Mike’s Mighty Good Craft Ramen is a northern California move to make the craft ramen experience that’s available in some of the country’s trendiest white tablecloth restaurants something that they can have at home. Five varieties of dry mixes are packed in pillow packs: Spicy Pork Tonkotsu Ramen Soup, Fried Garlic Chicken Ramen Soup, Beef Pho Rice Noodle Soup, Vegetarian Kimchi Ramen Soup and Savory Miso Ramen.
Each of them offers organic noodles that cook in just a few minutes after a pot of cooking water comes to a boil. The home cook may add to the rich broth and noodles some extras like a hard-cooked egg, a handful of basil, maybe some fresh or leftover vegetables and perhaps the last bits of leftover rotisserie chicken to make a complete customized dinner. Each pillow pack retails for $2.39 to $2.49. See the product in booth #3720.
Landcrafted Food is a new brand of smoked meat sticks offered by founders Gary Mitchell and Brantley Ivey, who are raising cattle in Grayson County, Virginia. They’ve been in the business of supplying fresh beef to Washington, D.C. restaurateurs for the past decade, and the new meat sticks, offered in two flavors: Original Smoked Beef Stick and Sweet Smoked Beef Stick, are a new venture in vertical integration of their grass-fed cattle farming operations.
They’re buying humanely-raised grass-fed cattle, for a premium price, from their neighboring small family farmers and turning the meat into premium meat snacks in a new facility on their farm. The premium prices they’re paying for beef that’s raised according to their quality standards are an important means of providing extra income to help those farmers stay afloat when commodity beef prices have slid to the low points of cyclic price swings. Visit them in booth 6215.
By Lorrie Baumann
A few cheesemakers at the Summer Fancy Food Show this year are offering new mixed milk cheeses that they hope will be a gateway for inexperienced consumers into artisanal cheeses from the milk of animals other than cows. These cheeses blend in flavors from the milk of goats and/or sheep to result in cheeses that have flavor notes that might be unfamiliar and interesting to neophyte cheese-lovers, but they’re combined with the reassuring familiarity of tastes from cow milk.
One of these is Landmark Creamery‘s new Switchgrass, a mixed cow and sheep milk cheese for which the Wisconsin Center for Dairy Research collaborated on the recipe. The cheese has sweet, nutty characteristics like a sheep milk cheese, but because the cheese is made from cow milk as well, it can be offered at a retail price point in the lower $20s range rather than the price point dictated purely by the cost of sheep milk.
Landmark is a small Wisconsin creamery, just four years old, owned by Anna Thomas Bates and Anna Landmark, who are making and aging their cheeses in space belonging to other cheesemakers. The company has just launched a new Kickstarter campaign that the two Annas hope will produce the financing for new aging equipment and get them into their own aging space, Bates said. Landmark is exhibiting as part of the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board’s booth, #450 at the Summer Fancy Food Show.
LaClare Farms cheesemaker Katie Fuhrmann is pursuing a similar idea with her GoCo, a fun cheddar cheese made with cow curds melded together with goat milk curds. She’s also offering Blueberry Merlot Chandoka, a holiday spread made from her Chandoka, which tied for a second place in the Brest of Show category at the 2015 American Cheese Society Competition & Judging. That version of Chandoka was aged by Standard Market, but LaClare Farms, owned by Fuhrmann’s parents, Larry and Clare Hedrich, now has enough aging space to allow Chandoka to stay home to be aged there. The Blueberry Merlot Chandoka is a deeply decadent cheese spread, soft enough to be dipped out of its container with a finger when it’s at room temperature. The Merlot helps give it a beautiful caramel color as well as a deep fruitiness that helps to round out the flavor of the blueberries. This cheese is rich enough to make a satisfying after-dinner dessert as well as a cocktail party offering. LaClare Farms is also exhibiting with the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board in booth #450.
If you’re lucky enough to have the chance to visit the booth during the Summer Fancy Food Show, be sure not to miss the flight of five Wisconsin cheddars that the WMMB has for you to try. These include Vat 17 World Cheddar from Deer Creek Cheese, Hook’s Triple Play-Extra Innings from Hook’s Cheese, Heritage Weis 5-Year Cheddar from Red Barn Family Farms, Red Rock from Roelli Cheese Haus and 8-Year Aged Cheddar from Widmer’s Cheese Cellars. Widmer’s Cheese Cellars is known for traditionally-made cheeses with assertive flavors, but Master Cheesemaker Joe Widmer also knows how to make a cheese that’s perfectly balanced so that these strong flavors comfort and satisfy. The Hook’s Triple Play is another example of these interesting mixed-milk cheeses, as it combines milk from cows, goats and sheep. Extra Innings is an extra-aged variety of the original Triple Play, which received a third-place award in the 2015 American Cheese Society contest. The Vat 17 World Cheddar was made from a mix of cheese cultures from the different styles of cheddar cheese that are made around the world, ending with a cheese that combines the flavors of a familiar American-style cheddar with the nuances of British cheddars. Tasting the entire flight at the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board booth will give you a new appreciation of the variety of flavors that are possible from a cheese you thought you knew.
