Natural products expo west draws north bay food producers _ the north bay business journal

Those heading to Anaheim this week include leaders of such longtime North Bay businesses as Clover-Stornetta Farms, Straus Family Creamery, La Tortilla Factory, Amy’s Kitchen and Alvarado St. Crispy oven chicken fingers Bakery. How to make chicken fingers from scratch Those companies and others are credited with taking the region’s longtime agricultural heritage and helping build a reputation for tasty, wholesome food.

“To me it’s so inspiring what has been done here and what continues to be done,” said Serafina Palandech, president of Hip Chick Farms, which sells organic chicken fingers and other poultry products. Recipe of chicken fingers “I want Sonoma to be known as the organic, natural foods county.”

Federal economists estimate that the combined wine, beverage and food industry amounts to about 5 percent of the local economy, said Sonoma State University economics professor Robert Eyler.

And the farm-to-table nature of many local food and restaurant businesses involves a vertical integration of processing steps that isn’t so concentrated in many other industries.

About three years ago, Sonoma County BEST, an economic development organization, helped local food makers form their own Food Industry Group. Recipe for homemade chicken fingers Lentze, the chair of the group’s marketing committee, last fall led a meeting to explore possible collaboration at the Anaheim trade show. Recipes using chicken fingers More than two dozen people showed up to learn more, and the group’s efforts soon began in earnest.

Plans include a social media scavenger hunt where the winner will receive a $500 gift card and county “care package.” And Saturday’s social hour gathering, to be held at the booth of specialty tea maker Traditional Medicinals, will feature a “meet and greet” with such local food pioneers as Albert Straus of Straus Family Creamery and Jennifer Bice of Redwood Hill.

Three Twins Ice Cream is bringing some new products to Anaheim, including a “sundae cone” filled with organic vanilla ice cream, coated with organic chocolate and topped with organic peanuts. How to make chicken fingers in oven Think of the Nestle Drumstick, but all organic.

“It’s really a groundbreaking product,” founder Neal Gottlieb said. How to make crispy chicken fingers He plans to give away 2,000 to 3,000 such cones at the trade show and hopes the product will be available this spring in select county supermarkets.

The organic ice cream maker got its start in 2005 with a scoop shop in Marin County. How to deep fry chicken fingers The company moved to Petaluma and opened its first plant there in 2010. Deep fried chicken fingers batter Four years later it expanded with a second factory in Sheboygan, Wis.

Its ice cream is now available from retailers in all 50 states and also at six scoop shops in the Bay Area and one in Santa Monica. How to cook chicken fingers in oven Revenues last year hit $11.3 million and enjoyed “strong double-digit growth,” Gottlieb said. How to make breaded chicken fingers The company has about 100 employees.

Three Twins will continue to focus on “making great delicious products” with organic ingredients in flavors that people want, Gottlieb said. Chicken with fingers He wants his customers to feel that they “don’t have to give up anything” in order to eat organic.

The 38-year-old Gottlieb is currently a contestant on “Survivor 2016.” While he can’t give away any details, he did say that the filming was “incredibly fun and incredibly difficult.” Now that he gets to watch the show with friends, it’s just fun. Chicken fingers pictures World Centric

It doesn’t make food, but Petaluma’s World Centric supplies all sort of compostable containers, utensils and bags to restaurants, school cafeterias and other entities in the food service sector.

World Centric began as a nonprofit based in Silicon Valley in 2004. How to bread chicken fingers In 2013 it became a public benefit corporation owned by founder and CEO Aseem Das. Homemade chicken fingers oven The business moved to Petaluma less than three years ago. Chicken breast fingers A key reason is the community and its businesses and farms are environmentally sensitive, said Janae Lloyd, the company’s organizational development manager.

Its compostable products, including cups, plates, trays and utensils, are made from such plant-based products as wheat straw, miscanthus and corn sugar and starch.

The company has 32 employees, including 20 in Petaluma. Homeade chicken fingers World Centric doesn’t release revenues, but it does donate at least a quarter of its profits to charitable groups, including those working with orphans or in education and environment. How long to cook chicken fingers in oven The company also purchases offsets for its carbon use.

Sales soared last year to $1 million, but the owners of Sebastopol’s Hip Chick Farms encountered a new problem: Running out of capital. Who invented chicken fingers The gross profit margin was too low for the maker of natural and organic frozen chicken entrées. Golden chicken fingers At times, co-owner Serafina Palandech wasn’t sure if the business would survive.

Hip Chick has four employees working with the owners. Chicken fingers recipe buttermilk As the company grows, it needs to ensure it puts out the best possible quality product, Palandech said. Chicken fingers recipe indian style It also needs to spread the word on what it offers to busy moms and families.

Lovett started taking his fermented tea drinks to local farmers markets in 2010. Chicken fingers recipe by shireen anwer With the help of local independent markets, the company got a foothold and today is selling products along the West Coast, plus some Rocky Mountain states and in Texas.