An appetizer to Sunday’s Academy Awards will be served Saturday at Harry & David Country Village in Medford.
Locally produced Homemade Confections English toffee will be paired with RoxyAnn Winery’s cabernet sauvignon and Griffin Creek cabernet franc between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. Saturday at the store. Homemade Confections toffee also will be offered Sunday in Hollywood to 40 Oscars presenters and nominees, says confectioner Judith Galindo.
“Whether they actually ate it or gave it to their assistant … ” wonders Galindo of the gold-trimmed goodies sent to high-rollers’ hotel suites. Either way, soon after the red carpet’s rolled up, she gets a list of celebrity names confirming candy deliveries.
This is Homemade Confections’ fifth time on the awards-show circuit. The toffee that Galindo manufacturers from her Medford home debuted at the 2010 Tony Awards, followed by that year’s Emmy Awards, then Screen Actors Guild and MTV Movie awards in 2011. Now, Homemade Confections has landed the granddaddy of glitterati events.
“I’m pretty stoked,” says Galindo, adding that she isn’t aware of any other local companies represented alongside hers this weekend.
Although Galindo pays not insignificant fees to place her products in starbound swag bags, she says the opportunity isn’t open to just anyone. Galindo was contacted by industry insiders after taking home her own awards for best marriage of chocolate and candy in 2009 and 2010 from the Oregon Chocolate Festival in Ashland. Hollywood Baskets is one of Galindo’s primary promoters during awards season.
It’s hard to determine how the exposure affects her business bottom line, Galindo says. But the publicity, she says, does lead to candy orders from all over the country for Oscars-themed parties.
Pick up some Homemade Confections for your own Oscars party or guilty pleasure in front of the tube this weekend. The toffee and peanut brittle are priced at $8 per half-pound portion on Galindo’s website.
Prices may vary at local retailers, which include: Harry & David, Market of Choice in Ashland, The Jacksonville Inn wine shop, Prospect Historic Hotel, The GoodBean cafes in Jacksonville and Medford, Cartwright’s Valley Meat Co., Gooseberries and The Kitchen Co. in Grants Pass and All About Oregon in the Rogue Valley Mall. Or call, email or message Galindo on Facebook to order directly. She’ll deliver free of charge to local customers.
Look for Homemade Confections again at next month’s Chocolate Festival and Oregon Cheese Festival in Central Point.