I have been doing spicy events since 2007, so you know that while I have seen many, I have also not seen them all. So my point of view can only be compared to what I have witnessed personally. I have been to 5 Fiery Food & BBQ Shows, 5 Weekend of Fire Shows, 5-6 Bowers Chile Fests, 4-5 North Market Fiery Food Festivals in Columbus, Ohio, 3 New Orleans Shows, 3 Houston Hot Sauce Festivals, and countless other venues that tried real hard to make it work. This Expo this past weekend might have been one of the best put together event that I have been too. It only rivals those Fiery Food & BBQ Shows in Albuddahquerque, NM which pull in a large attendance over a 3 day period, but I think NYC supported the vendors more because of the amount they purchased.Read more
NYC Hot Sauce Expo
Screaming Mi Mi Award Winners
The NYC Hot Sauce Expo is proud to announce the 2016 Screaming Mi Mi Award winners. With hundreds of entries the winners were selected by blind taste test by New Yorks finest and brightest in the culinary industry. The panel consisted of chefs from FOX, CBS and Food Networks, Food Critics from NYC Newspapers, Bloggers, Magazines, Hot Sauce Retailers, and some of NYC’s Top Chefs. The Screaming Mi Mi Awards have been creating a large industry buzz within the Hot Sauce Community. Past winners have received features on TV, magazines, newspapers creating a profile that has lead for their product distributed by wholesalers and national retail outlets.
This year’s top honors goes out to…Read more
The most trending fiery food event on the planet is back and it is this weekend at the Brooklyn Expo Center, as stayed directly above. Brought to you by High River Sauces and the man behind the event, Steve Seabury. The who’s who in hot sauce will be in attendance. Some of the finest artisan crafts men and women will be sampling out their goods while the event itself will unleash a full schedule of entertainment which includes the 2016 Hot Sauce Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, the annual Screaming Mi Mi Awards Presentation, another Guinness Book Of World Record Carolina Reaper Challenge from Puckerbutt’s very own Smokin’ Ed Currie, the Defcon Deathmatch is back after a one year hiatus, and the only food eating contest that has been a part of the Expo since it’s inception, the Volcanic Peppers & Grimaldi’s Fiery Pizza Challenge presented by yours truly, ILoveItSpicy.com. Yes, that is my baby! A big thanks goes out to Grimaldi’s Pizzeria and Tim Bader, my pizza partner and the man behind the heat who have kept this contest alive these last 4 years. Very excited if the defending champion Wayne Algenio will repeat as champion or will John Andrews return to his 1st year form and take back the pizza trophy. Here is da Champ, Wayne posing with his trophy:Read more
2016 World Hot Sauce Awards
Louisiana Hot Sauce Expo, Lafayette, La.
Hot Sauce Division
3rd Mikey V’s Sweet Ghost Pepper Sweet & Hot Sauce
2nd Huffman’s Thai Sweet Chilli Aromatic Sauce
1st Tropical Spices, LLC Sing Sing Teriyaki Hot Sauce
3rd Todd’s Originals Llc – Inner Beauty
2nd The Trinidad Sauce Company – Original Pepper Sauce
1st Rasta Bros – Rasta Hot Sauce
3rd Samba Flavor – FeiJoaba (Fayzh-wah-duh) Hot Sauce
2nd Savage Jerky’s Mojo Habanero Hot Sauce
1st Secret Aardvark’s Habanero Hot Sauce
3rd Meier Food Products LLC – Devil’s Envy
2nd The Chilli Effect – Sting like a Bee
1st Mundi Sauce – Butternut Bomb
Louisiana StyleRead more
I want to apologize for the extended downtime for I Love It Spicy. The short version is this:Read more
These are the winners’ list from the 2016 Zestfest Fiery Food Challenge last night. I see a lot of friends that I know in the hot sauce world. I would like to congratulate them on seeing their hard work pay off. I am very happy for you all. Super congratulations to Troy Primo of Primo’s Peppers for having the Best Overall Product as seen in the picture above. It looks like he also won a Disc-It! Grill as Fiber Joe has covered in his article in November. Nice Job Troy!
Company – Product – Place
KELLER, Texas – Jan. 11, 2016 – PRLog — Hot Sauce Depot has launched their new hot sauce of the month club called the Sauce of the Month Plus Club. Hot sauce fans can choose from three different club types based on their personal taste preferences as well as select the duration of their club membership. In addition to receiving a new hot sauce each month, club members also get 5% off all retail orders online throughout their membership.
“We wanted to offer a couple options for the club since not everyone likes the extremely hot sauces,” said Rick Morris, owner of Hot Sauce Depot. “The 5% off discount is another perk that sets this club apart from some of the others.”Read more
The Hot Sauce Hall of Fame is back and commissioner Steve Seabury of High River Sauces will conduct the induction ceremony live at the 4th annual NYC Hot Sauce Expo in Brooklyn, NY on April 23rd at 2 PM. This year the Hall of Fame will induct 5 people who have been very instrumental in the Hot Sauce industry. The inducted class of 2016 will receive a distinctive Red Jacket, Hall of Fame Ring and will be enshrined legendary of honors into the Hot Sauce Hall of Fame.
