Show highlights some fancy foods

Burning Questions

August 02, 2006|By ERICA MARCUS | ERICA MARCUS,NEWSDAY

What was good at the 34th annual fancy food show at the javits center in Manhattan?

Lots. I spent July 9 trawling the aisles of this annual three-day specialty-food extravaganza.

According to its organizers, the show's 2,200 exhibitors displayed 160,000 items. (Though it should be noted that a good 3,000 or 4,000 of them appeared to be decorative baskets.) A panel of judges, representing specialty retailers from all over the country, was charged with the task of singling out 21 products for recognition.

The big winner was Artisanal Premium's mail-order cheesecake, named Outstanding New Product. The venerable Wisconsin smokehouse Nueske's won for outstanding meat, pate or seafood for its applewood-smoked bacon (nueskes.com).

I also would have recognized the wares from La Quercia Rossa, a mom-and-pop company in Iowa making Italian-style cured pork products from humanely raised pigs. La Quercia Rossa's pancetta and prosciutto were excellent (laquercia.us).

Erica Marcus writes for Newsday. E-mail your queries to burningquestions@newsday.com, or send them to Erica Marcus, Food/Part 2, Newsday, 235 Pinelawn Road, Melville, NY 11747-4250.

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