Gourmet and Housewares Start 2011 With An All-Star Lineup

We’re celebrating the second anniversary of Building 2 WestWing and the debut of the expanded Gourmet/ Housewares permanent product center on floor 8 of the building this January at the first Market of the year. The new building has reinforced AmericasMart  as a major player and new home for houseware manufactures and retailers, supported by the gourmet products that have always been strong for the product center.

IMG_9363[1]The January Market will feature more than 150 of the industry’s leading gourmet and houseware companies spotlighting more than 300 lines. Plus, the product center will showcase new product launches, line debuts and company introductions.

New to AmericasMart this January are BIA Cordon Bleu, Messermeister, Chantal Cookware, Epicurean Cutting Boards, Guzzini, and Jura Capresso . Several manufactures and retailers such as The Connection, The Ryan Group, Delectable Samplings, Joel Kasperzak, Ben Tally, Coastline Imports, Diligence and Lynn’s Concepts have decided to expand their space at AmericasMart in order to showcase more product in Atlanta. In addition to the companies that make up the permanent product center, there are more than 250 lines that are part of the Gourmet Market Temporaries, IMG_3140which are located on floor 2 of the building.

Attendees will also  have endless access to the industry’s biggest names and most sought-after chefs and education at Market. AmericasMart Building 2 houses a gourmet state-of-the-art demonstration kitchen, which is located at the heart of the product center. This January, it will host celebrity chefs and renowned gourmet and housewares leaders. Making an appearance at the January Market:

  • Ace of Cakes’ Food Network star Duff Goldman
  • Marcel Vigneron, season one finalist of Bravo’s hit TV show “Top Chef” and “Top Chef All-Stars”
  • Virginia Willis
  • Celebrated local chefs Gerry Klaskala
  • Patricia “Sister” Schubert
  • Helen Chen
  • Linton Hopkins
  • Several exhibitor-sponsored events and educational presentations.

Don’t miss out on the first market of the New Year and the best collection of Gourmet/Housewares product, resources and entertainment! For more information about the January Market, click here. To read the entire release, click here.

Changa Named ‘Best of Show’ at September Markets

IMG_8764The Atlanta Fall Gift & Home Furnishings Market together with The Atlanta Gourmet Market closed yesterday, ending the three-day Market run. At Market, one spectacular company was recognized as the Best of Show for outstanding visual display in the gift and gourmet temporaries. Out of all the temporary booths, this company stood out above the rest. The Best of Atlanta winner demonstrated excellence in visual display above all others across the entire temporary gift and gourmet categories-staged on floor 7 in Building 1.

A first-time exhibitor at AmericasMart, the winner took its booth to a new level, using only handmade product IMG_8767created by friends and family. Featured product included handcrafted bark wood frames, flowers in a beautiful arrangement from a friend’s yard, rod-iron displays, handsewn drapery and table linens and custom clipboards. The 2010 Best of Show award was presented to the Changa, a new line of changeable jewelry headquartered in Hendersonville, NC.

More information about Changa can be found on their website: http://www.changajewelry.com/.

Come Say Hi and See What I’m Cookin Up, Y’all!

VaWillisHello to the 8th Floor Gourmet Gallery and all gourmet/housewares buyers!

I’ll be at AmericasMart on Sunday, September 12 and am encouraging you to visit and bring your guests and clients. I’m hosting Farm to Table, Y’all, and you won’t want to miss it!

Plus, samples will be served!

We will also have a drawing for a My Southern Pantry gift basket that includes a signed copy of Bon Appétit, Y’all!

I’ll be walking around before my demo, It would be a pleasure to meet you and talk to each of you on how we can work better together, so I can learn what you need me to do to help you sell your product and help you generate customers.

See ya’ll soon!

Don’t forget:
Sunday September 12
AmericasMart
Farm to Table, Y’all with Chef Virginia Willis
11:00 am -1:00 pm
Building 2 WestWing Floor 8
Demo Kitchen 

Fall for It All This September at AmericasMart’s Two-In-One Market

chaironbluewall_100In just two weeks, exclusively at AmericasMart, retailers will experience the magnitude of two Markets together in the premier destination for everything new in fall home furnishings, gift and gourmet. Four buildings, three days of buying and two Markets—all in one location, all taking place at The Atlanta Fall Gift & Home Furnishings Market together with The Atlanta Gourmet Market, September 11-13, 2010.

While each Market individually offers a unique showcase, together they create an unrivaled collaboration of debuts, top lines and dynamic product. Only here, will retailers discover new product launched within the last month and be able to take advantage of the last order-writing Markets of the year. The Markets present gourmet, home furnishings and gift in four buildings of permanent product centers, supported by temporary categories staged in Building 1, floor 7.Oh_Sugar_booth_detail_100

Plus, discover the creme de la creme of gourmet with the Best of Atlanta awards, learn how to build baskets and merchandise in today’s economy and find out more about social media and best business practices.

