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Marin Gourmet

Tory Putnam


Hadi Shirazi, Sadegh Panahi, and Roya Panahi, along with 10 full-time employees


Marin Gourmet began as a Café Affi, run by Affi Panahi, a native of Iran who learned to cook from her grandmother. Affi’s customers encouraged her to make prepared foods that people could take home, and she eventually decided to sell the café after her prepared foods business took off. Affi passed away, but her son Sadegh has continued her lageacy, and all of her original recipes are still used. 


Marin Gourmet has a partnership with a farm near Fresno that grows their garlic, eggplant, peppers, fresh herbs, and some of the wheat that goes into their crackers. Other items, such as garbanzo beans and olive oil, come from distributors that sell products grown in the United States and abroad.

Fun Fact

Marin Gourmet barbeques the eggplants that go into their well-known aubergie dip over mesquite charcoal, which gives them a unique flavor.


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