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Gourmet, Tabletop and Entertaining Trends Showcased at January 2020 Market


The Atlanta International Gift and Home Furnishings Market showcases trends in tabletop, housewares and gourmet food products at its 2020 staging with more than 900 leading brands presenting new introductions and 10 culinary tastemakers leading interactive demonstrations at the market's January 14-21, 2020 staging.

"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, International Market Centers (IMC) executive vice president of Gift and Apparel leasing. "The brands are expanding, updating and re-imagining their spaces to inspire their customers, and our interactive educational programming provides tips and tools to successfully sell these trending categories."

Some 150+ gourmet and tabletop showrooms will show new product introductions at the market, with top brands opening and expanding their showrooms to highlight exciting new divisions and collaborations. 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; Michael Aram is redesigning its space to showcase its new Cherry Blossom collection designed exclusively for independent retailers; Nora Fleming is expanding its space to accommodate new partnerships with Peeps and Fiesta.

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 and 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 including Backyard Safari (Covington), Bear Hug Honey (Athens), Braswell Food Co. (Statesboro), Built by Bees (Atlanta), Goodson Pecans (Leesburg), Savannah's Candy Kitchen (Savannah), Southern Pawz Pets (Davisboro), Southern Straws Cheese Straws (Columbus) and Striplings General Store (Bogart). In January, the six temporary collections with gourmet and tabletop merchandise and Gourmet Goods, 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. Her Frontier Soups line is adding gluten free, non-GMO, low-to-no salt soups that taste homemade, but can be prepared in minutes. Housewares brands All Clad and Frieling are introducing updates to sous vide sticks that heat water almost instantly while Evercut Knives is showing knives that never need to be sharpened.

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, IMC chief marketing and digital officer. "Atlanta's Winter market presenters, ranging from nationally-known celebrity chefs to top local talents, will delight and inspire."

Headlining the series is actress, author and Shop the Show influencer Tiffani Theissen sharing "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.a., "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 mixologists 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.n., and French-inspired cocktails on Saturday, January 18 at 3 p.m. A full list of market events is available at

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