Nine sweet and nine spicy gift ideas were presented for tasting at an exclusive event on the offices of the Specialty Food Association recently. In case you don't know, they're the folks who bring the wonderful Fancy Food Show to New York and San Fran (and occasionally other destinations) each year. Guests included the entrepreneurs behind two of the products: Rick Fields of Rick’s Picks, with Smokra, and Kate Pratt and Michel Mazuret, the duo behind East Hampton Gourmet’s gift-worthy, and gluten-free, East Hampton Gourmet Crispbread.
|Zingerman's Peanut Brittle|
I carefully tasted each and every product and come up with my favorites--and noticed that my sweet tooth won out although Rick's Picks Smokra knocked me off my feet and I took the advice at the side of the jar (which was to pair it with prosciutto), so I teamed it with the SOFI winner Prosciutto Di Parma which I happened to have in my fridge (you can buy it at Eataly for about $24 per pound). I usually team it with Trader Joe's roasted yellow and red peppers in a jar, but the okra put an extra "wow" factor in the prosciutto (the spiciness/smokiness of the okra mixed with the saltiness of the ham is mind-blowing, but I find all of Rick's Picks to be pickled veggie masterpieces). Also in the "smoky" department, I was blown away by Lillie's Q Hot Smoky BBQ sauce, which was served on pulled pork. East Hampton Gourmet Lentil Spice Crispbread was a winner with any type of cheese and cured meats and I loved all four flavors: Rosemary Parmesan, Sesame & Pink Salt, Cheddar Chipotle and Everything! Who knew so much flavor and fiber could be packed into one super thin wafer!
|Olive & Sinclair Duck Fat Caramels|
|Lillie's Q Barbecue Smoky Hot Sauce|
|Rick's Picks Smokra|
|East Hampton Gourmet Crispbread|