Super Bowl LI menu at Houston’s NRG Stadium revealed

January 26, 2017

Super Bowl LI menu items
(Photo by Aaron M. Sprecher/AP Images for Aramark)

Aramark, the official food and beverage provider for NRG Stadium in Houston, has revealed its menu for Super Bowl LI, which will take place at the stadium on February 5,  2017. New England Patriots will face off against the Atlanta Falcons at the fame. Here are the details of the official Super Bowl LI menu, according to an Aramark press release:

AFC-NFC Tribute Items
To honor the two teams competing in this year’s game, Aramark senior executive chef Mark Cornish has created two items that pay tribute to the New England Patriots and Atlanta Falcons, using signature ingredients from each team’s hometown.

Super Bowl LI menu item Bean Town Griller
(Photo by Aaron M. Sprecher/AP Images for Aramark)

Beantown Griller — Slow Cooked Tri Tip Pot Roast, Sweet Caramelized Onions, Cabot Cheddar Cheese on Whole Grain Bread. Served with a Side of Bacon Infused Baked Beans

Super Bowl LI menu item ATL Fried Chicken Stak
(Photo by Aaron M. Sprecher/AP Images for Aramark)

The ATL Fried Chicken Stak — Crisp Waffle Fries, topped with Buttermilk Fried Chicken, Peach Marmalade BBQ Sauce, Sour Cream and Green Onions

Super Bowl LI food service workers
(Photo by Aaron M. Sprecher/AP Images for Aramark)

Student Culinary Collaboration
To round-out the Super Bowl LI menu, culinary arts students at Houston Independent School District, also an Aramark client, were invited to develop a specialty item. Through a collaboration with Aramark’s team at NRG Stadium, a team of student chefs from Westside High School worked alongside Chef Cornish to create the sandwich:

Super Bowl L menu item Bayou City Banh Mi 51
(Photo courtesy of Aramark)

The Bayou City Bánh Mì 51 – A Bánh Mì-style sandwich with grilled fajita steak, avocado spread and pickled vegetables.

Aided by parameters and under the direction of their classroom instructors, the Westside High School students tested several recipes and concepts, before presenting two dishes to a panel of Aramark judges, who selected the winning menu combination.

Celebrity Chef Partnerships
NRG Stadium’s line up of Houston-centric fare is further bolstered by a stable of renowned chefs and restaurateurs—including Ronnie Killen, long considered the city’s top BBQ pit master; Chris Shepherd, James Beard Award-winning chef; and Grady Spears, nationally acclaimed Texas chef—all of whom have existing partnerships with Aramark at the stadium.

Super Bowl LI menu item
(Photo by Aaron M. Sprecher/AP Images for Aramark)

“Taste Of Houston”
Within general concessions, fans will find assorted classics accentuating the tastes of Houston, such as Ronnie Killen’s BBQ burnt end sandwich and brisket sandwich; Grady Spears’ steak sandwich; Fuddruckers’ All-American pigskin burger; loaded baked potatoes; bum’s sausage sandwich; topped dogs; extreme nachos; chopped beef sandwich; fish and pork tacos.

Clubs and Suites
For guests dining on the club level, the menu will feature Chris Shepherd’s signature 44 Farms Jalapeno Cheese Dog with jalapeno bacon jam and Chef Cornish’s Texas Surf & Turf, a cold-smoked tenderloin sandwich served accompanied by gouda mac and cheese infused with lump lobster and house-braised short rib grilled cheese with house made pimento cheese on Texas toast and a side of house fried pickles.

Within suites, ticketholders will be able to choose from a menu package featuring Jackson and Company’s chicken empanadas with creamy avocado sauce; Jalapeno bacon wrapped chicken with raspberry chipotle sauce; smoked meatballs and pimento cheese grits; maple crusted beef tenderloin; and drunken pear and goat cheese salad.

(Photo courtesy of Aramark)

In addition, Professional Football Hall of Fame running back Eric Dickerson has partnered with Aramark to develop a barbecue concept featuring Dickerson’s long-held family sauce recipe.  Eric Dickerson’s barbecue, branded EDQ, will debut at Super Bowl LI in Houston. Fans will have opportunities throughout the week to taste Dickerson’s barbecue at events being held at Minute Maid Park, George R. Brown Convention Center and NRG Park.

