The second week of October I had the delicious enjoyment of attending the International Bakers Industry Exposition at the Las Vegas convention Center in Sin City! I heard about the IBIE by one of my chef instructors at Le Cordon Bleu who assured me it was an excellent place to find opportunities and network, and boy was he right! Lets talk a little about all of the Vendors that attended.
To get ready for my new adventure I had shirts made with my name on the front and www.2chefs1home.com across the back for each of the days of the convention. This not only turned out to be great advertising for our website but also an easy intro for conversation. There seemed to be an Echo of “Hi, Katie what is 2chefs1home?” in my direction and it gave me the opportunity to share Jake’s and my fervor for food, culinary school and most recently our venture in writing this blog. Meeting so many wonderful people who work in the industry was a blessing and an opportunity to give away nearly thirteen dozen of my freshly hand-made Salted Vanilla Bean Soft Caramels and Chocolate Soft Caramels (http://wp.me/p3RZUb-7j”) along with my business cards.
In addition to networking I strolled through the convention center wide-eyed and in awe by the sheer volume of vendors. The most intriguing stands were the ones who offered new alternatives to your typical products for instance; natural sweeteners, organic flours, biodegradable packaging and such. Some other vendors I found interesting were marketing products like molds, tools, food safe dyes, edible glitter and other decorating items. And then there were many that didn’t command my interest, for instance the assembly line machines and such set up to sell to commercial producers.
Here are some of my favorite vendors:
•Chef Rubber is the king of everything chef supplies www.chefrubber.com
• Smet Belgian Chocolate Decorations and Innovations www.smet.be
•Guittard Chocolate Company www.guittard.com
•Cacao Barry Chocolate www.cacao-Barry.com
•Gourmet Pidy ready to fill pastry products (kosher) www.qzina.com
•Qzina Specialty Foods for chocolate, desert and pastry professionals has an array of fine products at www.qzina.com
•Suntava Purple Corn a non-GMO “Superfood” www.suntava.com
•Imperial Sugar Molasses and Cane Syrups had such full flavor I will be implementing them in some of my recipes. www.imperialsugarcompany.com
•Suzanne’s Specialties carries sweeteners www.suzannes-specialties.com
•Satin Ice Rolled Fondant www.satinice.com
•Silikomart Professional thousands of Silicone Moulds www.silikomart.com
•TrufflyMade Silicone Truffle Molds www.trufflymade.com
•NY Cake & Baking Supply www.Nycake.com
•The Sugar Art Luster Dust www.thesigarart.com
•Avalon Deco Supplies icing decorations, edible gems, dragees, luster dusts www.avalondeco.com
•OneWay gripable or hot filling disposable piping bag 702.340.8697
•PacknWood Fashionable Food Packaging www.packnwood.com
•Mitili Paper Food Packaging with Art www.mitilipaper.com