Food Finds: Banner Year @ the Fancy Food Show & the Best Wine Savers Ever

2014: My Favorite Year for the Fancy Food Show

I’ve been attending these extravaganzas longer than I care to admit. But this year’s Summer Fancy Food Show ranks among the most memorable for intriguing new products – everything from draught-beer flavored Jelly Belly to beet-flavored soft drinks. Find out what I relished and what I spit out (figuratively, of course), here in the August 6 issue of US 1. (That’s Seward Johnson on the cover – another interesting read.)

8-6 Cover & Front (1-6).inddNote: As you read my report, you might want to take notes for your holiday gift-gifting list. I came across a record number of make-your-own kits – including those for butter, chevre, tofu, bitters, kimchi, and high-end s’mores.

Hot Cakes Molten Chocolate Cakery S'mores Kit: 2014  Gold Medal for Best Food Gift

Hot Cakes Molten Chocolate Cakery S’mores Kit: 2014 Gold Medal for Best Food Gift

Rabbit Wine Stoppers: Am I the last one to discover these gems?

Speaking of gifts for the foodies in your life: For years now I’ve been singing the praises of Vacu Vin wine stoppers for preserving leftover wine in opened bottles. You know the ones I mean – they come with a separate plastic doohickey for pumping the air out of the slit in the top. They usually work OK, but it’s often hard to know when you’ve pumped enough, and it means that the act of opening one bottle involves many moving parts: foil cutter, bottle opener, pump, stopper.

Rabbit Wine Bottle Stoppers

Rabbit Wine Bottle Stoppers

Recently, friends gifted me with a set of Rabbit stoppers that seal wine airtight without the pump. You simply push a colorful rubber stopper into the bottle and you’re done. They work like a charm, come in bright, happy colors, are easy to clean, and are inexpensive – a package of 2 lists for $4.99, but you can find them cheaper – and in 4-packs – at many sites, including Amazon, Macy’s, the Container Store, and Bed Bath & Beyond. They make a great hostess gift or stocking stuffer.

Thank you, Linda & Felix Buccellato for a terrific find!

3 responses to “Food Finds: Banner Year @ the Fancy Food Show & the Best Wine Savers Ever

  1. Linda Buccellato

    Cheers! You are truly welcome xo

  2. I love those colorful stoppers, too, and use them for carbonated beverages. But I still use my Vacu-Vin for wine.The plunger gasket wears out after a couple/few years; I’m on my umpteenth one by now, and this latest version actually clicks when you’ve pumped out enough air – very helpful, since I was never sure either. Clearly, I should consume more wine, and faster!

  3. Pat, it’s always such a joy to read of your food and wine adventures. Readers are carried right along, as on a spring freshet, with your enthusiasm. Yet we know your judgments are wise, fair and clear. Now I have to find these wine stoppers!

    Best always, Carolyn

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