Day Two: And The Fancy Food Show In NYC Gets Even Hotter

On a very warm morning on the west side of Manhattan, day two arrived for the Summer Fancy Food Show.

And even with all the air conditioning in the Javits, the action was even hotter than day one.

Starting right at 10am, a great surge of foodservice buyers and retailers made their way down to the sofi Awards judging area to taste the samples of the 140 Silver Medalists and cast their votes as to who they wanted to see win gold.

The social marketing teams in the Exhibitor Lounge were busy non stop showing exhibitors how to better reach out through Twitter and Facebook.

Then came word that many of the press was there in force including Martha Stewart Radio, Brides Magazine, Food Network, Bloomberg, and Family Circle.

All the while, handfuls of notable chefs were creating savory meals that would capture the imaginations of those walking by.

Foodservice retailers and buyers were making connections throughout the day and on every level. Later in the afternoon, Executive Chef Dan Barber of Blue Hill and Blue Hill at Stone Barns told a brilliant story about how almonds and carrots came together memorably in his restaurant.

One of Time Magazine’s Most Influential People, Mr. Barber crafted a memorable address that left each of the attendees realizing that they have a back story to each and every one of their products.

And then came the sofi Awards.

After the six Outstanding Retailer Awards, came the 33 category winners:

Appetizer, Antipasto, Salsa or Dip: Simply Delish – Simply Delish Chunky Dip – Sweet Chili

Baked Good, Baking Ingredient or Cereal: The Sticky Toffee Pudding Company – Sticky Toffee Pudding

Cheese or Dairy Product: Ritrovo Italian Regional Foods – Ritrovo Selections – Mt. Townsend Limited Edition Truffle & Salt Seastack

Chocolate: Poco Dolce – Sesame Toffee Tiles

Classic: Fischer & Wieser Specialty Foods, Inc. – Mom’s Spaghetti Sauce

Cold Beverage: Brands of Britain – Fever-Tree Ginger Beer

Condiment: Dulcet Cuisine – Mild Indian Curry Ketchup

Confection: Amy E’s Bakery – Almond Toffee

Cookie: Effie’s Homemade – Effie’s Oatcakes

Cooking Sauce or Flavor Enhancer: Maya Kaimal Fine Indian Foods – Tikka Masala Simmer Sauce

Cracker: Kitchen Table Bakers – Rosemary Parmesan Crisp

Dessert or Dessert Topping: Ciao Bella Gelato Company – Key Lime Graham Gelato Squares

Diet and Lifestyle Product: G.S. Gelato And Desserts, Inc. – Blood Orange Sorbetto

Food Gift: Sonoma Syrup Co. Inc. – Extract Gift Set

Frozen Savory: Hancock Gourmet Lobster Co. – Port Clyde
Lobster Mac & Cheese

Hot Beverage: Belgium’s Chocolate Source – Hot Chocolate Stick

Innovation in Packaging Design or Function: Knipschildt Chocolatier – Ensemble Box of Easter Eggs

Jam, Preserve, Honey or Nut Butter: Beth – el Food Ltd. – Aunt Bertha Apricot Preserves 75% Fresh Fruit

Meat, Pâté or Seafood: Nueske’s Applewood Smoked Meats – Nueske’s Applewood Smoked Bacon

New Product : South African Consulate General – Rozendal Hibiscus Vinegar

Non-Food Specialty Item: Source Atlantique Inc. – If You Care 100% Biomass FSC Certified Firelighters

Oil: Manicaretti Italian Food Imports – Olio Verde Extra Virgin Lemon

Pasta Sauce: Dave’s Gourmet, Inc. – Masala Marinara

Pasta, Rice or Grain: Nuovo Pasta Productions, Ltd. – Kidz Mac & Cheez Gol’Fish Ravioli

Perishable Foodservice Product: Vermont Butter & Cheese Creamery – Bijou

Pet Product: The Lazy Dog Cookie Co., Inc. – The Original Pup-Pie Happy Birthday

Product Line: Royal Pacific Foods – The Ginger People

Salad Dressing: Lucini Italia Co. – Delicate Cucumber and Shallot Artisan Vinaigrette

Shelf-Stable Foodservice Product: FoodMatch, Inc. – Dalmatia Fig Spread

Snack Food: Nutorious – Cranberry Orango Tango

Soup, Stew, Bean or Chili: Hancock Gourmet Lobster Co. – Linekin Bay Lobster Corn Chowder

USDA-Approved Organic Product: Truly Organic Baking – Bakers Basics™ Organic Banana Bread Mix

Vinegar: Lucero Olive Oil – Peach Balsamic Vinegar
And from all of us as NASFT, a hearty congrats to everyone…including all the Silver Finalists.

What a wonderful day to be a part of the specialty food world.

What a great day in NYC.

What’s possibly coming tomorrow?

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