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Food Festivals To Visit This Summer

May 21, 2010 at 9:45 am , by

47b9d622b3127cce98548ae651aa00000045102AaNGzhwzYslLooking for some tasty treats to indulge in this summer? All over the country, cities are having food tastings to show off all their delicious cuisine. From bar-b-que, to seafood and wine tastings, there is absolutely a festival out there for any and all food junkies. Find one near you and eat up!

East Coast:

Washington D.C.- The Food and Wine Festival at National Harbor on June 12-13 will feature distinctive food, beer, wine and spirits from nations all over the world, and will educate its guests in all the latest culinary trends.

Southern:

Houston, Texas- Wine and Food Week runs from June 14-20, and has several different events to celebrate the food of the south. Events during the week include H-E-B Wine Walk at Market Street, Sips, Suds and Sliders-A Texas Experience, and Wine Rendezvous Grand Tasting and Chef Showcase presented by Texas Monthly.

New Orleans, Louisiana- June 11-13, at the Louisiana Seafood Festival, local chefs will be cooking up local favorites such as crawfish, oysters, crab and even alligator. Grilled, fried, baked or barbequed, there will be something for everybody to enjoy!

Owensboro, Kentucky- May 7-8, the International Bar-B-Q festival features some sizzling, hickory-smoked fun that people come back for every year.

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Celebrate Cinco De Mayo!

May 5, 2010 at 12:05 pm , by

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Every year on May 5th, people all over celebrate the day when the Mexicans claimed their independence back in 1862. A proper Cinco de Mayo celebration requires three basic things: friends, delicious food, and frosty margaritas! Whip up any of these easy appetizers, main courses, desserts and drinks to mark this festive day.

Starters: Grilled Mexican Pizza or Mini-Mexican Meat Pies

Main Dishes: Mexican Party Casserole, Cheese Enchiladas or Shrimp Quesadillas

Desserts: Strawberry Margarita Sorbet or Mexican Hats

Drinks: Mango Margaritas or Pink Margaritas

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A Little Something Sweet

March 10, 2010 at 11:00 am , by

chocolateMeet our newest guest blogger, LHJ intern Sara Kay! Sara enjoyed an indulgent chocolate tasting last week (not a bad perk, right?) and reported on it for us.

When you bite into a piece of decadent, heart-warming chocolate, the last thing that probably comes to your mind is “Gee, I wonder what this chocolate tasted like when it was just a bean?”  For those of you who fall into the minority, however, the National Confectioners Association has the answer for you. I attended their tasting event last Wednesday with world-renowned chocolate connoisseur Jacques Torres, who lead the discussion on the making of  chocolate and had tasty treats to share along the way.

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I had the honor of sitting in on this chocolate journey. There was a fun presentation about the progression of chocolate from bean to bar, from the original seed to the cocoa bean, to cocoa butter, all the way to the nicely packaged bar of chocolate that can be bought at your local grocery store. We sampled tasty bites of the bar throughout each stage of production (though some were not so tasty; the beginning of the life of chocolate tastes NOTHING like the good chocolate we’re used to buying and enjoying).

There was a lot to learn, including the proper way to taste a piece of chocolate by looking, listening, smelling, and then finally, tasting. Thoughtfully, of course. The process was best described by Torres himself: “Bravo!”

Photos courtesy of Charlotte Fouch at Fleishman-Hillard.