SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 29 /PRNewswire/ -- Del Monte Foods and THE CANNERY,
today announced Cosmopolitan the official winner of Del Monte Square's First
Annual Cioppino Contest. A culinary native to San Francisco, cioppino is a
tomato-based seafood stew prepared with tomatoes, wine, spices and a variety
of fresh seafood, and was first introduced to the City by the Bay by Italian
fishermen in the early 1900s.
The contest was held as part of the ceremonies surrounding the official
dedication of Del Monte Square at the historic site of Del Monte Foods' former
Plant No. 1. The contest hosted entries from several of San Francisco's
premier restaurants and chefs, including Gary Danko, Scoma's, Alioto's # 8,
The Blue Mermaid, Cosmopolitan, Tre Fratelli, Cioppino's on the Wharf,
Cozmo's, Fish, McCormick-Kuleto's, Rose Pistola's, Cafe Pescatore and Jack's.
For a small donation, San Franciscans and other visitors were encouraged
to sample contestants' cioppino served with fresh baked bread. Proceeds from
the sales went to the San Francisco Food Bank to help the fight against
hunger. Judges from around San Francisco included Sara Schneider, senior food
editor of Sunset Magazine; Paul Ash, executive director of the San Francisco
Food Bank, Camille Cusumano, senior editor of VIA magazine and Jackie Curtis,
Senior Scientist, Food Product Development at Del Monte Foods.
"It was extremely tough to choose just one winner," said judge Camille
Cusumano of VIA magazine. "All of the contestants created richly flavorful
cioppinos. One can expect nothing but the best in San Francisco."
Cosmopolitan has served San Francisco for nearly five years and is located
just off the Embarcadero. Executive Chef Steven Levine created the award
winning cioppino recipe.
"It's an honor to be recognized for our interpretation of such a great San
Francisco tradition," said Mick Suverkrubbe, owner of Cosmopolitan. "We are
pleased to be part of the first annual contest, and look forward to another
challenging competition next year."
Together with THE CANNERY, Kimpton Hotel Group and The National Parks
Service, Del Monte Foods has revitalized the historic waterfront area of San
Francisco by bringing its name back to the area. Committed to enriching the
lives of both locals and visitors to the city of San Francisco, Del Monte
Square will continue to serve as a destination where people can detach
themselves from everyday hustle and bustle to enjoy fine restaurants, shops,
hotels, museums and entertainment, while enjoying the unique representation of
both the Old World and the New World.
About Del Monte Square
Del Monte Square is located at the foot of Columbus Avenue, overlooking
the Bay, and is home to THE CANNERY's 35 shops, restaurants and nightclubs,
The Argonaut Hotel, a Certified Organic Farmers Market, and much more. For
more information about Del Monte Square, please visit www.delmontesquare.com
or call 415-441-3112.
About Del Monte Foods
Del Monte Foods Company is one of the country's largest and well-known
producers, distributors and marketers of premium quality, branded and
private-label food and pet products for the U.S. retail market, generating
over $3 billion in net sales in fiscal 2004. With a powerful portfolio of
brands including Del Monte(R), Contadina(R), StarKist(R), S&W(R), Nature's
Goodness(TM), College Inn(R), 9Lives(R), Kibbles 'n Bits(R), Pup-Peroni(R),
Snausages(R), and NawSomes!(R), Del Monte products are found in 9 out of 10
American households. For more information on Del Monte Foods Company, visit
the Company's website at www.delmonte.com.
SOURCE Del Monte Foods