Incredible Sampler: Our Food Friends Lit Up the 2011 Food Show

Lexington Pasta Company on stage

Lexington Pasta Company on stage

Some of Savoring Kentucky's favorites in the Kentucky food world added their flavors to the 2011 Incredible Food Show earlier this month. Here's an illustrated sampler. Reinaldo Gonzalez (left) of Lexington Pasta Company demonstrated how to prepare ravioli and flat pasta from the Sullivan University Cooking Stage at the west end of the main hall. The samples sent out to the audience made a lot of people happy, just as Lexington Pasta's top notch noodles please families at home and crowds at restaurants all over Lexington. We have loved them for a long time!

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Good Foods Market

Good Foods Market

At left, Patrick Wylie, Good Foods Market Specialty Department Manager, served up tasty bits of warm, chewy cheese for the thousands who came to taste new things. Pat is overseeing a true flowering in the cheese, olive, and beer sections at Good Foods. Danielle Dove, in blue, the boundlessly energetic and positive Good Foods Marketing Manager, shares Good Foods—and good foods—with interested patrons. Good Foods grows ever more lovable and more important in our community as it heads toward its 40th birthday next year. Virtually every sauce or spread displayed at the Incredible Food Show can be bought at Good Foods Market. That's a huge service to small and start-up Kentucky food businesses.

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Boone Creek Creamery, Lexington, KY

Boone Creek Creamery, Lexington, KY

Boone Creek Creamery's stand at the Incredible Food Show looked a lot like its booth at the Lexington Farmers Market: crowded. Boone Creek released a new cheese, Sassy Redhead, just before the Show. I tasted the Boone Creek Romano for the first time and found a new Kentucky favorite. Another thing to love about Boone Creek Creamery: proprietor Ed Puterbaugh's generosity in sharing his craft though affordable monthly cheese-making classes (click the "Classes" tab at the top of the page).

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Jennifer Gleason of Sunflower Sundries, Mt. Olivet, Kentucky

Jennifer Gleason of Sunflower Sundries, Mt. Olivet, Kentucky

Jennifer Gleason of Sunflower Sundries in Mt. Olivet, Kentucky, makes the most exquisite jellies, jams, mustards, and soaps, and has for 19 years. Wild Blackberry Jam and Wild Red Raspberry Jam are two sweet favorites. All the mustards are wonderful, but Hot Garlic meets a lot of needs in our kitchen. We have written about our love for Sunflower Sundries jams and jellies here, mustards here, and more.

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Good Shepherd Sheep Cheese, Mt. Sterling, KY

Good Shepherd Sheep Cheese, Mt. Sterling, KY

Good Shepherd Sheep Cheese of Bath County, Kentucky, in its first year at the Incredible Food Show, won Honorable Mention—Second Place—in Savories. That is Incredible, and much deserved. And Savoring Kentucky loves this cheese!

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Chef Ouita Michel at the Kentucky Specialty Sauces booth

Chef Ouita Michel at the Kentucky Specialty Sauces booth

Holly Hill Inn Chef Ouita Michel borrowed a corner at Kentucky Specialty Sauces and offered tastes of her new Wallace Station Bourbon Mustard, mixed in a cream sauce and served over Kentucky pork. One bite of this delicacy wowed me and won my personal Best of Show. At the 2010 Incredible Food Show, Ouita so inspired Savoring Kentucky that we made a video about her. Nancy Ward's lushly flavored Kentucky Specialty sauces justly won First Place in Savories at this year's Show.

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Snug Hollow B&B

Snug Hollow B&B

Barbara Napier's beautiful booth captured my heart again this year, as it brings to a sterile convention hall just a little of the comfort and beauty of Snug Hollow Farm Country Inn in Estill County, Kentucky. Barbara cooks for her guests from Hot Food & Warm Memories, the Snug Hollow Farm Cookbook. One wants to stay forever.

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Chef Alex Jenkins, Good Foods Market & Café, won the Pro-AM cooking competition for the second year in a row

Chef Alex Jenkins, Good Foods Market & Café, won the Pro-AM cooking competition for the second year in a row

Good Foods Chef Alex Jenkins, right, led the team that won the Pro-Am mystery food basket competition. She and her partner turned the mystery ingredients into—ready?—"Curry and Mint Crusted Lamb Noisettes, Tagliatelle Vegetables, on Gnocchi with Creamy Red Wine Reduction." Winning the competition would have been impressive enough, but this is Chef Alex's second year in a row to win this honor.

We are lucky in Kentucky, having Chef Alex's skills with food available every day in the Good Foods Café at 455 Southland Drive in Lexington. Congratulations, Chef Alex!

In fact, exciting as the Incredible Food Show is each year, I am grateful that I do not have to wait for it to enjoy the chefs, growers, and food producers featured in this post. Because of their faithfulness and constant work, we get to eat these wonderful foods every day. And when life wears us out? Off to Snug Hollow to refresh and restore.

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