Vegas Food Expo showcases over 100 food producers

Written and photography by Nikki Artale

On March 30-31, the Vegas Food Expo with over 100 food producers in the nation met at the Gold Coast Hotel Casino in Las Vegas. This expo was for small innovative companies, retailers, distributors and restaurants from across the country. This wonderful food expo was created by Brett Ottolenghi, proprietor of Artisanal Foods

Karen Caplan

The attendees met with over 120 of the food producers, tasting and interacting with them and gaining knowledge about their products. The food was excellent and I enjoyed meeting many of them and talking about their products.  There were many scheduled speakers and one of my favorite speakers there was Karen Caplan. Karen is President and CEO of Frieda’s Specialty Produce and a fruit and vegetable Guru in Los Almitos, California. She has introduced over 200 specialty fruits and vegetables and has brought one of a kind products to the marketplace. In 2015 an independent film document was made “Fear No Fruit” which shows the rise of the Frieda Family in the food industry. 

Another outstanding booth display was from Samuels Seafood Co. that showed a large display of seafood which I really appreciated because my favorite food is the “Monk Fish”, which incidentally is hard to find here in Las Vegas. Samuels Seafood Co. is in the process of opening a new warehouse here in Las Vegas which will allow it to expand its customer base and product base in the valley within the next 45 days. Samuels and Son Seafood has a 100 year tradition of bringing excellent seafood to the market.    

Uncle Dan’s seasonings and salad dressings can be mixed in with your favorite ingredients and customized in dips. They are delicious and I came home with sample packets that I love using in my salads and vegetables. Products are gluten free and no added MSG. Uncle Dan’s son was an added plus in his booth. 



If you have a sweet tooth then the booths to go to would be Macaron Paris for their refined French Macarons. These delicious French macarons can be found in cafes, restaurants and specialty shops across North America.   





Another fabulous treat was the gourmet caramel apples I found in the Sinfully Sweet Apple Co. located in Upland, CA. They have over 150 different apples and every day they are creating more delicacies. They say the caramel will not stick to your teeth and they are a work of art. Sounds good to me. 


Las Vegas Herbs are grown in a 5,000-square-foot greenhouse and they are delivered live to restaurants, chefs and are available at the Farmers Market every Saturday at Tivoli Village. 

The Food Expo teamed up with Three Square Food Bank to donate any excess food from the Expo to feed the hungry in Las Vegas. Many thanks to everyone for creating this wonderful Food Expo and we all look forward to attending next year.



Nikki Artale

Nikki Artale, a woman of many professional backgrounds and experiences, is originally from a small town in North New Jersey. She moved here to Las Vegas in 1995 to pursue the booming real estate market and is a contributing columnist for the Las Vegas Informer  – interviewing the stars and entertainers for “Vegas Stars.” She has hosted a radio talk show, Celebrity News at All Talk Radio and has also been a part of a live internet webcast at “Live at the Studio.” Her numerous interviews with those responsible for the glamour behind Las Vegas can be found on her website

Nikki has also been active in the entertainment industry behind the camera – she belongs to the Screen Actors Guild and has been in numerous movies and has also judged screenplays for the Las Vegas Film Fest. Not only has she been behind the camera in the industry but also as a critic and has written many show reviews. You can usually find her at big entertainment events with her Nikon camera and smile, ready to review, interview, and capture the moments that make the night.

Aside from her lengthy experience in the entertainment industry she is also a successful Real Estate broker with 30 years of professional and dedicated services. She serves the greater Las Vegas area and has an in depth knowledge of the real estate housing market. She prides herself in giving excellent service to buyers and sellers with 100 percent of her time. You can contact her with the information below for any questions, comments or requests of services. or call 702-279-7001

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