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Food Fête Summer 2015: The Recap!

Food Fete Signage
All Photos By Gail

Summer Foods! It certainly wouldn’t be the same summer that we know and love without our favorite summer fruits, salads, sweets and snacks to enjoy, amiright? Of course I am! For the summer edition of our favorite food show, Food Fête, the event moved back over to the Metropolitan Pavilion in order to accommodate many more exciting new vendors with lots of great products to show and share. Let’s take a closer look!

Gaea Greek Olives

Olives and Olive Oil are staple ingredients, not just of summer, but of year-round cooking — and high quality is not something on which anyone wishes to compromise. Gaea takes great pride in the fact that their products are 100% authentic. Every single olive used to make Gaea Extra Virgin Olive Oils is grown on Greek trees that are over 50 years old. At Food Fête, this award winning company showcased its line new of Lemon, Basil, and Garlic-infused EVOOs, as well as a new, grab-and-go, resealable-pack fresh Olive Snack! These new products are available in stores starting July 2015. Visit Gaea Dot GR for more information!

National Mango Board

The National Mango Board kept it simple, serving tiny bites of fresh mango on a stick! Mangoes are delicious, full of vitamins and extremely versatile. Get to know the Mango, find recipes and learn how to cut a Mango without fear at Mango Dot Org!

Stemilt Fruit

Family-owned Stemilt Growers (named for the Stemilt Hill area in Eastern Washington State, where the family of founder Tom Mathison have lived and farmed since 1893) gave away little bags of sweet ripe cherries (Pictured: Skylar Rae Cherries) — our favorite summer fruit! Now it its fifth generation of family operation, Stemilt continues the company’s legacy of innovation, sustainability and production of the best-tasting fruits. Learn more about Stemilt World Famous Fruit at Stemilt Dot Com!

Grapes From California

Grapes from California featured a new recipe for Pickled Grapes, the deliciousness of which everyone could be overheard raving about! Pickled Grapes are super easy to make and a unique addition to your summer dinner party or picnic. Get that fun recipe and many more at This Link!

Dole Take Aways Salads Booth

Dole® is a brand name that everyone knows and trusts as a quality, culinary innovator when it comes to keeping meals and snacks simple, fun and nutritious. What a pleasure it was to be introduced to new Dole® Take Aways Salads, a great way to eat healthy on-the-go.

Dole Take Aways Salads

Take Aways Salad Meals are a tasty complete meal in one package that includes whole grains, greens, add-ins and dressing all in a recyclable container that you can use as a bowl! Even the fork (and a towlette for clean up) is included! Found in your market’s refrigerated salad section, Dole Take Aways features two vegetarian options, and two non-vegetarian varieties, which are paired with antibiotic-free grilled chicken. The Southern Picnic (Non-Vegetarian) variety, which we had a chance to sample, features a blend of Dole® Romaine and Kale, grilled chicken, black-eyed peas, quinoa, roasted pecans and cranberries, topped with Dole’s Citrus-Peach Vinaigrette and a Honey BBQ drizzle. Amazing!  Dole® Take Aways will be available in September 2015 at supermarkets nationwide. Visit Dole online at This Link!

Stoneridge Orchards Dried Fruit

Stoneridge Orchards all-natural dried fruits and fruit treats are the next best thing to fresh fruit, and they always have something new when we see them at Food Fête. Stoneridge’s line of premium, family-farmed dried fruits include whole Cherries, Blueberries and Mixed Berries as well as Dried Sliced Peaches, whole Strawberries, and their most unique offering, Chili Lime Cherries with Tajin seasoning!

Stoneridge Orchards Chocolate Covered Fruit

We also love their Dark Chocolate, and Greek Yogurt Dipped Fruits, a truly luxurious treat, which has just added Dark Chocolate Dipped Strawberries to its line of sweet indulgences! Find out more about Stoneridge Orchards and discover where to buy their products in your area by visiting This Link!

tryRoots Quinoa and Pasta Booth

As ancient grains forge their way to the front of the Rice Alternative options, truRoots is keeping things exciting with its organic Quinoa and Ancient Grain Pastas (made in Italy with Quinoa, Amaranth and Brown Rice, to be naturally gluten free).

