Chef Elizabeth Falkner to Host Front Burner Foodservice Pitch Competition at Specialty Food Association Summer Fancy Food Show

NEW YORK, NY (April 25, 2019)  The Specialty Food Association (SFA) is thrilled to announce that Chef Elizabeth Falkner will be hosting the popular Front Burner Competition at the upcoming Summer Fancy Food Show. Falkner is an author, artist, TV food consultant, and the president of Women Chefs and Restaurateurs (WCR). She is appearing in conjunction with her year-round work with City Harvest, New York City’s largest food rescue organization and the partner charity for the Specialty Food Foundation’s post-Show food rescue. Falkner is a member of City Harvest’s Food Council, a group of top chefs and culinary experts who are dedicated to spreading awareness of the organization’s mission.

“We are honored to have Chef Falkner host one of the most highly anticipated events at our Fancy Food Show,” said Phil Kafarakis, president of the Specialty Food Association. “Her vast expertise aligns perfectly with the Front Burner Foodservice Pitch Competition, where our members go toe-to-toe in presenting the best foodservice-focused product. The competition is an opportunity for our members to see how foodservice buying decisions are made. Plus, it’s a lot of fun!” 

The Front Burner Foodservice Pitch Competition began in 2017 at the Winter Fancy Food Show, and has continued at both the Summer and Winter Shows. Past winners include Hummustir, a deconstructed hummus-making kit; black pepper bacon jam from TBJ Gourmet; Brooklyn Delhi’s Tomato Achaar condiment; Mike’s Hot Honey, and a michelada shrub from Pacific Pickle Works.

“Foodservice is a very specific market,” said Chef Falkner. “I’m intrigued to see how specialty food makers will be pitching their products, which are traditionally geared toward retail.” 

The Front Burner Competition will be held on Monday, June 24 at 5:00 pm at the Jacob Javits Center. The event is open only to registered Summer Fancy Food Show attendees.  

The Summer Fancy Food Show is a trade only event held from Sunday, June 23 – Monday, June 25. For more information, or to register, please visit

About the Specialty Food Association
The Specialty Food Association is a thriving community of food artisans, importers and entrepreneurs. Established in 1952 in New York, the not-for-profit trade association provides its 3,800 members in the U.S. and abroad the tools, knowledge and connections to champion and nurture their companies in an always-evolving marketplace. The Association owns and produces the Winter and Summer Fancy Food Shows, and presents the sofi™ Awards honoring excellence in specialty food. Learn more at

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