by Dwight Casimere
Spring is finally here. Time to warm up the barbecue grill, sweep off the patio and roll out the lawn furniture and get ready for outdoor cooking and dining fun! Good weather brings garden parties, leisurely buffets and languid weekend afternoons lingering over a glass of Prosecco. The San Francisco Winter Fancy Food Show at Moscone Center provided a sneak peak at many of the delicacies that are now on the shelves and in the fresh food cases of your local specialty stores and gourmet shops. Pre-cooked Kobe Beef from Japan, ready-to-eat gourmet pasta sauces, giant wheels of Parmesan from Italy, luscious Serrano hams from Spain and sumptuous soft-ripened cheeses from France were just a few of the mouth-watering treats to savor. Here's a sneak peek at some of delights you can look for.
Sean McEniry (c) USHICHAN Farm Company, Japan External Trade
Ready-to-Eat Kobe Beef
Pierre Bagador Consortium du Jambon (Ham Consortium) Bayonne, France
Gianni Gaitelli-MARCOS Salamanica, SotoSerrano, Spain (Serrano Ham from Spain)
Jonathan Whalen-Mr. Espresso Oakland, CA