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Last December, my wife and I visited Chicago for the holidays to visit her family. Me and my “Chicago Girl” spent a couple of days being tourists in the City before heading out to the ‘burbs for family festivities. Our stay at the Omni Chicago was our centrally located launching point for shopping the Magnificent Mile and hopping public transportation to the Museums including the exhibit “Art and Appetite”. Our foodie pilgrimage included some of our favorite haunts, 676 Bar and Grill, the Omni’s farm to table restaurant offering an abundance of America’s heartland on a plate, Sunda for modern Asian Fusion, and 11th City Diner..breakfast heaven so good there are no words. And then there was Eataly. With beverage in hand, (me, a Peroni and she, a nice chianti) we browsed eye popping rows of pasta, tomatoes, oils, foodstuffs of all kinds, books, wine, produce, cheeses, meats, chocolates and more! Before loading up a basket of items never seen in DFW, we had a great dinner. Each department has it’s own restaurant, and we chose the meat section. Our Ribeye tonight was inspired by this meal. The spectacular touch at our table that night was the brush made of rosemary sprigs and really good olive oil to dress rare steak slices. Our award winning Garlic Salt and Pepper (GSP) and dry rub seasoned steak was the perfect foil for the herb brush. Delicious and any day elegant, you too will Mangia Bene and make homemade happen!

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Red Kitchen Foods-Smoking’ Texas Gourmet’s VOTEW beverage mixer was featured in Fort Worth’s 360 West Magazine! VOTEW is an award winning, low calorie (35 per serving), all natural beverage mixer that is sweetened with Organic Agave Nectar and no added sugars. It is crisp, light and kissed with natural Hibiscus. VOTEW gets it’s name from it’s use with Vodka, Tequila, and Whiskey. You can get VOTEW “too” by ordering on-line or dropping by our store. It is also purchased by Pink Pistol stores owned by Miranda Lambert in Texas and Oklahoma. It is sold-distributed under their brand, Texas Roadie!See VOTEW in 360 West by going to the June issue, article on page 102! http://www.bluetoad.com/publication/?i=211357

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Congratulations to our good friend Chef Sebastien at Omni Hotels Ft. Worth for being nominated to compete in Fort Worth, Texas Magazine’s Top Chef competition on May 14.

Chef Sebastien uses our products at his restaurant to help create delicious meals for Omni guests. We know he’ll do well in the competition!

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Chef Sebastien, Executive Chef from the Omni Hotel Fort Worth won his round in the Top Chef of Fort Wort preliminaries with stunning cooking skills challenge and a Salmon Entree! He will compete July 2nd in the finals. Lets wish him luck and cheer him onto victory!

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Do you wish you craved healthy foods? Chefs and doctors are teaming up to create healthy dishes you might actually want to eat.

This past weekend, the Culinary Institute of America hosted the 10th annual Healthy Kitchens/Healthy lives conference. The conference brings together chefs with doctors, registered dieticians and nutritionists, educators, sustainability experts and healthcare professionals. The goal of the conference is to get people to move towards a healthier lifestyle and diet, which would help prevent or manage illness.

The idea that food can provide more than sustenance isn’t new. Ancient Greek physician Hippocrates said, “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” Many of our products are developed with the same concept in mind.

We want the best for you and your family so all of our products are MSG and gluten-free, reduced sodium (salt) levels, with low sugar and low fat. Smokin’ Texas Gourmet-Red Kitchen Foods products will help you create homemade, healthy meals for your family that are full of flavor. What’s the best part? Our products taste so good you’ll actually crave them!

Click on our recipes tabs under each STG product to view simple, healthy recipes for each product.

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Here’s a great low-calorie take on a whiskey sour for your St. Patty’s Day celebration using our Votew mixer!

STG’s Frisky Whiskey Votew Cocktail

1 ½ Oz. Premium Irish Whiskey (or your favorite whiskey)
3 Parts VOTEW
1 Oz. Blue Curacao Liqueur
Lime Twist
Orange Twist

Shake and serve in a rocks glass or martini.

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The most prestigious awards in the spicy food industry were recently distributed at the Fiery Food Challenge in Irving, Texas, and one of our products came out on top!

Smokin’ Texas Gourmet was awarded the Golden Chile for People’s Choice in the 2014 Fiery Food Challenge for its beloved candied jalapenos, Li’l Gems.

