Report from the Texas Book Tour for Dishing Up New Mexico:
I’ve done three Central Market Cooking Schools demonstrations–Dallas, Fort Worth, and Austin–and all were sellouts with enthusiastic chilehead “students.” This is so much fun I might just join a food circus if I can find one. I’ve also found more than a hundred new companies that produce hot & spicy foods and BBQ products, so I’ll be inviting them to compete in the Scovie Awards and exhibit at the next Fiery Foods & BBQ Show in March. Texas chileheads rock! The accompanying photo shows a display of “Hatch” chiles at the original first location of Central Market on Lamar Boulevard in Austin. Note the roasted and peeled chiles in the foreground and the freshly-harvested chiles piled up in the background. This is the eighteenth year for Central Market’s “Hatch Chile Fiesta” at all their stores, and they’re doing a great job promoting our favorite fruit! Saturday morning I have appearances at the iBurn store at 4227 Bellaire Boulevard, also in Houston.