National Pork Board launches ‘The Taste of Now’ campaign, enlists Richard Ingraham

January 25, 2017

National Pork Board
(Photos courtesy of National Pork Board)

To celebrate a love of pork, the National Pork Board has launched a “Taste of Now” campaign that includes the Pork Now Sweepstakes, which is inviting people who are at least 18 years old in the United States to share a simple photo of pork on their fork for the chance to win prizes. Every day through April 15, 2017, someone will win a coupon good for $10 off fresh pork. In addition, to more than $10,000 worth of other prizes are part of the sweepstakes.  Consumers can enter for a chance to win by sharing a photo of the pork dish they’re cooking or enjoying on Instagram or Twitter with the hashtag #PorkNowSweeps, or by entering on the Pork Be inspired Facebook page.  More than $10,000 worth of prizes will be given away, such as cookbooks, kitchen gear, an all-expenses-paid trip to Memphis in May to the World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest and a catered Houston-inspired Super Bowl LI spread. A complete list of sweepstakes rules can be found here.

In addition, the National Pork Board has enlisted celebrity chef celebrity chef Richard Ingraham for the “The Taste of Now” campaign, aimed at creating awareness of pork’s flavor and value, particularly to African-Americans.

Ingraham (who has been Dwayne Wade’s personal chef since 2005) commented in a statement:  “There is no better time than now to cook and enjoy pork and I’m excited to bring pork’s ‘The Taste of Now’ to the African-American community. It’s my favorite protein to cook with because of its rich flavor, versatility and healthy options.”

S.Pellegrino announces details for Young Chef 2018 contest

January 25, 2017

S.Pellegrino Young Chef

S.Pellegrino Sparkling Natural Mineral Water has announced that the S.Pellegrino Young Chef 2018 will accept applications from February 1 to April 30, 2017.  Now in its third edition, the S.Pellegrino Young Chef contest recognizes leading young chefs wrldwide, with the competition lasting 18 months. The S.Pellegrino Young Chef 2018 winner will be announced in Milan in June 2018.

The third edition of this global competition will also feature a distinguished panel of judges, named the Seven Sages, which is comprised of some of the most celebrated culinary masters of the world. These judges are responsible for deciding the winner of S.Pellegrino Young Chef 2018 at the finals in Milan, Italy.  Past judges include Wylie Dufresne (USA), Elena Arzak (Spain), Mauro Colagreco (France) and Roberta Sudbrack (Brazil).

Winners of S.Pellegrino Young Chef are presented with the opportunity to gain global visibility, as well as the chance to take part in several of the brand’s annual events around the world, including those related to the Young Chef competition. Previous winners of the competition are Ireland-based Mark Moriarty (winner in 2015) and U.S.-based Mitch Lienhard (winner in 2016). Lienhard worked closely with chef Dominique Crenn, who served as his chef mentor leading up to and during the competition.

2017 World of the Latino Cuisine reveals details

January 24, 2017
The World of rhe Latino Cuisine

World of the Latino Cuisine (also known as the Latino Food Trade Show), will present its fourth edition at the Meadowlands Expo Center in East Rutherford, New Jersey, on August 23, 2017. This expo will include exhibitors from the U.S., Canada, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Peru, Dominican Republic, Panama, Spain and other countries.

The event will also feature the Second Annual Latin Food & Wine Festival, held after 5 p.m. at the same location. The festival, which is open to the general public, will include networking, food tastings of all the various Latino cuisines, wine and spirits, and cultural presentations.

2017 Austin Food + Wine Festival announces lineup

January 19, 2017
Austin Food and Wine Festival

The sixth annual Austin Food + Wine Festival takes place April 28 to 30 at Auditorium Shores and Fair Market in Austin, Texas.

Here are some of the highlights, according to a press release from the festival:

