Monday, January 9, 2012

Winter Fancy Food Show & Tate's Cookies

This post is long overdue and I must apologize. As bloggers we often have opportunity to either win something really cool or sample a product that really fits with our values. Admittedly both Psychgrad and I have turned down our share of offers simply because we felt that the product was just not a good fit for us for whatever reason.

Today I'm sharing a "Martha" moment with you to share a product that to me, is really worthy of mention and sharing with our readers. I was lucky enough to win a contest at More Than Burnt Toast in celebration of National Cookie Month. The cookies are from the artisan baker in Southampton called Tate's Bake Shop. I had no idea what to expect but was pretty excited when they arrived together with the Tate's Bakeshop Cookbook

My first impression when I sampled the cookies I received was "WOW, I had no idea" (I seemed to say that a lot when it came to these cookies) How is it that I never heard of them before.  Plus, the cookbook has a preamble from Ina Garten and for those who know me, anything Ina has got to be good. Not only did the cookies get a yummy award from me, I started doing some research and found that their whole wheat dark chocolate cookies took the gold award at the 2011 sofi Awards.  The sofi Awards from the National Association for the Specialty Food Trade (NASFT) are the highest honour in the specialty food industry. They recognize the outstanding foods and beverages of the year that demonstrate top quality, taste and overall appeal.

That leads us to some exciting news! NASFT's Winter Fancy Food Show is kicking off  in less than a week, inviting approximately 60 countries to San Francisco displaying, 80,000 new products looking to trade in and out of North America. Can you just imagine a show of this magnitude and being let loose to be one of the first to see all the new offerings? Totally awesome.

What's even more awesome is that Psychgrad will be attending the show and representing Equal Opportunity Kitchen, while combing the floors for the most interesting new products to blog about.
She plans to tweet all about her favourite products and interactions with various exhibitors.  If you're not already following her on twitter, you can find her here:  @EqualOppKitchen.



Valerie Harrison (bellini) said...

I hope that someday you are able to try a number of their cookies Giz. They really are buttery bites of heaven. As for the food show you go Psychgrad!!!!!!!! Can't wait to hear all about what is new and innovative out San Fransisco...enough said!

That Girl said...

I swear I keep hearing about Tate's and have yet to try them. I really need to rectify that.

FOODalogue said...

Fabulous opportunity...can't wait to see what she reports from the front.