The Gourmet Retailer Editors' Pick Show Favorites

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

The Gourmet Retailer Editors Pick Fancy Food Show Favorites Summer 2008 July 15, 2008 One hundred and eighty thousand specialty food products from around the world were on display in New York at the 54th Summer NASFT Fancy Food Show. Whereas previous shows have been dominated by a few signature flavors like pomegranate and blood orange, this year's products gravitated toward a more general trend: assertive, exotic spices and spicy combinations of sweet tempered by salt and heat. The following are TGR editors' top 10 favorite products discovered at this year's show:

James Mellgren, Senior EditorEpicurean European-Style Butters

Always a sucker for good butter, I stopped to sample the new European-style butters at Epicurean. They have it two ways, with Mediterranean sea salt and olive oil, and with lime sea salt. They both have 83 percent butterfat, perfect for sautéing, baking or for slathering on your morning toast as I do. The lime sea salt may sound like a foreign idea but it was delicious. Who knew that lime and butter would marry so well? Of course, they make a full line of flavored butters, both sweet and savory, all of which can make cooking easy, flavorful and fun.