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!


Kala said...

I love those stars and hearts! And the pink and white rolls too - they certainly would look beautiful atop a cake.

Angel Rogers said...

Lovely composition on the bread at Le Chef Bakery. All your images look delicious!

Ann Marie @ 16 Muddy Feet said...

It is waaaay past bedtime, and you just made me really hungry!!!!

Elisabeth said...

Food as art, Dutchbaby, wonderful not only to eat, but as you say to see.

CC said...

Thanks, DB.
I think I just gained 25lbs.

Beautiful photos. Yum.

Anonymous said...

I think my behind is bigger than what is was when I first started looking at these lol Great color and wonderful presentation of all of this delicious food!

Margaret said...

Who in their right mind would ever eat such a beautiful display? I am floored by the beauty and think back to the last few dishes I made.... I think I need to "up" my game. Just a beautiful and mouthwatering post. (my 8 year old was admiring it behind my back this entire time. ...oh, I'm sorry, she said she is 8-1/2. ;P

Unknown said...

That salt is amazingly beautiful! Who knew salt could be art?!

Now, you would have a hard time tearing me away from that bread display...I can almost smell the heavenly yeastiness of it. I'm drooling.

And you have my two other favorite foods in the world...chocolate and ice cream. I'm dying to try those Bubbles! Yum.

And my veri word is: lappit. Uh-huh, I could lappit that ice cream and those crepes. Mmmmmm.....

joco said...

What a terrific post yet again. You know how to entertain us, don't you?
And it must have been such a fun outing. Nice to be able to see it all. I reckon that instead of strawberries, raspberries fit better with chocolate. In fact I made something similar for tomorrow. Well, when I say 'made', I mean 'assembled', which is about all the cooking I ever do :-). And of course, no sweet little stars available here neither.

Ginnie said...

13 kinds of sun-dried tomatoes. 3,000 different chocolate products. How is that possible!!! I think my jaw would have been on the floor the entire time, DB. I'm especially a glutton for those elegant liqueur bottles, the smaller the better. In fact, the 4 I have on the kitchen sill I saved and brought with me here to Holland...from past trips to Germany and Italy. The shape and the stoppers...and the labels that seal them!

dona said...

Really love these pictures: they're full of beautiful colours!

Dutchbaby said...

Dear Kala,
I am definitely going to try and hunt these down.

Dutchbaby said...

Dear Angel Rogers Photography,
I think Le Chef did a great job styling their goods.

Marilyn Miller said...

Now I really must attend sometime. Yes, the little liquor bottles are divine, but also love the little stars, the macarons, the mosaic of spices, and the back lit salt is awesome.

Dutchbaby said...

Dear Ann Marie,
Sorry about that :-D

Johnny Nutcase said...

awesome displays, awesome photos of 'em! How cool. What a fun place to check out. I really like that first one and that bread looks awfully tasty. Fun post!

rochambeau said...

All delicious photographs, but that salt! Yes hauntingly beautiful with the light shining through!
Thanks for the tour. Fascinated by fancy food conventions big time!!!!!!

Dutchbaby said...

Dear Elisabeth,
I hope to write about the food we tasted also. I'm traveling right now, so it may be a little while.

Dutchbaby said...

Dear CC,
This show is not advisable if you are on a diet...

Dutchbaby said...

Dear tchesney,
:-) Thanks for your visit!

Dutchbaby said...

Dear Margaret,
I'm guessing you don't need to "up" your game at all. Thanks for visiting and please thank Miss 8 1/2 also!

Dutchbaby said...

Dear Susan,
I'm dying for a couple, or two or three, of those salt slabs. What a presentation they would be for appetizers!

Have you tried the Trader Joe's mochi ice cream? Lappitly delicious!

Dutchbaby said...

Dear joco,
The Fancy Food Show is one of my favorite outings of the year. I hope to post more about it as soon as I return home.

I don't do much "making" any longer either.

Relyn Lawson said...

I'm with Tracy. Those bottles are gorgeous.

Dutchbaby said...

Dear Ginnie,
Tracy and I loved those tiny bottles. We hope that some day we can work with a bride who will want to give these as wedding favors.

Dutchbaby said...

Cara Dona,
Thank you for your visit and comment!

Dutchbaby said...

Dear Marilyn,
Come on down! You would love this show. There are always loads of exciting tea merchants in attendance here.

Dutchbaby said...

Dear Johnny Nutcase,
This is my idea of serious field biology :-)

Dutchbaby said...

Dear Constance,
Will you join us? Susan, Marilyn, and me? Next January? I see a blog camp in our future!

Dutchbaby said...

Dear Relyn,
Yes, they are so deliciously fancy!

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