The Andersons, Maumee, Ohio; The
Cheese Shop of Virginia, Williamsburg, Va.; Urban Harvest,
Arlington Heights, Ill.; Vicente Foods, Los Angeles; and
Zingerman’s Bakehouse, Ann Arbor, Mich.
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