By Lorrie Baumann
In a matter of hours, Riccardo Felicetti of the Pastificio Felicetti will know whether he’s eating his Monograno Felicetti pasta with butter and anchovies for a celebration dinner or because that’s his ultimate comfort food. “It’s very easy, very simple, but it’s exactly the pasta meal I eat when I come back from my travels,” he says. “This is exactly my comfort food.”
The pasta has been named a finalist for two sofi Awards: one for Best Organic Product and one for Best Pasta, Rice or Grain, and it’s the first time that Pasta Felicetti has ever been in the running for the Specialty Food Association’s ultimate recognition for outstanding food innovation. Felicetti wangled an invitation for dinner at a friend’s New York apartment with the understanding that his favorite Spaghettoni with Butter and Anchovies would be on the menu. “And if I don’t get the award, then I will need a heavy comfort food,” Felicetti says ruefully.
He believes that his product was considered by the award’s jurors because it’s a single-source organic pasta from the biggest organic pasta producer in Italy. The buyers from Pastificio Felicetti travel Italy and the world searching for the best organic grains and then combine that grain with pure spring water from springs in the Italian Alps around their pastificio production facility. The pasta’s taste and its elegant packaging probably also played a role, he acknowledges.
He hopes that American consumers will appreciate the premium pasta for its great taste and texture, regardless of the degree of al dente to which it’s cooked. Even in Italy, there’s no consensus about that proper degree of firmness for the cooked pasta, and so the Felicetti pasta is made to be good no matter the al dente preference of the cook who prepares it. “It cooks to your preference,” he says. “The most important thing is that you cook it the way you like it.”
Putting food into the body is an extremely intimate act, and Felicetti hopes that the consumers who ultimately purchase, prepare and eat his product will choose it because they understand and appreciate that the pasta was made in a modern production facility with 21st century sanitation practices using a safe process that enhances the grain’s natural flavors. “I trust that always more people will be interested in knowing what they are eating,” he says. “We will continue to offer high-quality product to interested American customers because we believe they will understand the difference between a high-quality pasta and another pasta.”
Visit Pastificio Felicetti in booth #2615 at the Summer Fancy Food Show.
Chef Steve Constantine is making and serving shrimp tacos at the Robert Rothschild Farms booth #236 at the Summer Fancy Food Show. He’s just sauteing the shrimps and then laying them down on a warm corn tortilla and topping them with a citrus slaw made with the new Citrus Chardonnay Sauce that’s part of the brand-new line-up of organic sauces that are debuting at this show.
The other sauces in the line include Whiskey Pepper Cream, which has a little bit of a vinegary tang with mustard and onion and would be great in a potato salad. The Sriracha Teriyaki Sauce in the line is much more teriyaki than sriracha, but it has a long peppery finish that’s just spicy enough to be fun. There’s also a Blueberry Balsamic, a Pineapple Habanero and a White Wine Creole Sauce. They’re all packaged in bottles that resemble old-timey milk bottles for a retro look that underscores the tradition behind them.
Also in the booth, Chef Sean Robertson is sampling appetizers made with Robert Rothschild Farms Buffalo Bleu Cheese Dip. He just incorporated the dip with some chopped rotisserie chicken, celery and onion and spooned the mixture out into phyllo tart shells from the grocer’s freezer case. He says the mixture is also nice as the filling for a little tea sandwich, and I suppose that if you can’t find the phyllo tart shells at your grocer, nobody’s going to quibble if you put it on a nice cracker.
And if you’re at the Fancy Food Show, make sure you stop by booth #236 and take a look at the cake with which Robert Rothschild Farms is celebrating its 30th anniversary. And do say hello to the chefs when you sample the goodies.
G.H. Cretors will be sampling its brand new organic line of popcorn at the Summer Fancy Food Show. Stop by for a taste of the brand new Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Organic Simply Salted varieties. You can find G.H. Cretors at the Cornfields, Inc. booth #2257.
G.H. Cretors Organic Simply Salted Popped Corn is seasoned with just the right amount of sea salt for a clean, classic treat. The kernels are local, organic, and non-GMO. And like all G.H. Cretors products, these newest flavors are completely free of artificial colors, flavors, and preservatives and certified gluten-free.
