Husband-Wife, Mother-Daughter Teams Rock Best of Atlanta

Family seems to be the secret ingredient to Best of Atlanta success this year.
The husband and wife team of Jody and Debbie Chidester of Plentiful Pantry grabbed TWO Best of Atlanta awards. While the mother-daughter pairing of Susan Dowdy and Sue-anna Dowdy Maley from The Orchards won for Best Chocolate.
The Chidesters have the Plentiful Pantry humming and scored Best Soup and Best Beverage. Their White Bean Chili earned the judges’ praise while their Mint Dark Chocolate De Chocolat Mix with Mint Rimmer was selected the top beverage.
“The only thing better than our packaging is the food inside,” said Debbie Chidester, “because you can get average at the grocery store.” The Chidesters created Plentiful Pantry in 1992.
The Best of Atlanta Awards are chosen by an independent group from among exhibitors at AmericasMart’s The Atlanta Gourmet Market, which runs through Sunday, Sept. 23. Ten categories of culinary delights are determined. The winners were announced Saturday morning at the Reveal Breakfast, Building 1, Floor2.
Susan Dowdy and her daughter have been in the candy business for 10 years. Their Best Chocolate winner was Deluxe Milk Chocolate Pecans.
“I think it’s the best chocolate-covered pecan, period,” Dowdy said. The judges agreed.

Jody and Debbie Chidester of Plentiful Pantry with their two Best of Atlanta awards.

The entire list of 2012 Best of Atlanta winners:
• Best Candy (Non-Chocolate): Toffee-to-Go, White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Toffee
• Best Salsa: Raven’s Original, Mango Salsa
• Best Condiment: Galli, 20 Years Balsamic Vinegar
• Best Dessert: Columbia Empire Farms, Cow Pies Chocolate Nut Toffee
• Best Pickled Product {New Category!}: Lauri Jo’s, Southern Dill Cucumber Pickles
• Best Jam/Preserve: Gracie’s Garden, Spicy Ginger Savory Jelly
• Best Snack: Laurie’s Kitchen, Sweet Pepper Jelly Cheeseball Mix
• Best Beverage: Plentiful Pantry, Mint Dark Chocolate De Chocolat Mix with Mint Rimmer
• Best Soup: Plentiful Pantry, White Bean Chili
• Best Chocolate: The Orchards, Deluxe Milk Chocolate Pecans

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