Taste McAllen

If you missed Taste McAllen earlier this month, you missed one of the premier food events in the RGV. A big thanks to Chef Larry Delgado and Jessica Delgado for chairing the event – the husband and wife team did a fantastic job!

Another key cornerstone of success for the event was the other chefs who participated in the event, which included many of the best chefs in South Texas. A big thanks to Chef Marcel Fortuin, Chef Adam Cavazos, Chef Gabriel Fuentes, Chef Russel Walker, Chef Eugenio Uribe, and Chef Sefio Esquivel. These chefs are outstanding and make McAllen such a dynamic place to eat and help each one of us in the RGV become a real “foodie.”

The restaurants that participated in the even included: 2nd Street Bistro, Bodega, Boka 400, CC Sweets & Tweets, Centerplate, Corner Bakery Cafe, Cowboy Chicken, Delicias Del Country, Dragon Warrior Ramen Noodles, El Divino, Feldman’s House Wine & Bistro, Ice Cream & Bananas, Infusions, Kumori, Loretto Bistro, Nuri, Palenque Grill,  Q’in It Up BBQ, RGV Chef Association Fire Pit, Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, Rolling with Cream, Romano’s Macaroni Grill, Salt – New American Table, Schneider’sTaco Palenque, Texas de Brazil, The Patio on Guerra, The Spanish Room, Vom Foss and Zeca 83.

A special thanks to the restaurants for participating. The evening was perfect, and the food was unbelievable. Don’t miss next year!

Tacos ‘n Tequila & Sizzling in the Tropics BBQ Cook-Off

I guess this column is the food column this week because happening on Friday, April 20 is Tacos ‘n Tequila at 7:00 PM at the McAllen Chamber of Commerce. Santa Fe Steakhouse, Republic of the Rio Grande, SALT-New American Table, House Wine & Bisto, Infusions, and Palenque Grill will be crafting custom tequila drinks with Embajador Tequila, and CC’s Sweets & Treats will provide desserts. Cost for the event Friday is $20.

Saturday, April 21 is the Sizzling in the Tropics BBQ Cook-off from noon to 5:00 PM. Kids 10 and under are free. The BBQ has over 35 cooking teams, all cooking meat provided by H-E-B, as well as a beverage garden and local bands, including Eddie Saenz, Southern Ashes and Buck’n Crazy. Tickets for the BBQ are $20 and that including all the BBQ you can eat and drink.

You can also purchase a two-day pass for $30 that will get you in to both Friday’s Tacos ‘n Tequila and Saturday’s BBQ Cook-off.

Sponsors for the BBQ and Tacos ‘n Tequila include: H-E-B, The Monitor, the City of McAllen, L&F Distributors, Embajador Tequila, Charles Clark Chevrolet, IBC Bank, Spawglass, Cantu Special Events, VTX 1 Companies and Shepard Insurance. For more information, please contact Gerry at 682-2871.