And if you haven’t ever tried G.H. Cretors famous Chicago Mix, you’re in for a treat. Chicago Mix combines caramel corn and cheese corn in the same bag for a perfect combination of salty, sweet, cheesy and crunchy. The caramel corn is made the old-fashioned way: by hand, in copper kettles. Cane sugar, brown rice syrup (a non-GMO alternative to corn syrup with a lower glycemic impact) and real butter is heated over a flame and then stirred slowly by hand to develop its rich complex flavor and crunch. For the cheese corn, real aged cheddar cheese is melted in special kettles and then gently mixed with locally-grown popcorn. Seriously addictive!
Felicetti pasta, the world’s largest maker of 100 percent organic pasta, has been named finalist for Best Organic Product & also Best Pasta, Rice or Grain in the Specialty Food Association’s 2014 sofi™ Award competition.
Felicetti pasta was selected by a national panel of specialty food professionals from 2,724 entries from Outstanding Appetizer to Outstanding Vinegar. Winners will be announced by Cronut™ creator Dominique Ansel at a red-carpet ceremony June 30, 2014, at the Summer Fancy Food Show.
Robert Rothschild Farm is launching a new certified organic product line. These six gourmet sauces have exquisite flavor and are versatile to use for an appetizer, salad or entrée.
“We are extremely excited to launch our new organic product line,” said Jim Gordon, President and CEO of Robert Rothschild Farm. “During our extensive research, we determined that great-tasting organic sauces are challenging to find. Consumers are seeking healthy choices, and we felt compelled to create outstanding sauces with on-trend flavors. Our sauces are an easy way to add distinct flavor to organic proteins or vegetables.”
The new organic sauces include the following delicious flavors:
Blueberry Balsamic Sauce: Sweet blueberries are complemented by balsamic vinegar with flavorful notes from shallots, basil and black pepper to create this tangy and sweet organic Blueberry Balsamic Sauce.
Citrus Chardonnay Sauce: The organic Citrus Chardonnay Sauce pairs fennel with the sweetness of honey, bursts of flavor from oranges and Chardonnay to create this creamy sauce.
Pineapple Habanero BBQ Sauce: The popular Roasted Pineapple & Habanero Dip inspired the organic Pineapple Habanero BBQ Sauce. Sweet pineapples, honey, spicy habanero peppers and ginger make this sweet and spicy BBQ Sauce.
Sriracha Teriyaki Sauce: Classic teriyaki sauce with Sriracha and a hint of orange are blended to create this organic Sriracha Teriyaki Sauce.
Whiskey Pepper Cream Sauce: The organic Whiskey Pepper Cream Sauce has a medley of flavors from Dijon mustard, rich cream, garlic, black pepper, accented by a touch of whiskey and white miso to create a creamy sauce with a kick of heat.
White Wine Creole Sauce: The organic White Wine Creole Sauce is started with a spicy tomato base, adding a splash of white wine, and the classic trinity of celery, bell peppers, and onions to create this Southern-inspired sauce.
Robert Rothschild Farm is also reintroducing its Raspberry Thunder Sauce. It is back by popular demand. “Our consumers continually asked if we could make the Raspberry Thunder Sauce,” said Jim Gordon. “We listened to our consumers and are relaunching the spicy hot sauce with a new look but the same great taste.”
Raspberry Thunder Sauce: This fiery hot sauce is a spicy blend of jalapeno peppers and crushed red peppers. Add just a dash for a kick of heat.
Robert Rothschild Farm’s new products will be showcased at the 60th Summer Fancy Food Show in New York City from June 29 – July 1, 2014, booth #236 or in their permanent showroom at AmericasMart in Atlanta from July 8 – 15, 2014, Building 2 West Wing #870A,B.
There’s no denying it. Americans love to snack and unfortunately many of the snacks that we love so much – chips, popcorn, cookies are anything but healthy. The result of overindulging on these snacks are the ever growing waistlines they leave behind. With today’s busy consumer lifestyles, healthy snacking is imperative to healthy eating and thanks to Nana’s Nola; consumers now have a snacking option that is a whole lot tastier and healthier.
