Hobnobbing and Nibbling At The CHFA Trade Show

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What an amazing time we had at the CHFA Trade Show yesterday!

My apologies for not getting a post up when I got home. We didn’t get home until 8pm and then I baked up Glo Bars until 11pm! I was literally exhausted by the end of the night.

I started off by putting on one of my favourite power suits:

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It’s not even a matching set, but no one has to know! ;) Well, except you guys. haha. The pants were hand me downs from my sister Kristi. The suit jacket is from RW & Co (purchased in 2006) and the green silk shirt is from Jacob Outlet (got it for $8 this summer on clearance). Note: The dots on the suit are from my Cybershot camera, lol.

Of course, I wore it with my stilettos! Eric even dressed up too. ;) With minimal complaining. ;)

Off we went to Toronto…

When we got there, they almost wouldn’t let Eric in because he didn’t have a business card showing that he was part of the business. I had my Vendor Permit, RST/GST permit, Incorporation documents, everything, and they still wouldn’t budge. We had to speak to the manager and finally he decided to allow Eric in too.

So after about 30 minutes we were IN!

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It. was. huge.

It took us 2 hours to get just 3 aisles complete! We knew we had to get a move on because it closed at 5pm.

When we arrived were were starving because we both hadn’t eaten lunch.

We sampled, and sampled, and sampled…

My motto was: If it was vegan, it was in my belly!

This is the best vegan, no sugar added sorbet I have EVER had:

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The man was so nice and let us sample as many flavours as we wanted!

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Look what I found! Amazing Grass :)

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Brandon and Todd recognized me and gave me big bear hugs!!! It was so funny. They are super nice and down to earth. We could have chatted all day. We talked about The Green Monster Movement and how it is spreading like crazy. Brandon and I are going to be working on a special product together, so keep your eyes peeled for details in the next several months.

Of course, we did a shot of Grass together!

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Eric was officially initiated into the Grass club. He did his first shot ever! :) I was so proud. They also gave him this fun shirt that says, ‘Don’t Pass On Grass’ on the back.

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They had coolers filled with SWAMP WATER- Amazing Grass Wheatgrass + H20.

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It was fun. They also sent me home with my favourite Amazing Grass Product (Chocolate Amazing Meal) and some samples. Thanks guys!

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Eric was so sweet, he carried all of the stuff the entire day. He didn’t complain once. I was the happiest wife in the world.

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Normally, when we go shopping he really hates it and we fight like cats and dogs. I knew it was asking a lot of him to attend a full day trade show filled with stuff he doesn’t really care about.

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It meant so much to me that he came and was nothing but helpful. He even helped me promote the bakery, OSG, and Green Monster Movement! I think he really understands how much this means to me and he was nothing but supportive for the entire, long, exhausting day!

/end Sappy talk. ;)

Because I also love YOU guys so much, I am going to let you share in all the goodie bag fun. Stay tuned for quite possibly the COOLEST giveaway EVER on OSG!

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As a special thank you to Eric for enduring one of the longest days ever, I treated him to his favourite- PIZZA, PIZZA and Coke!

He ate the entire pizza!!!!! lol.

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As I said on Twitter, He was happy as a pig in shit!

My dinner was about as simple as it gets because I had some baking left to do.

I took 1/3 of leftover Neal Brothers Pasta Sauce and added about 1 cup of cooked chickpeas and 1 teaspoon of curry powder. I mixed it all together and zapped it in the microwave for 2 minutes.

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And then I poured it into a pita spread with hummus. It was so not fancy, but seriously so delicious!

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I followed the pita with this bar:

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And a few other samples. Ok, a lot of samples! :)

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TRICK OR TREAT?????? ;)

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All and all, it was a great experience. I met so many amazing contacts that I can’t wait to talk to again. I was able to connect with some companies whose products I use (e.g., Manitoba Harvest, Nature’s Path) and discuss bulk ordering options. The Nature’s Path rep is even going to try to get the President to agree to a special bulk sized of the Gluten-free rice crisp. Currently, they do not offer it, but I explained to him that the Eco paks just do not cut it for the volume I use. You never know unless you ask, right?

I also chatted with a few packagers and labelers and I will be following up on a few of them.

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TODAY is our FRESH restaurant MEET-up! 10 of us ladies are meeting at Fresh today for lunch! I can’t wait. Email me at angela@ohsheglows.com if you for some reason did not get the email I sent last night confirming everything.

Have a lovely Sunday!

I’m off to do some work on the Shopping Cart. US Shipping FINALLY begins this week. I will be announcing what day that will be in tomorrow’s post.

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1 Leah @ Simply Fabulous October 4, 2009

Oh my goodness the SAMPLES!

I can’t believe they wouldn’t let Eric in at first but thank goodness the manager did eventually!! So sweet of him to be so supportive of you all day! What a hubby :)

Love the AG shots!