  • Hands-on grilling demonstrations, hosted by Tim Love, on April 29 and April 30.
  • Cooking demonstrations
  • Interactive fire pits helmed by an all-star lineup of chefs on April 29 and April 30.  Participants include chefs Sonya Coté (Eden East, Hillside Farmacy); Michael Fojtasek (Olamaie); Bryce Gilmore (Barley Swine, Odd Duck); Kent Rathbun (Shinsei); Blaine Staniford (Grace, Little Red Wasp); and Andrew Wiseheart (Contigo, Contigo Catering, Chicon).
  • Live musical performances
  • Chef tastings
  • Book signings
  • Lone Star Nights on April 28 at Fair Market (1100 East Fifth Street), with music by DJ DM. The event will also have dishes from Matt Balke (Bolsa); Julian Barsotti (Nonna); Junior Borges & Coner Sergeant (CBD Provisions); Thai Changthong (Thai-Kun); Luis Colon (Folc); Andrew Curren (ELM Restaurant Group); Kevin Fink (Emmer & Rye); Ford Fry; Diego Galicia & Rico Torres (Restaurant Mixtli); Steve McHugh (Cured); Wayne Mueller (Louie Mueller Barbecue); Paul Qui (Kuneho); Ryan Shields (Bullfight); and Danny Trace (Brennan’s of Houston).
  • Rock Your Taco competition on April 29. Chefs will square off against one another to create the ultimate taco, with winners chosen by an esteemed panel of judges, including Graham Elliot (Graham Elliot Bistro) and FOOD & WINE’s Editor, Nilou Motamed. Chefs include Hugh Acheson (Empire State South, Five & Ten, The Florence, The National, Spiller Park); Jimmy Bannos (Heaven on Seven); Jimmy Bannos, Jr. (The Purple Pig); Matt Bolus (The 404 Kitchen); Tyson Cole (Uchi/Uchiko); Jason Dady (Jason Dady Restaurants); Jodi Elliott (Bribery Bakery); Amanda Freitag (Chopped); Ludo Lefebvre (Trois Mec, Petit Trois, Trois Familia, LudoBird); reigning Rock Your Taco champion Tim Love; Aarón Sánchez (Johnny Sánchez Restaurants); Alon Shaya (Shaya, Domenica, Pizza Domenica); Christina Tosi (Momofuku Milk Bar); Ming Tsai (Blue Dragon, Blue Ginger); and Jonathan Waxman (Adele’s, Bajo Sexto Taco, Barbuto, Brezza Cucina, Jams, Waxman’s San Francisco).
  • Sunday Gospel Brunch with the Warrior Gospel Band on April 30.
  • Food, wine and cocktail tastings in the Grand Taste Pavilion on April 29 and April 30. Participants include Joe Anguiano (VOX Table); Jeff Balfour (Southerleigh Fine Food & Brewery); John Bates & Brandon Martinez (Noble Sandwich Co.); Stephen Bonin (Geraldine’s); John Brand (Supper at Hotel Emma); Taylor Chambers (Justine’s Brasserie); Tyson Cole (Uchiko); Austin Ewald (Grizzelda’s); Kazu Fukumoto (Fukumoto: Sushi and Yakitori Izakaya); Albert Gonzalez (Jacoby’s Restaurant & Mercantile); Daniela Herrera (Counter 3. FIVE. VII); James Holmes (Lucy’s Fried Chicken); Zach Hunter (The Brewer’s Table); Clinton Kendall (East Side King); Lance Kirkpatrick (Stiles Switch BBQ & Brew); Nathan Lemley (Parkside); Mia Li (Kuneho); Geronimo Lopez (Botika); Rick Lopez (La Condesa); Harold Marmulstein (Salty Sow); Brian Moses (Olive & June); Josh Neises (Lonesome Dove); David Norman (Easy Tiger Bake Shop & Beer Garden); Michael Paley (Central Standard); Ji Peng Chen (Wu Chow); James Robert (Fixe); Amanda Rockman (South Congress Hotel); Eric Silverstein (The Peached Tortilla); Marco Silverstrini (Dolce Neve); Anthony Sobotik (Lick Honest Ice Cream); Eddie Solis (Cooper’s Old Time Pit BBQ); Philip Speer (Bonhomie); George Thomas (Unit-D Pizzeria); Jim Tripi (Eberly); Carmen Valera (Tamale House East); Abby Yates (NO VA); Jacob Weaver (Juliet Ristorante); Martin Wilda (Sway); and Kevin Williamson (Ranch 616).
  • A star-studded collection of sommeliers, wine, beer and spirits experts rounds out the Austin Food + Wine Festival line-up, including Master Sommelier Devon Broglie; Master Sommelier Craig Collins; FOOD & WINE’s executive wine editor Ray Isle; and author Mark Oldman.
  • The pre-Festival Feast Under the Stars, on April 27, is an intimate outdoor celebration, at Austin’s Auditorium Shores, offering a five-course, family-style menu with wine pairings from Jackson Family Wines.  Chefs David Bull (Second Bar + Kitchen, La Corsha Hospitality Group); Tyson Cole (Uchi); Omar Flores (Casa Rubia); Ford Fry (State of the Grace); and pastry chef Janina O’Leary will prepare a collaborative, al fresco meal.  Feast Under the Stars tickets are $250 per person (inclusive of wine pairings and parking) and must be purchased separately from any festival tickets.