Nana’s Nola’s crunchy snack bites offer consumers and Celiac’s an organic, gluten free granola snack that packs a powerhouse of multiple organic whole grains, all natural organic sweeteners, two grams of both protein and fiber. Nana’s Nola contains no soy, artificial additives or preservatives. And the best part, consumers will immediately experience the incredible taste and crunchy sensation of Nana’s Nola snack bites.
“Offering today’s busy consumers a healthy snack option is essential to providing good nutrition as well as supporting healthier eating habits,” said Marie Lusins, founder of Nana’s Nola. “We care very deeply in helping consumers of all ages live a healthier lifestyle and we can do that by offering them with my Nana’s Nola.”
Nana’s Nola is off to a roaring start, as bags of Nana’s Nola will soon be hitting the shelves in 80 Mirabito Convenience Stores located in the southern tier in New York state and throughout Pennsylvania. Nana’s Nola’s crunchy granola snack bites are available in two-ounce grab and go bags that can be easily enjoyed while driving, thrown into backpacks, lunch boxes or travel bags.
Nana’s Nola is being launched by long-time Oneonta, New York resident Marie Lusins, a former New York State recipient of the “Women of Distinction” award in 2010. Furthermore, Marie has served in public office and on numerous public and not for profit boards and currently serves on the Otsego County Board for the Office of the Aging.
For more information about Nana’s Nola, contact Marie Lusins, President at 1-888-224-2132 or e-mail her at email@example.com.
NOURI Bars are not just your average healthy snack bars. The company behind them is working with organizations like Stepping Stone International and Kids Against Hunger to help feed hungry kids. NOURI’s bars are made with the best quality, premium organic ingredients sourced from local farmers and contain no added chemicals or preservatives. They’re non-GMO, gluten free and vegan – 100 percent pure, simple, goodness with no added preservatives or flavorings. There’s also no high fructose corn syrup, artificial sweeteners, partially hydrogenated fats or MSG.
NOURI lives and breathes to make a difference in the lives of others: to inspire and to revolutionize by choosing ethical, quality ingredients while giving back to the community.
There are three varieties of NOURI Bars. The SUPER DELICIOUS APPLE CINNAMON SPICE BAR contains organic dates, organic peanut butter, cherries, peanuts, organic pumpkin seeds, hemp protein, organic vanilla extract and sea salt.
BY FAR THE BEST CHOCOLATE AND CREAMY CASHEW BAR contains organic dates, hemp protein, organic cashews, organic cashew butter, organic agave nectar, dark chocolate chips and organic vanilla powder.
YES, THIS IS A PEANUT BUTTER AND WILD CHERRY BAR contains organic dates, organic peanut butter, cherries, peanuts, organic pumpkin seeds, hemp protein, organic vanilla extract and sea salt. The 1.6-ounce bars are sold online at www.NouriBar.com for $29.99 for a box of nine bars, either assorted or in a single flavor per box. Shipping is free for orders over $50.
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Robert Rothschild Farm has recently achieved organic certification for its manufacturing facility located in Urbana, Ohio. Robert Rothschild Farm produces sauces, dips, preserves, mustards, spreads and other gourmet products that are all natural, gluten free and kosher.
“We are conscientious of current healthy lifestyles and want to provide the consumer what they desire,” said Jim Gordon, President & CEO of Robert Rothschild Farm. “We felt compelled to provide organic products that tasted great. Taste should not be compromised when seeking organic products using non-GMO ingredients.”
This year celebrates Robert Rothschild Farm’s 30th anniversary of producing specialty foods. “Creating organic products shows our commitment, not only to high-quality, flavorful products but taking our company to the next level,” said Gordon.
“Organic foods are a growing market in which Robert Rothschild Farm is well positioned to produce and provide these essential products,” said Gordon. “We look forward to leading the specialty food industry and bringing our consumers the finest in organic, open and serve products that they have come to expect from us.”
Robert Rothschild Farm is continually recognized as one of the top gourmet food manufacturers in the United States and has been honored with numerous awards for its branded product line, but the company also produces gourmet products under many private labels. “By obtaining our organic certification, we can expand our current product offering and extend organic production to our private label customers,” said Gordon.
