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18 Fun, Healthy and/or Kosher Brands From The 2019 Summer Fancy Food Show

The Summer Fancy Food Show, which ran from June 23 through June 25 at New York City’s Jacob Javits Center, promised at least six football fields worth of specialty foods, including chocolate, cheese and olive oil to name a few. 

The largest specialty food industry event in North America, the Fancy Food Show is known to showcase its field’s best products and newest innovations. As presented by the membership-based Specialty Food Association — founded in 1952 — attendees come from all walks of life, and over 34,000 people appear to have attended the 2018 Summer Fancy Food Show.

As getting through well over 1,000 booths — in addition to dozens of scheduled events and presentations — ought to be very challenging, I decided to make it easier for readers of Jewish Journal who could not attend this year’s Summer Fancy Food Show.

In turn, below are 18 –  chai – must-try, recommended brands that exhibited this year at the Javits Center.


From The Ground Up
From The Ground Up is a Sofi Award-winning line of delicious cauliflower-based, and now butternut squash-based, pretzels and crackers that are made from real veggies. The snacks are Non-GMO Project Verified, gluten-free certified and made with vegan ingredients. The brand’s snacks are a fun and tasty way to sneak in some nutrition at snack time, and these better-for-you alternatives rival the mainstream versions. The Cauliflower Tortilla Chips are especially worth your time and taste buds.

Photo courtesy of Shawnna Hall-Enoch

Saffron Road
Saffron Road’s global journey began with a core belief that traditionally pure foods can be a safe medium to compassionately inspire and inclusively connect diverse cultures together. Regardless of language, religion, or culture, everyone loves authentically delicious, wholesome foods. Saffron Road debuted nationally in July 2010 in Whole Foods Market as the world’s first Halal-certified, antibiotic free and humanely raised frozen entrée. It has also since become the fastest-growing natural frozen food brand. Its latest frozen meal offerings include Thai Style Green Curry, Vegetable Biryani, and a Shoyu Ramen Bowl. Those seeking sweet yet savory snacks cannot go wrong with the (chocolate covered) Dark Chocolate Chai Crunchy Chickpeas.


Mutti is Italy’s #1 tomato brand and one of the fastest-growing brands of shelf-stable tomatoes in the United States. Mutti recently launched its newest line of Mutti Sauces for Pizza, as developed with high-quality ingredients and distinct flavor profiles. Each of these sauces pay tribute to three Italian cities famous for their distinct style of pizza: Positano, Napoli and Parma. The Positano variety is my favorite, as boosted with garlic and oregano.

Dolcezza gelato; Photo by Chloe Mata Crane

Earlier this month Dolcezza announced the national launch of its small-batch gelato as being available in Whole Foods Market stores nationwide. Founded in 2004 by husband-and-wife duo Violeta Edelman and Robb Duncan, Dolcezza handcrafts gelato from its Washington D.C. factory, as made with the seasonal and local produce and dairy sourced from grass-grazed cows in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. My favorite of the seven Dolcezza flavors, you ask? The Stracciatella with the Roasted Strawberry as a distant second. After opening up a pint of Dolcezza, it is nearly impossible for me not to finish it within the same sitting.