Sunday, June 27, 2010

UnFancy Food Fair 2010

We're always skittish when introducing our youngest children to the most discerning of crowds such as those flooding 2010's UnFancy Food Fair in Park Slope, but The Collective is thrilled to report ecstatic reviews of our Mango Chili Ketchup and Juniper Berry Chutney.

Humbling it was to be in the presence of such a tightly curated collection of NYC's best (smaller sized) gourmet purveyors, but true to its name the event was without a bit of pretension . . . despite every excuse to have been considering the local food celebrity roster. Lots of well-priced Brooklyn Lager and potent Bloody Marys kept a crowd of retail buyers and foodie enthusiasts well lubricated, while performances by a dead ringer for Johnny Cash and a kimchee-lovin' trio of hip hop MCs and DJ heightened the private party atmosphere. Mood lighting didn't hurt either as patrons and vendors alike appreciated the flattering twilight ambiance hiding all our Saturday night excesses.

Big Sellers for The Collective included our two (previously mentioned) new condiments and harbingers of Summer's bounty, Plum Ketchup, Sweet Tomato Chutney with Black Mustard Seeds, Middle Eastern Zucchini Relish and Blueberry and Bermuda Onion Chutney (made with the season's earliest ever bushel courtesy of two Long Island North Fork farms).

Thanks as always to all those who braved sub-tropical heat and humidity to sample, order, buy, say Hello and provide The Collective with valuable insight and input.