Monday, January 22, 2007

Winter Fancy Foods Show SF: A biased report. How could it not be with 80,000 food products on display from 1,100 exhibiting companies and just a few short hours? So this is a taste of my experience of a few short hours wandering around and sampling. Fellow bay area bloggers' Becks & Posh and Bunrab have written about their experiences there as well. I didn't bring a camera as the materials stated only credentialed press could take photos. But I have a new flatbed scanner, and I picked up materials!

My favorite taste of the day was of White Truffle Cream from Italy, scanned image above. It was an amazing taste! It had a sharp earthiness that resembled garlic, but garlic is not one of the ingredients. It's basically pure cream and truffles. It would make a great flavoring for risotto, perhaps, as my chef friend suggested - one that included scallops and champagne. ohh - decadent! A gentleman from PanExotic is the local contact and this company will also sell this product as a retailer.


Then there was the kind young man from Lykovouno who taught me to be an olive oil connoisseur. And now I've tasted #4 of Food & Wine's 100 tastes to try in 2007, although I'm sure I've had Greek olive oil before.


I have to close with a fun one. Monkey Treats by Emma's Edibles. You eat the Monkey face, filled with real frozen fruit, and the stick underneath reveals a plastic replica of the monkey face you just ate. So fun for kids!

I intended to return this afternoon for more, but alas, I've come down with a cold and am not up to par. I tasted a lot more yesterday, but I'll save some of the goodies for future posts so as to not make this too long.

2 comments:

rachel said...

The White Truffle Cream sound yummy! Not that I know what truffles taste like but they are supposed to be good and cream makes everything better.

So what did you think of the Greek Olive? Did you notice a difference? I posted about it and I can never tell when I'm cooking with it.

Anna Haight said...

I really enjoyed the post you made. No, with nothing there to compare it to, I couldn't say I noticed a difference. What I noticed was what the vendor told me to - the peppery aftertaste in the back of the throat. That's the way to know that it's still fresh and that there are plenty of active antioxidants.