Category Archives: Food & Entertainment

Cooks Sought for BBQ Cook-Off

H-E-B market managers Alvaro Martinez and Isidro Maldonado of the H-E-B BBQ Cooking Team. (photo McAllen Chamber of Commerce)

35 teams part of “Sizzling in the Tropics” H-E-B and the McAllen Chamber of Commerce are looking for cooking teams to be part of the seventh annual “Sizzling in the Tropics” BBQ Cook-off. Taking place April 21, the event includes 35 cooking teams competing in barbecuing the ribs, brisket, pulled pork, chicken, beans, and pan de campo for everyone to enjoy. Teams will also compete in Showmanship and a People’s…

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Carlito’s Takes Patrons on a Journey

Mercedes and Luis Betancourt worked to create a comfortable, inviting space at Carlito’s Wine House. (VBR)

Walking into Carlito’s Wine House, if you feel transported to another place then Luis and Mercedes Betancourt will be happy. Inspired by their love of wine and the Texas Hill Country, the couple designed their downtown Harlingen business as a getaway from life’s daily grind. Just inside the door there is a traditional bar with stools, but much of the space is appointed with comfortable sofas and chairs grouped around…

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Building a Dream with Chocolate

Veronica Barrera-Cuellar with gift baskets prepared by Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory for special occasions. (VBR)

After managing 16 school kitchens in North Texas as a nutritionist, Rio Grande Valley native Veronica Barrera-Cuellar returned home with a dream of attending pastry school. She ended up selling chocolate. “I love pastry and I wanted to go to pastry school, but life happens,” she said. Needing to find a livelihood, she teamed up with her sister Patricia and began looking into franchise opportunities to start their own business.…

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Making Dreams Come True

Owner Carrie Fullerton moved Glitzy Glam Parties to downtown Harlingen about a year ago.

Gliztzy Glam caters to princesses Every little girl dreams of being a princess. Carrie Fullerton can make that happen. Fullerton’s business, Glitzy Glam Parties, offers an all-inclusive upscale party planning service with specialty themes for children ages 3 and up. She takes care of all the details, right down to the invitations and clean up. “I have been doing parties for 17 years and I was an elementary teacher for…

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Harlingen Farmers Market Expands in New Location

Workers put the finishing touches on a shade structure at the new location for the Harlingen Farmers Market.

Market reopens in two days Workers are racing to complete a shade structure before Saturday’s reopening of the Harlingen Farmers Market at its new location at First Street and Tyler Avenue next to City Hall. “We will have shade for 20 vendors,” market manager Kate McSwain said. “We have 32 vendors lined up right now. That’s a big increase over last year. I’m very excited.” The market will be open…

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TSTC Culinary Institute Cooking Demos

TSTC’s Culinary Institute hosts its Saturday cooking demonstrations Sept. 16, Sept. 30, Oct. 28 and Nov. 11, inviting the public to learn secrets and enjoy meals. (photo TSTC)

Public invited to participate Texas State Technical College’s Culinary Institute is hosting its first-ever Saturday cooking demonstrations Sept. 16, Sept. 30, Oct. 28 and Nov. 11. The three-hour sessions are open to the community, who is invited to ask questions, learn professional trade secrets and also taste partake in meals. Saturday cooking demonstrations are hosted by TSTC’s Meat Preparations class at the culinary kitchen and dining room. Here, students prepare…

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A Pro Teaches Home Cooks

McAllen Culinary Academy makes cooking comfortable Food excites Chef Marcel, and he shares that enthusiasm with cooks who turn to him to sharpen their skills in the kitchen. The McAllen Culinary Academy may sound like a school for cooks wanting to become professional chefs, but that’s not what inspires Marcel. “I’m not looking to teach professional cooks,” Marcel said. “I am more for people who want to better themselves for…

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Venues Connect with Valley’s Past

A handful of event centers in the Rio Grande Valley set themselves apart from the crowd by offering venues steeped in the history and heritage of Deep South Texas. From historic buildings to outdoor settings, these businesses specialize in helping customers plan everything from weddings to corporate gatherings. The businesses featured here represent a small sampling of venues that reflect the heritage and natural beauty of the Valley.   Villa…

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Sweet Business: A Natural Approach to Success 

Wicked Good owner Jonathan Hogan added on to his house to create storage space for his growing product line. (VBR)

Wicked Good keeps it fresh and local After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in psychology, Jonathan Hogan began applying for graduate programs and wondering how he would be able to pay for it. With time on his hands, he began experimenting with making marmalades, jellies and jams in the kitchen of his Mission home. At one point his father weighed in that the marmalade was so good he felt wicked eating it. Thus Hogan’s company Wicked Good was…

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Shrimp Cook-Off Accepting Chefs and Vendors

World's Championship Shrimp Cook-Off 2016 first place winners in the professional cook-off category Laim's Steakhouse and Oyster Bar (photo Port Isabel Chamber of Commerce)

Contests include those for amateurs and professionals Chefs from throughout the Rio Grande Valley are sought for the 24th annual World’s Championship Shrimp Cook-Off Nov. 4 in Port Isabel. Both amateur and professional chefs compete in separate events showcasing their dish’s appearance, aroma and taste. In addition, food vendors and merchants may also register to participate in the event. Registration forms are accepted through Oct. 3. The annual festival will…

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