Category Archives: Food & Entertainment

Women in Technology Explores Career Paths

South Texas College's Women in Technology takes place April 19. (photo STC)

The Women in Technology event takes place April 19 at the South Texas College Technology Campus Atrium, highlight careers in technology considered as non-traditional for females. The event will include information booths from programs in the Business, Public Safety, and Technology divisions. This includes Fire Science, Police Academy, Engineering Design, Culinary Arts and Construction. STC Information Technology Program instructor and event organizer Angelita Teniente says events like this are crucial for women who…

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Gluten-free Goods on the Road

Peggy Harris with some of her gluten-free breads at a farmers market. (VBR)

Selling shrimp caught in the Gulf Mexico was a full-time job for Peggy Harris when she was a vendor on the second floor of Valley International Airport in Harlingen. Called Texashrimp, the business on the south side of the boarding area was easily seen by passengers wanting to take some fresh shrimp with them. After eight years, she sold the venture and embarked on a new and different type of…

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Finding Success One Scoop at a Time

A server prepares ice cream orders for customers. (VBR)

Custom ice cream is made in small batches from close to 100 different recipes. You can buy a cup or a cone, or pick up a hand-packed pint or quart. Customers can choose flavors for a sundae or classic banana split with a variety of toppings. Shakes and floats and even ice cream pies round out the menu at Schoolhouse Creamery in Harlingen. The genesis for Schoolhouse Creamery took shape…

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Taste McAllen to Host 25 Restaurants

House. Wine & Bistro is one of the many successful McAllen-area restaurants set to participate in Taste McAllen 2018. (photo Taste McAllen)

The McAllen Chamber of Commerce hosts Taste McAllen 2018 on March 22, featuring tastings from McAllen-area restaurants. From 7-10 p.m., the McAllen Convention Center Oval Park is the site for a variety of tastings, ranging from prime rib and pasta to oysters and sushi. Tastings will also come with live cooking demonstrations at the Chef’s Cooking Pit with sponsors RGV Texas Chef’s Association and McAllen Ranch All Natural Beef. Live music will…

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McAllen H-E-B introduces more ways to get Janktafied

The Jankster Lamar Jones gives a lively demonstration at the launch of The Jank BBQ spice rub Feb. 8. (VBR)

He came, he sang, he talked, he cooked. Lamar Jones joined H-E-B officials Feb. 8 in launching his newest addition to The Jank line, The Jank BBQ spice rub. And he did not disappoint shoppers who stopped to watch the show and sample some unique dishes. Shoppers were drawn in by dishes such as Jank Brussel Sprouts, Jankanero Dry Rub Chicken sliders and Marbled Jankanero Cornbread Cake. The new rub…

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Upcoming Jank Event Launches New Rub

Jank Rub

Community event celebrates local talent The Jankster himself, Lamar Jones, is expanding his horizons in getting everyone from home cooks to foodies Janktafied. Jones is launching the new The Jank BBQ spice rub Feb. 8 at the H-E-B located at 10th and Trenton in McAllen. From 10-11:30 a.m., community leaders will cook along with Lamar in preparing fast, simple and healthy recipes. The public will also be able to sample…

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Valley Cheese Finds New Markets

Adam Thompson socializes with some of his goats and one of the family dogs.

After placing in the top 25 out of 400 entries in the H-E-B grocery store chain’s Quest for Texas Best competition, the pace of business at Thompson Dairy Farms has picked up dramatically. And, with a little luck, the farm’s goat cheese may next find a global market. Owner and head cheese maker Adam Thompson began marketing hand-crafted aged cheeses from goat’s milk at Rio Grande Valley farmers markets, where…

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Pharr Celebrates New Avocado Distribution Facility

Index Fresh Board Chairman John Grether and President and CEO Dana Thomas (holding scissors) prepare to cut the ribbon on the company’s 60,000-square-foot avocado packing and ripening facility in Pharr.

Officials break ground for Index Fresh Latin American avocados headed for tables in the United States have a new place along the border to stay cool and ripen. Index Fresh cut the ribbon on a new 60,000-square-foot packing and ripening facility in Pharr on Jan. 9. “I am just overjoyed to be here today,” Index Fresh President and CEO Dana Thomas said. “I love the new plant. If you are…

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BBQ Joints Listed Among Best in Texas

January 2018 cover

Texans love their barbecue. Whether grilling or smoking meat in the back yard, or visiting a favorite eatery, barbecue aficionados’ varied tastes and favorite cooking methods can spark lively debates as to what makes the best of the best. They may even argue about the correct spelling: barbecue, bar-b-que or simply BBQ. In the Rio Grande Valley, where dozens of restaurants large and small specialize in classic Texas barbecue, only…

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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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