The City of Palestine is going to roll out the welcome mat for all of East Texas on February 7, and this is one invitation you definitely don't want to miss. If you like fabulous cuisine, if you enjoy wine, if you're into Mardi Gras, or all of the above, this event is made for you.
This year marks the third year that Palestine has held its Taste of New Orleans food and wine event. The historic buildings that grace downtown Palestine will be decorated for Mardi Gras, and talented local chefs will showcase their talent at various locations every hour. East Texas wineries will be represented, as well.
Featured chefs will be Christian Mailloux, executive chef and owner of Palestine's Red Fire Grille. With the chef's extensive knowledge of wine and food pairing, Red Fire Grille is committed to sourcing the region's finest ingredients, preparing an evolving menu and offering the perfect wine complement. Chef Mailloux' demonstration and tasting will be at 11 a.m. in the Redlands Hotel Lobby, located at 400 N. Queen Street. He will prepare Andouille stuffed mirliton and a traditional hurricane cocktail.
At 12:15 p.m., Carmen Santone, head chef and co-owner of Switch Brick Oven Pizzeria and Wine bar, will demonstrate his recipe for NOLA shrimp. Santone will be located inside Lee Loveless studio, at 101 W. Oak Street. Santone is a self-taught chef whose Italian roots hail from the southern Italian regions of Calabria and Abruzzi. During his 14 years in East Texas, Carmen has moved his interest to the cuisines of New Orleans and has introduced a couple of dishes reflecting that influence at Switch.
Featured at 1:15 at Granny Muffin Wines at 301 W. Oak, will be Chef Simon Webster, chef and owner of Sabor a Pasion Estate and Vineyard. He'll share how to make "dirty mudbugs." With an interesting story spanning 40 years of culinary experience, Chef Webster has made a name for himself through his attention to personal service and detail to food & flavor -- proving dreams, passion and hard work are the foundation for visionary success. Make sure to catch his demo.
At 2:15, make sure to catch Culinary instructor Michele Merryman inside the Lee Loveless Studio, where she'll demonstrate crawfish enchiladas. Merryman grew up in Houston but has made her way back to Palestine, where she is a cooking instructor at O'Sweet Pea's Kitchen Boutique, a business and golf management instructor at Palestine High School, and a private caterer.
Then at 3:15 you can wrap up the culinary tour with dessert, as Chef Jackson York prepares Strawberry Romanoff inside Lee Loveless Studio at 101 W. Oak. Chef Jackson is credited with the development of the concept of "country gourmet," which gained him a large following during his years at Edom Bakery. This 2010 State of Texas Chef of the Year is now Executive Chef at Lakeview Methodist Conference Center in Palestine. Make sure to catch him with special guest Mama Steph from KLTV7's In the Kitchen with Mama Steph to wrap up your day of feasting!
Following all of this fun will be a Mardi Gras parade at 5 p.m. downtown. Then stick around Palestine to find dinner after the parade.
If you'd like more information on this event or the historic city of Palestine, make sure to check out VisitPalestine.com.
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