New England Dessert Showcase
Is anyone going to the NE Dessert Showcase? Has anyone heard about it? Do you know anyone who is going? The only thing I can find is from various newspapers reprinting one of their press releases. It looks like this is it's first year. It is at the Marriott Longwharf this weekend and is supposed to have a significant B2B component.
No, I don't have anything to do with the show; mostly I am a foodie. I've worked in the wholesale bakery industry on the business side and I write a (nascent) blog for mass/commercial bakery buyers (grocery, supermarket, club stores, etc.) and bakery owners: www.brodheadandbutter.com. I did trade emails with someone working on the show and I have a list of the exhibitors up on my blog. Looks like a standard bakery show, but with a few parties (why?!) and a cooking demonstration thrown in. I considered inviting some folks I know, but I can't find anything else about it – nothing in today’s Globe Food section, nothing on restaurant sites. Grey Goose is sponsoring one event, but the other two sponsors are The Cholive Company – a chocolate olive garnish for sweet drinks - and TheFoodMonkey.com, neither of which strike me as big budget sponsors. I am no one to talk, but kinda podunk, huh?
As far as my work, I am particularly interested in new or better products and tastes - what’s out there from restaurants, bakeries, street vendors, farm markets – that could be commercialized. You know, really great baked goods that you wish you could buy all the time. Like the Gibassier at Clearflour – but not for $3.50 a piece. (FYI, if you haven’t had one, go there. If you can’t, here’s a recipe from Ciril Hitz, one of the best pastry chefs in the US, also a professor at Johnson & Wales in RI. http://www.grouprecipes.com/52231/le-... )
Will do. Actually, it's not a Sysco fanfest. I went through the list I have and checked out the exhibitors' websites. There are a lot of small operators, a few from Nuestra Culinary Ventures, the shared kitchen facility in JP run by Nuestra Communidad, the CDC in Roxbury. Some names you'd know, like Finale, Godiva and the Chart House.
I emailed them yesterday and here's the complete list of exhibitors for today's show. They sent it at 4am. Somebody's working late.
Strawberry Hill Confectionery
Sugar Me Cookies
Cassis Bakery Inc.
Finale Desserterie and Bakery
Brazilian Bakery Specialties & Co
The Cholive Company
Brooke the Cook
Children's Trust Fund
Wheeler's Frozen Desserts
H. T. Berry Co.
Simply Divine Brownies
Pic-cha Sistas Photography
Boston Common Coffee Company
B B Snaps
Geoff and Drew's Incredible Cookies
Aroa Fine Chocolate
Biga Breads/Wildflour Catering/..Cakes Milton
Beacon Hill Hotel & Bistro
Boston Chart House
The Melting Pot of Boston
Just came back. Worth the $15 @ the door if you like desserts. Here's what's there:
Strawberry Hill Confectionery - all organic. Something that looks like a lollipop, but you put in a cup of water and it makes a cup of sweet tea. Maple lollipops.
Sugar Me Cookies - Vegan choc chip cookie batter $15/lb
Sugabettens Baking - Stuff you've seen before, but the execution is great. Very nice coconut layer bars.
Cassis Bakery Inc. - Very pretty mini-pastries.
Delectable Desires - Mango/apricot petit fours w/ butter cream genoise.
Sister Nadine's - Sweet navy bean pies: regular, blueberry, banana.
Godiva Chocolatier - Fall truffles, etc.
Finale Desserterie and Bakery - Their fantastic choc/espresso flourless chocolate cake w/a raspberry on top.
Simply Dahlicious - elegant/extravagant cupcakes to be used at weddings, etc.
Brazilian Bakery Specialties & Co - great gluten free cheese rolls, brazilian honey cake.
The Cholive Company - truffles and cholives - chocolate olives for sweet alcoholic drinks.
Brooke the Cook - cookies, brownies, etc. Teaches cooking.
Wheeler's Frozen Desserts - Didn't see them there.
H. T. Berry Co. - packaging and paper products for the industry
Simply Divine Brownies - Maine based brownie co.
Pic-cha Sistas Photography - food photography and general photography.
Boston Common Coffee Company - chocolate souffles and hot and iced coffee.
Starlight Creatives - beautiful hand decorated sugar cookies. They sell at Whole Foods
Party Favors - Fantastically and whimsically decorated cupcakes.
Sweet - ??
B B Snaps - photography
Geoff and Drew's Incredible Cookies - Great cookies for gifts by mail.
Aroa Fine Chocolate -- didn't see them.
KJW Productions - don't know
jBagz Photography - Very nice food photography
Biga Breads/Wildflour Catering/..Cakes Milton - cupcakes, etc.
Beacon Hill Hotel & Bistro - didn't see them.
Salter College - culinary school in Worcester
Boston Chart House - some desserts and catering info.
The Melting Pot of Boston - chocolate fondue with strawberries.
Biga Bread's "everything" dessert bar with chocolate chips, peanut butter, graham cracker crust, nuts, oatmeal, coconut... must be forgetting something- anyway, was the best in the entire show!
For cupcakes, Party Favors was the best. I find it hard to believe Sweet would even participate in an event like this, or else their cupcakes would have killed the competition.
Love Godiva's Pecan Pie truffles! YUM.
Sister Nadine's bean pies were great! Didn't taste too much like "beans, more like sweet potatoes!
Overall, enjoyed the showcase. Learned about business I wouldn't have known about before, and prefer to give local businesses my $ when it comes to food delivery gifts.
It's definitely a trade show. I'm willing to bet that it's going to be less of a display of confectionery wonders, and more a display of decent quality commercial products that are designed to save hotels, restaurants and caterers money in materials cost, labor and management time.
I was there! I just wanted to chime in since everyone is asking for reviews. It didn't have quite as many exhibitors as I would have thought but it was a great time overall. It sounds like everyone else who went thinks the same thing. It had a nice balance of trade-show-ish aspects and then a huge public side. Lots of food, lots of Grey Goose. I agree with whoever said it above that giving $ to the local biz is better. The event did a real nice job with that.
They had a nice balance of bigger companies and then smaller companies, especially those micro ventures. (fyi, sponsor, the Cholive is a huge company and from my real job in sales, Grey Goose spend serious cash too). Personally, my favorite was the number of events you got (two the night before, two after and the showcase) but moreso, the live demos were the best. Nicole Coady did a bang up job on her demo. That alone was worth admission to see a chef that renown do her thing. I hope its back next year. It was well done.