Kelley and I had the opportunity to go to the 2012 Southwest Food Service Expo here in Dallas, TX on Sunday. It's a 2 day event with today, Monday, being the last day. Sadly, I have to face reality and go back to the accounting world in an office. Good job, great people, not my passion.
|Yellow bags in hand and read for some Expo!|
|Have you seen black garlic? The taste is subtle with strong notes of balsamic and its texture is silky with a little chewiness. I like it alone, but this could be smeared on a giant portabello or steak.|
Oh wow! The event was more than I imagined. Upon entering there was a giant section to try various beers from small, local, and far away breweries all distributed by Ben E. Keith. I was shocked to see such a vast array of quality brews that they distribute; they were all so good! I even quoted Will Ferrell from "Old School" where he says "Once it hits your lips, it's so good....", classic.
|Banana Bread Beer; nuff said. It smelled strong of banana bread in the oven and tasted great too. This would be perfect for beer bread....hmmmm|
Since it wasn't a health food expo, I was selective in the samples I tried. I even just walked away from one booth when, after asking several times what ingredients were in his product, he just kept saying "It's gluten-free." or "It's all natural." Really? Please people; if you're going to sell something, give me more details!!!
|After a few rounds of beer sampling....I was no better, just the lucky one behind the camera!|
And geez, I know many people need to avoid gluten at all costs, but what's with so many businesses making it a point to tell everyone their product is gluten-free? I'm surprised bottled water doesn't have a giant label proclaiming that it's "Gluten-free." No offense, but I am quite sure many people choose gluten-free foods thinking that it's just something healthier. Please, if you're going to make drastic food choices or changes in your diet, know the reasons why. Because the mainstream media says it's good, is not a real reason.
|I volunteered to help the barista make latte art; he basically held my hand and did the whole thing. Still fun though!|
|"My" latte art....not as good as most since I was stubborn and didn't move my arm the right way.|
Where was I? Oh yeah, there were some very healthy and knowledgeable people with great products too. One business I enjoyed was Slim Ritas, who makes margaritas and a few other mixes sweetened with stevia. I don't drink often, but haven't had a margarita in years since most mixes are loaded with sugar. The taste was clean with refreshing lime and a hint of sweetness that doesn't coat your mouth like sugary drinks. This is perfect for the summer heat.
The delightful lady behind the stevia margarita mix wanted to have me try some to write about. So, look out for my review along with a recipe or two using the mix. I'd like to make margarita muffins, or maybe put a little in a mango-lime salsa. Do you have any ideas of what else a stevia margarita mix would be good in?
Zilks Foods, the business that makes top notch hummus, salsa, pesto, and salsa, was there with several goodies. It was a delight to meet some of their kind representatives, and to try more food! They make a Tzatziki with Greek yogurt that I could eat with a spoon.....and I did! You really can't go wrong with Greek yogurt, cucumber, and dill for a refreshing , low-fat dip, spread, or marinade.
There's plenty to talk about, but I must cut it short today. I will have pictures of the event throughout the week and hopefully have a few sample and review postings lined up. I am grateful Kelley came along with me; we had a great time, but I think I stayed longer than she cared for. Sorry, Kelley, I have no good excuses, just can't get away from food!
|Lychee and Rambutan basket....with I could've brought them home!|
I hope to go to another one next time something is around, these things are fun!