Thursday, February 10, 2011

Eye-Candy at the 2011 Winter Fancy Food Show

IMG_2082 Woodland Foods

Over 1,300 exhibitors from 35 countries convened to show off more than 80,000 food products at the 2011 Winter Fancy Food Show in San Francisco’s Moscone Convention Center. For a more in-depth description of the Fancy Food Show, read my first post about the show here.

Though there was an abundance of delicious food to eat and beverages to drink, Tracy and I were also very impressed with all the gorgeous displays.

Woodland Foods spent four hours creating this beautiful mosaic of their specialty ingredients. They procure hard-to-find ingredients from 45 different countries ranging from mushrooms, specialty rices, exotic fruits, and pastas. This year’s catalog features no less than 13 kinds of sun-dried tomatoes.

IMG_2081 Woodland Foods

Le Chef Bakery laid out a delectable spread:

IMG_2111 Le Chef Bakery

The most unusual and hauntingly beautiful displays were in the HimalaSalt booth. The generous slabs and pillars of Himalayan salt created dramatic tablescapes, especially when they are backlit with low-voltage bulbs.

IMG_2153 HimalaSalt

The Galaxy Desserts booth always has stunning displays; this year was no exception.

IMG_2095 Galaxy macaroons

The frozen yoghurt craze has helped put mochi on the map. Bubbies’ made-in-Hawaii mochi ice cream is now also shipped to the mainland.

IMG_2092 Bubbies Mochi madness

Tracy and I fell in love with the elegant liqueur bottles by Jacques Fisselier:

IMG_2113 Fleur the Chocolat

Especially the tiny single-serving bottles:

IMG_2114 fleur de chocolat

Because they offered no tastings, I can’t speak to the taste of Ulmer’s chocolates, but I can tell you that I have never seen such a large variety of attractive small-sized chocolates in my life. Here is a small sampling of their 3,000 different chocolate products.

IMG_2093 Ulmes chocolate toppings

I am particularly enamored with the pink and white rolls in the front right corner of this display. How great would they look floating on top of a coconut raspberry cake?

IMG_2094 Ulmer chocolate toppings sampler

With 150 years of experience, this German-based company has become the premier supplier for many ice cream, cereal, and candy products around the world. Chances are good that you’ve tasted their products.

It would be sweet if I could get my hands on the small star- and heart-shaped chocolate toppings so that I can make this chocolate crepes recipe  for Valentine’s Day.

Recipe and image source: Ulmer Schocolade

Bon Appetit!
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