5 on the Road: Hear Our Exhibitors’ Stories – #VFX2019

As the Vegas Food Expo opens its doors today at the Gold Coast Resort & Casino, take a look at these five delicious food producers who have traveled to Las Vegas to exhibit at the show: Bellweather Farms, Farm to Table Foods, St. Dalfour Gourmet Foods, Taormina Gourmet International Foods, and Pok Pok Som.


Bellwether Farms
Sonoma County, California

A family business founded in 1986, Bellwether Farms established the first dairy sheep ranch west of the Mississippi. Artisan cheesemaking began in 1990 and continues today in the expanded creamery. Family matriarch Cindy Callahan tends to the flock while her son and his wife, Liam and Diana Callahan, are cheesemaker and business administrator, respectively.


Liam and Diana Callahan

Bellwether Farms crafts a family of aged and fresh sheep and cow milk cheeses and yogurts using time- honored traditions and fresh whole milk sourced from their flock and family dairy farms
nearby. Located on 35 acres in Sonoma County, Bellwether Farms is dedicated to sustainable agricultural practices, ethical animal husbandry and crafting the highest quality dairy products possible. To mark their 30th anniversary in 2016, the nonprofit Bellwether Farms Foundation was established with a pledge of 1 percent annual profits to strengthen U.S. food systems and reduce hunger.

Their cheeses are used by chefs in many of the finest restaurants across the country and are regularly featured in The New York Times, Martha Stewart, Sunset Magazine, and gourmet food publications everywhere. They also carry sheep milk yogurt and Crème Fraîche.

Their flock is comprised of East Friesian and Lacaune. The East Friesian sheep are a breed of dairy sheep originating from northern Germany. The Lacaune is a breed of sheep originating from southern France. These are two of the best sheep breeds in terms of milk yield per ewe. Both breeds typically have twins or triplets so lambing time (typically in the Winter) can be a very busy time for the Callahans. Their ewes have year round access to pasture and open space. They love to graze and rest in the shade of our Eucalyptus trees. However, since California has more than half the year without rain the majority of our ewes diet is organic alfalfa with a small amount of corn. Currently, they are actively working on sourcing as much organic and non-GMO as is economically possible.

2017 has begun with a pair of significant victories at Lambeau Field, Green Bay, Wisconsin, for Bellwether Farms of Sonoma County, California. The announcement of winners from the 2017 U.S. Championship Cheese Contest (USCCC) in Wisconsin, recognized Bellwether Farms Whole Milk Basket Ricotta as Best in Classin the Ricotta Category, and their newest cheese, Blackstone, as Best in Class in the Mixed-milk Category. Ricotta scored a near perfect 99.5points and Blackstone bested challengerswith a score of 99.35. “These competitions guide us
in making the highest quality product we can, on par with the best in the artisan cheese business,” says Liam Callahan, co-founder and cheesemaker. “The wins also translate into sales growth as retailers confidently recommend our products to their customers.”

You can meet the Callahans and taste their sheep milk products at Booth # 900.


Farm to Table Foods

Farm to Table Foods is perfecting the art of grain mixology. They produce and sell 100% organic oatmeal. Since the advent of agriculture some 12,000 odd years ago, mankind has been turning grain into porridge. It’s one of the purest, tastiest and most nutritious ways to enjoy what Mother Earth has to offer. A hearty bowl of delicious organic oatmeal allows a person to enjoy earth’s bounty in its most elemental form. And for people looking to get back to food basics.


As a company, they believe that excessive processing is antithetical to what good food should be. By returning to less processed methods, utilizing recipes that bring out the natural goodness of each individual variety of grain, and mixing their grains with nuts, seeds or fruit for an irresistible taste and texture, they’ve been able to create products that have introduced people to what real food should taste like. The resulting blends encourage customers to enjoy earth’s bounty in its most elemental form.

Farm to Table Foods has declared their participation in The Good Food Movement, that small but determined group of farmers, business-people, chefs, artisans, foodies and concerned citizens that have been making strides toward purifying the food supply by critically following it from it’s beginnings at the farm to it’s final destination at your table. (In fact, that’s why they call the company Farm to Table).

As the owner says: “Farm to Table will not compromise its integrity. In a perfect world, people all over the country would be able to enjoy the bounty of our products. However, if expansion means neglecting our commitment toward the finest ingredients, or that we can’t afford to create products that meet big box store pricing strategies, so be it. We won’t be there. If necessary, we’ll remain a niche product for the select few who insist on top quality ingredients and a gourmet offering. But at the same time, we’ve noticed an interesting phenomenon. When people sample what oatmeal should taste like, they begin to demand it. And by raising the bar, we realize that we are also changing people’s expectations. And that’s a good thing. Because in our minds, our customers should expect more. They deserve it.”

Located in Cedar Valley, Utah, Steve Smith is one of the farmers that grows grain for Farm to Table. Unlike factory farmers, Steve produces his grain using sustainable growing methods. Factory farmers use chemical fertilizers to increase crop yields. Steve invests in his soil, his environment and his community. Factory farmers coax whatever they can from a harvest by whatever means necessary. Steve’s conscientious efforts nurture humanity. The company’s products have been featured on Rachel Ray and in Cooking Light magazine. Their oatmeal also was included in the 2015 Clean Choice awards, and won the distinction of being one of the top 500 U.S. food brands by How Good.

Come see what goodness tastes like at Booth #200 at the Vegas Food Expo.


