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Avenue Gourmet is a growing specialty and natural food distribution company that searches for quality and unique products. Better and Best Corporation, T/A Avenue Gourmet, is currently certified as a woman’s owned company by NAWBO and WBENC.


Patricia Lobel - President

Avenue Gourmet was founded by Patricia Lobel, who alone has garnered over 20 years in the wholesale goods and services industry. As President of Avenue Gourmet, Patricia brings direct experience stemming from her roots in the specialty foods business of France. Starting as an exclusive importer of confections from Provence out of the basement of her home, Avenue Gourmet has since blossomed and grown into the company it is today. Ms. Lobel currently serves on the Board of the NASFT.  She has previously held position on the Distributor Council and is currently on the Kosher Council of the NASFT.


Lee Cohen – Vice President

In the early 1980’s, Lee Cohen began his career in the gourmet specialty food industry. As Vice President, Mr. Cohen handles all aspects of Avenue Gourmet sales and operations. He and Patricia also select products that will better serve the needs of their customers. Having worked extensively in the specialty foods arena, Mr. Cohen has since amassed a vast wealth of knowledge beginning with his early  foundation at Castle Foods and later at Haddon House. Lee Cohen has for over 30 years tended to the needs of the customers who helped he and Patricia launch Avenue Gourmet, and he maintains long-term relationships with current customers and suppliers.

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