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Summer Fancy Food Show in New York

Food Innovators, Artisans, Importers, Buyers & Entrepreneurs

The Summer Fancy Food Show in New York, from June 23 to 25, 2019, will feature food innovators in the fastest-growing segment of the food industry. Specialty food is estimated at nearly $150 billion in annual sales.

Presented by the Specialty Food Association (SFA), a not-for-profit association with over 3,800 members, includes food artisans, importers, buyers and entrepreneurs, the show features 2,400+ companies exhibiting more than 200,000 specialty foods – something for every palate.

The largest show for specialty food in North America, the event features specialty food companies from around the world. New York boasts the largest state presence with more than 230 food companies, followed by California, New Jersey, Florida, Pennsylvania and Massachusetts. More than 50 countries will be participating in the show, with Germany as this year's partner country.


  • Incubator Village: Incubator Village features ten incubators from around the U.S. showcasing dozens of companies they have helped launch or grow. Level 4 River Pavilion
  • Education Sessions: The SFA is presenting a full program of workshops and business-building seminars to help startups, established manufacturers, and buyers with all levels of expertise succeed in the ever-changing marketplace. All sessions open to press, space permitting Full Schedule
  • sofi™ Awards Showcases for Outstanding Specialty Foods of 2019: Established in 1972, the sofi Awards advance culinary excellence and creativity worldwide by recognizing the outstanding work of SFA member companies. The 2019 sofi Awards produced 139 Winners in the Gold, Silver, Bronze, and New Product categories. Level 3 Crystal Palace
  • sofi™ Awards Product of the Year: For only the third time in the 47-year history of the sofi Awards, a Product of the Year award will be given. This will be announced at the show on Sunday, June 23, 4:30 p.m., River Pavilion
  • Hall of Fame and Lifetime Achievement Awards Ceremony: The Specialty Food Association honors the past and inspires the future through the Hall of Fame and Lifetime Achievement Awards Ceremony. The Hall of Fame has eight new inductees. Three SFA members are also being honored for their career achievements in specialty food. They are Benny Curl, Byrd Cookie Company; Ariane Daguin, D'Artagnan; and Bob Moore, Bob's Red Mill. Sunday, June 23, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m., River Pavilion
  • Front Burner: Foodservice Pitch Competition: Three exhibitors will pitch their foodservice-ready products in this live competition hosted by celebrity chef and author, Elizabeth Falkner. All contestants get feedback on their products, and the winner will receive a promotional package from the Specialty Food Association. Monday, June 24, 5 7 p.m., River Pavilion, Main Stage
  • Disrupt or Be Disrupted: A Panel on the Future of Food: Two senior executives from Walmart join SFA President Phil Kafarakis to discuss the retail giant's efforts to welcome food entrepreneurs into their omni-channel supply chain of the future. Tuesday, June 25, 9:00 - 9:45 a.m., River Pavilion, Main Stage
  • The Specialty Food Association Trendspotter Panel: Melanie Zanoza Bartelme, Mintel; Jonathan Deutsch, Drexel University; Tonya Hopkins, Food Griot; Victoria Jordan, James Beard Foundation; and Kara Nielsen, CCD Helmsman, will scout the show in search of the latest innovations. The Show Daily from Specialty Food News will release preliminary findings, with a final trends report being issued mid-July.
  • Giving Back: At the end of the show, exhibitors will continue their long tradition of giving back by donating thousands of pounds of unopened meat, cheese, produce, confections, and snacks to the Specialty Food Foundation, which will in turn donate the products to City Harvest, the Summer Fancy Food Show's longtime charity of choice.

The Summer Fancy Food Show will be held at the Jacob Javits Center in New York. The show is open to the trade only and requires registration. For more information, visit

Casablanca Market is one of the food companies exhibiting at the New York Summer Fancy Food Show.

Casablanca Market is one of the food companies exhibiting at the New York Summer Fancy Food Show.

Five Celebrity Chefs Join Institute Of Culinary Education

Inspiring the Next Generation of Chefs

 The Institute of Culinary Education (ICE) announced recently that celebrity chefs Kelvin Fernandez, Rory Macdonald, Palak Patel, Chris Scott and Adriana Urbina will be joining the school's roster of industry experts. The diverse group of food experts will share their insights and experiences with the next generation of ICE students. 

The new wave of ICE talent will work on culinary development and research and host workshops, demonstrations and events.

With recognition from C-CAP and Forbes' 30 under 30, and success on  food TV competitions, Chef Kelvin Fernandez is recognized as a Dominican chef championing young talent and opportunity. He has appeared on shows including "Man vs. Child: Chef Showdown," "Beat Bobby Flay" (which he won) and "Chopped." 

