Thursday, January 19, 2012

Fancy Food Show 2012

Last week I attended the Fancy Food Show in San Francisco.  This is the North America's largest specialty food and beverage show.  The show hosts more than 1300 vendors from 50 plus countries.  It is always an overwhelming show.  Your tastebuds don't quite know how to react to the samples that each vendor willingly gives you. I didn't see as many new trends this year.  However, there was still some exciting things to see and taste.  I noticited that vegetables were a big item.  Freeze dried veggies, pickeled veggies as a snack items were at a number of vendors.  Hummus chip (yummy) seemed to replace the Pop Chips of last year.  Oat Shakes and Almond Water were new this year.  The chocolate oat shake would be great for a filling treat.  Coconut was big last year in water.  This year it was in pudding, ice cream (thai coconut) and cookies (ginger coconut).  The vendor I like the best was company selling mushroom kits using recycled Peets Coffee.  I am hoping to get in on a restaurant protype with them.
After two days at the show I my feet where aching and I didn't want to try one more sample.  I did come across a sign that let the participants know some of the health benefits from participating in the show.  When you walk the entire show (which I did twice) you walk about 10,000 steps.  That is about 4.3 miles and you burn about 432 calories.  No wonder I was exhausted!

Fish Pie $6/serving or $26 for 9x13
Potatoes, eggs, white fish, mustard, carrots, onions, free-range eggs, spinach, Italian parsley, nutmeg, cheese

Korean Beef Stew with Napa Cabbage and Pickles $6/serving or $26 for 9x13
beef chuck, soy sauce, sugar, white wine, onion, garlic japeleno, bean sprouts, beef stock, sour pickles, rice
Winter Vegetable Chili $6/serving
Onion, garlic, red pepper, carrots, parsnips, chili powder, cumin, tomatoes, adobo, hominy, brown rice, kidney beans

Zucchini and Mushroom Cannelloni $5/serving or $25 for (9x13)
mixed mushroom, zucchini, spinach, garlic, ricotta, mint, egg, cream, tomatoes, blue cheese,free-range eggs

Cabbage Soup $6/quart
garlic, onion, carrots, tomatoes, raisins, cabbage, greek yogurt, lemon

Potato Salad with Hummus and Yogurt Dressing $5/quart
potatoes, hummus, yogurt, sweet onion, Italian parsley, thaini

Blackberry Breakfast Bars 6 bars for $4
whole oats, cinnamon, whole wheat flour, blackberries, natural sugar, lemon zest, unsalted butter

Orange Cake $4/piece
orange slices, orange juice, sugar, cinnamon, vanilla, orange zest, phyllo, semolina, olive oil, flour

Apple Sharlotka - Russian Cake $4/piece
apples, free range eggs, cinnamon, flour, sugar, vanilla

Maple Walnut Trifle $4/trifle
Maple syrup, walnuts, cake flour, milk, canola oil, butter, eggs, vanilla

Lemon Thumbprint Cookies with Blood Orange Marmalade $5 for 8 cookies
unsalted butter, organic sugar,  flour, chocolate, lemon, free-range eggs, blood oranges