The DECC was full of food and food lovers Tuesday for the Upper Lakes Foods annual Fall Food Show.
Roxie Lundgren from Silver Bay is one of those food lovers. For 26 years she cooked up lunch for all the school children in Silver Bay. To get new ideas each year she came to the food show.
“I used to come every year and then I retired, but then she [my daughter] bought a restaurant and now we come with her,” explained Lundgren.
Lundgren’s daughter owns Foxy’s Bar & Grill in Park Rapids. At the food show, they are tasting it all for their menu.
“Those Jonny Pops over there that they made are made of natural fruit and fozen…they are really good,” said Lundgren.
Naturals foods are in demand and Upper Lakes Foods has noticed. It prompted them to create their Natural Marketplace.
“This is how we are responding to that request by offering over 30,000 new or additional items are are organic, gluten-free and non-GMO foods,” said Mitch Ryan, an account executive.
This is the first time the show is highlighting their specialty foods but they also highlight local foods, like Big Apple Bagels and Connolly’s Tom and Jerry Batter out of Superior.
“We literally make these by hand,” said Steve Knauss. “Each container you see on the shelf is made by hand.”
With the holidays around the corner, the Connolly’s booth was a popular one.
Unger Meats out of White Bear Lake comes to the show each year, showing off new products. This year it’s a pork-beef blend.
“What it is, is a price saver. You can put it in taco meat or different things with seasoning and the price will be absorbed by the pork cost,” said their VP of operations, Jeremy Turnquist.
Ways to save and ways to save up your menu, that’s what the food show is all about.