I learned that all the Wüsthof knives are crafted in the company’s factory in Western Germany, and are prized for outstanding quality and craftsmanship. The knives are made of high-carbon stainless steel that never rusts. They’re well balanced and razor sharp, and the handles (they’re called Polyoxymethylene (POM for short)) fit in my hand perfectly. For a small person, the half bolster, the connection between the blade and the handle, is 30% lighter than the traditional full bolster knives, making food preparation a little easier.
I saw the Wüsthof Classic 7” Santoku, hollow edge knife. There’s a new handle design made with POM, which is a tighter molecular structure that resists fading and discoloration. The knife excels at slicing tomatoes cleanly and is also perfect for slicing and chopping onions, carrots and fresh herbs. Now, this knife is something every cook can use. Food doesn’t get stuck on the edges.
The 3½” Paring knife is the second most important knife to have in the kitchen. I used it a couple of days later and thought it was great for mincing garlic and shallots, it sliced through fruits and cored strawberries with ease.
Still, I love the Wüsthof 8” Classic serrated knife. It’s an all-purpose knife. The blade can cut through croissants, baguettes and crusty loaves of bread, ripe tomatoes, and it can be used to cut thin slices of onion as well. Whether making a sandwich or preparing a roast, it’s the one knife that goes a long way in the kitchen.
From there I moved on to Polar Seltzer’ade.
There’s NO sodium, NO fluoride, NO sugar, NO artificial sweeteners, NO MSG, NO gluten or animal products, and ZERO calories in Polar Seltzer’ade — and the water’s been triple-filtered to ensure a consistent taste. Crafted with clean and simple ingredients, each Polar Seltzer’ade is made with the essence of either fresh lemons or limes, triple-filtered carbonated water and natural fruit flavor. The 100% natural collection includes: Raspberry Pink Lemonade, Watermelon Lemonade, Tart Cherry Limeade, Blueberry Lemonade and Mango Limeade. The bubbles are created by dissolving Co2 at high pressure into freezing temps – they’ve been making bubbles since 1882 — much safer and easier than the generations of seltzer drinkers who used Co2 cartridges in a bottle, which often exploded!
Talk about black cherry! The darker the color, the better it is for you. CHERRiSH cherry fruit drinks use Montmorency cherries that are nutrient-rich and have the highest anti-inflammatory rating and vaso-properties, which reduce exercise-induced muscle damage, speeds muscle recovery and inhibits joint pain. They’re also reported to reduce high blood pressure. And cherries are a premium source for melatonin, a potent antioxidant that helps regulate circadian rhythms and natural sleep patterns. So good sleep is, as we know, the foundation of health and wellness.
CHERRiSH provides cherry drinks that are also delicious. I looked on the back of the can and found that the sugar is strictly from the cherries – it’s an all-natural sugar with a very low glycemic index in comparison to other fruits. The rest is NO fat (saturated or trans), NO cholesterol, only 10 mg of sodium (I can deal with that), 32 grams of carbs and 1 gram each of dietary and soluble fibers.
I found my way to the rear of the event, where servers were distributing Blossom Brothers, a botanical infused wine spritzer. Humm. According to the representative, Blossom Brothers matches high quality wine with botanical essences for a taste that’s crisp and effervescent. I tasted. It was a refreshing, subtly sweet alternative to beer, cider, or I was told, in place of opening a full bottle of wine (well maybe). Still, the white peach and Jasmine flower paired well with the Orca Bay Albondigas (fish balls) and jjamppong.
The Orca Bay the state-of-the art production center is located in Renton, WA. The company provides consumers with a variety of meal-size portions that are ready for the pan, oven or grill. Premium fish is frozen immediately after harvest at the very peak of freshness, which ensures quality and food safety. The “Albondigas,” a Mexican-style seafood soup that’s made with wild-caught, responsibly sourced Alaska cod and farmed shrimp as well as Jjamppong, a traditional Korean dish made with Udon noodles, vegetables, premium cod, shrimp, mussels and squid were delicious and healthy. In addition to prepared dishes, fish fillets and fish steaks are available.
Pacific Foods believes that what you eat matters and that everyone deserves access to good nutrition. For more than a decade Pacific Foods has partnered with the Oregon Food Bank to provide healthy foods to those in need. Like many programs in the US, which are threatened by budget cuts, Pacific Foods is currently working with Portland Public Schools to send kids who are on the assisted lunch program home with nutritious foods during school breaks. And they’re making healthy foods affordable through their community store and “My Street Grocery,” a mobile pop-up grocery trolley supported by their friends at Whole Foods Market. Nourishment is at the heart of everything they do at Pacific, and sharing good food is their favorite way to nourish everyone. Whether consumers are searching for gluten free, dairy free, low sodium or even kosher-friendly alternatives, they’ll always find tasty foods made specifically for the way they live.
Madecasse is an environmentally conscious group as well. They’re mission is to work directly with cocoa farmers in Madagascar who grow and sell top quality, heirloom cocoa. Madecasse was organized by two Peace Corps volunteers in Madagascar in 2008 who wanted to have a continued impact in the country. Each consumer of Madecasse products makes him/her a part of social change and assists in building alliances with ethical local brands. There are several chocolate bars available ranging from 63% cocoa to 92% pure dark chocolate. In addition to being an antioxidant, Madecasse chocolate is organic, vegan, non-dairy, kosher, soy-free and non-GMO. The rare bean cocoa makes for a chocolate that’s uniquely delicious.
Coffee! It smelled divine, and I’d need a hit of joe to help me get home. Break the Cup coffee is hand-picked in Costa Rica’s Central Highlands, famous for producing Tarrazu coffee. Break the Cup’s (Strictly Hard Bean) coffee is enriched in mineral hot spring water – it’s a one-of-a-kind innovative fermentation process that makes a rich, smooth aromatic coffee. In addition to being flavorful coffee, Break the Cup believes in creating social and environmental commitments, and has made the pledge to acquire single origin coffee from farmers who are members of the Rainforest Alliance (a group of people conserving biodiversity and ensuring sustainable livelihoods). The delicious taste equaled the aroma – mild and rich. It energized me.
It was a wonderful event and opportunity to view and taste a range of products at Food Fête.