What keeps foodies coming back to San Francisco’s Fancy Food Show
So what keeps foodies coming back to San Francisco’s Fancy Food Show like moths to the flame? It’s all about what’s new and what’s next in the gourmet food industry. What are the latest food trends in the business?
What are some other top specialty food trends from 2010 according to the editors of Foodspring? Rumor has it that San Francisco-based Chronicle Books will publish a High Times Cannabis Cookbook in the near future.
Michael Winnike introduced his Happy Goat Caramels at the 2010 Winter Fancy Food Show
A-List chefs give back
• Food trucks 2.0
• D-List celebrities pitch pistachios, including Snooki and Rod Blagojevich
• Sea buckthorn berries
• iPad menu apps
• Mandatory calorie listings on menus
• Food deserts
• Death of Oldways founder K. Dun Gifford
• Umami in a paste
• Hyperlocal food production
• Solar-powered food trucks
• 97 Orchard Street: An Edible History
• High Times Cannabis Cookbook
• Child Nutrition Act
Fancy Food Show Facts
This trade-only event is where buyers from the top names in specialty food retailing come looking for next year’s hot product and trends. Now in its 36th year, the Winter Fancy Food Show is the largest marketplace for specialty food on the West Coast. 80,000 products are slated for display by 1,300 exhibitors from 35 countries. Sorry, the Fancy Food Show is for members of the specialty food trade and media only.
Additionally, Food Fete takes place on Monday, January 17 in the evening. Again, my apologies, this is an invitation-only press event that connects gourmet food and beverage products with food and lifestyle journalists and bloggers.
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Southwest musicians play Mariachi in Old Town Albuquerque, New Mexico
Things to Do in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
The first place I take a visitor from out of town is to Old Town Albuquerque, where the city was founded in 1706. With a festive Southwestern environment featuring shops, galleries, musicians, restaurants and museums, there are plenty of things to see and do in Albuquerque.
Hop on an Albuquerque Trolley for a city tour and taste some New Mexican cuisine at a local restaurant.
When I crave Albuquerque cuisine there are many options:
El Pinto, Sadie’s, Los Cuates, Casa de Benevidez
To escape work I:
hike or bike in the mountains
enjoy a spa treatment at La Bella Spa & Salon
take my dog to one of several dog parks
take a float trip down the Rio Grande with the Quiet Waters Paddling Adventures
For complete quiet, I can hide away at:
The Los Poblanos Open Space or Open Space Visitor Center
One of 17 public libraries around the cities
Casa Rondena Winery in the North Valley
Get your picture taken with a Chile Ristra in Albuquerque
If you come to Albuquerque, get your picture taken
at the Turquoise Museum
at the American International Rattlesnake Museum
in a hot air balloon
get your picture taken at Wagner Farm in Corrales with a ristra
Thanks to Megan Mayo of Albuquerque Convention & Visitors Bureau for assistance with this post. You may also become a Facebook Fan of Albuquerque and follow them on Twitter. I was a guest of Albuquerque. Article, YouTube video and photos by Nancy D. Brown