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Dave Nishimoto of Mollie Stone’s Market Presides over the Annual Bag Off Competition

Dave Nishimoto, Mollie Stone’s Market brought the always-fun Bag Off Competition to PEA again on November 10th.  This year, he brought Linda Bueno, the deli manager, and his assistant manager Larry Bristow with him to help run the competition.

Mollie Stone’s Market was started by two men, Mike Stone and Dave Bennett, in 1979.  The original concept was to create a store that carried both organic food and regular groceries in one store.  This was an innovative concept at the time and proved successful.   There are now nine stores in the Bay Area employing around 700 people.  Dave introduced Linda Bueno to talk about the Thanksgiving menu available if you are not planning to cook for the holiday.

Linda went over the deli Thanksgiving dinner menu, which features free range turkey, bread stuffing, pan gravy, sweet potatoes and yams, green beans with sweet red peppers, cranberry sauce, dinner rolls, and pumpkin pie.  You can order extra helpings of these items plus other side dishes like mashed potatoes, scalloped potatoes, Brussels sprouts, or butternut squash with cranberries.  Or you can order appetizers to go with your meal.

Next, Larry Bristow described the types of turkeys that you can buy at Mollie Stone’s.  In contrast to the simple days of fresh versus frozen, today’s turkey choices abound.  They include the Mollies Stone’s turkey (free range, no hormones, grown in California, $2.70 lb), the fresh Mollie bird (10 to 20 pounds, free range, $2.49 lb), the fresh Willie Bird (free range, broad breast turkey, $3.29 lb), the Kosher turkey (fresh, ranging from 10 to 16 pounds at $4.99 lb), plus three other varieties including a frozen bird.  Larry suggests that you calculate the size of your turkey at one pound per person.

For the competition, four contestants were chosen randomly from the audience.  This year, the four contestants were Susan Hamilton, VTF Services, Darnel Rogan, Saber Roofing, Judy Ott, Judy Ott Organization and Design and new member Nichole Fox, Payroll City (on her first day!).  Dave reminded everyone that the grocery bagger has an important job.  If your eggs are smashed or you get home and find something missing, you will be unhappy and may not return to that grocery store.  The bagging competition is not purely a race – even weight distribution and packing delicate items carefully also counts.

Winners were announced after the break.  In second place and going home with her groceries and a gift certificate was Susan Hamilton, VTF Services. In first place also going home with groceries and a gift certificate: Nichole Fox, Payroll City Congratulations and thank you Dave Nishimoto, Mollie Stone’s Market for another fun competition!

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