Viki Sater of Viki’s Foods has figured out how to take her intensely granola granola and turn it into an indulgent snack with her new Granola Bark, which she’s offering in four scrumptious flavors: Banana Walnut Granola with Milk Chocolate; Blueberry Blast, which has white chocolate and blueberry granola; Orange Blast, which has semisweet chocolate and orange granola; and Original, which features dark chocolate with her Original Granola, which includes almonds, pecans and sunflower seeds.
“It’s a snack, and it’s granola, and everybody loves chocolate,” Sater said, after recommending that this is a treat that will make a perfect little break in the day along with a cup of coffee or tea. It’s a little better-for-you and a little indulgent, and Viki’s will be launching it in fall in time to head back to school in lunchboxes or to be served at holiday get-togethers.
Two package sizes will be offered. The single-serving size will retail for about $1.50 to $2, while the larger 4.5-ounce bag will retail for about $5.49. Depending on the retailer, this product can be merchandised in either the candy and chocolate aisle or with the packaged snacks.
SaltWorks®, Inc., which supplies all-natural gourmet, specialty and INGREDIENT SALTS, is exhibiting at the SUMMER FANCY FOOD SHOW in New York City. SaltWorks is at Booth 3800. During the tradeshow, SaltWorks is presenting new product offerings, including three brand new packaging options for their Artisan® Salt Company brand, pour-spout pouches perfect for refills or as a standalone retail product, black peppercorns packaged in the company’s new cutting-edge ceramic grinder, and a revitalized pre-pack deli program.
SaltWorks debuted the NEW ARTISAN SALT COMPANY boutique glass jars, salt shakers and adjustable ceramic salt grinders at the Winter Fancy Food Show in January 2017 for wholesalers, distributors and retailers in convenient case quantities.
During the Summer Fancy Food Show, SaltWorks is introducing a new packaging line under the Artisan brand: pour-spout pouches. Filled with the company’s most popular varieties, these pouches are a convenient size for consumers to easily refill the reusable jars, shakers and grinders launched earlier this year.
La Panzanella Artisanal Foods Co. will be showcasing its new Bites® snack crackers at the Summer Fancy Food Show. These new Bites snack crackers, in Italian Herb, Sundried Tomato Basil, and Spicy Olive flavors, are packaged in eye-catching, award-winning resealable 4.75-ounce bags to appeal to the current shopping generation, with its active, on-the-go lifestyles.
Also available for sampling will be La Panzanella’s sofi Award-winning Meyer Lemon Dolcetini, indulgent Chocolate Dolcetini, sweet Vanilla Dolcetini, and spicy-sweet Cinnamon Dolcetini. Inspired by traditional European wedding cookies, these shortbread-style Dolcetini are covered with a light dusting of confectionery sugar for a sweet treat that’s great any time of year.
Last, but certainly not least, are La Panzanella’s flagship Mini Croccantini, which are available in seven flavors in a 6-ounce package: Original, Rosemary, Cracked Pepper, Whole Wheat, Multigrain, Roasted Garlic, and Toasted Sesame. Mini Croccantini are also available in three flavors in a 3-ounce package: Original, Rosemary, and Roasted Garlic. Full-size Croccantini are available in 8-ounce packaging in five flavors: Original, Rosemary, Cracked Pepper, Roasted Garlic, and Toasted Sesame.
Less than two months after introducing its new organic line of gourmet pumpkin seeds, SuperSeedz® announced it has received the ChefsBest® Quality in Craft Award, an award presented to brands that surpass quality standards established by independent professional chefs.
“I am very excited to receive such a prestigious award for our new organic products,” says Kathie Pelliccio, Founder of SuperSeedz. “We put a lot of thought and love into developing these new organic flavors and it is a great honor to receive such recognition.”
The new organic SuperSeedz products were subjected to ChefsBest’s rigorous Sensory Attribute Quality Analysis (SAQA®) process, which was developed by leading sensory experts to evaluate taste and quality in terms of appearance, aroma, basic tastes, flavor and texture.
