Playboy Meets Senator George of Blaze Gourmet

Try This Hot Sauce: Blaze Sweet ‘N Hot Mango: Courtesy of  Blaze Gourmet


Before we get to how Playboy Magazine got a hot sauce company a featured story on their website, let me tell you how a Cleveland native became a Senator overnight. CaJohn Hard introduced me to Cowboy George Seres at the Albuquerque, New Mexico’s Fiery Food & BBQ Show about 6-7 years ago. That “Cowboy George” nickname is discussed in the aforementioned article, so you will have to read that to find out about that tale. I hope I get the particulars of this correctly; my memory is not what it once was. Anyway, George shared a story how he was mistaken a year before at the airport and at the Sandia Resort Casino where the show was held.

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The Great Chicago Fiery Foods Show 2015


Press Release:
Save the Date for The Great Chicago Fiery Foods Show
It’s time for the Windy City to bring the heat!
Niles, IL, August 18, 2014: Breaking news! Today, it’s been announced that Jeremy Walsh, founder of Bigfat’s Hot Sauce after months of research, consulting with other fiery food companies, will be hosting the first ever Great Chicago Fiery Foods Show on August 8 & 9, 2015 at the Stephen M. Bailey Auditorium located in Chicago’s popular West Loop. This show will feature some of the best spicy food vendors from across the country as well as great local companies and products. Save the date, and stay tuned for more details!

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Spice It Up St. Louis 2014


White Castle Honors St. Louis Military and Veterans with White Castle’s Veterans Appreciation Day in O’Fallon, Missouri on 8/23/14 (#WhiteCastleHonors, #SpiceItUpStLouis)

White Castle invites its St. Louis Military and Veterans to join us for a free meal, and a unique opportunity to Spice Up their lunch. Special guest, Scott Roberts of, will be present with a handpicked selection of distinctive sauces.

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NYC Hot Sauce Expo – Presents The Hot Sauce Hall of Fame

Steve Seabury owner of High River Sauces and the organizer of the NYC Hot Sauce Expo will present to the world the official Hot Sauce Hall of Fame Foundation. The Hot Sauce Hall of Fame will induct 5 people in its inaugural year and each of the following years they will induct 3 all of which have been very instrumental in the fiery foods industry. Each year the NYC Hot Sauce Expo will present and host the induction ceremony to enshrine the legends of the industry to this greatest of honors.

The Hot Sauce Hall of Fame enshrinement ceremony will be held on Saturday April 25th on the main stage after the Screaming Mi Mi Awards show. Inductees will receive a distinctive red jacket, an achievement trophy and will be featured on exhibit at the Hot Sauce Hall of Fame Library each year at NYC Hot Sauce Expo.

This year the 3rd Annual NYC Hot Sauce Expo will take place on April 25th and April 26th, 2015.

The first group on the inaugural ballot are some of the biggest and brightest names in the industry:

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2014 World Hot Sauce Awards Winners

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Straight from the Louisiana Hot Sauce Expo comes the 1st annual World Hot Sauce Awards with one of the coolest trophies ever created for this industry. Check her out..

World Hot Sauce Award

Pretty isn’t she? A big thank you goes out to Dana Romero for allowing me to post these results as soon as the awards dinner was over. Another huge thank you goes out to our own Ken Alexander of for formatting the results for us. Kudos to you both. I want to also congratulate all the winners and thank all the entries for supporting these great awards. It is very hard to not only put on a 1st year event, but also bring in a whole new award to the community. Dana has worked hard on this event, and we here at ILIS hope it is a very successful show for the ages. Much success to all the vendors and sponsors who are putting in their trust in Dana. Now let us get to the winners…

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2014 The World Hot Sauce Awards

Introducing The World Hot Sauce Awards Category Trophies. 60 of these beauties will be awarded Friday July 18 to the best in the World. There is still time to enter so let’s make this happen go to and enter right now. If you have already entered THANK YOU and if you haven’t “What ya waitin’ for?” Entries MUST be Postmarked by July 1, 2014 regardless where you are in the world.

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Investing in the new Louisiana Hot Sauce Festival

The weight of any event ultimately falls on the promoter, but there are so many factors in making an event a successful one that it can fail even if all the pieces are in place to make it a big hit. Bad weather can ruin an event or the very threat of it can crush an outdoor show. The economy is always fragile enough to discourage people from paying the admission price on something they are lukewarm in attending in the first place. Let alone getting there and just grazing and sampling at each booth, saving their money for more important things than the addition of a spicy product. What about the lack of support from the vendors? After last years two big show flops with Zestfest Midwest and Chile Pepper Extravaganza, a vendor might not feel too comfortable going to a first year show. Many of us know there was extreme efforts on the good people at Chile Pepper Extravaganza to make that show be more than it ended up being. Yet, in the end, people just did not come, and much money was lost in the investment from the promoters and th0se vendors that took the risk in supporting the show.

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CaJohn’s Press Release on POP

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shirt and show poster


The 2-day Houston Hot Sauce Festival is an incomparable and flavorful experience of different products from around the world. Come tantalize your palette with hundreds of award winning products. You don’t have to be a fan of hot sauce to enjoy this festival! There will be a variety of products without the burn, come try any of the tangy jams or jellies, zesty marinades and rubs, rich chocolates and sweets, and much more.

For those of you who want to come to the Houston Hot Sauce Festival for hot sauce will not be disappointed! This year, our hot sauce gurus are turning up the heat with a Game of Fires! Try a variety of hot sauces from the savory to the unequaled, face-melting hot. Make sure to make your way to the booths of the three winners of the I Love It Spicy Challenge, coming to Houston from San Diego, Ohio, and Missouri! Feel free to enter yourself (or a friend!) into any of our scorching contests as well; Feel your stomach lining begin to melt with our Ghost Pepper Salsa Chugging Competition brought to you by Silverleaf International, or ruin your taste buds for a year with our Lolli Lickathon brought to you by Intensity Academy (these lollipops are no joke!).

Want to win something for being impervious to hot sauce but don’t want to do it in front of an audience? Embarrass yourself in front of close friends and family (and their cellphones) and make your way over to CaJohn’s booth and test your tolerance with the Execution Station, or make your way to Puckerbutt Pepper Company to try the hottest pepper in the world – The Carolina Reaper!

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Crabi Gras’ Crab Cake & Key West Key Lime Pie Heatwave Fest

Crabi Gras Crab Cake & Key Lime Pie Heatwave Fest

Set for August 24th, Crabi Gras sponsors this special event in the heart of downtown Cambridge, MD. Local business, Crabi Gras @ 432 Race Street, is organizing the event. Owner Keith Graffius has announced that local bands The Steel Ticklers, 3 Penny Opera, and Kentavius Jones Band will be the featured artists.

Celebrate Eastern Shore culinary delights with Fresh Crab Cakes made with Dorchester County Crab Meat from Lindy’s Seafood in Woolford, MD! Wash it down with a smooth piece of Key Lime Pie, from Kermits Key Lime Pie Company in Key West, Florida!

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