59th annual NASFT show, NYC, June 30-July 2

This year’s NASFT aka Fancy Food Show in NYC is major!

180,000 food products from over 50 countries will be on display in this 3-day event at the new Jacob Javits Convention Center, a multi-plex of over 300,000 sq’ housing 2500 exhibitors, 1500 of which are U.S. based.

A sidebar of the show is the so-called sofi awards. 32 food product categories will be entered in this year’s program. Marcus Samuelsson, noted chef and restaurateur of Harlem favorite, the Red Rooster, will host the program, Monday, July 1 at 5 p.m.

Italy is again the 2nd largest exhibitor with over 260 booths followed by China with more than 150. And there are 200 first time exhibitors. They can register for the My Story New York Ad Contest for some needed recognition during the show.

The 3-day event includes a number of burgeoning categories, i.e.,Organic, Vegetarian, Kosher, Gluten free and Sugar free.
Leading markets again include Candy and Confectionary products, and Beverages, including Wine and Liquor products which have become so popular of late. Oil products from Europe, Asia, the Middle East, South America and the U.S are once again dominating the show. They’re literally everywhere. So too a battery of new food products like Quinoa have taken root. And you’ll find a plethora of products with Frozen, Fresh Frozen, and Fresh labels throughout the show. There’s also plenty to choose from the Organic and Farm Grown producers, too. Even Baby Foods have a place here.

Are Americans eating better? You be the judge. Latest data from the the NASFT suggests a 14% overall increase by shoppers in 2012 according to Mike Silver, Chairman of the organization. According to Ann Daw, the president, this segment of the food industry has truly exploded in the last few years. Witness the more than 1200 who are expected to attend the show’s educational workshops during the 3-day run of the show.

For more info on the 2013 Specialty Food Association show go to: fancyfoodshows.com. The hash tag is: SFFS#13.

The show hours are 10-5 pm Sunday and Monday and 10-4 pm on Tuesday, the last day of the show. In 2014 the show goes to San Francisco, January 19-21 and back to NYC, June 29-July 1. For more up-to-date information on the news in the fancy food industry try also the association’s own publication, Specialty Food Magazine or specialtyfood.com. It’s a good read.

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Hornblower blows ‘em away!

Thurs., July 4 aboard the Hornblower Esprit, celebrating Macy’s 4th, the nation’s 233rd Independence Day anniversary. What a night!

Hornblower Yachts owns up to having the largest number of luxury vessels in eight U.S. cities, including New York. The company has seven here ranging from the largest, the Infinity, at over 200’, accommodating up to 700, to the smallest, the Esprit, at 90’ , accommodating 80-100. Cruises are set lunch/ brunch and dinner, for a coterie of special events and private parties, corporate meetings, and weddings, of course! They serve both sit-down and buffet menus.. They also do After 5 cocktail cruises, and a host of charitable events. The company is headquartered in San Francisco, Ca. It’s now in its 40th year.

On the night we were on, the 4th, we were seated on the Sky Deck of the Esprit, a restored beauty. There were only seven tables on this top deck facing out and with a nicely appointed bar in front of us manned by Nicholas, a really talented barkeep, and with some soft jazz by DJ Mike, which later turned to Pop, Latin, Disc and Rock for or dancing pleasure. Gabriel was our Maitre’d and Oscar was our chef for the evening. Boy can this guy cook! Dinner started off with a plate of Blinis with Caviar, followed by a nice medley of Little Neck clams and oysters on the ½ shell, with a sampling of jumbo shrimp in the best salsa I’ve ever tasted ( I asked for a second. My apologies ). This was followed by a full serving of Agnolotti served Italian style over freshly baked cherry tomatoes and a very fresh salad of lettuce, celery, cucumber and more cherry tomatoes. The entrée: Lobster and Filet Mignon with a crab filling topped with a wild mushroom sauce. A bottle of Chandon white was offered to each guest complimentary. Ha! You can’t beat that! As for dessert, a chilled freshly baked apple strudel and chocolate dipped strawberries was the finale, with good coffee and an assortment of blended teas for the asking. And, yes, the bar was open for the entire 3 ½ hours we were on board. By the way, the company provides translaters for Spanish, Portuguese, Mandarin, Korean, French, German and Italian guests.

The yachts ail from Pier 15/ 75 South St. adjoining the South St. Seaport and Pier 40 on the West Side/ W. Houston St. and the Hudson River, from March thru-November with 10 daily departures, 7 days-a-week.

In New York they operate the Statue Cruises affiliate to both Ellis Island and Liberty Island State Park from the Battery Park Terminal on the Manhattan side, along with a Liberty Water Taxi service. They also serve the Metro New York area with a round-the-clock ferry service, the city’s first commuter ferry operation to points in Manhattan, Bklyn and Queens. In brief, the company is the world’s leading provider of high-speed ferry services. For more on Hornblower try: info@365ticketsUSA.com or 1-844TKTS, or phone 646-780.9693 or simply: www.Hornblower.com



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