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2 Angela (Oh She Glows) October 4, 2009

Yea they were super strict on who could enter. I saw many people get turned down. I guess they need to protect the wholesalers.

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3 Ariel October 4, 2009

The metro toronto convention centre ruins my life during exams! I hate it when mine get scheduled in there… but your day looked really fun!

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4 VeggieGirl October 4, 2009

SCORE on all the trade show swag – “trick or treat,” indeed :-D

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5 MelissaNibbles October 4, 2009

Looks like a great time. Glad they let Eric in with you and what a nice guy to carry your bags :)
I’ve yet to try Amazing Grass, so I’m really looking forward to entering your giveaway!

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6 Angela (Oh She Glows) October 4, 2009

You are assuming that I am going to GIVE away my samples???? bahahhaa….I might be persuaded. ;)

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7 Diana October 4, 2009

I’m glad you had a great time Angela!

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8 Sarah @ The Foodie Diaries October 4, 2009

Omg samples galore! Trade shows are so fun; I’m jealous :)

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9 Haleigh October 4, 2009

Oh wow, so many amazing samples :) A health nuts dream!! Have fun at the fresh blogger meet-up!

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10 Erin October 4, 2009

Oh my god, that is seriously a blogger’s dream!! So much fun!

I kind of teared up a little bit – so corny, but true – reading about how Eric was Husband of the Year during the show, carrying the bags and helping to promote your business. I just love when people are supportive of one another and appreciative of a their partner. :)

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11 christie, honoring health October 4, 2009

Aw, so sweet of your dear husband to be so supportive! Awesome husbands are the best :D

Awesome loot you got!!

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12 GG October 4, 2009

I was overwhelmed just looking at the photo of how big that place was! I can’t believe you tackled it in stilettos! Crazy girl!
What an amazing experience!!!

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13 Nicole October 4, 2009

WOW! The trade show looked like alot of fun. I am so excited about the US shipping! I just recently found out I am expecting, so I would love to cure some of my sweets cravings with your healthy goodies!!

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14 Angela (Oh She Glows) October 4, 2009

CONGRATS!!!!!!

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15 Fallon October 4, 2009

WOW that looked like a fun show! Glad it all worked out for you. I look forward to the US shipping. I can’t wait to try some bars!!

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16 Travel Raw October 4, 2009

Just found your site. Inspiring! Glad to see you are pursuing your dream and have such wonderful support in the process. Will look forward to continued reading!

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17 Lauren October 4, 2009

OMG!!! I’m so sad I couldn’t come home from university this weekend!!!! I would have LOVED to come to Fresh!!! Ahhhhhh :(

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18 Katherine October 4, 2009

looks AMAZING! what was the name of the sorbet company? i couldn’t see from the pic.

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19 Brandi C. October 4, 2009

WOW!
I would LOVE to get a pumpkin/trick-or-treat basket filled with all those goodies.

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20 Bridget October 4, 2009

I’ve never seen so many yummy looking free samples! You are one lucky girl, and I am one jealous girl ;)

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21 Tina October 4, 2009

Danggg you got some good stuff! That reminds me of something we have in Seattle called Vegfest. It’s basically a party of free samples for vegetarian and vegan food. Last time I was there I met Dave from Dave Killer’s Bread!

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22 Courtney October 4, 2009

Looks like that trade show was a dream come true for you!! And it was nice of Eric to accompany you on your dream!! :>
Can’t WAIT to see what the giveaway is…sounds like it will be amazing (grass?!). hee hee!!

Courtney
Adventures in Tri-ing

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23 Jessica @ How Sweet It Is October 4, 2009

Ohmigosh I can’t believe all those samples!! Holy crap!

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24 kay (eating machine) October 4, 2009

haha i love things like that for all the samples…it’s great to get to try a million new things for free!

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25 healthy ashley October 4, 2009

The day looks like a dream!

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26 Jolene October 4, 2009

Wow – You are SO lucky to get all those samples!!!! I would be in heaven :-) Sounds like a perfect day!

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27 Kelly October 4, 2009

Oh my gosh, Angela, what a fun day! And the samples – whoa! I think the healthy food bloggers of the world should get together for Halloween and have health food trick or treating. :P

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28 Annie D. October 4, 2009

OMG That is so cool! I would have had the best day! I’m glad you had fun!!

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29 Jennifer October 4, 2009

That place looks like heaven!! Does this mean they now sell Amazing Grass in Canada?

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30 Angela (Oh She Glows) October 4, 2009

Yup Whole Foods and other health stores…im waiting on a list from Brandon!

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31 melissa (fitnessnyc) October 4, 2009

Looks like so much fun and what a loot bag. It’s nice that you let Eric know how much you appreciate him and that he supports you!