Creamy Avocado Pesto Pasta

This amazing Creamy Avocado Pesto Pasta Salad is made with with truRoots Ancient Grains Fusili, and you can make it for your family right now by the following recipe below (click on image to enlarge for detail)!

Creamy Avocado Pesto Pasta

Visit truRoots online at truRoots Dot Com!

Egglands Best Booth

Everybody loves Eggs and we are especially fond of Eggland’s Best Eggs and Egg Products — and not just because they have Mr. EB, their adorable little Egg Mascot! Eggland’s Best is committed to producing a more nutritious egg, which is also the finest, freshest, and most delicious egg possible! Truth!

Egglands Hard Boiled Eggs

And while hard boiling an egg is not most difficult thing one can do, isn’t it nice that England’s Best conveniently packaged their already hard boiled eggs in a bag for you to purchase? Sure it is. Imagine: Deviled Eggs or Egg Salad on Demand! Ah, sublime. Read all about Eggland’s Best, get recipes and find or where to buy them, at This Link!

Nature Valley Muesli

As the makers of one of the very first commercially available packaged granola bars, Nature Valley has been part of our lives for decades. Appropriately, they are taking breakfast back to basics with their Toasted Oats Muesli, a delicious blend of whole rolled, oven-toasted oats, fruit, nuts and seeds, which can be served hot or cold. We tried it sprinkled on top of vanilla yogurt for a very yummy and satisfying snack. Get more information, coupons and recipes at This Link!

Half Pops

If you love Popcorn and Popcorn snacks, but have a dread and fear of the un-popped kernel hiding somewhere in the bag or bowl, due to a having a mouth full of expensive dental work, we are here to tell you that you need not fear the HalfPops. Catering to those who believe that, when it comes to Popcorn, fluff is just fluff, HalfPops is just what it sounds like: partially popped kernels with an extra crunch and burst of concentrated corn flavor. The best part — it will not crack your teeth! We know because we tried it, and it is definitely a unique treat that will appeal to the rebel snackers out there. Air Popped to be low in fat, and gluten free, HalfPops comes in all of your favorite flavors including Butter & Sea Salt, Chipotle Barbeque, Aged White Cheddar, and Caramel & Sea Salt. Find out more about HalfPops Snacks at This Link.

Helluva Good Dip Booth

We got to make some new friends when we stopped by the booth for Heluva Good (which, yes it is) Dips to sample their outstanding sour cream based Bacon Horseradish Dip, and also try their newest flavor, the scrumptious Beer Battered Onion Ring — which tastes exactly like a Beer Battered Onion Ring, and is available as a limited edition flavor for a short time only. Holy Cow, this stuff is amazing!

Helluva Good Dip Packaging

You really do need to get right on this, because it Summertime, and the Dip is in demand! Find out more about Heluva Good brand Dips, Cheeses and other products at Heluva Good Dot Com!

Rudis Kids Bread Booth

Do you like bread? We sure do, and we are fortunate to have no intolerance to wheat flour, so we can eat all the bread we want – yay! But do you know who Really likes bread: Kids. Kids love bread. But sometimes, they can be a bit finicky, like wanting the crusts cut off and blah blah blah, kids! Do you know that we once watched a Wonder Bread sandwich actually melt in the sun? Yes, it happened. Point being: There is a fine line between Bread made to appeal to Children, and Bread not found in Nature. Fortunately, Rudy’s Organic Bakery has introduced a Kids Bread that gets everything right.

