Scott Roberts — Chilli Letter from America #5

by Scott Roberts on April 20, 2010 · 0 comments

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Scott Roberts

Scott Roberts

Welcome to April! There seemingly wasn’t a whole lot of new things going in since I last spoke to you all, but memories can somehow be deceiving.

New Orleans Hot Sauce and Gour met Show

New Orleans Hot Sauce and Gour met Show

The website for the New Orleans Hot Sauce and Gourmet Show has been officially launched. Since this is the very first fiery foods show in the NOLA (short for New Orleans, Louisiana) area no one knows exactly what to expect from it. It has the potential to become a very big and highly anticipated annual event because it’s in the heart of America’s pepper sauce region, which is home to well known brands such as Tabasco, Louisiana Brand and Crystal, and some of the best and spiciest cuisines native to the U.S. are found in New Orleans, namely the French-inspired Cajun and Creole ones. More information on the event, which is occurring the 26th and 27th of June, can be found at http://www.nolahotsauce.com.

Another yearly summer hot foods show is now in its fourth year. Fairfield, Ohio’s Weekend of Fire, scheduled for 31 July and 1 August, is the biggest fiery food-specific gathering in the Midwest. It has many cool aspects happening during the weekend, including DEFCON’s National Deathmatch Chicken Wing Eating Contest, the Intensity Academy Lick-a-Thon (with lollipops made from 1.5 SHU extract) and more. It was the extra added benefit of being presented by and hosted at Jungle Jim’s International Market, one of the largest individual supermarkets in the U.S. and has everything a chilehead would ever want to eat.

Lastly on the event front, there’s the new Peppers at the Beach event in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware that I’ve previously mentioned. This one is scheduled for the 15th and 16th of May. Chileheads are gearing up for this and are quite excited by this one. It’s a gathering on a much smaller scale and promises to have hot sauce vendors, outdoor grilling and barbecueing, it and simply should be a fun time for fiery foods fans outside of one of the largest hot sauce stores in America.

Billy's Chilies beer

Billy's Chilies beer

I presented my list of newer hot sauce/chile pepper blogs to be on the lookout for in 2010: http://www.scottrobertsweb.com/Newer-Hot-Sauce-Chile-Pepper-Blogs-to-Be-On-the-Lookout-For-in-2010. Although the nature of the internet shows us that some sites will eventually fade away due to a lack of interest and maintenance on the webmaster’s part, it’s could to see newcomers present a fresh outlook and attitude to spicy food websites.

Colorado-based beer maker Twisted Pine Brewing Company is experimenting with a bhut jolokia ale. The drink has the working name of “Ghost Face Killah” and is set to debut at the Snowmass Chili Pepper and Brew Fest in June: http://www.scottrobertsweb.com/Brewing-Company-to-Make-Beer-With-The-Worlds-Hottest-Chile-Pepper

Lastly, the reviews came fast and furious, ranging from barbecue sauces and seasoning rubs to hot sauces and snacks. Here are some notable ones:

All Spice Cafe Sweet Ghost Pepper Popcorn
McCoy’s THIS Thick Irish Hot Sauce
Scovilla’s Hot Gourmet Wild Habanero Hot Sauce
NunDunBetter Gourmet Chile Mustard Sauce and Dip
Anthony Spices Phoenix White Cheddar Jalapeno Powder

See you all next month!
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