I went two years ago, and was actually a little disappointed, at the aisles and aisles of folks with little booths of endless jellies and jams, more designed for retail 'gourmet' shop businesses than the restaurant/catering business.
There were few products that really turned me on - except for the wonderful section in the 'foreign products' section, where there were rows and rows of olives, olive oil and cheeses from Italy, Spain, Greece, and France! Blew me away! Came away have finally learned the differences in regional oils and their flavors and colors.
Also enjoyed meeting the folks I did - Dean Fearing was there, with his new line of sauces; talked with Tommy Tang - don't know if he was exhibiting or what, but saw him just walking around and smiled and said hello, and we ended up chatting for about an hour. Saw Bobby Flay, who looked like - well, I won't go there. And tasted Charlie Trotter's new line of sauces - yum.
There was a small producer of hams and bacon from Wisconsin, and couldn't stop going back for the samples of their fabulous bacon!!! Out of this world!!
Is the restaurant show more geared toward catering/restaurant businesses? I'd like to attend one of those.
I went to Fancy food in NYC the year Ben (of Ben and Jerry's) was scooping their new chocolate chip cookie dough icecream. Been to Chicago for the show the past 3 years....always have pre-conference catering and newsletter seminars that I find really helpful. Michael Roman is super inspirational. I find all kinds of shtuff at FFS. Last year the Chicago show had a Beard tasting afterwards<think I posted about Matrachet's foie oreo, and Blackbird's salmon on guacamole with corn chip>
YOU're jealous? What about all of us who can't get down there to join you??? Well, maybe not about being in NO in August, but I'll bet it's like being in the French Market with everything available to taste!!:lips: :lips:
Sounds like a fun event. And I would love to join everyone, but too bad I already made plans to go to Canada Can anyone tell me what kind of stuff they show? I'm new to this since I never thought there is such a thing as a food show. I learn something new everyday
What about old-ish members? It might be a good chance to let you see where all that spouting comes from. Any good deals on rooms anywhere?Do they still do the fireworks thing on the river?
The "Y'all Come" made me feel invited.
But Suzanne,NEW YORK CITY! To me, THAT'S where there's "everything to taste". I LOVE NYC, with all the ethnic neighborhoods! Oh well, I guess the grass is always greener. Tell you what, ya'll tell me about all your "finds", and I'll tell you mine!
And taste a bunch for me!
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