2021 Fancy Food Show Finds

2021 Fancy Food Show Finds

By Emma Krasov

As 2021 comes to a close, we’re looking back at the most interesting products presented at the Specialty Food Association's signature biannual event, Fancy Food Show.

The giant culinary festival dedicated to specialty foods, Fancy Food Show went fully digital this year by creating an Infinite Aisle platform, accessible around the clock to all the interested parties in the U.S. and internationally.

At this reimagined for the pandemic times event, titled, Fancy Food 24/7, surprises abound even within some of the most popular categories, like dairy, drinks, condiments, and desserts.

Let’s look closer at the original specialty products, highly recommended by this food reviewer for their high quality, unique flavor profiles, expressive new, or devotedly traditional characteristics, and creative packaging.

Chef Gerrie Slathers Flavor Boosters, a set of three amazing roasted pepper sauces, rightfully displays a fair warning: “You May Just Like it TOO Much!”

True, this 3-flavor gift pack is incredibly versatile, and delicious to a point where it seems okay to just eat the sauce up from a jar with little more than a slice of bread. However, with so many recommended uses, it would be better to try at least some of them, and thus enrich any dinner table with elegance and ease. 

Chef Gerrie’s Slathers in this gift pack include: Mediterranean Red Pepper, made with “a divine combination” of cayenne, roasted eggplant, red peppers, and exotic European spices such as sumac; Caribbean Roasted Yellow Pepper with mango, banana, sugar, garlic, onions, habanero chili, curry, tamarind, cumin, ginger, and allspice; and Southwestern Roasted Green Pepper of roasted poblano and serrano peppers, onion, garlic, lime juice, hickory smoke, brown sugar, sea salt, cumin, cinnamon, ancho chili, and cocoa.

From vinaigrettes and marinades to roasts and casseroles to sandwiches, burgers and wraps, the Slathers might just add a missing link in many culinary creations, and even make some cooking mishaps disappear smothered by their rich spicy flavors. A plethora of recipes, ideas, and all kinds of necessary information can be easily found on Chef Gerrie’s sophisticated website.

Specialty Food Association: https://www.specialtyfood.com/.

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