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If you’ve been inside Terry’s Finer Foods recently, you may have noticed a new product on the shelves. Pozza’s Pasta, out of Tontitown in Northwest Arkansas, is now available in several flavors and cuts.
“Pozza’s Pasta is a superior dried pasta, the taste and texture is different than other pasta’s on the shelf. We believe that is because we use regular unbleached flour as opposed to a semolina flour. Most pastas on the market use semolina, which makes the noodle tougher. The semolina is used so that the pasta can be extruded, which is also a big difference. Our pastas are hand cut as opposed to being passed through an extruder,” says co-owner Alison Mhoon.
Pozza’s Pasta is available in 12-ounce packages, including: 100% Whole Wheat, Spinach Spaghetti, Tomato Basil Linguini, Angel Hair, Parsley Linguini, and Traditional Spaghetti and Linguini. If you’re not up for a trip to Terry’s, the pasta can be purchased online (cost $5-6 per box).
Says Mhoon, “Pozza’s Pasta has been around over 40 years. Each new generation has continued to produce pasta the same way our Italian ancestors did when they settled in Tontitown, AR over 100 years ago. We hope that you enjoy eating it as much as we enjoy making it!”
I sampled boxes of the angel hair and parsley linguini and thought each one was absolutely delicious. As you can see from the picture above, I thought the parsley linguini was ideal with a little sautéed spinach, butter, extra virgin olive oil, and Parmesan.
Keep an eye out for Pozza’s Pasta to possibly pop up in other stores throughout the Little Rock area in the very near future. Until then, go check out Terry’s or order a few boxes online.
We are constantly on the prowl for cool products!
When big-time Little Rock foodie Steve Shuler invites you over for a dinner party, you just say yes and worry about babysitter logistics at a later time. He can flat out cook and I’m not about to miss out on his latest culinary creations, especially when they’re paired with Joel DiPippa’s libations.
So…what did Steve have in store for us last Friday night? Deep. fried. turkey.
Steve is the proud owner of the Waring Digital Rotisserie Turkey Fryer, and before he instructs others at Williams-Sonoma on how to use the apparatus, he decided to test it out on some friends.
Gone are the days of setting up the turkey fryer in the driveway. No longer must you lower the bird in a vat of bubbling grease and sprint away, all the time praying your buddy doesn’t have to bust out the fire extinguisher.
This fairly compact turkey fryer sits right on your kitchen counter, doesn’t seem to splash oil (if used properly), and isn’t as noisy as one might expect. The best part … unlike traditional fryers, the Waring rotates the bird in a bath of 375-degree oil, allowing the turkey to come up for air during half the cooking process. Watching it is absolutely mesmerizing.
The end result … a beautiful and deliciously juicy turkey that will certainly impress your guests. Heck, even the breast meat was as moist as I’ve ever had it. And because the temperature was digitally-set, the consistent fry-job locked out the grease.
The Waring isn’t cheap, but if you take pride in making that perfect turkey, it’s well worth the investment.
Special thanks to Steve and Jen for having us over!
Ale Trail…now those are two nice words to put side-by-side.
The Fayetteville Visitors Bureau recently announced the launch of the Fayetteville Ale Trail, a self-guided craft beer tour that’s the first of its kind in our great state.
The seven participating breweries include: Apple Blossom Brewing Co., Fossil Cove Brewing Co., Hog Haus Brewing Co., Saddlebock Brewery, Tanglewood Branch Beer Co., Core Brewing
and Distilling Co., and West Mountain Brewing Co.
“We’re so excited to launch the state’s first ale trail. These types of tours are very popular in other states and we want to show off our own unique craft-beer scene all while creating a fun experience for our locals and visitors,” said Fayetteville A&P executive director Marilyn Heifner. “Fayetteville and Northwest Arkansas already have an energetic and vibrate nightlife and dining scene – a tour featuring local breweries will further complement and encourage that atmosphere.”
And here’s the best part…it’s free!
Those interested are encouraged to pick up a Fayetteville Ale Trail passport at the Visitors Center on the downtown square, located at 21 S. Block Avenue or at any of the participating breweries. Completed passports can be mailed or brought to the Visitors Bureau for a free ‘I Completed the Fayetteville Ale Trail’ decal. Additionally, a Silipint commemorative glass will be available for purchase at the Visitors Center and select breweries for $10.
For more information, please visit www.fayettevillealetrail.com.
From a personal perspective, I’ve been fortunate enough to check out two breweries in my life, and each experience was fun in its own unique way. And in case you’re wondering, the places were the Sam Adam’s brewery in Boston and Magic Hat in Burlington, Vermont.
Guess it’s time to add to that list.
What breweries have you been to? Any of this list? How was your experience?
Photo provided by Fayetteville Visitors Bureau.
The Arkansas Chef’s Culinary Classic, now in its 10th year, will be held on Tuesday, September 17 at the Statehouse Convention Center (Hall 4). Chefs from all over Arkansas will compete in four categories: appetizer, soup/salad, entrée and dessert.
After the blind judging, the public can buy tickets to try all the entries. Judging starts at 4:30 p.m. and the dinner/silent auction begins at 6:30 p.m. There is also a silent auction that benefits scholarships for hospitality students, and a beer and wine tasting.
Guests can purchase tickets to try the entries for $45 per person–a wine and beer tasting, sponsored by Glazer’s, along with the after party, are included in that price.
“This is one of our favorite and most anticipated events of the year. I truly believe Arkansas has some of the most talented chefs and best restaurants that you can find anywhere,” said Holly Heer, Director of Membership & Special Events for the Arkansas Hospitality Association. “Not only does this event bring recognition to those chefs, but guests who purchase tickets actually get to taste what’s entered while being able to interact with the chefs. The chefs love the event as well. It really is a lot of fun.”
At the trade show, there’s also a 2-day Iron Chef competition (September 18-19). The competition is open to eight eligible chefs from restaurants, country clubs or catering businesses that are members of the Arkansas Hospitality Association. Bragging rights are on the line! As part of the challenge, contestants must use a “mystery basket” announced at the competition.
Included in the competition is a celebrity heat where local celebrities are paired with chefs. Last year’s celebrity winners were Melinda Mayo (Channel 7 News) and chef Dan Capello, along with runner-up Alyson Courtney (Channel 7 News) and chef Donnie Ferneau (pictured above).
For more information, please check out the Arkansas Hospitality Association’s website.
Photos courtesy of AHA.