If there’s one thing we know for sure, it’s that Texans recognize good spicy food. To be chosen as one of their favorites is a true honor.

The Fiery Food Challenge, a competition sponsored by The Dallas Morning News, pits products against one another in more than 80 categories. Professional judges evaluate hundreds of sauces, salsas and other spicy treats and award first, second and third place prizes in each category. Awards are proudly displayed at ZestFest, a spicy food festival held the same week as the Fiery Food Challenge at the Irving Convention Center at Las Colinas.

We’ve won seven Fiery Food Challenge awards, including honors for Votew, our low-calorie beverage mixer; Texas Especial Steak Sauce; Jalapeno Honey Mustard; Texas Gold Barbecue Sauce; Dry Rub; Li’l Gems and our website.

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We’re so excited to show off our newly wrapped trailer! A big thank you to Zilla Wraps for taking our ideas and putting them to paper…er…wrap.

We use our trailer for deliveries and trade shows and we think it’s going to attract a lot of new attention. Look out for it rolling through your town soon!

Here’s a blog post from Zilla Wraps on our trailer: http://zillawraps.com/trailer-wrap-keller-red-kitchen-foods/

Make sure to check out Zilla Wraps for all of your wrapping needs! http://zillawraps.com/

 

 

 

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We have some very exciting news to share with our fans. Smokin’ Texas Gourmet won four 2014 Scovie Awards!

Now in its 18th year, the Scovie Awards is the world’s largest professional competition for fiery foods and BBQ products. Smokin’ Texas Gourmet’s 2014 awards include:

Garlic, Salt and Pepper: First Place, Dry Rub/All-Purpose Seasoning For Meat

Texas Gold Barbecue Sauce: Second Place, Mild, Mustard-Based Barbecue Sauce

Tres Chilies Salsa: Second place, Processed Salsa-Medium Heat

Jalapeno Honey Mustard: Third Place, Condiments-Not Hot & Spicy-Mustard

It’s also notable that our Texas Gold Barbecue Sauce and Jalapeno Honey Mustard are repeat winners. Both products won Scovie Awards in 2013.

There were more than 800 product submissions into the Scovie Awards competition this year. Since Smokin’ Texas Gourmet first entered the competition in 2013, we’ve racked up a total of nine awards. Not bad for the new kid on the block!

The Scovie Awards will formally announce the winners next month.

 

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Last week we told you how to pack for your tailgating party. Now it’s time to discuss creating a healthy tailgating menu.

Just because you’re tailgating doesn’t mean you have to eat unhealthy. With small changes, you can cut calories and fat without losing the flavor or sense of fun.

Most people love to load up on carb- and calorie-dense foods while tailgating, but protein- and fiber-rich foods will keep you full longer. Plan your meal around a protein: chicken, extra lean ground beef, chicken sausage and pork are all good, lower-fat options. For vegetarians, beans and tofu are an excellent source of protein.

Consider grilling the meat, which renders out fat and allows it to drip away. If you’re making sandwiches, use whole wheat buns and don’t forget to top it off with one of our delicious condiments, all of which are MSG and gluten-free with reduced fat and sugar.

Once you’ve chosen your protein, plan side items. For those who love chips and dip, skip the queso, which can pack a whopping 300 calories per half cup. Instead, use a Smokin’ Texas Gourmet salsa or make your own by combining a jar of salsa, black beans and corn. Guacamole, which is loaded with healthy fats, is also a great option. For the tortilla chips, we sell a gluten-free variety that is excellent for dips, nachos or snacking solo.

Other great side items include vegetable kabobs, a salad or vegetable tray with dip. For the vegetable kabobs, use zucchini, cherry tomatoes, onions and summer squash. Season the vegetables with our garlic, salt and pepper prior to grilling and the flavors will really pop. The salad or vegetable tray should include a nice variety of vegetables. Make sure you include broccoli for an extra dose of fiber!

For the vegetable tray, whip up a spicy ranch by combining one of our pepper sauces (we recommend Smokin’ Chipotle) with your favorite low-fat ranch dressing. Get your buffalo wing fix by combining our Texas Twister with low-fat blue cheese dressing. Serve it with celery sticks and you’ll save more than 1,000 calories-the amount in a small order of chicken wings.

Do you have some healthy tailgating recipes? Share them with us in the comments below. Make sure to include your name with the recipe and we’ll add it onto our STG products page!

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