Polka Dot Bake Shop gets gold at Fancy Food Show

Polka Dot Bake Shop's Jennifer Chapman and Michelle Miller earned a Sofi Gold award at the Summer Fancy Food Show in Washington, D.C.

Polka Dot Bake Shop’s Sweet Potato Crackers, Cracked Black Pepper Flavor earned the Charlotte-based company a Sofi Gold award at the 2012 Summer Fancy Food Show in Washington, D.C.

The award, which stands for specialty outstanding food innovation, is the top honor in the $75 billion specialty food industry and is presented by the National Association for the Specialty Food Trade. There were 2,520 entries across 32 different award categories this year. Polka Dot Bake Shop joins just a handful of N.C. companies who have received the top honor.

Polka Dot Bake Shop, a neighborhood bakery, is owned and operated by friends and business partners Jennifer Chapman and Michelle Miller.

The crackers can be found in specialty food stores, including all the Fresh Market and Whole Foods stores in the South region. The bake shop debuted a new sweet potato granola product at this year’s show, which earned positive feedback from attendees. Chapman said they hope it will be in stores in three to four months.

Polka Dot Bake Shop was one of 11 N.C. companies showcasing products at the the annual show. Race City Sauce Works, also of Charlotte, took home its first-ever Sofi Silver award for its El Verde Sucio Vinaigrette salad dressing, which is made with roasted poblano peppers and green olives. Race City’s line of sauces and condiments can be found online at www.racecitysauceworks.com.

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