Rudis Kids Bread

Rudi’s is launching the first nationally available organic bread made specifically for kids, made with simple organic ingredients  that you might find in your own kitchen. Available in both white and wheat varieties, Rudi’s Organic Bakery Kids Bread Is unique to the market.  This bread has small, thin slices, making it the ideal size for kids, but the recipe was developed specifically to appeal to kids as well as parents, which means that it’s incredibly soft and fluffy. Kids Bread will hit shelves in September, just in time for the new school year. We took a loaf home from Food Fete and we can tell you it also makes the most delicious toast!

Also, available for a limited time only is Rudi’s Organic Pumpkin Bread. This bread is made with real pumpkin and has a mildly spiced flavor which makes it perfect for the upcoming holiday season. Best of all, it tastes delicious. Pumpkin lovers can find  the new  Pumpkin Bread from Rudy’s Organic Bakery nationally, starting in September through the holiday season. Find out more about where to purchase the fine products of Rudi’s Organic Bakery, and get a money-saving coupon, at Rudis Bakery Dot Com!

Kozy Shack Signage

Indulgent Recipe Pudding is the newest offering from Kozy Shack, makers of the #1 Rice and Tapioca puddings in America. Indulgent Recipe Pudding is unlike any other, with a rich, creamy texture and four grown-up, decadent flavors. Indulgent Recipe is made with simple, premium ingredients — just like original recipe Kozy Shack Pudding.

Kozy Shack Booth

With flavors like Salted Caramel, Chocolate Truffle, Dark Chocolate and Vanilla Bean (you can even see little flecks of Vanilla Bean in the pudding!) Kozy Shack’s Indulgent Recipe line elevates the humble pudding cup into the culinary stratosphere. Kozy Shack was kind enough to ship a sample box of all four flavors to us here at The Gig, and we have been indulging in it and loving every bite! Kozy Shack Indulgent Recipe Pudding is available this summer in select retailers across the country, with nationwide distribution anticipated in September! Visit Kozy Shack on the web at Kozy Shack Dot Com!

Elenis Cookies Booth

Eleni’s Custom Cookies is a nut-free bakery that began as a home catering business run from Eleni’s apartment and grew into a magnificent cookie empire! While they have an expansive Online Catalog of cookie designs to choose from, Eleni’s can literally make anything (anything!) into a cookie for your special event! Their creativity is limitless!

Elenis Cookies Sugar Skulls

Look at these adorable Sugar Skulls and Monster Cookies for Halloween. So fun!

Elenis at Chelsea Market
Visit Eleni’s in the Chelsea Market

Eleni’s has a brick and mortar location in the popular Chelsea Market on Manhattan’s West Side, but you can also visit them online to place an order at This Link!

Udis Gluten Free Cookies

We have to give a shout out to Udi’s Gluten Free Cookies and Granola for their mission to create the best tasting food on the planet that just happens to be gluten free! New cookie flavors showcased at Food Fête include Peanut Butter Coconut, Salted Caramel Cashew, and Maple Pecan Chocolate Chip. These are a large cookie with a soft (but not chewy) bite.

Udis Gluten Free Granola

Udi’s carries a full line of Gluten free products from Bagels to Burritos that you can learn more about at This Link!

Wusthof Knives

We’d also like to thank Wusthof Knives and Cutlery, and the very excellent Meyer Cookware (makes of Circulon, Farberware and many other fine brands) for changing up the vibe a bit by reminding us that every kitchen needs to be equipped with the right tools!

Meyers Cookware

How gorgeous is this stuff?

Room View

Thanks to Jeff Davis for another great show! See you in the Fall!

Recap: Summer Food Fête 2014!

Food Fete Room Shot
All Photos By Gail

Food Fête’s exciting summer season return to the Metropolitan Pavilion event space on West 18th Street was all abuzz with sumptuous product offerings that ranged from Bacon, Butter and Bourbon to Cheese, Chocolates and Chips! If you didn’t make it to the party, here’s a glimpse of what you missed!