Robert Rothschild Farm will initially introduce a new line of organic products at the upcoming Summer Fancy Food Show, June 29 – July 1, 2014. This new line of organic products will launch the beginning of the Robert Rothschild Farm movement to convert the majority of its current product offering to be organic certified.
Pacific Foods, a company most known for its soups, broths and non-dairy beverages, is expanding into the snacking category this year with Organic Hummus and Salsa Con Queso. Both are packaged in the brand’s signature Tetra Recart BPA-free cartons, allowing the shelf-stable dips to be conveniently positioned near the chips and jarred salsas – a first for a nationally distributed hummus!
Pacific’s Organic Hummus comes in three distinct flavors including Classic, Roasted Garlic and Roasted Red Pepper, and sets itself apart from the competition though the following characteristics:
Salsa Con Queso
Pacific’s gluten-free and vegetarian Salsa Con Queso leaves artificial flavors and preservatives at the door while still providing big cheese flavor by using real ingredients.
Pacific’s Hummus is now on shelves at select Whole Foods Markets and other natural grocers nationwide and its Salsa Con Queso is available now exclusively at Whole Foods Markets nationwide, with distribution expanding throughout the year ($3.39-$4.99 for 12.75 ounces).
Numi Organic Tea is launching a new product line: Turmeric Tea. Numi’s Turmeric Tea is the first full line of organic, fair trade, premium turmeric-focused blends on the market, and highlights its namesake ingredient’s earthy and robust flavor in a collection of four cleansing and refreshing herbal teasans.
An ancient root related to the ginger family, turmeric is native to Southeast Asia and is often found in curries, giving the food its brilliant, golden orange color. Turmeric has been used in traditional Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine for centuries, and has surged in popularity over recent years as scientists have discovered its many health benefits.
Curcumin, the medicinal compound in turmeric, has been associated with numerous health effects. A powerful superfood, health experts such as Dr. Sanjay Gupta and Dr. Andrew Weil have written about turmeric’s positive effects on the mind and body.
The turmeric in Numi’s new blends is sourced from Madagascar, where Numi is the first brand to purchase Fair Trade certified ingredients from this specific farm group. Dedicated to improving the lives of people involved in every step of their business, Numi has contributed incremental funds to support the farm group’s Fair Trade certification process and has provided new tools such as knives, brushes, cleaning pans and bags for transporting raw materials from the farms to the processing factory. The first Fair Trade premiums are being invested in improved drinking water infrastructure there.
“Our love of tea, travel, and creativity has inspired us to blend unique ingredients and create new tea experiences,” says Ahmed Rahim, CEO, Co-founder, and chief alchemist for Numi Organic Tea. “Turmeric Tea is rich in this vital root and blended with 100 percent real ingredients for tasty aromatic flavors. This healthy tea tonic will revitalize, enrich and restore and can be enjoyed any time of day.”
Numi Turmeric Teas are certified organic, verified non-GMO, Fair Trade Certified, kosher and halal certified, and made with 100 percent real ingredients (not “natural” flavorings, or perfumes) including turmeric as the primary ingredient. Like all of Numi Organic Tea’s products, the Turmeric Tea blends are expertly crafted to not only be healthy but also exceptionally delicious. Consumers can choose from four enticing blends that are excellent served hot or iced:
Three Roots: Blending earthy turmeric, spicy ginger, and sweet licorice, Three Roots transports your senses to an exotic Indian Bazaar.
Golden Tonic: This uplifting blend of turmeric, lemon verbena and dried lime mingle for an exhilarating dance. Golden hues of turmeric have an earthy sweetness as the zesty citrus notes soar and enliven the senses.
Fields of Gold: The mellow richness of turmeric, the sweet calming notes of chamomile, and the lively zest of lemon myrtle reside in Fields of Gold.
Amber Sun: With a radiating, smooth richness, this blend of turmeric, rooibos, vanilla beans and a hint of cinnamon offers mellow apple notes with a sweet peppery zest.
Numi Organic Tea Turmeric Teas will be available to ship in August, 2014 to retail for a suggested price of $7.99.