Oct 28, 2019
Atlanta showcases gourmet, tabletop and entertaining trends

The Atlanta International Gift and Home Furnishings Market showcases trends in tabletop, housewares and gourmet food products at its 2020 staging. More than 900 leading brands will present new introductions and 10 culinary tastemakers will lead interactive demonstrations at the market held from January 14-21, 2020.

“Gourmet and tabletop buyers are coming to Atlanta to source and discover the next must-have styles, tools, techniques and products for their customers,” said Dave Savula, executive vice president of gift and apparel leasing forInternational Market Centers (IMC). “The brands are expanding, updating and re-imaging their spaces to inspire their customers, and our interactive educational programming provides tips and tools to successfully sell these trending categories.”

Tabletop buyers at AmericasMart Atlanta
Tabletop buyers at The Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market

Some 150 plus gourmet and tabletop showrooms will show new product introductions at the market. Most notably, LSA International and Rosenthal Sambonet USA open a new showroom to showcase new introductions in its Versace line; Mackenzie-Childs relocates and expands by nearly 1,000 square feet to showcase its new Golden Hour Furniture Collection which features contemporary dining pieces; and Michael Aram is redesigning its space to showcase its new Cherry Blossom collection designed exclusively for independent retailers.

In the temporary collections, new grouped “mini booth” incubators will showcase new and up-and-coming brands like eco-friendly food storage brands Z Wraps, Buzee and handmade Cooper’s Small Batch Hot Sauce. The Georgia Grown Pavilion expands with more than 30 exhibitors from across the state showing Georgia-made products. In January, the six temporary collections with gourmet and tabletop merchandise are Gourmet Foods, Gourmet LUXE, Housewares, Tabletop and Entertaining and Tabletop LUXE.

Across the market, product introductions are trending towards time-saving tools, recipes and preparations. “The new product introductions are designed to honor the time we have so we don’t have to spend it all in the kitchen,” noted Tisa Garcia Lynn, owner and CEO of representative group Good Food Services.  

Cocktail class at AmericasMart
Cocktail class in the Demonstration Kitchen at The Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market

Five Days of Programming in Demonstration Kitchen

Dining and entertaining innovations are shared live in the market’s unique Demonstration Kitchen. “The culinary educational space in Atlanta offers a closer look at dining and entertaining trends,” said Dorothy Belshaw, chief marketing and digital officer for IMC.

Headlining the series is actress, author and Shop the Show influencer Tiffani Thiessen, who will share Easy Breezy Brunching & Entertaining Tips from her new book Pull Up a Chair: Recipes from My Family to Yours on Thursday, January 16 at 11 a.m.

Food Network’s Nancy Fuller makes her famous go-to Crab Delights Dip in A Party for Pollock With Carefree Crab”on Friday, January 17 at 11 a.m.

James Beard Award-nominee, Top Chef finalist and Atlanta-based restaurateur Chef Kevin Gillespie prepares Pure Pork Awesomeness: Totally Cookable Recipes from Around the World on Wednesday, January 15 at 11 a.m.

Also in the kitchen is a series of Atlanta chefs teaching A Taste of Australia in Atlanta on Tuesday, January 14 at 11 a.m., A Taste of Home: Handcrafted Doughnuts by Doughnut Dollies on Wednesday, January 15 at 3 p.m., Global Fusion in 2020: The World in an Egg Roll on Thursday, January 16 at 3 p.m. and A Culinary Tour of Basque Flavors on Saturday, January 18 at 11 a.m.

The popular Cocktails and Conversations series returns with mixologist preparing cocktails like a hotel beverage director on Tuesday, January 14 at 3 p.m., prohibition-era drinks on Friday, January 17 at 3 p.m., and French-inspired cocktails on Saturday, January 18 at 3 p.m.

For more information, visit AmericasMart.com.




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