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Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Highlights from Days One and Two of the Fancy Food Show

Posted By on Tue, Jan 19, 2010 at 3:16 PM

  • Stephanie Im
Today is the third and final day of the Winter Fancy Food Show, Moscone's three-day gorgefest. If you've never been, think of every boring trade show you've ever attended, swap out the cheesy sales pitches for (literally) cheesy sales pitches (the kind that stink in a good way), and replace the inane tchotchkes with all the fancy foodstuffs, artisan chocolates, and gourmet snacks you could ever hope to eat.

click to enlarge Chile-flecked Devil's Gulch cheeses from Cowgirl Creamry. - STEPHANIE IM
  • Stephanie Im
  • Chile-flecked Devil's Gulch cheeses from Cowgirl Creamry.
Some highlights:

• Chiles and spices:

Cowgirl Creamery unveiled its newest creation (born just last week), Devil's Gulch, a creamy Jersey cow's-milk cheese with a rind beautifully speckled with sweet and spicy dried red pepper flakes. Chuao Chocolatier's Firecracker bar took dark chocolate and chipotle to another level with the addition of popping candy that audibly crackles and pops as the silken Venezuelan chocolate melts away.

• More subtle were Vignette Wine Country Sodas, nonalcoholic fizzy drinks made from wine grapes: refreshing, elegant, and not nearly as gimmicky as you might think. We liked the Pinot Noir. The Smoked Olive's Sonoma Smoked Olive Oil was also pleasantly surprising with its gently wood-smoked flavor that didn't overpower the delicate fruitiness of the premium California olive oil.

click to enlarge Kosher and vegetarian? We can't figure it out either. - STEPHANIE IM
  • Stephanie Im
  • Kosher and vegetarian? We can't figure it out either.
• Innovative foods like black garlic, colorful foods like green and pink rice, and puzzling foods like bacon salt, which is somehow vegetarian and kosher. And of course, a few provocative slogans never hurt anyone (Deb Deb's Rub Rub, we're lookin' at you).

Stephanie Im also blogs at Lick My Spoon; follow us on Twitter: @SFoodie

There's always one. - STEPHANIE IM
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  • There's always one.

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