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Fancy foods for summer

Spice up your picnics with some new gourmet treats.
/ Source: NBC News

This year’s summer Fancy Food Show in New York City brings together more than 50,000 products, 2,000 exhibitors and 30,000 attendees for one objective: to find the hot products for next year. “Today” show contributor and syndicated columnist Phil Lempert went to the show, and shares his picks for the very best new foods to liven up your summer picnics and barbecues.

WE WALKED THE miles of exhibit floor and ate and ate and ate to select a few that we think will lead consumer trends for this summer. It’s not too late to create the barbecue sensation of the year!

Many of these products are just hitting the gourmet store and supermarket shelves now, so be patient, or contact these companies directly for more information. Many of these companies are small and do not yet have Web sites or toll-free numbers.

Perfect for those hot summer nights are Margarita Biscuits. No alcohol, just a fresh lime flavor with salt that is the perfect accompaniment to listening to Jimmy Buffet. Call Uniquely Together Inc at 847-675-1555 for more information.

Talkin’ lime? Rowena’s Key Lime Curd Sauce is great on cakes, chicken, toast, ice cream and just about anything that you eat in the summer. Call Rowena’s at 800-627-8699 for a complete catalog.

Chef Alain Rondelli is introducing his new line of Champagne Cooking Sauces. No fat, very French and fresh ingredients make these sauces a winner. Call 415-668-7688 for more information.

Tired of the same old barbecue sauce? Try SW Edwards’ Surry Soppin Sauce. This mustard-based sauce uses tomato, vinegar and spices and works on any food — even pasta. It’s from Surry, Va., (not England) so you know they know barbecue. Call 800-200-4267 for more information.

Big Bruce has come to New York (and even stopped outside our studio) with his Sassy Ranch Creamy Salsa and Gunpowder Chili Fixins. Sassy Ranch is fat free and very flavorful — it tasted so good that I had to check the label to make sure it was fat free. Call 602-753-5556 for more information.

What’s a party without a keg? A keg of Root Beer, of course! Virgil’s Party Keg is five liters of the best root beer I’ve had in a while. It’s the perfect size to fit inside the fridge and a lot of fun. It’s easy to hook up and everything is included. Call 508-358-7177 for more information.

Rubschlager’s Fruit and Sunflower Breads are slightly sweet and perfect for summer entertaining or just for sandwiches. You’ve seen the mini-breads from this award-winning baker for years, and now they’ve introduced these flavored loaves: Cranberry, Wild Blueberry and Cinnamon-Currant. Call 773-826-1245 for more information.

Chef Jacques Pepin wants to get cupboard space in your kitchen, and based on tasting his new line of Spice Rubs, I suggest you make room! His rubs for Pork, Veal, Beef and his classic Herbs de Provence can make anyone’s meats taste perfect. Call Napa Valley Kitchens at 707-254-3700 for more information.

I love chips! And I really love Route 11 Chips. Hand cooked in peanut and sunflower oils, these taste fabulous. These will make any chip eating experience much better. Dill Pickle, Chesapeake Crab and Mixed Veggie are my favorites. Call 540-869-0104 for more information.

For espresso lovers only, Espre is ready-to-drink espresso and is great out of the package, over ice or in lattes. Watch out Starbucks! Call 954-584-2225 for more information.

Chef David Burk has developed Duck and Cornbread Meatloaf. I recommend it for the indulgent who only care about taste and impressing their guests. Call 800-327-8246 for more information..

Napa Valley Sausages could put the hot dog out of business. Varieties include smoked turkey and duck sausage with fennel, and smoked chicken with apples and Chardonnay. With flavors like this you might want to buy a new grill. Call 707-252-4116 for more information.

Bloody Mary drinkers unite! Here’s the best I’ve tasted. Sting Ray Bloody Mary Mix is made with real clam juice (and it comes with a real clam shell to prove it!) pepper and horseradish. Call 757-787-3602 for more information.

Phil Lempert, the Supermarket Guru®, analyzes the food marketing industry to keep consumers up-to-date about cutting-edge marketing trends. He is a regular “Today” show contributor, syndicated columnist and host of Shopping Smart of the WOR Radio Network.