Fancy Food Show 2016 was a winner!Especially for gluten-free
The Specialty Food Association threw quite a party last month in San Francisco. As someone who shares in their "commitment to the success of those who bring the emotional experience of #specialtyfoods to the consumer" in my work, I can tell you I got pretty emotional myself over the delicious finds I sampled.
San Francisco is a wonderful city and it is such fun to be there amidst the excitement of the show, meeting with brokers, distributors, manufacturers and marketing people like myself. I encourage you to use our public relations, advertising, marketing, social media and trade show consultation services.
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Here are some of my favorite finds at the show, in NO PARTICULAR ORDER. Not all are gluten-free, the ones that aren't are PRETTY SPECTACULAR.
1. Did you have one of those unbelievable cheese cake cones over at the Aunt Butchies booth? I hope you didn't miss them. Wow, those New Yorkers really know how to party. Not gluten-free, but wholly delicious, a winner for me at the show.
2. The Italian Flatbread (available in both gluten-free and traditional) from the folks at Riccione Piadina was gorgeous with delicious Italian cheese. So good. So original.
3. The ladies at the Cup 4 Cup booth were there showcasing their newest gluten-free flour, a wholesome version. I was very impressed as well as thrilled to meet superstar Lena Kwak, who co-founded the company with renowned chef Thomas Keller of French Laundry.
4.The Lemon Bites from Nu Life Market were a rare treat. Their company offers a full range of gluten free food products including sorghum flours, brans and grains for those with food sensitivities.
5. I spent a lot of time with the team at Natural Nectar / A La Maison of Provence. Their Hearts of Gold snacks, Surf Chips and their amazing Dark Chocolate Gluten-Free Wafer Bars are all terrific.
6. The Zego bars are a great lunchbox snack for those with diet sensitivities. The Cinnamon Apple was my fave.
7. I loved the Australian made and owned Casalare line of premium and organic gluten-free pastas. The Aussies are leaders in gluten-free manufacturing and this company makes super cool shapes including a cannelloni which no one else is doing. They are kosher, vegan and GMO free and I see them getting a lot of action in the GF community.
8. I've seen the folks from Sonoma Creamery before with their crazy good Mr.Cheese O's Low Carb CrunchyCheese Snacks. They support the Celiac Disease Foundation and I got hooked a while back on those snacks.
9. I have always liked soft pretzels. A favorite snack in front of the Guggenheim Museum in NY before heading in. A little mustard, a few extra napkins... The Pretzilla soft pretzel buns were delish, I must admit I visited their booth twice to snag another bite. They have a menu of rolls and snacks that both foodservice clients and consumers at home can order
10. The next time I visit Seattle, I will make it my business to go to Marjorie's restaurant, but for now, I am snacking on her Miss Marjorie's Steel Drum PlantainsÂ that she gave me. So awesome, healthy and crunchy.
11.The Vermont Maple Syrup at Hidden Springs Maple was sweet and made me think I was at a bed and breakfast eating waffles.
12. I was a hero last night when I gave my daughter's friend a "PeaNot Cup" from the the Premium Chocolatiers. They make fine gourmet dairy, nut, egg and gf chocolates using their own roasted cocoa beans. Yummo. I liked all the samples I tried with them.
13.The Good Habit Company booth had these unique Super Topper mixes to add to your yogurt, cereal or salads. I liked the Vanilla Maple.
14. I met a woman who claimed to have lost a ton of weight eating her low cal Sweet 8 fudge bars. Her story is great and I wanted to just stand there and eat those bars all day.
15.Gluten-Free pastas are becoming more popular, and that is the BEST NEWS. But those that have 7 grams of Protein and 6 grams of Fiber that also taste good? There are not many. But the folks at al dentepasta have just the right line of white bean and brown rice flour pastas.
16. I love soba noodles in soups and in my favorite Asian dishes. King Soba Noodle culture has multigrain combinations with buckwheat, amaranth, quinoa, kale and basmati rice. They are organic, fair trade and gf/v. In the words of Larry David, "pretty, pretty, pretty, good."
So, the show was terrific, I came home with alot of loot and our team at Amy Levy PR looks forward to seeing you all at the 2016 trade shows from Natural Products Expo to Fancy Foods East.
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