Batali, Fieri and Delmonico’s Exhibit Gourmet Foods
The Winter Fancy Food Show, which was recently held in San Francisco, featured thousands of booths representing food and drink companies. It was a great place to check out the next big culinary trends: Put your money on coconut, chia and gluten-free.
One interesting trend, visible in full-force at the Fancy Food Show, finds famous chefs branching out into retail and otherwise expanding their public platforms. Living in the era of the celebrity chef gives us easy access to their genius, even right at home.
Rick and Michael Mast are the darlings of the bean-to-bar craft chocolate movement. From their early artisanal efforts in their Brooklyn apartment in 2007 to their current chocolatier stardom, they are paving their way into your kitchen now. The duo has already impressed top chefs including Daniel Humm, Alice Waters and Alain Ducasse with their skills, and Thomas Keller has written the foreword for Mast Brothers Chocolate: A Family Cookbook.
With health benefits ranging from reduced blood pressure to improved brain function, dark chocolate is the new kale chip. But, there’s a catch. In order to be virtuous, chocolate needs to be eaten in moderation and have a cacao content of at least 65 percent.
If you have a hard time regulating your consumption, CACAOCUVEE is here to help. Cited by Oprah as one of her “favorite things” in 2012, the company’s DARK SECRET chocolate is packaged in daily bite-size portions. The handmade, preservative-free treats are crafted from 67 percent cacao combined with all-natural ingredients.
Love chocolate? You have lots of company. Increased consumption in Asia and Latin America and an upswing in sales in Europe and the U.S. have brought global chocolate demand to an all-time high. The bad news is that manufacturers are facing an unprecedented rise in the price of cocoa butter, the almost-magical ingredient which helps give chocolate its creamy, irresistible texture.