Pork Booth Display

PorkBeInspired.com cornered some prime real estate by occupying the first booth attendees encountered upon enter the room. Pork product lovers were treated to a tasting of delicious Pork Dumplings and Bacon Roses (with instructions on how to make those bacon roses at home also on hand) along with a wealth of pork cooking tips, recipes, a guide to identifying cuts of pork, the Pork Bucket List (#PorkBucketList) and a free handy meat thermometer. What a great way to start out the show!

Pork Dumplings Close Up
Pork Dumpling

Bacon Roses
Bacon Roses, Fragrant!

Mike's Organic Curry Love

Mike’s Organic Curry Love has a line of gourmet jarred curries that will blow your mind! Flavors include Green, Yellow, and Red Thai Curry, Saag, Tikka Masala and Caribbean Curry. Mike’s was created by a chef and has been around since 2008. Just tasting these flavorful sauces you can really tell that Mike and his wife Laurie (who are super nice) care about what goes into their product while making it so easy to create delicious curries at home that will rival the dishes of your favorite restaurant. Find out more about their products at My Curry Love Dot Com.

Mike's Organic Curry Love Display
You can see Mike and Laurie in the background. I am sorry I cut their heads off.

White Girl Green Salsas

Nobody loves Green Salsa more than this girl, so imagine my delight to find White Girl Salsa – the only company specializing exclusively  in Green Salsa – exhibiting at Food Fête! White Girl Salsa comes in five flavors: Hot, Medium and Mild Tomatillo, Cranberry Mango and Smokey Chipotle. Don’t those flavors sound insane? White Girl Salsa is the perfect accompaniment for all of your summer entertaining and backyard BBQs for sure. And look how cute their logo is! Sassy! Get tasty recipes and find out where in 47 states you can buy White Girl Green Salsas at This Link.

Duncan Hines Dessert Mixes

The Duncan Hines Dessert Mix evolution continues as the company whose cakes you grew up loving introduced three new mixes for fall 2014: Limited Edition Autumn Velvets Cake Mix (featuring two seasonal flavors of cake mix in one box), Red Velvet Decadent Brownie Mix (which can also be modified to make cookies), and Decadent Black & White Cupcake Mix (which includes frosting and a pastry bag right in the box)! Duncan Hines‘ all-inclusive mixes elevate home baking ‘Beyond the Box,’ where anyone can make a fancy, impressive and delicious dessert right in their own kitchen. Prices will be super affordable, ranging from $1.99 to $3.29 per box.

Stonewall Kitchen Jam Display

Everyone who stopped by the Stonewall Kitchen booth received a sample jar of their Wild Maine Blueberry Jam, but that is far from the only thing these guys have going on. Check this out:

Stonewall Kitchen Maple Bacon Jam and Aioli
Stonewall Kitchen Maple Bacon Onion Jam and Maple Bacon Aioli

You cannot imagine how amazing those taste! The Maple Bacon Aioli could easily replace ketchup as a go-to topper for sandwiches or dipping sauce for fries, while the Maple Bacon Onion Jam (a sweet & savory combination of spices, brown sugar, apples, shallots and bits of real bacon) is a versatile pantry essential! What an exciting discovery! I love how the jars’ labels look handwritten, giving Stonewall Kitchen’s products a homemade, freshly canned vibe! You can be sure that I will be investigating this brand further. Find out more about Stonewall Kitchen’s specialty sauces and jams, candies, gifts and home products for yourself at This Link.

Better Way Snacks

At the Way Better Snacks table, we learned about sprouted snacks and had a chance to sample both the sprouted Corn Tortilla Chips (which, fantastic) and their new Heritage Grains Pita-ahh Chips, which are made with sprouted red fife and spelt. Sprouting provides increased vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, digestibility and nutrient absorption. It is so cool that companies like Way Better are taking a popular favorite snack like chips — usually lumped into the Junk Food category – and making it nutritious and good for you without losing any of the deliciousness you want in a chip. And isn’t their packaging simply stunning? Visit them on the web at Go Way Better Dot Com.

