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Bove's wins national food award

Bove's frozen lasagna has been awarded the National Association of Specialty Food Trades' prestigious Gold Sofi Award in the Outstanding Pasta, rice and grain category. The all-natural, handcrafted lasagna is a frozen version of the classic that has had customers literally lining up around the block to get a taste at Bove's famous Caf in Burlington, Vermont.

A year ago Mark Bove, president and full-time sauceboy, introduced the world to his family's recipe on the Food Network's "Throwdown" with Bobby Flay, soon followed by an appearance on the "Today Show", where Bove prepared lasagna for Hoda and Kathie Lee.

The national exposure sent demand for Bove products soaring.

"I was making small versions of the lasagna at the restaurant and shipping them around the country," said Bove. "We just couldn't keep up with demand this way, which led me to produce the lasagna for retail."

Each frozen Bove's Meatball Lasagna is produced by hand in Vermont-the same way it was made by Mark Bove's grandmother, Victoria, in 1941, according to the businessman and chef.

Bove's Cafe, located in Burlington, offers affordable, homemade Italian specialties including their acclaimed lasagna.

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