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Red Kitchen Foods – Smokin’ Texas Gourmet again helped sponsor the Zest Fest Food Show at the Irving Convention Center in Las Colinas. Put on by Spicy Food Productions, the show was a big success in its fifth year! You can visit http://zestfest.net/ for all the information of this years show.

This year Red Kitchen Foods/Smokin’ Texas Gourmet had essentially 3 booths, one for our new VOTEW Beverage Mixer and a double booth for all the Smokin’ Texas Gourmet artisanal Sauces, Condiments, Seasonings, Rubs, and Salsas. This year we entered a total of 4 products in 4 different categories. Our company won in 3 of those categories! Two first place and one second! Winners were:

1. VOTEW Beverage Mixer: 1st Place Cook-Off, Best Cocktail Mixer and has won 2 years in a row!

2. L’il Gems Candied Jalapenos: 1st Place, Snacks, Pickled Other, also won 2 years in a row!

3. Angry Twist Pepper Sauce: 2nd Place, Hot Sauce – Consumer Ready. This is a new product that we just started selling. It is a boldly, flavorful sauce with a kick on the back end. It has “ghost pepper” as an ingredient and is not for the faint-hearten!

I also participated in celebrity chef cooking demos! I did 3 demos highlighting our tasty products. The Friday demo featured our Award Winning Garlic, Salt, and Pepper (GSP), Yumni (Umami) Sauce, and Smokin’ Chipotle Pepper Sauce. ZestFest attendees and celebrity chefs (Put in Bonnell’s and Sarah’s twitter handles) alike thought this dish was a hit! The recipe is a “South West Chipotle Cashew Soba Noodles” that gets an Asian fusion with the Yumni Sauce. The following link is a video of the demo: http://youtu.be/S4Ud-nO1ONE . The recipe can be found on our web-site, http://www.smokintexasgourmet.com/products-and-recipies/smokin-chipotle-hot-pepper-sauce.html .

Saturday’s demo had a special guest chef, Chef Sebastien Layen, Executive Chef of the Omni Hotel in Fort Worth. Together we did a “Super Bowl Tailgating Party” theme. Chef Sebastien did a special and delicious “Pickled Turkey Jalapeno Cheese Sausage”. The process is not something you see every day, and was fun to watch. It was amazing and chef used our GSP, L’il Gems, and Smokin’ Chipotle Pepper Sauce. My take on “Wings 3-Ways” used our BBQ Sauce, Smokin’ Chipotle Pepper Sauce, and Regular wings using GSP and our Spiced Dry Rub. Rounding out the lineup included a super-fast “South West White Bean Chicken Chili” with our chili seasoning and “SW Fiesta Layered Party Dip”, with GSP, South West Chipotle Seasoning, and Tres Chilies Salsa. We had a blast and everyone enjoyed the food. All the recipes can be found on our web-site http://www.smokintexasgourmet.com/products-and-recipies/smokin-chipotle-hot-pepper-sauce.html .

My last demo was Sunday and it featured “Pronto South West Roasted Chicken Soft Taco” and “Southwest Table Side Guacamole”. Two amazing dishes that are quick and easy to make featuring our GSP, SW Chipotle Seasoning, Tres Chilies Salsa, Tomatillo Salsa, and Peach Salsa. The recipes can be found on our web-site http://www.smokintexasgourmet.com/products-and-recipies/salsas/tres-chilies-8-oz.html .

All in all, it was an amazing and high octane 3 days! We had many returning customers from last year! Outstanding fun, food, people, and of course sales. See everyone next year…same place same time!

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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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