Tempesta Artisan Salumi of Chicago Nearly Sweeps 2019 sofi Awards for Meat Category

Chicago, IL – Tempesta Artisan Salumi (formerly Nduja Artisans Salumeria) earned two of the three sofi™ Awards in their category by the Specialty Food Association earlier this month, winning Gold for the second year in a row, this year for Culatello.

”We’re super excited to win sofi™ Bronze [for our] Wagyu Bresaola… and even more excited for the Gold for our Heritage Berkshire Culatello”, said Antonio Fiasche, owner of Tempesta Artisan Salumi. “My father, Agostino, and I brought the first authentic ‘Nduja to the American market six years ago… After changing our company name last November to Tempesta Artisan Salumi, it has been great validation each time our team receives recognition for the rest of our product line. As a first generation Italian-American, it is really empowering for our small team to win Gold with a cut considered the King of Salumi, as it takes the greatest skill to master. To bookend the iconic Italian product Prosciutto San Daniele DOP [by Cibo Italia] is truly heartfelt.”

These are the second and third sofi™ Awards earned by Tempesta Artisan Salumi. They also won sofi™ Gold for their Finocchiona last year, under their former name Nduja Artisans Salumeria. Considering their win in January at the Good Food Awards, the 2019 Bronze sofi™ Award distinguishes Tempesta Artisan Salumi’s Wagyu Bresaola as one of the most highly acclaimed artisan products in a single year.

The Specialty Food Association sofi™ Awards have been honoring the best in artisan foods for 47 years. Winners were selected through a blind tasting of nearly 2,000 international product entries by a panel of experts. The Specialty Food Association showcases winning products at the Fancy Food Show each summer in NYC, which occurs next June 22-25th at the Jacob Javits Center, and each winter in San Francisco. As industry exclusive trade events, each Fancy Food Show is renowned for convening the widest variety of hand crafted food producers.

For the complete list of the winners, visit:


About Tempesta Artisan Salumi

For almost 100 years, the Fiasche family has been producing the finest crafted meats in the Italian region of Calabria. Six years ago, starting with only 250 pounds of the finest heritage berkshire pork, Antonio Fiasche and his father Agostino brought their family’s tradition of ‘Nduja di Spilinga to the American market under the brand Nduja Artisans Salumeria. Now, as Tempesta Artisan Salumi, Antonio and his small team have grown their product line to include traditional recipes found throughout Italy and Spain, garnering nine top honors, and several other awards from organizations such as the Specialty Food Association, The Good Food Awards, Charcuterie Masters, and Star Chefs. Antonio’s grandfather still makes salumi in Calabria, where he recently planted 6000 chili plants in his backyard for his grandson in Chicago, who proudly carries on his his family tradition of hand crafting and aging meats.

For more information, visit: www.tempestasalumi.com