Trade Registration Open to Chefs, Restaurateurs and Gourmet Retailers for October 8-9, 2011 Cooking and Entertaining Showcase


The Gourmet Experience, a two-day cooking and entertaining showcase, is pleased to announce that trade registration is now open. The Chef's Marketplace, sponsored by Chefs de Cuisine, introduces trade-only hours from 9:00-11:00 a.m. on October 8-9, 2011, which will allow buyers exclusive access to the event's exhibitors. The trade segment gives restaurateurs, chefs, and gourmet retailers the opportunity to source for products such as specialty foods, local and fresh farm foods, meats, poultry, cooking accessories, serving accessories, wine, beer and spirits, and restaurant support products.

Members of the trade will have admittance to an early preview of luxury food and lifestyle products, where they can:

  • Taste from among the newest gourmet food products, sauces and rubs, sea salts, and high quality vinegars and oil blends available today
  • Comparison shop products and services from more than 150 exhibitors
  • Learn about products from beef distributors, cheese and milk boards, agriculture food associations, wine growing associations, and local farmers markets
  • Discover kitchen equipment, cookware, and high quality cutlery
  • Uncover new trends in casual and fine china, flatware, crystal, and tableware accessories
  • Try from a selection of luxury wines, spirits, and craft beers and speak to representatives from wineries, breweries, spirit companies, and local distributors
  • Explore large appliance purchases and commercial kitchen remodeling options
  • Shop for chefs apparel, uniforms and retail

This year The Gourmet Experience features 12 specialty pavilions, focusing on today's latest micro-trends in the industry. The list of pavilions include:

"That's The Spirit" Beer & Wine Pavilion
Taste and explore fine wines, craft beer and spirits produced by award-winning producers.

Sweet Discoveries Pavilion
From gourmet chocolate truffles to decadent on-the-go candy confections, this Pavilion leaves little to the sweet tooth's desire.

Specialty Oils & Vinegar Tasting Pavilion
Features domestic and international olive oils, olive oil blends and infusions for sample and purchase.

Cheeses of the World
Imported cheeses from around the world meet up with their domestic counterparts in a comparative tasting for chefs, gourmet retailers and consumer buyers.

Gourmet Meats Pavilion
Savory salamis and sausages, pate and accouterments, come to life in this highly trafficked pavilion at The Gourmet Experience.

Spice Alley
Taste from a variety of global and local spice products, from the latest in gourmet salts to exotic spices and rubs.

Culinary Solutions Pavilion
A unique zone of high tech solutions for the gourmet kitchen, including handy gadgets that make dinner prep a breeze and rows of products, from bakeware to serveware and everything in between.

Grilling & Outdoor Entertaining
From grills for the home or commercial kitchen to gadgets and tools to make great grilled gourmet meals. View the latest in outdoor entertainment products, outdoor dining solutions, furniture, tableware and more!

Kids Cook! Activity Center
The Gourmet Experience is fun for the whole family! Kids of all ages will have plenty of fun in the Kids Cook! Activity Center while learning new recipes with mom and dad, decorating cupcakes, exploring kid-friendly cooking items, and watching live demonstrations.

Bounty of the County Pavilion
San Diego County's community of locavores is growing in abundance as foodies seek out new resources for farm fresh produce, meats, cheeses and dairy. This two-day celebration puts a spotlight on the Bounty of San Diego County with a special pavilion designed to showcase our community artisans.

"Cooking With Design" Designer Inspiration Vignettes
There is something a little magical about the design of a kitchen crafted with the artistry and functionality of the chef in mind. From sleek solutions to state of the art appliances and fixtures, inspiration comes alive in five Cooking with Design Spotlights each featuring a collaboration between designer and chef.

Kitchen, Design, & Remodel
Innovations in state of the art kitchen designs to remodel solutions for the home or commercial kitchen, along with energy and construction solutions.

Gourmet In Action Stage
The Gourmet Experience features daily cooking demonstrations led by celebrity chefs and San Diego personalities. Attendees will get the chance to see their favorite chefs light up the stage as they whip up gourmet delicacies using products found at The Gourmet Experience.

This kind of expo is right up our alley!

Posted By: Ashley Nicole 8/25/2011