Solomon’s Delicatessen becomes the first REAL Certified Jewish Deli

Industry: Health and Nutrition

San Francisco, CA (PRUnderground) September 25th, 2018

Solomon’s Delicatessen, in Davis, CA has undergone the Eat REAL® Certified Audit, becoming the first REAL Certified Jewish Deli in the nation. Their nostalgic classics prepared with a  farm-driven California twist are the result of detailed sourcing and original recipes utilizing clean and healthy ingredients.

“What started as an idea to bring a classic delicatessen experience to the Sacramento region developed into Solomon’s Delicatessen. [We wanted] to honor Tower Records (which originated in Sacramento) and founder Russ Solomon,” explains Andrea Lepore, one of the founders. “Solomon’s, like Tower Records, is a community gathering place where music and culture are celebrated and where everyone is welcome.”

To achieve REAL Certification, Lepore and Executive Chef Aimal Formoli opened their kitchen for an extensive and rigorous audit of all operations and sourcing. Eat REAL’s third-party registered dieticians utilize a points-based REAL Index to audit foodservice providers such as Solomon’s across a range of criteria. In order to become REAL Certified, operators must satisfy prerequisites and earn sufficient points in the areas of nutrition,  food preparation, ingredient sourcing, and environmental stewardship.

“We’re very proud to work with Solomon’s,” says Larry Ruff, CEO at Eat REAL. “Their understanding of the link between food, health, and the environment—as well as guests’ rights to transparency— exemplifies their commitment to being a leader in the movement towards a healthier food landscape.”

The highly-coveted REAL Certification has been achieved by over 500 restaurant and foodservice providers. For Lepore, Solomon’s is the second concept to be recognized by Eat REAL. Hot Italian Pizza, with locations in Emeryville and Sacramento, CA, joined the ranks of REAL Certified in 2016.

Homemade bagels, thoughtfully updated classic dishes, along with a strong support of local farms, has made Solomon’s Delicatessen a much anticipated and well-loved addition to the downtown Davis dining scene.

For more information on Solomon’s Delicatessen, visit their website.

About Eat REAL

Eat REAL® is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit dedicated to transforming America’s food system and fighting diet-related disease. Launched in 2012, Eat REAL Certified is a nutrition and sustainability best practices certification program aimed at realigning the food industry’s incentives with consumers’ health interests. The organization has certified over 500 restaurants, corporate cafes and university and school dining services in 35 states, with financial support from the Tennessee Department of Health, the Park Foundation, the Mary Black Foundation, the Campbell Foundation and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation President’s Grant Fund of the Princeton Area Community Foundation. More information can be found at www.eatreal.org.