Food has been at the heart of the State Fair of Texas since the gates first opened in 1886. Since 2005, each year State Fair concessionaires cook up tasty and unique foods for a chance to become a finalist in the Big Tex Choice Awards. In 2013, the Big Tex Choice Awards winners were chosen from eight finalists. Fried Thanksgiving Dinner, created by Justin Martinez, won Most Creative, and the Best Tasting food item was awarded to Issac Russo for his creation, the Fried Cuban Roll.
A group of contestants presented their creations to the State Fair of Texas in August. The field has been narrowed to eight. A panel of prestigious judges will pick winners in the two categories – Best Tasting & Most Creative. Here are this year’s finalists in the Big Tex Choice Awards who will compete for the titles of Best Tasting and Most Creative: Continue reading
by Steven Doyle
We are pleased to be the media sponsor for the Texas Discovery Gardens located at the State Fair of Texas this year, and these folks are doing some terrific things. The Texas Discovery Gardens is an organic urban oasis filled with natural wonders for visitors of all ages. Sitting on 7.5 acres of organic gardens, the Discovery Gardens hosts a native butterfly habitat, Shakespeare Garden and more.
This year The Texas Discovery garden has invited Bolsa to serve you fresh food in a the beautiful climate controlled environment where they will be serving up tasty treats not found on the Fairgrounds such as Luscher Dogs, fresh wraps and salads all prepared by the team of chefs at top rated Oak Cliff restaurant. You can also find tamales from the Tamale Company. Continue reading
by Steven Doyle photos by Robert Bostick
If you missed the craveRADIO broadcast this past Sunday you missed a lot. In studio this week we enjoyed all the interesting stories Gene and Julie Gates shared about opening their restaurant Battuto Italian Kitchen in North Dallas. Gene also shared his history of working, managing and owning restaurants in his past, before Battuto and before their radio history.
The pair of restaurant owners also discussed their opening chef Gustavo, and all the work that went into the opening menu. They have since hired super chef Joel Harloff who has a beautiful history working with Italian and other cuisines. Harloff is working on a new lunch menu and sends out daily specials that we hear are terrific. Continue reading
by Steven Doyle
This week on craveRADIO we will host Gene and Julie who own Battuto, the new and hip Italian restaurant in North Dallas. The power couple will discuss their cuisine, new menu and new chef. We also hope they are able to give us some nifty tips on how to improve our radio program since they are veterans from their own program that was on 103.7 for so many years. Continue reading
by Steven Doyle photo by Robert Bostick
Labor Day is when the State Fair picks the best fried food item that will lead the dining options on the midway this Fair season. We just received notice of the finalists, and it looks pretty delicious this year. Think about fried Nutella or fried millionaire pie. Yea, it will be a fun year. We will be on the scene to snap up photos and get a taste preview next week and let you know our picks.
Until then check out the list of finalists who are competing this year. And it made us laugh that multi-year winner Abe Gonzales named his company Vandalay Industries, after the bogus George Costanza company from Seinfeld. Remember, winning this coveted prize could mean as much as an additional $250,000 in sales during the State Fair. Continue reading
By Dallas Small photos by Robert Bostick
Where would State Fair of Texas officials take Big Tex to recover following his accident on the last weekend of this year’s exposition?
Sue Gooding, State Fair of Texas vice president for public and community relations, said, “As we deliberated that question, a staff member came up with one of those flashes of the blindingly obvious—A spa. Why not a spa?” Continue reading
by Jennifer Thomas
For all you Adam Richman fans, you can catch a glimpse of the Travel Channel star this Saturday at the State Fair of Texas. Known for his over-the-top eating and his programs Man v. Food Nation and Best Sandwich in America, Richman will be seeking the best of the Fair’s fried grub.
As the fair comes to a close Adam will survey the top food vendors and take a behind-the-scenes look into the making of the tastiest messes. He’ll round up the Top Five and encourage fair goers to help him crown the “Tastiest Mess in Texas.” Continue reading