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Adam Fried and Kathleen Hanover at the Ohio Signature Food Contest 2016 Awards Presentation

Adam Fried and Kathleen Hanover at the Ohio Signature Food Contest 2016 Awards Presentation at the Ohio State Fair, August 2, 2016. Photo by Kaden Harris.

Congratulations to our fellow 2016 winner, Adam Fried! We had a great time meeting him and his business partner Merrie Casteel at the Ohio State Fair presentation. The Akron Beacon-Journal wrote a great story about their win, and very kindly mentions Dayton Comestibles Corn Whiskey Mustard as well::

Garlic scapes — those curly green stalks that grow out of the bulb — are a winning ingredient for an Akron startup.

With a product from his newly formed Gourmet Scapes Co., Adam Fried is a winner in this year’s Ohio Signature Food Contest, sponsored by the Center for Innovative Food Technology and the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation.

The contest aims to help folks get their food product ideas into grocery stores.

Fried won with his and business partner Merrie Casteel’s garlic scape pesto. The ingredients include pine nuts, Parmesan cheese and scapes, which often have a milder flavor than garlic cloves.

“At this point, we’ve made it for friends, and they love it,” Fried said.

In addition to mixing the pesto with pasta, he and Casteel have been topping steaks with it and mixing it in salads. They’ve also made a scape hummus.

Scapes “are pretty versatile,” he said, echoing what many fans know.

“It’s super exciting for us to win the contest,” Fried said. “It’s going to open up doors for us. Now we’re seeing where we can go with this.”

Contest officials revealed the winners Tuesday at the Ohio State Fair in Columbus. Fried was one of two winners; the other was Kathleen Hanover of the Dayton area, who won with Dayton Comestibles Corn Whiskey Mustard, made with small-batch corn whiskey distilled in Miami County.

Their Garlic Scape Pesto is absolutely delicious, and we’re excited to see where they take their product. Thanks to the Beacon-Journal for the mention!