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Top Five Food Trends Spotted at Our Recent Fancy Food Show: Pickling! Nutty Drinks! Gluten-Free 2.0! Coconuts! Ancient Grains!

Thursday, January 19th, 2012

The recent Winter Fancy Food Show at Moscone Center revealed a bunch of food trends. Check them out, below.

This thing was big, baby. You’d have need about four hours to check everything out:

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“Top Five Food Trends Spotted at Winter Fancy Food Show

SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 17, 2012 — The top five food trends for 2012 have been identified by a panel of trendspotters at the 37th Winter Fancy Food Show, which ends today in San Francisco.  It is the largest marketplace for specialty foods and beverages on the West Coast, with 80,000 products on display from 1,300 exhibitors from the U.S. and 35 countries.

The trends are:

Pickling 2.0
—  Unbound Pickling: Pickled Peas and Carrots
—  Boat Street Pickles: Pickled Golden Raisins
—  Sonoma Brinery: Raw Sauerkraut

Drinks Go Nuts (and Seeds and Grains)
—  Victoria’s Kitchen: Almond Water
—  Simpli: Chocolate Oat Shake
—  Chill Drinks: C+Swiss Hemp Iced Tea

Gluten Free Grows Up
—  Cup4Cup: Gluten-free flour blend from Thomas Keller
—  Stonewall Kitchen: Gluten-free Herbed Pizza Crust
—  Love Grown Foods: Sweet Cranberry Pecan Granola

Coconut Cracks Open
—  Luna and Larry’s Coconut Bliss: Ginger Cookie Caramel Coconut Ice Cream
—  Noh Foods of Hawaii: Coconut Pudding Mix
—  Hey Boo Jams: Hey Boo Coconut Jam

Ancient Grains
—  Culinary Collective Zocalo Heritage Grains: Pink Amaranth
—  Al Dente Pasta: BonaChia Pasta
—  Origen Chilean Gourmet: Quinoa Puffs

Other trends identified at the Winter Fancy Food Show include savory sweets such as bacon brittle, mindful snacks such as raw bars, bean chips and seaweed, cocktail mix makeovers, new takes on chai, and everything fig. Read more about these trends and their related products on foodspring.com.

The trendspotters are Stephanie Dean, Sunset Magazine; Dana Goodyear, The New Yorker; Nancy Wall Hopkins, Better Homes & Gardens; Kara Nielsen, CCD Innovation; Evan Orensten, Cool Hunting; Jennifer Pelka and Ruth Reichl, Gilt Taste; Denise Purcell, Specialty Food Media; Kalena Ross, Blackboard Eats; Stephanie Stiavetti, contributor to NPR, KQED, Huffington Post; Susie Timm, Girl Meets Fork; and Joanne Weir, PBS television host, cookbook author and chef.

About the NASFT The NASFT is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year. Based in New York City, is a not-for-profit trade association established in 1952 that fosters trade, commerce and interest in the specialty food trade. The NASFT’s website for consumers, foodspring.com, provides an insider’s look at specialty foods and the entrepreneurs and artisans behind them. For information about the NASFT and its Fancy Food Shows, go to specialtyfood.com.”

OMG, Fancy Food Show 2012 at Moscone Center a Huge Success – Continues ‘Til Tuesday – Our Great Recession is Over

Monday, January 16th, 2012

The Winter 2012 Fancy Food Show from the National Association for the Specialty Food Trade that continues through Tuesday, January 17th, 2012 at Moscone Center is unbelievably huge.

Like this. Can you see the Canadian Pavilion and the German? This is less than 10% of the exhibit hall space. It would take you hours to check out all the exhibitors:

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Now if you want, you can pay your $60 to check things out for yourself, but expect to find a trade show – it’s not oriented towards consumers at all. But every last food trend you could imagine (and some you could not) is in the house and everybody’s handing out samples and related swag.

And every last nook and cranny of Moscone North and South is filled up. The place is hopping. I expected to see at least a few attendees bummed out over the state of the economy, but I didn’t. The Great Recession is Over, people.

This truly is a world-class* event, as defined.

Bon courage, people of Fancy Food Fest ’12!

*The tedious cliche “world-class” was overused in the 415 already by former Mayor Gavin Newsom and those in his administration and, now, the current Ed Lee holdover administration (which is basically the same people but with rearranged titles) has stepped up its use. IRL, not everything what touches the City and County is “world-class,” capiche? And, IRL, not everything what touches San Francisco needs to be “world-class.”

So, why don’t we save this term for events and organizations where it truly applies, like for outfits like the San Francisco Ballet (oh, the debut of Onegin kicks off the 2012 Season on January 27th, get your tickets here) for instance? All right, carry on. 

OMG, It’s WonderCon 2011, Running Through April 3rd at San Francisco’s Moscone Center!

Friday, April 1st, 2011

Once again, it’s WONDERCON!

This could be you:

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Photos of the 2009 San Francisco International Auto Show at Moscone Center

Saturday, November 28th, 2009

The 52nd Annual San Francisco International Auto Show continues ’til Wednesday, December 2nd down at Moscone Center. It’s eight bucks, why not check it out?

The joint is sponsored by the San Francisco Chronicle - here are their photos from Wednesday night. And here’s an annotated gallery from Ryan W over at Yelp. And here are the babes.

A family decision – to buy the new Lexus hybrid or not. Click to expand:

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A passionate pink Smart Car Four-Two Passion:

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The Scions look like Matchbox Cars, right?

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A fabled four-door Porsche Panamera – the California Highway Patrol must have been high on the waiting list

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Hands up – who here has a Lexus? The SEMA boys painted this IS350 using the flattest finish known to Man. That’s not primer, it’s paint:

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I think the South Koreans are arriving a little late at the boaty chromed-up car party, but anyway, here’s your giant 2010 Hyundai Equus – ask about their bullet-proof model:

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A woody Mini Clubman station wagon, of course:

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Honda makes jets? Sort of, with a little help from GE. Buy your HondaJet HA420 starting in 2011:

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And here’s your new Piaggio tricycle scooter – ask about their hybrid model:

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And that’s your San Francisco International Car Show for 2009.

All the models, after the jump.

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Melissa Etheridge at National Biodiesel Conference in San Francisco, Feb. 1-4, 2009

Wednesday, January 14th, 2009

Academy Award-winning and two-time Grammy Award-winning Melissa Lou Etheridge will, along with San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom, keynote the 2009 National Biodiesel Conference and Expo at Moscone Center West starting February 1st. (Or maybe Melissa will just have “special guest” status - the P.R. people are still sorting that one out.)

And this year, for the first time ever, you members of the public, you great unwashed masses, can pop over for a look on “Public Day,” February 4th.

Even MUNI is on board the biodiesel bus:

And why did the alternative fuelers pick little old San Francisco, of all places in the world? Because They Love Us:

San Francisco is an inspiration to our industry like none I’ve ever seen,” said Joe Jobe, CEO of the National Biodiesel Board.  “As we look to the future of energy in the United States and the role biodiesel will play in the nation’s energy plan, San Francisco provides a unique blueprint for other cities to follow.”

Awwww.

See you there!

Deets after the jump

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