These Female Execs are Driving Serious Innovation in Specialty Food

These Female Execs are Driving Serious Innovation in Specialty Food

This year's Summer Fancy Food Show was jam-packed with must-have specialty products and groundbreaking innovators reimagining the future of food. Foodable welcomed more than 15 innovators to the SFA Live Stage where we dissected some of the industries greatest issues and opportunities. Three innovators stood out from the pack, making major moves in their sectors. These are the Power Women of Specialty Food. Check out the full interviews above!

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How to Build a Better Wine List: Tips from Top L.A. Sommeliers

How to Build a Better Wine List: Tips from Top L.A. Sommeliers

By Allison Levine, Foodable Contributor

The world of wine is vast. From regions to varietals to producers, there are thousands of wines to choose from. Consumers are inundated with choice and it is very common and comforting to revert to a wine one is familiar with. But with so many options and variations, there is not one wine that will fit every occasion or cuisine.

With extensive knowledge about food and wine pairings, it is the responsibility of the sommelier to build a wine list that matches a restaurant’s menu, and engage and challenge the customer without intimidating them.

Building a Wine List

When building a wine list for a restaurant, while it seems like an obvious statement, it is best to select wines that fit the cuisine and the restaurant concept. “It does not make sense to have an all Italian wine list with Thai food or only Rieslings for white wines at a steakhouse,” says Ben Teig, wine director at Redbird in downtown Los Angeles. 

The key to a good wine list is balance. Jared Hooper, wine director at Faith & Flower, also in downtown L.A., explains that “balance can exist in many forms and take place over one page or 150 pages. There should be variety in terms of price, age, place, grape, texture, and then, most importantly, familiarity.” 

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Wine Consultant Chantelle Pabros Weighs in on Women & Wine in 2016

Wine Consultant Chantelle Pabros Weighs in on Women & Wine in 2016

By Brandee Sanders, Foodable Contributor

For professional wine and food industry veteran Chantelle Pabros, working in the heart of New York City’s wine industry isn’t just about being a female sommelier and seller in a traditionally male dominated field. It’s also the balancing act of investing and educating in the intersections where women and wine collide.

Sitting across from me in buzzy Rockefeller Center, she’s impeccably dressed and razor sharp when I begin diving into where those two elements are headed in 2016. Pabros rattles off a series of stats, including one from Time Magazine’s 2014 study, in which the “Majority of home equity loans, new car loans, and U.S. savings bonds are now owned by women (51 percent, 52 percent, and 54 percent, respectively), and 59 percent of personal loans for education are made to women.” In short, women are now holding the luxury purse strings and coming into their own in a new way, including that of buying wine and other investments.

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Does Glassware Truly Matter?

Does Glassware Truly Matter?

By Courtney Walsh, Foodable Contributor 

There are many elements that go into the “proper” enjoyment of a wine. From the wine’s temperature to the food paired with it, these factors can and often do alter consumers’ experiences and perceptions of the wine they are drinking. Studies have even shown that the type of music playing in a restaurant or retail shop can affect the choices consumers make in both the selection and enjoyment of a wine.  

Yet with so many elements competing to influence the enjoyment of an already complex beverage, it begs the question: how important is the glass from which the wine is consumed?

Experts argue that both the quality and shape of the glass are essential components required to properly enjoy a wine. Bordeaux style glasses are claimed to be the best glasses suited to enjoy heavier bodied wines as the tighter shape of the rim of the glass serves to concentrate aromas and directs the wine onto the palate.  

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Unlocking the Key to Santa Barbara Wine Country

Unlocking the Key to Santa Barbara Wine Country

By Allison Levine, Foodable Contributor

A weekend of wine tasting is a great getaway. For approximately $15 per winery, you can taste a line-up of pre-selected wines. But, want to try library reserves? Barrel tasting? Meet the winemaker? Tour the vineyard? These are usually reserved for wine club members or for special events… until now.

The Santa Barbara Vintners recently organized a weekend called the “Key to Wine Country.” For $100, you were given a “key” that unlocked many of these unique experiences. There was no limit to how many experiences you could attend throughout the weekend – it really depended on your stamina and designated driver (which was me, which meant a lot of spitting).

Here are all of the experiences we unlocked in just 3 days!

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