No matter how exhausted you are on this last day of the Summer Fancy Food show, make the time, find the will, to race down to Javits North for the chance to wrap your lips around some of the most sublime tastes on the planet while also basking in the glow of newly-minted sofi Gold Awards. It’ll make you forget that your feet hurt and your back is sore.
Start at booth #5126, where Ian Johnson of Los Chileros and Marietta De Angelo of Culinary Imports are shining in the reflected glow of the sofi Award for this year’s Best Oil. They took the stage last night with a click of the heels, a quick jig and hugs all around in a performance that Specialty Food Association Vice President of Communications and Education Ron Tanner, the evening’s Master of Ceremonies, proclaimed, “Best Entrance.”
De Angelo and her husband Alan are in the booth this morning sampling the prize-winning Cherry Seed Oil along with the Pumpkin Seed Oil, Chile Seed Oil and Tomato Seed Oil that comprise the rest of the line. Stop by for a taste and a quick lesson from Marietta on how to use and how to sell these oils.
You’ll find the sofi Gold Award for this year’s Best Chocolate just a few feet down the same aisle at Chocolat Moderne’s booth # 5116. Chocolat Moderne is getting used to being on the sofi award stage after winning two consecutive gold awards. This year’s winner was the Avant-Garde Bar in Blood Orange Bergamot flavor, while the Lime Moderne Bar won the gold award last year. The Blood Orange Bergamot offers up its floral notes first, followed by the exhilarating citrus burst of the blood orange and finishing with the aphrodisiacal chocolate notes. The Lime Moderne Bar, on the other hand, offers up its chocolate flavor first and finishes with sweet lime notes.