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32 Green Family Blog October 4, 2009

The CHFA looked like a great event, wish we could have been there! I like the look of the Veganique bars, the will probably be a hit with the right advertising.
P.S. the power suit was rockin’ and I voted for you on the BloggersChoiceAwards, if you would like to vote for my green education blog then you can cast a vote here;
http://bloggerschoiceawards.com/blogs/show/78212

Thanks!
Martin

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33 Tay October 4, 2009

LOL that spread does totally remind me of Halloween when you would spread out all your candy afterwards! haha

Looks like a fun time and you were smokin’ in your power suit ;-)

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34 Peanut Butter Bliss October 4, 2009

wow what an adorable outfit!! love the pop of green :) You look like one powerful woman!

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35 Paige@ RunningAroundNormal October 4, 2009

I’m so glad Eric was able to get in and help you out! That’s so cute about you and the AG grass guys! Sounds like a great time.

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36 Cynthia (It All Changes) October 4, 2009

Stacey and Clinton would be so proud of you mixing seperates to make an entire outfit :-)

Your loot looks awesome!

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37 Jenna October 4, 2009

First of all, you look like you could kick some business booty in that suit!

Second of all, the SAMPLES!!!! I think I would have died and gone to heaven. It looks like you had an amazing time!

Lastly, the photo of Eric is priceless. That is pretty impressive that he ate the whole pizza, props to him!

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38 Jenny Eastwood October 4, 2009

It’s sounds like you had a fabulous time!! The show sounds so awesome, something I’d love to attend one day.. and all your samples look cool aswell :D
Kudos for eric eating that whole pizza!! I could never do that lol.
Lovely suit by the way, it looks gorgeous on you.

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39 Christy October 4, 2009

Hi!

I just found your website and I had to comment and say that I find your posts so inspirational and motivating. It combines everything I am striving for right now. Not only losing weight, but how to be an overall happier person. I’m trying to lose weight after my second baby was born and am finding myself in a rut in regards to that and lots of others in my life. Anyways, just wanted to say your site is great and I can see how you have so many faithful readers. Keep up the great work.

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40 Angela (Oh She Glows) October 4, 2009

Thank you! I hope you will continue to enjoy the blog :)

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41 Nicole of Raspberry Stethoscope October 4, 2009

Can’t wait to find out about the giveway! Looks like a foodie/blogger dream. That would have sucked if they didn’t let Eric in!!

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42 Deva (Voracious Vorilee) October 4, 2009

That trade show looks great! I can’t wait to learn more about your giveaway :-)

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43 Nora October 4, 2009

I have never seen so many samples in my life!

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44 Morgan @ Life After Bagels October 4, 2009

I am too sad that I cannot be part of your meet up, since I live in Toronto. I was at an out of town wedding until late this afternoon. Hope you had fun and can’t wait to see your post on it.

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45 Angela (Oh She Glows) October 4, 2009

Hey guys! I’m alive…just need some down time from the bloggin. Back soon :)

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46 Em October 4, 2009

Hey Angela,

As I read your post tonight, I realized how much work you have put forth to make this happen. I’ve been following you pretty much from the beginning, and seriously, kudos to you. You’ve gone much further than most people would have gone, and you’re now a bona fide business owner.

As such, I wanted to give you a tip on something that might actually help (maybe, maybe not, but hey, it’s worth the try). The last job I had was for a woman-owned business, and it helped them tremendously to network in women-business organization. I’m not sure what it would be called in Canada, it’s called WBENC here on a national level. I can find out what is going on in Canada on that angle if you’re interested, I have a bunch of contacts here in the US. But either way, it was decisive for them in making their business successful, and I thought maybe it would also help you. Drop me an email if you would like for me to get some research done for you on that. It’s good to be able to network and position your company, and this is a hugely successful angle.

Either way, congrats. You’ve taken a hobby and made it a business, and few can boast that :)

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47 Angela (Oh She Glows) October 5, 2009

Wow that sounds really like something I would be interested in! I will definitely shoot you an email, thank you :)

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48 Tamara Lea October 5, 2009

Wow, looks like a really fun day! I am going to try that wheatgrass, it looks awesome! I need to find one of those events where I live.

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49 Naomi (onefitfoodie) October 5, 2009

wow all i could think while reading this post was pure jealousy! that place looked like heaven! I need to keep a look out when the next food show is in Boston and make sure I go there. It is such a great opp to meet people, talk to reps and learn more about these great food companies. I am so happy you brouight your beautiful bizz cards with you, what a great idea!

And what a great hubby to carry around all your bags! I want to try your glo bars!! Can I order them from your blog? I am going to look right now…

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50 Angela (Oh She Glows) October 5, 2009

Later this week I will be starting US shipping! :)

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51 Amanda (Two Boos Who Eat) October 5, 2009

That is awesome that you made so many contacts Ange! I see a bright future for you and the bakery!

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52 Tasha - The Clean Eating Mama October 6, 2009

That’s great you were able to meet the folks from Amazing Meal! I have spoken to Brandon several times through email and now I get to put a face with him! lol

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