Chef Rory Macdonald is known for his solo concept, Patisserie Chanson + Dessert Bar, which features a six-course, omakase-style, dessert tasting menu that has earned extensive acclaim. He developed his hospitality and gastronomy experience at renowned restaurants across New York City, London and Spain and worked alongside Gordon Ramsay at The London Hotel. 

Chef Palak Patel fell in love with food while traveling extensively as a marketer. She's been inspired by food from more than 50 countries and incorporates nutrition, herbs and spices from around the world into her repertoire. Palak chose to change careers when her company was acquired in 2010, completing professional culinary school and competing on "Food Network Star."  She's since won "Beat Bobby Flay" and appeared in varied media to demonstrate Indian and healthy cooking. 

Chef Chris Scott was a finalist on season 15 of "Top Chef." After years working in fine dining, he began exploring his culture and background through food. He previously owned and operated soul food restaurant Butterfunk Kitchen and a Southern counter, Sumner's Luncheonette. His newest project, Birdman Juke Joint, will launch in spring 2019 in Bridgeport, Connecticut. The chicken shack concept aims to be authentic, fight stigma and champion Southern agriculture and regionality.

Born and raised in Caracas, Venezuela, Chef Adriana Urbina studied at culinary schools in Venezuela and Paris before apprenticing at three-Michelin-starred Restaurante Martín Berasategui in Spain. Today she is a prominent Venezuelan chef and human rights activist in New York City. She won "Chopped" in 2017 and "Chopped Champions" in 2018. Urbina debuted "The Table," a pop-up dinner series showcasing women in the food world with the founder of the Women's March in February 2019.

Rory Macdonald, Palak Patel, Chris Scott, Kelvin Fernandez and Adriana Urbina

Rory Macdonald, Palak Patel, Chris Scott, Kelvin Fernandez and Adriana Urbina


Recipe for a Successful Dinner Party


TABLE TALES: Do-ahead Dinner Party Menus That Whet Appetites, Loosen Tongues, and Make Memories by Ray Repp and Richard Alther highlights unforgettable soirées and sometimes saucy stories. The book includes 15 do-ahead dinner party menus, each one with incredible canapés, a savory first course, a delicious entree and a scrumptious dessert.

The genius of Table Tales is the plan-ahead menus that help hosts pull off a four-course dinner party and enjoy their guests. Inside each dinner party chapter, readers will find invaluable resources and tips including:

  • Time Saver: "Make the whole trifle a day ahead and keep refrigerated until ready to serve."
  • Hospitality Tip: "We prefer round or oval tables to foster eye contact among all guests…"
  • After Thoughts: "As long as you are going through the process of slicing and dicing all these ingredients, why not make a double batch?"

Along with great dinner parties, Ray also has been entertaining people around the world with his music for almost 50 years. He has recorded 11 albums of music that have sold millions of copied and has performed throughout the United States, Canada, Europe and Asia. His music has been translated into more than 28 languages. 

Richard Alther is a long-time exhibiting painter, Masters Swimmer and author who has written four novels.

Table Tales (Regent Press, 2018) is available at as well as your local bookstore. For more information, visit

Inside TABLE TALES are 15 do-ahead dinner party menus, so hosts can enjoy their guests.

Inside TABLE TALES are 15 do-ahead dinner party menus, so hosts can enjoy their guests.

Feeding America® Receives $2 Million Donation: The Darden Foundation to Help Fight Against Hunger

Forty-one million Americans are forced to make choices between food or other basic necessities. Feeding America®, the nation's largest domestic hunger-relief organization, and The Darden Foundation have partnered to provide more meals to people in need. Darden's most recent donation of $2 million will help Feeding America and 192 member food banks reach people facing hunger in communities across the country where Darden restaurants are located.

Darden is a restaurant company with brands that include Olive Garden, LongHorn Steakhouse, Cheddar's Scratch Kitchen, Yard House, The Capital Grille, Seasons 52, Bahama Breeze and Eddie V's.

Darden's $2 million donation will allow Feeding America to help provide 20 million meals* for people facing hunger. Thanks to their ongoing support over the past six years, the Feeding America network has been able to help provide even more nutritious meals to families in need. This donation will mark a total of $5.6 million that The Darden Foundation has contributed to the Feeding America network.

According to Matt Knott, president of Feeding America, 13 million children and 5.4 million seniors across the country face hunger. To learn more about Feeding America or to find your local food bank, visit

*$1 helps provide at least 10 meals secured by Feeding America® on behalf of local member food banks.


Through a network of 200 food banks and 60,000 food pantries and meal programs, Feeding America provides meals to more than 46 million people each year. Feeding America also supports programs that prevent food waste and improve food security among the people served; educates the public about the problem of hunger; and advocates for legislation that protects people from going hungry.