For the 10th anniversary of the exhibition, we decided to create a competition for our visitors. Chaired by Raphaële Marchal, Les Quintessences pays tribute to the initiatives that bring out the best in the profession: the best concepts from sellers of fine food, whether they be delicatessens, hotels, tasting areas, cafes, restaurants, etc.
Assisted by Marie Nizet, a juding panel member best known by the name of "culturefoood", the two women tell us about the winners and why they were chosen in each category.
THE BIG WINNERS OF THE 2019 EDITION:
- Point of sale category:
L'Epicerie du porche: a very wide selection of products including fresh food, fruit and vegetables, etc. but more importantly an array of special events in the shop, and especially the opportunity for customers to come and meet the local producers.
- Sustainability category:
The grocery Au temps des Cerises which selects local products mainly from organic farming, small-scale production and loose goods (tea and coffee).
- Digital category:
Le Sourire du Gourmet: very specialist and chic products, but most of all a well-designed website offering a drive to store option (reserving products and baskets online and picking them up in the store) and also home delivery.
- Design/deco category:
La Cave au Lions: a delicatessen with a junk shop atmosphere where everything is for sale in a quite original setting. Very niche and original products, a fine selection of wines from around the world, and a nice family affair.
- Judges’ special award:
Pyneau Prunutz: an all-Burgundy delicatessen which, in addition to having a compact range of very local and artisan grocery products (snails, ham, mustard, Chablis, etc.), produces a daily batch of fresh gougères (traditional Burgundy appetisers) that can be sampled on the patio in front of the shop on the square, or taken away.
Congratulations to all the participants and especially to the winners of this debut edition!