Posts Tagged ‘Foodie Couture’

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!

Cowboy Chic Cooking

Posted by    |    July 8th, 2011 at 1:59 am

“Cowboy Chic” is when southern comfort meets hip fusion… This is also what I call Chef Jon Bonnell’s cooking at his self-titled “Bonnell’s” Restaurant.  (When an eating establishment proudly boast the chef’s name.. It’s got to be good!)

Southern cooking isn’t just steak and potatoes anymore. It’s about using the freshest ingredients sourced by local farmers, applying modern techniques… straight to the dinner table or your kitchen in this case.  I spent a tasty day with the Chef  Bonnell and we (mostly him) created a wonderful four-course meal that you can make at home.  Chef Bonnell’s philosophy has always been to share his recipes.  Before he became a renowned restauranteur, he taught cooking classes and continues to pay it forward one delicious bite at a time.

On the menu for our chic’ed up video demonstration is a Grilled Tomato and Roasted Mozzarella Salad with Cilantro PestoTexas Shrimp and Creamy Grits, pan seared Rocky Mountain Elk Tenderloin and for dessert… a delicious Cast Iron Cinnamon Apple Crisp. (click on the red text for a copy of the recipes) (more…)

I Heart Food Festivals!

Posted by    |    October 12th, 2010 at 10:37 am

Shrimp Dumpling (Molecular Dim Sum) created by Jose Andres, China Pablano Restaurant

Food, cooking and chefs are gaining more and more popularity each year…. I remember watching local television channels (KERA – Channel 13) if I wanted to learn how to cook. Now we have two national cable channels (Food Network & Cooking Channel), a handful of reality cooking shows (Top Chef, Iron Chef, Master Chef), a slew of magazines and several food festivals that are dedicated to just that… FOOD and the artists aka chefs that showcase them.

“Vegas Uncorked” hosted by Bon Appetit magazine was the first “official” food festival I attended this year. I was and still am the gawking, star-stuck fan that pathetically followed around the celebrity chefs wanting a picture.  No sham here… “you get in where you fit in,” my sister would say. (See below)

Mandy and I with Charlie Palmer and his Chef.

2nd best moment in my life... face time with Bobby Flay and the beautiful Claire Robinson (5 Ingredient Fix)

Needless to say I am now a groupie!  Annual food festivals like this are hosted at the most scenic venues across the country and one of the best opportunities to sample dishes from some of the most renowned chef and best of all… you get to personally meet them!

I came home and did some research on the best food festivals and there’s at least 10 that I want(ed) to attend… two of which are here in Dallas and Addison!

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A Taste of Savor Dallas, You+Dallas Style

Posted by    |    August 30th, 2010 at 7:06 pm

Tonight, we are excited to bring together the talented chefs, owners & GMs who represent the featured restaurants of Savor Dallas 2010. These culinary masters make our dining experiences divinely decadent, and they deserve a celebration. They keep us coming back meal after meal (after steak after spring roll after tiramisu). Yes, we will be eating, socializing, and celebrating; but we’ll also be sharing with them You+Dallas’ helpful tips to further engage their customers (that means you) in video & social media efforts (it’s kind of our thing).

Foodie Couture is in the house catering tonight and they are currently setting up shop in our kitchen. It smells so good, it’s worthy of my learning how to spell hors d’oeuvres. I may or may not be sneaking pieces of pre-assembled ahi tuna. Shh.

Care to see the menu? Hope you have a napkin close by because you’re about to experience a Wile E. Coyote jaw-dropping moment: (more…)