Charlottesville store, Feast!, awarded national honors for highlighting Virginia’s vibrant food scene.

Charlottesville, VA –On May 6th the Specialty Food Association, the national trade group representing the $86 billion dollar specialty food industry, announced five winners of the 2013 Outstanding Retailer Awards. A panel of leading specialty food professionals including manufacturers, distributors, previous honorees and editors of Specialty Food Magazine selected the winners. The awards honor outstanding customer service, product sourcing, merchandising, and a commitment to serving the local community. Feast! in Charlottesville, Virginia won for being “a showcase for local products that highlights Virginia’s vibrant food scene.

Feast! owners, Kate Collier and Eric Gertner, are on the cover of the May/June issue of Specialty Food Magazine smiling in their Feast shirts.  “They represent the future of the specialty food industry – young, innovative and community oriented,” said Maggi Castelloe, owner of Hunt Country Foods in Marshall, Va. and long time vendor of shortbread and chocolates to Feast!

“These retailers share a passion that goes beyond presenting good food,” says Ann Daw, president of the Specialty Food Association. “They are educators, caring neighbors, and champions of food makers who are creating the best in specialty food.”

Established in 2002, Feast! is a 3,500 square foot food store and café in Charlottesville, Virginia. At the heart of feast’s values is buying local and supporting food producers who make superb foods and beverages. The staff meets regularly to taste new products and decide if they represent the feast brand of top quality. “We have built our reputation on a curated collection,” Gertner says. “There is a huge food culture here—from local farms, artisan food producers and the Virginia wine scene—which has grown over the past 10 years. Virginia has a vibrant food scene, and it’s fun to be at the heart of it.”

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