Sashi Kumar from Tamarindhead and Talia Sabag for Manischewitz

Sashi Kumar discusses tamarind, the bitter sweet fruit  named "flavor of the year, that's gaining popularity with chefs in their kitchens and on their menus. Talia Sabag explains how Kayco is creating Manischewitz as a whole new brand, unveiled this summer at this summer's Fancy Food show, a bold new venture.

Eco-Friendly Popcorn Sure to Please and the Annual Conversation with Effie's Homemade

PopZup Popcorn - Husband-and-wife duo Marty and Julie Lapham founded PopZup Popcorn, the first eco-friendly and chemical-free microwave popcorn popper in 2016, after decades of experience building tasty packaged food brands. It's really really good. Then Irene Costello in our annual conversation about Effie's Homemade'--new packaging and latest products.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Simple, Easy Meals and Sweet Italian Treats

Yasmin Fahr, living on Spain's island of Menorca, Cook Simply, Live Fully, Tips Tricks and Tools to take the pressure off mealtimes. Renato Poliafito, Dolci: American Baking with an Italian Accent.

 

Principe Italian Products and Pasta for Dessert

Federica Cerini, Principe, the company and the product distinctions of San Daniele Prosciutto, including terroir, processes and flavor.
Stephanie Berwick, Pastazerts--the sweet dessert concept of stuffed Ravioli. Let's hear it for Chocolate Ravioli.

Quarterly Chat with Ori Zohar; Estelle Sohne, Flour & Olive

Ori Zohar, Burlap and Barrel, the Spice Club, a true spice community. Estelle Sohne, Flour & Olive, Premium Olive Oil Cake Mixes, a 2024 Sofi Gold Winner.

 

Mooney Farms and Seedz Crackers

Emily Murdock, Mooney Farms, a Family Business, located in Chico CA, Bella Sun Luci products, Italian Sauce Starters, just-introduced Salad Dressings. 

Rebecca Brady, Buffalo NY, formerly of NZ, Top Seedz, Nuts and Seeds, all-vegan Crackers--Sunflower, Sesame, Flax, Sesame, Pumpkin. etc

OTM loves all of these products, anytime of day.  Sure you will too.  These may be the best crackers we ever tasted. And Bella will ensure success in your Kitchen 

Fine Indian Food and Italian Delicacies

Cafe Spice, Irvington, NY; Fine Quality Prepared Foods mostly Indian spiced, CEO Sameer Malhotra, Chef Hari Nayak, Virgilio Felix, COO.

Karina Fonseco Sousa, Principe, Brand Strategy, Greeley Colorado and San Danielle Italy, Salumi, Prosecco, and a wide range of other delicacies.

Irresistible Sweet Treats

Enjoy: The Barreled Bee; Miss Hannah's Gourmet Popcorn; Tam's Sweets Soft Brittle

Two New Books, mostly about the Future of Food

Nina Guilbeault PHD, The Good Eater: A Vegan's search for the Future of Food, a well-researched exploration of Trends in Food Industry Politics - and the implications of not eating Meat. Yasmin Fahr, living on Spain's island of Menorca, Cook Simply, Live Fully, Tips Tricks and Tools to take the pressure off mealtimes. 

Kosher Wine and Flowery Beverages

Gabe Geller, Royal Wines, the largest global distributor of Kosher Wines. Drink Deep Love creates a broad niche of Floral-Flavored Beverages. 

A Sauce for All Occasions and a New French Cookbook

Nancy Wekselbaum, The Gracious Gourmet, talks about her exciting new product line: Hot Squeeze, a most versatile sweet, smokey , spicy, sauce. Rosa Jackson, Nicoise: Market-inspired Cooking from France's Sunniest City, discusses her new, vibrant book about the cuisine of her adopted city of Nice. Take advantage of her knowledge of Paris with one of her highly-praised tours.

Two Artisan Cheese Makers

Maria Victoria Finco, Monti Trentini, wonderful 4th generation cheeses from the Italian Alps. We especially loved Grana Padano, Asiago, Provolone and Aged Truffle-infused Caciotta. Dina DiCenso, Rind Cheeses, made in Brooklyn, and all Vegan.