It’s all here this September!

For more information, click here.

Family Meal – Bringing People Together Never Tasted Better

TylerFlorence1If you love food or love to cook you won’t want to miss this! Celebrity Chef Tyler Florence is back this July and better than ever! Florence is joined by his father, Winston, as they prepare some of the family inspired recipes from their upcoming book Family Meals. Florence also is an AmericasMart retailer since he opened a small chain of luxury kitchen supply stores, in addition to his many restaurants throughout California. Stop by and indulge! The father and son duo can be seen cooking on Saturday, July 17 from 12 p.m. – 2 p.m. in Building 2 WestWing Floor 8, Demonstration Kitchen. Books will be available for sale during the event and starting at 1 p.m. attendees will have the chance to have their books signed by Florence.

More details on this mouth-watering event can be found here.

North Carolina Pavilion to debut at January Market, in Temps

NC Ag BlogThe North Carolina Department of Agriculture is proud to sponsor a North Carolina Pavilion at the January 2010 Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market. The creation of the pavilion is attributed to the success and growth of the Gourmet category in Atlanta. The pavilion will be located within the temporaries: Building 2WW, Floor 2, Booth 305. It will feature more than 400 square feet of gourmet goodies created in North Carolina

NC Pavilion Participants include:
D’Vine Foods– Making the finest homemade gourmet jams, jellies, ciders, juices, pickles, relishes and other products. Located in Elizabethtown, NC.

Chef Ricardo – Sauce winner for best new product and best packaging in the 2009 North Carolina Specialty Food Products Show. Located in Clyde, NC.

Fancy’s Candy – Sin in a Tin Toffees. Best Chocolate Winner at the 2008 Atlanta Gourmet Market.Located in Rougemont NC.

Fryar’s Sauce – “It’s from the country and we like it that way.” For over 30 years they have been making Fryar’s sauce. Located in McLeansville, NC.

Polka Dot Bake Shop – A gourmet bakery specializing in unique sweets and savory treats. Located in Charlotte NC.

Race City Sauce Works – “Flavor First & Flavor Last… with a Tingle in Between.” Located in Charlotte, NC. 

AmericasMart is expecting continued success with the debut of the North Carolina pavilion, a first of its kind!  Make sure to check it out during January market, as the pavilion is sure to be a destination point.

True Grits: One Woman’s AmericasMart Success Story

For 22 years, Diane Pfeifer, creator of popular Grits Bits,  has  called AmericasMart Atlanta her Market home. Her story begins the day after her honeymoon in 1988, at a January Atlanta Apparel grits bits 1rMarket. While she was helping her sister-in-law with ajewelry line, she was introduced to the place where she’d bring her own company, Strawberry Patch.

Over more than two decades, Pfeifer has some incredible memories at AmericasMart. Her first daughter Jennica came to a show at only 9 days old and even took her first steps down an apparel aisle. Now 20 years old, Jennica works Markets when she’s home from college.

Professionally, Pfeifer debuted her all-grits cookbook, “Gone with the Grits” at AmericasMart in 1992,  in the Stationery Temps using only a crayon colored mock-up. On a whim, she displayed it in Gourmet Temps and after booming results, she’s maintained a booth there ever since.

grits bits 2Pfeifer’s story started back in St. Louis, where she was born and raised. She credits not being southern as the reason she  thinks of so many different grits recipes. The book was inspired after she joked in a Hollywood sushi bar that southerners made their sushi with grits instead of rice, which sparked the idea of creating a fun, all-grits cookbook. The next morning in an L.A. cafe, she was writing recipe ideas when she heard someone trying to order grits. She laughingly told the customer what she was working on, and he asked if he could sit with her. The patron turned out to be Gregg Allman of The Allman Brothers Band, and they shared a two-hour breakfast, which ultimately led to the creation of her cookbook. That book recently topped a million copies sold.

On the advice of some AmericasMart buyers 10 years ago, she invented Grits Bits, bite-size cheese snacks and cookies baked with grits. The four flavors are a big hit in southern gourmet and bridal baskets, airport and hotel shops, and gourmet/gift shops.

Thanks to her inspiration, consumers who can’t buy grits just anywhere can at least cook them or enjoy a quick grits snack no matter where they live. Check out http://www.GritsBits.com for more information.

Thanks to her inspiration, consumers who can’t buy grits just anywhere can at least cook them or enjoy a quick grits snack no matter where they live.