A huge food show is going on right now in D.C.'s Convention Center.
180-thousand items on display and dozens of people are hoping this is where their product may get its big break and end up in your grocery store.
D.C. is getting a taste of the Fancy Food Show. The National Association for the Specialty Food Trade hosts the largest such show in North America.
Exhibitor Heath Hall used to work on Capitol Hill. "Late one night during a Senate budget debate, they were debating pork barrel spending. We were debating dinner options and really wanted some BBQ. The two conversations merged and here we are a few years later with Pork Barrel BBQ," says Hall.
Susan Soorenko is also at the show. She says that ten years ago: "My children and I went on vacation and had some lovely ice cream. The kids thought it would be a good idea to bring it back home. I misunderstood and started a company."
Now, Moorenko's in Silver Spring is serving up ice cream made with fresh, local ingredients. The family helps out.
"Ice cream has no allure any longer because they can have as much as they want, so I actually have to pay them in cash and affection," laughs Soorenko.
Family's also key for Peter Kaldes. He and his brother are trying to bottle a part of their childhood - including oil from their Dad's olive trees in his native Greece. They're also bottling sauces.
"We eat this at Christmas time. We eat pork with orange and tomato sauce. We looked at what was left in the pan after we were done with the pork and we thought this could be jarred into something really good," says Kaldes.
He lives in Springfield, Virginia. The company is called Kaldi. Another local company, Gordy's, made it into the "new brands on the shelf" section of the show.
Sarah Gordon and Sheila Fain make hand-crafted pickles. They are proud to be running a food company in D.C.
"The food scene's really ramping up here. And new food start ups are happening every day, so it's a really exciting place to be a food start up," says Gordon.
The show is not open to the public. Don't worry. The items will soon be at a grocery store near you.
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