Archive for January, 2012

Dear Mardi Gras, Dallas Needs Lagniappe

Posted by    |    January 23rd, 2012 at 12:05 pm

For some reason, DFW can support an attendance of 100,000+for its annual St. Patrick’s Day parade, but it seems that Dallasites can’twrap their heads around the concept of Mardi Gras. 

Zest Fest… It’s Gettin’ HOT!

Posted by    |    January 18th, 2012 at 12:28 am

ZestFest is the largest spicy-food trade show in the Southwest and yours truly will be facilitating a food demonstration on Friday, January 27th and Sunday, January 29th at 4 PM. It’s a shameless plug for the Foodie Couture sister’s “Asian for Every OccAsian” debut but we love flavorful, yet spicy food so this was the perfect venue to showcase our contemporary Asian cooking style. I’m proud to say that we will be among some of the most renowned chefs in Texas such as Eddie Deen and Jon Bonnell just to name a few.

Uno and Liz Immanivong

I will not question how it happened but “magical” chili dust must have fallen when the decision to have two rambunctious sisters join the celebrity chef line-up.  This is an annual event where the spiciest of spicy food contenders will be showcasing their hottest sauces while vying for the coveted Golden Chile award, (Fiery Food Challenge), the Golden Globes of zesty foods!

Zesty foods isn’t all this festival has to offer… Maren Morris, an indie musician will be entertaining and spirits will be offered by Southern Comfort and Blue Moon.  I totally feel like a game show host right about now…. “BUT, that’s not all… if you bring in a canned good, you’ll receive $2 off admission.” Canned items will be donated to Irving Cares, a local food pantry.

Come be entertained by two sisters, fantastic chefs and finding your spice number.

Cheers to living, loving and spicing it up!

Dean Fearing on… Music?!

Posted by    |    January 8th, 2012 at 5:05 am

A number of months ago I had the good fortune to have been asked by Heritage Magazine to interview Star-Chef Dean Fearing of Fearing’s at the Ritz-Carlton in Dallas.

Chef Fearing, the son of an innkeeper from Kentucky, was raised around grandmothers that knew their way around the kitchen and still keeps true to his Southern roots. Known as the “Father of Southwestern Cuisine,” Dean was the driving force that steered The Mansion on Turtle Creek to the top of U.S. culinary hot-spot lists for almost two decades and is resposible for popularizing such Southwestern ingredients as dried chilies, jicama, cilantro, tomatillos, and wild game, bringing the cuisine of the Southwest prominent national attention. (more…)