By Lorrie Baumann
Every new Fancy Food Show brings so much that’s new and exciting that it’s hard to know where to start. It’s always a safe plan to start exploring the booths on the aisles with the low numbers and just keep walking until you reach the stratospheric numbers, especially since in the first few aisles you’ll see that way you’re sure to find the booths belonging to Robert Rothschild Farms (booth #640), Stonewall Kitchen (booth #534) and Rabbit Creek Products (booth #409), all of which are staffed with the kind of gracious folks that set the standard for friendliness and understanding of the specialty food trade that’s everywhere here at the show. If you have a little trouble finding Rabbit Creek Products, it’s because their freight company failed to deliver the booth, but Donna Cook and her team are wiling to make that up for you with a show special that’s extra-good, so stop by the booth to let them know there that you can certainly commiserate with freight problems but, together, you can overcome.
There’s more of interest there than the opportunity to commiserate, of course, because Rabbit Creek Products is bringing out an even dozen new products, all of which are available to ship immediately. Among them are a Parmesan Southwest Beer Bread Mix, a Cheese & Pesto Olive Oil Bread Mix and a Triple Cheese Wine Bread Mix. There are a couple of new brownie mixes, including the Bombshell Brownie Mix and Caramel Toffee Wine Brownie Mix. A Cappuccino with Chocolate Chips Muffin Mix and Lemon Cream Cheese Scone Mix take care of breakfast. For the cocktail hour, there’s Dilly Bacon Cheese Ball Mix, Garlicky Parmesan Cheese Cook n Serve Dip Mix, Mustard Vegetable/Pretzel Dip Mix and The Pigs ran thru the Dill Patch Veggie Dip Mix. And for plain old anytime snacking, Rabbit Creek Products offers Granola Seed Crunch. For more information, call 800.837.3073.
Just down the way, Stonewall Kitchen is taking care of summer with a pair of new Bloody Mary mixes and a trio of great barbecue sauces that ensure that no matter which barbecue tradition has your allegiance, whether you like heat or sweet, Stonewall Kitchen can offer you a sauce that you’ll be proud to serve up with your meat. The three sauces are Raspberry Chipotle, Honey Sriracha and Boozy Bacon Barbecue Sauce. Even though these contain some sugar, the sweetness is not the dominant flavor on any of these — they’re all nicely balanced with big, smoky flavors that will work on pork, chicken or beef. The spicy heat is not overwhelming — there’s just enough to give each of the sauces a nice depth of flavor and let your taste buds know they’ve been to a party.
The summer barbecue or tailgate party continues in the Robert Rothschild Farms booth, where Fancy Food Show attendees are tasting and loving four new open-and-serve dips that pioneer new territory for that category. The four include an Organic Hot Merlot Cherry Dip, Organic Pepper & Garlic Dip, Organic Chile & Cilantro Dip and Organic Blueberry Lemon Ginger Dip. You’ll recall that Robert Rothschild entered the organic field with a dedicated organic production facility whose launch was announced at the Summer Fancy Food Show, and these new dips are additions to the line that includes the organic pasta sauces that premièred last summer. Like all certified organic products, these contain no GMOs, and they have a thick texture that would work well to dress up a crudité tray as well as to sit next to the cheese board. The 12.8-13-ounce jar is plenty for a party, and any leftovers will find their way into recipes after the party. The two fruity varieties would pair particularly well with cheese, while the two peppery varieties would also make a great impromptu topping for pasta, rice or couscous on one of those night when you’ve arrived home from work without a dinner plan. Each of them retails for $9.99.
While you’re in the neighborhood, stop by and see Plocky’s Mediterranean Munchies Hummus Chips in booth #563. A new display shipper comes with 24 3-ounce begs of the Original with Sea Salt variety and 24 3-ounce bags of the Roasted Red Pepper variety. Each 3-ounce bag retails for about $2.99. Snack-size 100-calorie bags retail for $.99 to $1.29. Plocky’s is celebrating 25 years of bringing tasty, all-natural snacks to the market, and Plocky’s products are currently sold in nine countries. The Mediterranean Munchies Hummus Chips are made from real hummus and olive oil. They’re all natural, gluten free, non-GMO and certified kosher. For more information, call 630.323.8888.
For a little taste of something sweet, stop by Dancing Deer Baking Co. In booth #652 to try the new line of Dessert Bites. The Dessert Bites are launching in eight flavors, of which two are available year-round, and six will be seasonal. The year-round Everyday Bites are Chocolate Chip S’more and Chocolate Sea Salt flavors. Then for spring, there’s Coconut Bliss and Zesty Lemon. Fall flavors are represented with Caramel Apple and Pumpkin Spice. And for the winter season, there are Chocolate Peppermint and Traditional Gingerbread. The Dessert Bites are packed in 7-ounce tubs to retail for $5.99 to $6.99 in the bakery department. They’re shipped frozen with a six-month shelf life. Once they’re thawed for display and sale, they have a 14-day shelf life. They’re made with nothing artificial and certified kosher. Call 888.699.DEER x 501 for more information.