My entire life, well I’ve ever heard about the Fancy Food Show, I’ve obsessed about walking the show, testing, taking home samples and deconstructing branding, ingredients, what makes for a memorable, and outstanding product – period!
I’m obsessed with building a brand that makes it mark in this world of fancy food!
Tonight marked the beginnings of a dream in action. I have my eyes on entering the show next year – 2023, and hopefully winning a SOFI GOLD ( or 2 or 12 like some of my friends mentioned below down the road). I guess you could say, I’m obsessed with excellence and raising the bar for Indian cuisine and creating a category of Fine Indian Cuisine.
Thanks to the support of some way-makers Kate McAleer and Rogers Collection Managing Director, Carrie Blakeman and Culture Cheese Managing Editor and my dearest friend, Susan Sherrill Axelrod and for getting me here for 4 days of pure specialty food decadence to walk the show, take copious notes and plan a year ahead to exhibit and submit beautiful handcrafted sauces next year!
As, talented writer once said, Mimi Steadman, Mumbai to Maine, “Surveying the land before conquering it!”
On another note, today, I had the privilege of meeting the Hancock Gourmet Lobster team at the Fancy Food Show. This is a fun story of a collaboration that goes all the way to winning the top prize in an entire category at the Fancy Food Show! For the first time ever, I had the honor of holding their Best New Product of 2021 in the Entrees, Lunch, Dinner category sofi award. This Lobster Makhani is not just an award winner but the first of it’s kind on the market in speciality gourmet foods. Innovative, masterfully created by Executive Chef Kevin Messier and inspired by my authentic Indian Makhani simmer sauce and my story. I’ll never forget when he reached out to me and said how inspired he was when he opened up a jar and the aromas and spices blew him away. Huge thanks to the Hancock Gourmet Lobster Company team for this inspired collaboration. You can give it a try on Goldbelly!! Yum!
Scroll to the end for a fun surprise pic. I bumped into SPORKFUL’s Dan Pashman who had just wrapped up a podcast that morning at the Fancy Food Show. I’ve been a huge fan of his show and love his innovative pasta -SFOGLINI, Cascatelli.
Check out some fun photos I captured of my friends who are doing great things in the world of fancy food and have been incredible mentors and role models for me as I grow Mumbai to Maine. And, a fun surprise at the end.