St. Dalfour Gourmet Foods

St. Dalfour is a privately owned family company under the same ownership since its founding in 1984. The St. Dalfour production facility is located in the Aquitaine region of Southwest France, an area known for centuries of culinary excellence as well as the famous wines of Bordeaux. St. Dalfour Fruit Spreads, made from natural fruits and free of any preservatives or added sugar, are delivered from our production facility to 120 countries.


St. Dalfour is the first company to have applied special concentrated grape juice from which the aroma and flavor was removed during the jam production, which made it possible to produce naturally sweet 100% jam without added sugar. This method has its origin with the grandmother of Mr. Kistner, the president of St. Dalfour. During the First World War, sugar was very limited in supply and quite expensive. Because the Kistner family owned vineyards and had access to extensive supply of grapes, Mr. Kistner’s grandmother made jam with concentrated grape juice instead of sugar. This is the origin of the world renowned St. Dalfour fruit conserve recipe.

St. Dalfour produces only under its own brand, so commitment to quality, healthy eating, and superior taste is unwavering and never subject to compromise. We invite you to make St. Dalfour products part of your rich and healthy diet.

Drop by Booth #908 and taste of the sweetness of St. Dalfour Fruit Spreads.


Taormina Gourmet International Foods
Phoenix, Arizona

Taormina Gourmet International Foods is a small family and friends owned company with a focus on great, fresh food that will bring a delicious taste of Italy to your dinner table. The company is named after the beautiful seaside city of Taormina Sicily, Italy, known for its gourmet cuisine. Franco Scirpo is the Owner and Katherine Gingrich is the Co-owner.


With award winning family recipes and traveling the world, they’ve come up with the perfect ingredients in combining authentic old world recipes with new world ideas. They only use fresh ingredients, like fresh basil, fresh garlic, fresh oregano, sea salt, pure olive oil, and no added sugars or preservatives. They promise to deliver delicious food products that are all natural, with no preservatives, sugars, or GMOs. Three of their classic tastes include:

Their Marinara Sauce is made from all natural ingredients, including the best tomatoes in the world (imported San Marzano tomatoes) that deliver a natural sweetness and fresh taste of Italy directly to you and your family. The perfect sauce for your pasta, meatloaf, sausage, calamari, pizza and more.

Their Arrabiata Sauce is made with whole San Marzano tomatoes and all natural ingredients. They use juicier bites of tomatoes and a touch of red pepper flakes for a thick and spicy robust flavor. Great on cappellini with sauteed vegetables, pizza, seafood or your own creative dish.

Their Velluto Rosso Sauce introduces their “Silver Cap” line that is a one-of-a-kind specialty product. They take whole San Marzano tomatoes and combine fresh basil, oregano, pure olive oil, sea salt, red pepper flakes, garlic and a dash of white balsamic, leaving a spicy yet buttery finish!

One of the things that also makes Taormina Gourmet unique is the way they combine the sensuality of fashion with food in creating the first of its kind Fashion/Cookbook. With this project, they are working with some of the top international models, Olympic athletes and professional athletes, film stars, and Moms and Dads in world, proving that you can look great at any age when eating real foods.

Don’t miss Taormina Gourmet’s unique sauces at Booth #1003B.

Pok Pok Som
Portland, Oregon

Pok Pok Som drinking vinegar is a refreshingly sweet and tart, fruit and vinegar-based beverage handcrafted in Portland, Oregon using quality organic cane vinegar and fresh whole ingredients. Chef Andy Ricker has been serving drinking vinegars in his world-renowned Pok Pok restaurants since 2006 after coming across the beverage in an Asian market and realizing the sweet, sour, tart beverage perfectly complimented his complex Thai flavors. Soon, the market’s supply could not keep up with the demand of Pok Pok customers, who loved the drinking vinegar accompanying their meals and mixed in their cocktails.


Ricker introduced his own line, Pok Pok Som Drinking Vinegar (“naam som” means “sour water” or vinegar in Thai), in 2010, creating unique Thai-inspired flavors as distinct and delicious as the food on his menus. Som stands out from its competitors by using fresh whole fruits, herbs and spices – no artificial flavoring – and US-made organic sugarcane vinegar, which doesn’t overpower the intended flavor. Pok Pok Som concentrate is most commonly served with four-parts soda water as a soft drink, at full strength as a mixer in cocktails, or incorporated into dressings and marinades.

Pok Pok Som concentrate is most commonly served with four-parts soda water as a soft drink, at full strength as a mixer in cocktails, or incorporated into dressings and marinades. It is available in nine signature flavors – Thai Basil, Apple, Honey, Pomegranate, Tamarind, Ginger, Tumeric, Pineapple and Chinese Celery, as well as a rotating selection of seasonal flavors like Cardomom Tangerine, Strawberry Thai Basil, Black Pepper, Blood Orange, and more.

Seeing an opportunity to create a natural, uniquely flavored bottled soda alternative with his award-winning concentrate, Ricker launched Pok Pok Som Soda in 2015. This ready-to-drink carbonated premium soft drink has only six ingredients, 1/3 less sugar than most conventional and craft sparkling beverages, and is available in four delicious flavors: Turmeric, Grapefruit, Thai Basil, and Ginger.

Pok Pok Som Soda is a natural, uniquely flavored bottled soda alternative made with the award-winning Som concentrate. This ready-to-drink carbonated premium soft drink has only six ingredients, 1/3 less sugar than most conventional and craft sparkling beverages, and is available in four delicious flavors: Turmeric, Grapefruit, Thai Basil, and Ginger. Pok Pok Som and Som Soda can be found at Whole Foods Markets and many other fine retailers, and on the menus of some of the best bars in the country.

Taste the Pok Pok Som sensation at Booth #704.