As if the summer wasn’t already loaded with food festivals and events, the food gods squeezed in not one, but TWO food and beverage trades shows! Two weeks ago, I attended two amazing events showcasing the most creative and tasty food and beverages on the market at Brooklyn EATS! and the annual Fancy Food Show.
Brooklyn EATS! is Brooklyn’s first food and beverage trade show, spotlighting local food manufacturers. It was held at Acumen Capital Partners, LLC building on Flushing Avenue, which recently opened a manufacturing space for small tech and artisanal food companies. Here’s a few of my favorites:
Salt of the Earth Bakery
Owners Alexandra and Haskel Rabbani, husband and wife team, left their corporate and law jobs to pursue this labor of love! They complement their cookies and baked goods with salts from around the world! Some of my favorites: The Wild Oat-Cookie, The Brownie, The Kona, The Mayan, The OMGCB -the brownies
A pistachio farm from Terra Bella, California had lovely Pistachio Chewy Bars. These little bites were packed with my favorite nut, tart cranberries and perfectly sweetened with agave nectar!
I met co-founder, Michael Marino, who spoke about his mother or the “nonna” of City Saucery’s sauces. I sampled four of “Nonna’s” sauces, all made with New Jersey tomatoes and seasonal herbs, but my favorite was Nonna’s Spicy Sauce made with chilies from Calabria, Italy!
Fancy Food Show
I thought Brooklyn EATS! was overwhelming, a few days later, the summer Fancy Food Show at the Jacob Javits Center showcased up to 2,400 exhibitors from all over the world! I literally could have wandered the booths all four days, but here are my favorites:
Definitely drink Pallini’s Limoncello liqueur for a taste of the Amalfi coast in Italy. The Pallini’s cocktails I tried brought out the zesty, lemony freshness of a good limoncello.
From fresh truffles to truffle butter and salt, they reign supreme in truffle-land and I want to move to truffle land! Send a lovely gift basket to that special foodie someone!
Winner of the 2014 sofi Award for Outstanding Perishable Foodservice Product for their French-style ripened goat cheese “Bijou.” Vermont Creamery rightfully boasts artisanal cheeses from farm to table! They had great taste in music! My favorite was their Madagascar Vanilla Crème Fraîche!
Antica Cascina San Lorenzo
In classic Italian tradition, Antica Cascina San Lorenzo produces quality food products with lovely packaging to cover artisanal food products. My favorites were their aged balsamic vinegars (Aceto Balsamico), Tartufo truffle products, and Parmigiano Reggiano to name a few.
Barber's Farmhouse Cheesemakers
The Barber family have been farming and making cheese at Maryland Farm in Ditcheat, Somerset since 1833. Lovely Gilles Barber captured my imagination with tales of his family's farm and the art of cheesemaking in England. My favorite was Barber's 1833 Vintage Cheddar. Check out their recipes on their site!