McCormick & Company reveals 17 new products for spring 2017

January 19, 2017

McCormick and Company
(Photo courtesy of McCormick and Company)

McCormick & Company has launched 17 new products for spring 2017:

McCormick Grill Mates: With Hawaiian cuisine taking over the mainland, and churrascarias and Korean BBQ in towns across the country, these new Grill Mates liquid marinades, mixes and seasonings allow grillers to add flavors they enjoy at restaurants to cook-out staples this spring and summer.

Stubb’s: New seasoning mixes were specially created to flavor different types of meat, from pork to steak and chicken, with big Texas taste.

Zatarain’s: Hot sauce and biscuits are staples of the Southern food scene. Zatarain’s first-ever hot sauce is made with aged red peppers, Cajun spices and big chunks of flavorful garlic. And, new mixes for flaky biscuits and crumbly cornbread are made with no artificial flavors, colors or preservatives.

All photos courtesy of McCormick & Company.

Coffee Mate Natural Bliss introduces four new creamers

January 18, 2017

Coffee-Mate (Photo courtesy of Nestle USA)
(Photo courtesy of Nestle USA)

Coffee-Mate Natural Bliss has launched four new plant-based creamers: Vanilla Almond Milk, Caramel Almond Milk, Hazelnut Almond Milk and Sweet Crème Coconut Milk.  The flavors are available at retailers nationwide except the Hazelnut flavored Almond Milk creamer, which is sold exclusively at Target retail stores.

According to Coffee Mate, the new coffee creamers are made with simple ingredients, such as real almonds, coconuts from Sumatra, vanilla from Madagascar and pure cane sugar to offer consumers an all-natural alternative to traditional dairy creamers. Made with no GMO ingredients, Natural Bliss Almond Milk and Coconut Milk creamers are deliciously smooth and creamy and offer a new way to add a hint of flavor and touch of sweetness.

2017 All-Star Chef Classic announces lineup

January 12, 2017
All-Star Chef Classic

The fourth annual All-Star Chef Classic takes place March 8 to 11, 2017, at L.A. Live in Downtown Los Angeles’ Sports and Entertainment District. Here are some of the highlights, according to a press release from the festival.

New in 2017: a strolling event called the Italian Masters Dinner presented by Melissa’s Produce and Southern Eats.

Returning to L.A. LIVE’s custom-built Event Deck, which includes Restaurant Stadium and the Chefs’ Tasting Arena, will be the Masters Dinner series dedicated to French, Italian, American, and Asian talent and preparations

Little Masters presented by Le Creuset and Grill & Chill presented by DCS and Stella Artois.

Restaurant Stadium’s 300-plus seats bring fans “kitchen-side,” allowing them an intimate and memorable culinary venture.

The 2017 edition of All-Star Chef Classic is partnering with L.A. Kitchen benefit the local non-profit that combines the potential and power of food and people, ensuring that neither goes to waste.

The 2017 All-Star Chef Classic will include more than 55 internationally-renowned chefs and personalities including:

  • Hugh Acheson (The National, Georgia)
  • Govind Armstrong (Post & Beam, Los Angeles)
  • Jamie Bissonnette (Coppa, Boston, New York)
  • Ashley Christensen (Poole’s, North Carolina)
  • Adam Cole (Maple Block Meat Co., Los Angeles)
  • Chris Cosentino (Cockscomb, San Francisco; Acacia House, St. Helena)
  • Francis Derby (The Cannibal, Los Angeles), Chris Oh (Hanjip, Los Angeles)
  • Brian Dunsmoor (Hatchet Hall, Los Angeles)
  • Ben Ford (Ford’s Filling Station, Los Angeles)
  • Neal Fraser (Redbird, Fritzi, Los Angeles)
  • Ray Garcia (Broken Spanish, Los Angeles)
  • Della Gossett (Spago, Los Angeles)
  • Duff Goldman (Cake Mix, Los Angeles)
  • Scott Howard (Citizen, Los Angeles)
  • Ravi Kapur (Liholiho Yacht Club, San Francisco
  • Joe Kindred (Kindred, North Carolina)
  • Mike Lata (Fig, Charleston)
  • Ludo Lefebvre (Trois Mec, Petit Trois, Los Angeles)
  • David Lefevre (MB Post, Fishing With Dynamite, Manhattan Beach)
  • Antonia Lofaso (Scopa Italian Roots, Los Angeles)
  • Samuel Monsour (Preux & Proper, Los Angeles)
  • Dahlia Narvaez (Osteria Mozza, Los Angeles)
  • Jason Neroni (Rose Café, Los Angeles)
  • Mirko Paderno (Culina, Los Angeles)
  • Greg Schroeppel (Nighthawk Breakfast Bar, Los Angeles)
  • Jon Shook & Vinny Dotolo (Son of a Gun, Los Angeles)
  • Art Smith (Reunion Florida Garden and Kitchen School, Florida)
  • Curtis Stone (Maude, Gwen, Los Angeles)
  • Jet Tila (Los Angeles)
  • Kris Tominaga (The Hart & The Hunter, Los Angeles), Brandon Boudet (Little Dom’s, Los Angeles)
  • Fabio Viviani (Siena Tavern, Chicago)
  • Fabian von Hauske & Jeremiah Stone (Wildair, Contra, New York)
  • Sherry Yard (Helms Bakery, The Tuck Room, Los Angeles)
  • Sang Yoon (Lukshon, Father’s Office, Los Angeles)
  • Johnny Ray Zone (Howlin’ Rays, Los Angeles)

Jim Beam Bourbon enters legacy partnership with Chicago Cubs

January 12, 2017

Jim Beam and Chicago Cubs
(Photo courtesy of the Chicago Cubs)

Jim Beam Bourbon and the Chicago Cubs have signed a multi-year legacy partnership beginning in 2017.  Under the deal, the Cubs have named Chicago-based Beam Suntory, the world’s third-largest premium spirits company, as the official spirits partner of the Chicago Cubs and Wrigley Field. According to a press release from the Chicago Cubs, the exclusive distilled spirits sponsorship will feature multiple brands from Beam Suntory including Jim Beam, Maker’s Mark Bourbon, Effen Vodka and Hornitos Premium Tequila. Maker’s Mark has launched a Chicago Cubs-themed, limited-edition bottle offered in stores throughout the Chicagoland area. Jim Beam will release a Chicago Cubs co-branded offering by springtime.

As part of the partnership, Jim Beam will have long-term naming rights to the new first base club at Wrigley Field, as well as a new left field bar concept at Sloan Park in Mesa, Arizona. The upper deck patio at Wrigley Field will feature a Jim Beam theme for two seasons leading up to the space’s transition to an upper level club. The existing Hornitos Hacienda, which was named in 2015, will remain in the left field bleachers. The deal also includes in-game signage behind home plate and on the Wrigley Field video board; fixed signage along the third base wall; presenting sponsorship of several promotional giveaways throughout the season; and other digital and hospitality activations at Wrigley Field and Sloan Park.

2017 Kosher Food & Wine Experience Los Angeles announces details

January 8, 2017
Kosher Food & Wine Experience

The ninth annual Kosher Food & Wine Experience (KFWE) Los Angeles, the largest public kosher food and wine event in California, is to be held at the Petersen Automotive Museum on February 15, 2017, at 6 p.m.

According to a press release, KFWE Los Angeles brings kosher wine and spirits to Southern California from France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Israel, Argentina, Chile, New Zealand, Australia and the United States. The evening also spotlights fine kosher cuisine from restaurants such Tierra Sur, La Gondola, and Meshuga 4 Sushi.

Herzog Wine Cellars, a California-based operation, has developed a partnership with the Petersen Automotive Museum to house the Los Angeles event for the next three years. The KFWE venue is estimated to host more than 1,500 attendees at the 2017 event, including celebrities­­­, winemakers, culinary chefs and retailers.

Before the event opens to the public, there is an exclusive, invitation-only trade portion of KFWE Los Angeles that is extended to guests of Herzog Wine Cellars and its parent company, Royal Wine Corporation. The trade portion includes a media lounge for interviews with winemakers from around the globe, such as Herzog’s head winemaker Joe Hurliman; celebrated chefs; the organizers of KFWE, including the Herzog family; and industry experts such Joshua Greenstein, an authority on Israeli wines, and Ira Norof, a certified wine educator and director of education for Southern Glazer’s Wine and Spirits.