To be eligible for the nominating or voting process, a person must operate within the fiery foods industry for a minimum of 3 years. These people also known as the Selection Committee, consists of hot sauce companies, retailers, distributors, exporters, chile pepper growers, media and restaurateurs who specialize if spicy foods and hot sauce. The Selection Committee will be polled by email from the Hall of Fame’s Senators Board in which the board will eventually narrow the Selection Committee’s ballots down to the final list to 10.
After months of debating and voting from the Selection Committee, the committee have narrowed down their final nominations to some of the biggest and brightest names in the industry.
Welcome to the 6th Annual Lenny Awards for the best new spicy products. Some of these awards are for the best products our review teams encountered and gave the highest ratings for. Most of them are from my encounters from fiery food events, purchased online or perhaps found along the way in many journeys to and fro. The Lenny Award is named after my Father who died of Cancer on this very day back in 2010. Rather than mourn his death, I am hear to celebrate his life and how he would help total strangers in need just because he could. I am trying to do the same with the Lenny Award by given something from my heart to an industry and community that I love. The Lenny is given to my favorite products and there is no other factor involved in my choice. I don’t get a chance to try everything in due time, so some of these products might be older than 2015 when I first got a chance to try them. I have listed the names of the companies below the video that either received a Lenny Award or got an honorable mention. If you do not want to view that spoiler list, go watch the video and enjoy the moment there.
The Lenny Awards have not been purchased yet, as I will need some of the addresses of the companies I will not see at the NYC Hot Sauce Expo come April. Those companies that attend that great event will have them presented by me in person. Those that do not, will get them mailed directly to whatever address you provide me with. The video is long as I ramble a lot and I try to give each product I mention their due. The addresses below are there for a reason. I hope you will give some thought into purchasing a few of these winners. I think you will be pleasantly surprised. Besides, it is the holiday season and some of these fine artisan products might still be on sale.
Thank you for your time and congratulations to all the fiery product makers for making such flavorful and delicious food enhancements.Read more
Still dealing with the Thanksgiving Feast-Shopping-lag? You have your turkey leftovers and sides you are still munching on, trying decide if you ever want to eat like this again, right? Then all the emails that come to your inbox shoving sale after sale down your throat. Thinking that if the 2 afternoon emails from Amazon were better than the 3 from the morning. Not to mention the 20-30 since Thursday. If you have ever bought anything, you got reminded that you were a customer that needed reminding over and over again. I do not know about you, but the more I got, the less I wanted to buy from them. Even some of the small makers in our community flooded my inbox. Not just from their Facebook posts every day, but from their sale emails. Did they think I did not see the first 5?Read more
Welcome back to the second installation of the Defcon Sauces op-ed piece. I am your glorious host, John Dilley, Dark Overlord of Defcon Sauces, purveyors of the time-tested, time-proven best Wing Sauces, Habanero Horseradishes and Dry Rubs this planet has to offer. Check out www.defconsauces.com and stock up, after all, it is football season.
Ok, I thought I’d touch on a trend that I’ve seen growing for the past few years. Since I joined into the Legions of Manufacturers within the hot sauce industry over a decade ago, I have seen a few trends come and go. As of late, it seems the borders of imagination are being pushed with some really cool ideas, from spicy peanut brittle to spicy cream cheese. Well, it seems we’ve hit the radar screen of the big guys.Read more
It’s that time of year again when we chilliheads may have to feign a little poise and gratitude. You know it’s coming…that day when you are handed something which you look upon & have to make a quick adjustment to your face to bring on a smile and utter the words ‘thank you’. I’m talking about being given a chilli-themed gift for Christmas!Read more
Two Hot Sauce Companies with a Passion for Local up for National Prestigious Award
Recently the finalists were announced for the 2016 Good Food Awards. The Good Food Awards is a prestigious award in the food community that honors local makers, farmers, artisan food producers, etc. that are committed to using as much local product as possible, and are committed to using a sustainable food source to produce their unique products. They received 1,937 entries for various categories this year, and the winners will be announced Friday, January 15, 2016, at a gala Awards Ceremony at Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture in San Francisco.Read more
Hot & Spicy Products to Enjoy During the Holidays!
Hello fellow chileheads and lovers of all things hot & spicy! In last month’s Chilehead Newsletter Al told us about a couple of products he recommends during the holidays. This month I thought it would be the perfect time to share a few products I’ve discovered recently that would be great to have around during the holidays. These are the type of products that work equally well with your holiday dishes including meats, main dishes, and desserts as well.Read more