Category Archives: Food & Entertainment

Holidays Keep Catering Business Busy

Holiday treats by Shannon’s Sweets.

Black Friday was coming and Shannon Farrell knew what it would be like on the day after Thanksgiving. “They won’t let their employees leave,” Farrell said of store managers at the Rio Grande Valley Premium Outlets in Mercedes. “The stores will be full, the workers will be busy, and we’ll be there to feed them.” Shannon’s Sweets is itself located at the outlets and has become a go-to place for…

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A Taste of the Holidays in the RGV

The Rio Grande Valley is bursting with flavor. Everywhere you turn, you see a growth of local restaurants and cafés within the small business community. Follow this guide to make the most of the holidays and bless your taste buds with unexpected [seasonal] flavors that you will be grateful you tried. The Main Course – Salome on Main Salome on Main is the product of Jessica Delgado and Chef Larry…

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Mission Foodpreneur Fest Benefits Food Pantry

The City of Mission plans to honor its food and restaurant entrepreneurs at its first Foodpreneur.

The City of Mission is celebrating its entrepreneurs in the food industry with its first-ever Foodpreneur Fest on Oct. 24. It plans to use the event as a fundraiser for the city’s food pantry. The city is partnering with the Mission Economic Development Council and the Greater Mission Chamber of Commerce in hosting the event on Oct. 24 at 6 p.m. at the Mission Events Center. Attendees at the event…

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Brownsville Hosts Paella for Prosperity

Paella in Prosperity

Ready to have one of Spain’s ancient-styled dishes cooked by some of the best Rio Grande Valley chefs? If so, head out this Saturday, Oct. 19, to Brownsville’s Historical Market Square for the first annual Paella for Prosperity. The food extravaganza will take place for a good cause. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. Close to 20 cooking teams will be doing their best to come out with the best entries…

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Brownsville Hosts Paella for Prosperity

A meal like this one from two Brownsville firefighters will be the main dish at this Saturday's Paella for Prosperity in Brownsville.

Ready to have one of Spain’s ancient-styled dishes cooked by some of the best Rio Grande Valley chefs? If so, head out this Saturday, Oct. 19, to Brownsville’s Historical Market Square for the first annual Paella for Prosperity. The food extravaganza will take place for a good cause. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. Close to 20 cooking teams will be doing their best to come out with the best entries…

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The Science of Suds in Craft Brewing

For the 38 percent of Americans who name beer as their “go-to” after work wind-down, there’s nothing quite like a cold brew at the end of a rough day. And with small-batch brewing now accounting for nearly a quarter of the market share, the craft beer craze has become a way of life. But how much do we really think about the “craft” in craft beer? At South Texas College,…

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Hanging out at Cobbleheads

Los Bluzanos has been playing every Sunday on the deck of Cobbleheads for the last 10 years.

It has been more than 30 years since the opening of Cobbleheads in Brownsville and the local establishment keeps on providing a place to eat, to hold gatherings and to listen to music. The local bar and grill introduced the Philly steak sandwich to this part of the country thanks to Philadelphian Joe Kenney. It has weathered the storm from other locally- and franchise-owned businesses throughout those years. Keeping it…

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Brownsville Chef Endures to Success

Celia Galindo serves up catering orders and cooked meals for those passing through BRO customs in her Gourmet Central by Cel kitchen.

An aviation services manager recently gave Celia Galindo a call a few days after she had cooked meals for customers waiting to go through customs on their way to points south from Brownsville South Padre Island Airport. “Do you know who you served the other day?” the manager asked. No, she replied, saying she often does not know the identity of affluent customers she serves waiting to go through the…

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Dining Out Supports Our Community

AMVETS completed their second Macaroni Grill fundraiser this past May. The money they raise with the Macaroni Grill fundraiser stays in the Valley. (Courtesy Dorance Cuba)

Three local businessmen have come together to give back to our community in a big way … $80,760 big! That is the amount of money two locally-grown businesses gave back to the community during the 2018-2019 school year.  Rick Guerra (CEO of Castle Hospitality), Russell Walker (general manager of Macaroni Grill), and Richard Guevara (general manager of Tony Roma’s) have worked together to create a program that allows both primarily…

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Measuring Success with Coffee Beans

One of Moonbeans Coffee's specialty drinks, the Meteor, is the Mexican Abuelita Hot Chocolate; their Ben’s Meteor is a shot of espresso and some brown sugar cinnamon.

Over the years, the coffee scene in the RGV has grown into a highly sought-after market for coffee enthusiasts. Among these local coffee shops, there is one that has become a staple for the residents of McAllen and its neighboring cities.  Walking into Moonbeans Coffee, there is an immediate greeting of the pleasant aromas of freshly roasted coffee. This family business celebrates 20 successful years of service and dedication to…

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