“The award is designed to recognize unique, high-quality products and based on our evaluation, the new organic line from SuperSeedz was a clear winner,” says Lisa Liguori, Chief Executive Officer of ChefsBest. “ChefsBest has been awarding America’s best tasting foods for more than 16 years and we’re proud to honor SuperSeedz with the Quality in Craft Award.”
The three new SuperSeedz organic flavors – Pink Himalayan Salt, Garlicky Dill and an indulgent Dark Chocolate & Sea Salt item – were introduced earlier in the year. Each is organic certified, Non-GMO Project Verified, vegan, allergy friendly and will feature up to 8 grams of complete, plant-based protein.
The new line is the latest innovation from the company that has been the No. 1 premium pumpkin seed brand and the fastest growing for the last two years. “Consumers have definitely responded to our concept,” said Pelliccio. “Because SuperSeedz has consistently added incremental growth to the snacking nut and seed category, we’re really becoming an integral part of retailers’ product mix. We think our organic offering will be even bigger.”
Last spring, Wild Garden® Foods hit the road to share the love by giving back to the community with free hot Mediterranean meals. It was all part of an epic week-long food truck tour through Chicago to help the homeless and hungry population. The truck received open arms and a very warm welcome at each of the lunch spots, shelters and places in need it visited.
The success of the truck wouldn’t have been possible without the astounding support from social media users coming together. Facebook “likes” powered the Social Kitchen Tour, so for every new “like” on the company’s page, a free lunch or dinner was served to people in need. Four local celebrities and dozens of volunteers were thrilled to be onboard to hand out free meals and exciting giveaways to the thousands of grateful visitors dining at the truck.
“We came up with the idea of a mobile kitchen so we could literally drive up to places in need and serve our community with hot meals like Chicken Shawarma & Rice and Lentils. We couldn’t have ever predicted the truly extraordinary response the Wild Garden Social Kitchen movement received from people all over the world to help us feed people in our own backyard. Some people we fed couldn’t believe that the food was actually made for them; receiving a delicious meal was a very uplifting experience. We’re hoping the Social Kitchen can be a catalyst for positive change in communities across the world,” comments co-Founder of Wild Garden, Nezar Ziyad.
Wild Garden served thousands of free hot Mediterranean meals to the needy and consumers made with the company’s foods, including the Taste of the Mediterranean line of marinades and pilafs. The first 50 people in line also received a tote bag full of Wild Garden goodies. One lucky winner even won Wild Garden food for a whole year!
Members of the Wild Garden team along with local celebrities served Chicagoans during two busy shifts each day. During the lunch shift, the truck parked in busy lunch areas like the Loop, University of Chicago and a food truck festival, while the evening shift focused on shelters and places in need.
For more information on Wild Garden and the company’s food truck tour in Chicago and future endeavors, visit the Wild Garden website or on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @WildGardenFoods using hashtag #WGSocialKitchen.
About Wild Garden
Wild Garden prides itself on bringing the authentic flavors of the Mediterranean right to your kitchen table through its popular snack boxes, hummus and new marinades and pilafs. Thanks to the Ziyad family, which has spent 50 years servicing the ethnic community through food, and Culinary Director, Chef Maher Chebaro, indulging in the finest flavors and spices of the Mediterranean has never been easier and healthier. The Wild Garden products can be found at an affordable cost at various grocery stores around the country as well as on the company’s website.
A trusted household brand for 25 years, Royal® is the No. 1 best-selling Basmati Rice in America. To understand why, it’s important to realize that all Basmati is not created equal. Similar to what champagne is to France, truly authentic Basmati Rice can only come from the foothills of the Himalayas.
Under the attentive care of India’s finest farmers, Royal Basmati Rice grows within the perfect harmony of climate, fertile soil and pure mountain spring water. After harvesting, the company then ages the rice in temperature-controlled silos for a minimum of 12 months. The result is a non-sticky, fluffy long-grain rice that is distinctively rich in aroma and delicately flavored.
To guarantee that its rice meets the highest standards, Royal has rigorous QC measures in place that test each batch for purity, length, consistency and density. It also uses state-of-the-art equipment to ensure that every Royal bag is packed with only the finest rice grains.
Royal’s Basmati Rice is uniquely versatile: it’s at home in curry recipes, is delectable as a pilaf or gratin main dish, is delicious when tossed as a salad and even fits in dessert recipes as a pudding or garnish. The culinary possibilities are endless!
Royal offers a wide assortment of non-GMO white and brown Basmati Rice in a full range of pack sizes, from 2-pound trial-size pouches to foodservice-friendly 20-pound and 40-pound bags.