Cocktails and Coffee:

With 12 books about Cocktails to his credit, Andre Darlington can certainly be recognized as a Best Seller. His latest volume, Cowboy Cocktails, is based on trail life after the Civil War. According to Darlington, many Old West libations are reminiscent of todays favorites, so check out how to load your Bar.

Evan Dohrmann invented another beverage option, Steeped Coffee, which uses a revolutionary single brew method, avoiding the need for wasteful pods and  PET plastics. This method won the 2024 Real Leaders Impact Award.

Frozen Meat That Delights and Sustainable Seafood

OTM has been enjoying fresh-frozen seafood from Boston-based Wulf Seafood for several years.  Judy Yao from Wulf just introduced us to to a whole new product line, based on American Wagyu Beef - we have been delighted with samples recently enjoyed, from Wulf partner Black Hawk Farm - bacon, burgers and steaks, all shipped frozen.

Sara Kelly tells us about Smash and Season Brand Sardines, Smash stands for small fish (Sardines, Mackerel, Anchovies, Salmon and Herring) considered stars of the Blue Zone for longevity. Caught and packed in small tins, Smash comes to the US from the coastal waters of Morocco - and you will love them!

How to Set your Dessert Table

Elise Thomas: Eat Dessert First

Michelle Mayfield, Beatrice Bakery, Beatrice, NE,  Best Known for sublime Fruit Cakes

Fancy Food Recap and A New Global Cookbook

OTM is already thinking ahead to the Summer Fancy Food Show at NYC Javits Center, June 23-25, coincident with Vin Expo.  So we thought to revisit our conversation with Leana Salamah about the Winter version recently held in Las Vegas.

To get in the right mood we suggest you explore a great new Cookbook, by Rowena Scherer that will take you around the world in 60 dishes from Asia to America and beyond, A Taste of the World: Celebrating Global Flavors

A Global Pantry

Ronda Brittian, Petulama CA-based, Ronda’s Fine Foods, offers Dips, Sauces and Spreads, including Romesco and the latest, Muhammara. Lisa Cheng Smith, Yun Hai, explores the Food Scene in Taiwan, bringing signature products—especially exceptional dried fruits--to her Brooklyn shop and on-line.

 

Mediterranian Products and Flavors that will enhance your Culinary Exploration

Diane Kochilas, host PBS-TV My Greek Table, The Ikaria Way: 100 Delicious Plant-based recipes and tips from her roots in Ikaria, Greecethe  Island of Longevity. Maria Victoria Finco, Monti Trentini, wonderful 4th genertaion Cheeses from the Italian Alps. We especially loved Grana Padano Asiago, Provolone and Aged Truffle-infused Caciotta.

Sweet Treats

In this episode, learn about sweet treats OTM enjoyed.  We think you will too!

  • Ryan Jarahian, The Sweetery, Anderson SC, Wine Sticks, Beer and Bourbon Buddies
  • Lee Hedgmon, The Barreled Bee, Spokane WA, BBQ Sauce & Ketchup, Cocktail Additions

Feeling Saucy?

Antonio Costello, Antonio Carlo Gourmet Sauces, the real thing aka his Italian family's Recipes. Jeff Kudrick. Five Star Foods, Montauk-inspired, created Glazing Butters, adding fabulous flavors to Seafood 

Irresistible Snacks

Michael Berro, Chipoys Savory Sticks. Linda Jodoin, Miss Hannahs Gourmet Popcorn.

2024 Produce Trends with Robert Schueller

Robert Schueller, Melissa's Produce, Vernon CA, sourcing fruits and Vegetables from around the country,and the world. Robert tells OTM about the latest products and trends in the business.

The Story Behind 1,000 Stories Wine

Sebastian Donoso, Winemaker at 1000 Stories Winery, explains how this Northern California got its name--it's a tribute to the history of wine making in the region. Also very special is the use of bourbon barrels for aging of the wines, a process introduced for Zinfandel in 2013. 

The Culinary Delights of Peru

Robert Bradley shares his in-depth khowledge of the fascinating country of Peru in his recently published book Eating PeruA Gastronomic Journey, based on 25 years exploring the country.  OTM enjoyed recalling our own Press Tour visit a few years ago.