Category Archives: Food & Entertainment

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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Vermillion Opens in Harlingen

Owners Iselle and George Perez opened their second Vermillion Restaurant, this one in Harlingen.

George Perez sits down at a table inside the recently opened Vermillion restaurant in Harlingen. He takes a taste of the ceviche that was just placed in front of him. The ceviche is as fresh as could be, the colors from the diced tomatoes, jalapenos and onion radiate from the plate, emphasizing the freshness. The chips that accompany them carry with them the warm smell of the oven. “We’re not…

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Food Treatment Center: ScanTech breaks ground

food treatment center means More than 170 ScanTech jobs on the horizon McAllen Mayor Jim Darling, McAllen EDC President Keith Patridge and ScanTech Sciences COO Chip Starns broke ground April 13 on ScanTech Sciences, Inc.’s first Electronic Cold-Pasteurization food treatment center. The company is expecting to bring 175 jobs to the area as the facility opens at 6800 International Parkway. ScanTech will use its patented ECP at the facility to improve produce quality…

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Professional chefs invited to compete in recipe contests

Texas Onion Fest provides two contests The Texas Onion Fest invites professional chefs and cooks from restaurants and cafes are among the groups to participate in its upcoming onion and salsa recipe contests. The festival is March 25 at Mayor Pablo G. Peña City Park. The Onion Recipe competition requires a 1/2 cup of onions in each recipe, as the salsa contest requires a 1/2 cup of jalapenos in each recipe.…

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