10 Favorite Foodie Swag Items

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Foodie-SwagThis post isn’t about “free products” companies send bloggers in the hopes of scoring positive reviews.  Today I’m writing about what’s known in the biz as “trinkets and trash” – goodies from food companies at the hundreds of trade shows and conferences I’ve attended, lugged home via overstuffed suitcases to outfit my kitchen with their brands.  Works for me; I’ve been in the food business since age 16, all through college and my entire career, you would be amazed at the swag I’ve accumulated.

Tools that are clever, serve a cook’s need, aren’t fragile and wash well, I luv.  Here are 10 of my personal fav’s:

  1. Kahlua ceramic pie dish – a treasure from working on that brand a really long time – world’s best Kahlua Pecan Pie recipe imprint
  2. Betty Crocker serving spoon – just right for mashed potatoes.  Some Thanksgiving, a family member is going to swipe it, I just know
  3. Canola Information Council silicone pastry brush – best-ever egg wash brush
  4. Le Cordon Bleu kitchen towel – fun to have something authentic from Le Cordon Bleu, Paris
  5. Lawry’s casserole dish – imprinted with the famous Seasoned Salt Creamed Spinach recipe, I like the shape
  6. Gold Medal Flour dry measure cups – don’t you always have a few in the dirty pile and need yet another?
  7. Dole platter – try getting this home without breaking
  8. Sunkist citrus grater – my first branded swag, college Home Economics field trip to Sunkist HQ
  9. Gold Medal Flour dough scraper – helpful when making Fresh Basil Soft Pretzels
  10. Idaho Potato steak knives – got these pre-9/11, nobody gives away knives anymore.  We set the table with these every dinner!

Thank you, corporate folks who use smart foodies to dream up useful swag.  These are tops, plus my cherished 1997 Julia Child Cookbook Awards commemorative plate, courtesy of Brown Forman, Bertoli Olive Oil, Black & Decker, Calphalon, Beaulieu Vineyard, and The Food Network.  For such foodie goodies, bloggers are now discovering the Fancy Food Show (if you attend San Francisco, Jan ‘10 look for me, I’ll be a session speaker).

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1 Kay October 31, 2009 at 4:10 am

I have a white porcelain (I think…well glass anyway) juicer I got on a tour of a Sunkist plant here in the OC years ago. Love it to death and nothing but nothing works better. Sunkist is imprinted on the glass.

I also treasure a pineapple knife that I got from Dole. It’s slightly curved so it fits perfectly under a quartered pineapple, lifting it cleanly away from the shell. Thank you Dole!

Love the swag.

2 patti September 7, 2009 at 11:13 am

Funny- I know exactly what you mean about that betty crocker spoon. I have a spoon that came with my rice cooker when I got married- it’s just white plastic- but it is perfect! My favorite spoon, and I know one day it will go missing and I will NEVER find another like it!

3 Brona September 4, 2009 at 1:19 pm

Lol I too have retained some great IACP swag despite several cross country moves!!!

4 Denise Vivaldo September 4, 2009 at 12:20 pm

I’m going to my storage unit and find my Julia IACP commerative plate and give it to you -so you and Larry can “Bon Appetit” on matching china.
You have great swag.

5 george geary September 4, 2009 at 10:36 am

I was thinking. what in the world is Patti talking about this this title.. Then low and behold.. I have 4 of those “swag” items…

6 VeggieGirl September 3, 2009 at 2:13 pm

FANTASTIC reviews!! Thank you for sharing all the goodies 🙂

7 Susan Dosier September 3, 2009 at 1:56 pm

I still have my Chicken Caesar Salad dish!!! I LOVE THAT!!!!

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