California Butter Display

Of course, we had to make a leisurely pit stop at the California Butter Display, because, Butter Fountain. I shouldn’t even have to sell you on Butter, right, it’s Butter! It’s delicious! Read all about why Butter is Awesome at This Link.

Dave's Bread Signage

Another product that was new to us at Food Fête is Dave’s Killer Bread, which is maybe called that because the company’s cofounder, Dave Dahl, spent some time in prison. Just being serious. Obviously, he found a way to benefit society upon his release by learning to bake 12 different kinds of delicious, organic, non-GMO breads!

Dave's Bread Hulk Smash

This is what Dave’s Killer Bread looks like topped with smashed avocado and other tasty things on it. Yummy. Dave’s Bread has a moistness combined with a nutty, wholegrain texture that is just irresistible. Explore the world of Dave’s Killer Bread at This Link.

Maple Hill Creamery Yogurt

Going with the logic that better dairy products come from better milk (which comes from better-fed cows), Maple Hill Creamery yogurt is made with fresh, non-homogenized milk from 100% grass fed cows. Maple Hills’ organic, creamline yogurt is made without thickeners, is flavored with fresh fruit puree, low in added sugar and tastes very natural. Discover the way of the Grass Fed Cow at This Link.

Alouette Soft Cheeses Signage

Alouette Cheeses returned to Food Fête to introduce several new products including:

Alouette Brie Fondue

Alouette Brie Fondue, in Stores from October to December 2014.

Alouette Cranberry Apple Spice

Alouette Cranberry Apple Spice Soft Spreadable Cheese, in Stores from October to December 2014.

Alouette Vanilla Cheesecake and Pumpkin Spice

Crème de Brie Smoky Bourbon, a creamy rind-less brie that blends real bourbon with subtle, smoky notes – great to spread on a baguette, cracker or as a dip for Veggies! In stores beginning in October. Find out more about Alouette products at This Link.

Dark Chocolate and Yogurt Covered Cherries

Stoneridge Orchards – America’s premier grower and producer of premium dried fruit – handed out tasting samples of their Dark Chocolate and Greek Yogurt Dipped Cherries, and are those ever a luxurious treat. Stoneridge Orchards also introduced their innovative new dried fruit snack: Chili Lime Cherries with Tajin (a Mexican seasoning blend containing chile peppers, lime, and salt). Stoneridge uses whole dried tart Montmorency Cherries in their cherry snacks which are plump, moist and very delicious. Visit them on the web at Stoneridge Orchards Dot Com.

Peacock Rice Pasta

Peacock Brand rice-based, gluten-free noodles were a big hit at the show! Everybody got a free bag to take home! Plus…

Chef Making Pasta

Food Fête Attendees had the chance to taste Chef Pasquale Martinelli’s Peacock Brown Rice Spaghetti alla Sanguiannid, which was delicious. Chef Pasquale did a fantastic job of highlighting the versatility of Singaporean Peacock Noodles with his traditional Italian cooking. The Peacock brand features a variety of pastas including brown rice and basmati rice noodles. Get to know this Singapore-based brand a bit better by visiting This Link.

Peanut Butter Pups

We’ll wind this all up with a few words about something sweet in the form of Gearharts Fine Chocolates’s Peanut Butter Pups. What an indulgent – and adorable – treat!

Peanut Butter Pups Candy

These whimsical, hand-piped Puppy Heads are made from premium milk chocolate and Virginia artisan peanut butter, and decorated with a dark chocolate face and toasted almond ears. So cute! So, so delicious! If you are a chocolate and peanut butter fan, this right here is your thing. Plus, 5% of sales of Peanut Butter pups support Companions for Heroes.org.

Thanks as always to Jeff Davis at Food Fête for providing an introduction to so many great products! See you in the fall!

Foot Fete Signage