Peapod's Next Best: Semi-Finalist Showdown

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Nearly 20 food entrepreneurs were chosen to pitch their products to our judges: Kevin Pang, Ina Pinkney, and Alpana Singh - and to Peapod's Tony Stallone. (WLS)

Nearly 20 food entrepreneurs were chosen to pitch their products to our judges: Kevin Pang, Ina Pinkney, and Alpana Singh and to Peapod's Tony Stallone.

All of the semi-finalists put their best food forward but only 6 finalists will move on in this year's Peapod's Next Best.

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Peapod's Next Best: Family recipes

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Empanadas from Mamos Latin Flavors, Ora Lee's Gourmet Artisanal Potato Salad, Eastside Cafe Pizza and the J&S Evanston Sauce all impressed the judges.



Empanadas from Mamos Latin Flavors, Ora Lee's Gourmet Artisanal Potato Salad, Eastside Café Pizza and the J&S Evanston Sauce all impressed the judges.

Peapod's Next Best: Familiar Faces

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Diane Garber of WillPOWER Your Day and Nicole Betourney of Isn't That Sweet return for a 2nd shot at becoming Peapod's Next Best.



Diane Garber of WillPOWER Your Day and Nicole Betourney of Isn't That Sweet return for a second shot at becoming Peapod's Next Best.

Peapod's Next Best: Young foodies

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A look at NaNiNu Mini Batter Cakes, Signature Sweets Factory, Chicago Johnny's Hot Giardiniera and Bakeosaurus Rex Custom Sugar Cookies.



The three sisters behind NaNiNu Mini Batter Cakes are the youngest semi-finalists we've ever had and Marcus Freeman of Signature Sweets Factory talks about his cake jars and his love of business at such an early age.

Ji also takes a bite out of Chicago Johnny's Hot Giardiniera and the judges are wowed by Shannon Detman's Bakeosaurus Rex Custom Sugar Cookies.

Peapod's Next Best: Home cooks

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A look at S-Squared Infamous Popcorn and Cheryl's Chicken Spinach Lasagna.



Oswego's Sarah Stone impressed the judges with her homemade S-Squared Infamous Popcorn and judge Ina Pinkney would love to have Cheryl's Chicken Spinach Lasagna for dinner all the time.

Semi-finalist Lashonda Crockett had the judges drinking up her Pennie's Tea.

Peapod's Next Best: Cheese, sauces, cocktails and pies

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A look at Ancient Cooking, Vodka Pasta Sauce, JABnow Cocktail Mixer and Justice of the Pies.



Have you ever heard of buried cheese? If not, Ancient Cooking's Atorina Zomaya explains what it is. A fireman talks about coming up with his Vodka Pasta Sauce, hear what the 'JAB' in JABnow Cocktail Mixer stands for and the inspirational story behind Justice of the Pies.

Peapod's Next Best: Deliberations

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What's in? What's not? The judges go back and forth, discussing each product, but in the end, we have our six finalists.



What's in? What's not? The judges go back and forth, discussing each product, but in the end, we had our six finalists.
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