Drink It Tuesday: DRY Sparkling and an Interview with Foudner/CEO Sharelle Klaus

In addition to trying DRY Sparkling‘s line of beverages, I had the pleasure of interviewing DRY Sparkling’s Founder/CEO Sharelle Klaus. Klaus has always had a passion for the culinary world. After having four children, she didn’t want to let a lack of wine or cocktails stop her from creating a great pairing. She became determined to create the first line of sparkling drinks that could compete with a great glass of wine or a premium cocktail and could also pair with gourmet meals.

She founded DRY Sparkling in 2005, a less-sweet soda option that is now one of the fastest growing carbonated soft drink brands in the US with distribution at many national and regional chains as well as, restaurants, cafes, and bars across the US and Canada. Flavors include Watermelon, Juniper Berry, Rhubarb, Lavender, and Fuji Apple, to name a few.

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Brand New Finds at the Summer Fancy Food Show

This year’s Summer Fancy Food Show introduced me to several new, notable brands and exhibitors. Below I have curated my list of favorites from the 2017 show held at the Jacob K. Javits Center in New York City.

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Summer Fancy Food Show Launches Child Friendly Snacks

There has been a recent boom in demand for healthy, high-quality child-friendly snacks in the specialty food industry. This year’s food show was beaming with top-notch, organic, gluten-free, nut-free, and non-GMO snack choices for children and parents alike that are ideal to bring to school, the beach, or a road trip. My daughter helped me curate this list, and I know when it has her seal of approval, it is the best of the best. Below are our top four child-friendly snacks introduced to my family at this year’s Summer Fancy Food Show.

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Below, I round up a selection of my new, favorite beverages discovered at this year’s Summer Fancy Food Show held at the Jacob Javits Center in Manhattan. These beverages are perfect for bringing to the beach, a backyard BBQ, out and about, or just to sip leisurely at home. Each brand has a true unique sense of character, attractive labeling, and contains high quality ingredients.

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Sweet Sunday: Kakosi Chocolate

Just before the Summer Fancy Food Show this year, I discovered Kakosi Chocolate Company on Twitter while researching information on this year’s show in Manhattan. I was very impressed by Kakosi’s diverse category of chocolate products in their online catalog, including their very own line of Cocoa Butter and Shea Butter. I knew right away this company was very serious about their chocolate. I also noticed their unsweetened chocolate wafers (perfect for baking and the determined chocolatier such as myself). It reminded me of when I conducted a research project on chocolate, interviewing several prominent chefs, NYC-based professional chocolatiers, and authors, and when I tasted 100% dark, unsweetened chocolate for the first time. I love the bitterness, the raw and unrefined notes of pure cacao. It is the pure essence of raw cacao that is very rare these days. I had several friends and family members try the sample the 100% organic, unsweetened chocolate liquor wafers. “It is well worth a try,” says a friend. I found myself snacking on a small handful of wafers after dinner, for example. View Post

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