Wednesday, May 11, 2005

Field Trip to COPIA

After a successful ideation session today with Made in Napa Valley, (who we hooked up with at the Fancy Food Show in Chicago last week), Cici and I took a little field trip down the road to COPIA. For those of you who haven't been yet, COPIA. is "a non-profit, interactive center where you can investigate the fascinating cultural intersections of wine, food and the arts." My favorite exhibit (as always) was Forks in the Road, which explores the roots of wacky American food culture - from Pez to packaged foods to squeeze packets of mustard. It's very interactive - lots of things to see and smell and test your knowledge. And you've gotta love Julia Child's copper cookware collection. Can't wait to go back.

Wednesday, May 4, 2005

Highlights from the Spring Fancy Food Show

Cici and I had a sucessful trip to the Fancy Food Show Show in Chicago. There was so much to see, it was overwhelming. FMI was like shooting frozen fish in a barrel. (We sure did charm those sales guys!) Here are some of the highlights:
  • Saw the Chiquita Banana lady fixing her lipstick in the ladies room
  • The House of Blues Hotel guide list the drug overdose hotline #
  • The HOB Gospel singers opened with "Nobody Does Me Like Jesus"
  • I ate my body weight in Real California Cheese
  • We ate the edible paper appetizer menu at Moto
  • No one mistook Cici for my adopted Chinese daughter like they did in Tanzania
Can't wait for the January show in SF - let us know if you're coming so we can send you an invite to our party.