The 39th annual Winter Fancy Food Show wrapped up its an annual three-day edible expo at San Francisco’s Moscone Center this week. The movable feast was comprised of more than 80,000 specialty foods and beverages proffered by 1,350 exhibitors from across the U.S. and 35 countries and regions. And, of course, Sonoma was among them.
Now, we newspaper types are protective of our beats (when a certain music columnist so much as mentions a drumstick he stands a chance of waking up with a chicken head in his bed courtesy of a certain food columnist), so I will tread lightly with my commentary about the event, which (a) I did not attend and (b) wouldn’t have enjoyed anyway, since I’m on some kind of caveman diet (it’s not Paleo so much as Jurassic Park – everything I want to eat is encased in amber).
There were apparently some local luminaries present – among them, of course, was our own culinary columnist Kathleen Hill. Also from under the same roof as the I-T were the gentleman jerky-makers behind Krave Jerky. And If my source is to be trusted (and she’s not), there might also have been a local maker of wine-flavored lozenges, which give you all the benefit of failing a breathalyzer test but with none of the fun.
I mention all this because, on the heels of this event, The Daily Meal just released its fourth yearly list of America’s 50 Most Powerful People in Food, which purports to “determine who the REAL architects of the food world are.” Not one Sonoman is on it. Not even Kathleen. Wha..?
Colman Andrews, the editorial director of the uber foodie website The Daily Meal (and eight-time James Beard award-winner to boot), explained why this might be a good thing to me via email: