About Us

Founded in 1992, Carmela Foods was named after Anthony Tocco’s mother – an exceptional cook who instilled in her children a discerning palate and a love of unique, premium foods.  The company began life as a proudly family-run effort, and it remains so today. Over the years, new positions were filled by family members whose skillsets and interests matched the needs of our expanding business, creating a corporate culture based in tradition, a sense of ownership, and pride in the quality of our work.  

Today, the next generation has taken the reins.  Anthony’s nephew, CEO, Paul Buscemi, and his niece, Vice President, Carmie Vicari Gray, have moved into leadership positions and are ready to guide Carmela Foods toward the future.

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Anthony Carmie Paul
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"Beginning with one product, one truck, and one customer, we set out to build a portfolio of the finest foods and wines in the world.  30 years later, we've achieved much of that goal, but the more we learn, taste, and experience, the more we know that our search for the world's finest products will go on.  

While our outlook may be global, our local farmers and community programs have always remained among our most cherished priorities. They represent the best of our hometown, our home state, and our culinary roots."

- Anthony Tocco, Jr.

Our Inner Circle

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Fairway Packing Company is a unique blend of old-style packing house quality and service plus state of the art equipment and the newest technology to provide the finest finished product to the customer. Located in the heart of Detroit’s Eastern Market since 1989, Fairway provides the highest quality Prime meats to Michigan’s finest restaurants. They have a reputation as one of the cleanest and best facilities in the Midwest and are USDA inspected and HACCP compliant.

chef source

Chef Source, similar to Carmela Foods, is family-owned and operated, focusing on providing unique, high-quality products. Both companies were established on the belief that hard work, combined with a commitment to delivering top-notch service and products, would position them as market leaders. In 2018, Chef Source and Carmela Foods entered into a distinctive distribution partnership, granting customers access to the extensive product lines of both companies. This collaboration has allowed both companies to expand their product offerings and distribution areas.


Quality you can trust.

Our brand product portfolio include the best selection of food specialties, beer, and wines from around the world:

  • Artisan Bread
  • Family Estate Wines
  • Gluten Free Specialties
  • Seafood
  • Coffee and Speciality Beverages
  • Italian Gelatos and Desserts
  • Fresh Organic Michigan Herbs
  • Antibiotic Free, Growth Hormone Free Fresh Poultry
  • Pasta and Sauces
  • Michigan Farmstead Cheddar
  • Prosciutto, Salami and Mortadella
  • San Marzano Tomatoes
  • Speciality Retail Groceries
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