With the exception of the struggle to get into my jeans this morning, and the chocolate hangover, I have to say the Fancy Food Show in Washington D.C. was a delectable experience.
Putting aside Beltway policies for pasta, debt ceilings for dijon, and recession for ricotta, the entire event was an odyssey of setting aside the staid and embracing the au courant.
New visions and new versions of food; untested, out of the box; remixed and anything but boring.
I saw seas of spices, oceans of olive oil, and bays of brie. “Gluten Free” is the new “Low Fat” and real cane sugar is back (sometimes everything old is new again).
We used to just drink coffee, now we can slather it on our ribs, sprinkle it on our ice cream or marinade our chicken in a Java sauce. I found hard candy that mimics perfectly the taste of espresso, and tea candy that tastes like a green tea latte.
One common thread between the myriad of booths was that many companies set aside a certain percent of their profits to give back to their home communities, or national organizations that promote green energies and promote environmental sustainability.
At Alpine Valley we find these values to be important criteria in the choice of the products we present. We attempt to find family owned companies who feel responsible to their employees, and their communities, as well as the rest of the planet.
We think you will notice that our new product choices will have these qualities in common. We can’t wait to show you what we’ve found!
-Helen W. for Alpine Valley Coffee