Editors’ Picks from the Summer Fancy Food Show by Maria Russo in Events, July 2nd, 2013
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In the ultimate celebration of who’s who and what’s hot in the food world, some 2,000+ vendors from more than 80 countries around the world converge upon New York City every year to showcase nearly 200,000 products at the Summer Fancy Food Show. From duck pate and gluten-free chocolate cake to flavored honey and seemingly everything in between, there was no shortage of products on display at the 2013 event this past weekend, and FN Dish was on hand to sample the edible goods and chat with the creators and manufacturers behind them. After several hours of mingling — and munching — we had indulged in our share of fancy foods, several of which had us craving more, even days later. Check out a few of the FN Dish editors’ favorite picks from the show, and get recipes from Food Network chefs to enjoy similar bites at home.
Callie’s Charleston Biscuits’ Buttermilk Biscuits: Warm, buttery, and deliciously soft and crumbly, these two-bite beauties practically melted in our mouths. They were created by Carrie Morey just seven years ago, and she now sells a variety of her signature biscuits, including black pepper and bacon, cheese and chives, and ham. Enjoy the original buttermilk beauties on their own or top them with a smear of Carrie’s pimento cheese. Make biscuits at home with the Neelys’ easy recipe.
Roaring Brook Dairy’s Mozzarella Cheesemaking Kit: This handy all-in-one kit is a DIYer’s dream, packed with everything you’ll need — except milk — to make traditional mozzarella cheese at home. Just follow the photos and step-by-step directions for warming the milk, creating and straining cheese curds, and finally cooking then stretching them to create up to four pounds of mozzarella. Browse these photos to see how Tyler Florence makes mozzarella.
Chuao Chocolatier’s Pop Corn Pop Bar: Studded with pop candies, corn chips and a dash of sea salt, Chuao’s all-new chocolate bar will start “popping” with each bite you take. This California-based company is 13 years old and is known for its seamless integration of flavors — like Maple Bacon Caramel and Rosemary Salt Caramel, among others — into its quality chocolate. Prepare a batch of Chocolate Caramel Popcorn to experience multiple tastes at home.
Fat Toad Farm’s Salted Bourbon Caramel: One of several caramels produced at this family-run farm in Vermont, the salted bourbon variety is the latest jar in their lineup. This smooth, golden-brown topping is made with fresh goats’ milk like all of their caramels, and boasts richness from the bourbon and a subtly salty yet barely sweet flavor. Try the Pioneer Woman’s recipe for Easy Caramel Sauce to enjoy this classic at home in only 30 minutes.
Kenny’s Krumbs’ Krunchy Kookies: You know how coffee cakes feature two layers: one of moist cake and another of sweet cinnamon-streusel topping? Kenny’s has created a product that is entirely the streusel, which in their opinion is “the best part of the crumb cake.” We didn’t mind eating these straight from the bag, but they’d shine when crushed atop vanilla ice cream as well. Alex Guarnaschelli’s Deluxe Coffee Cake is a homemade version of the tried-and-true treat.