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GO LOCAL. GO TEXAN. TEXAS FOOD, WINE, RESTAURANTS, RECIPES, GARDENING, STYLE & MORE JULY 2016 EDITION

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PRETTY THAI: MADE BY CHEFS

“I took a trip to Thailand during my to Iraq where I supported the Navy S a Civilian Intelligence Analyst,” Stron “When we got back, I became excited the idea of recreating the flavors I’d e Thai cooking by making a line of sau Austin. My wife and co-founder, Kris to go along with the idea, because she

Inspired by the name of their food tr Thai For a White Guy, Pretty Thai sa exotic flavors rooted in the weirdnes Austin is known for. It’s the Austin sp demand for quality, local products th inspires the couple. Kristen Strong, a Boerne and graduate of Texas A&M understands and appreciates the bou Texas ingredients.

“Staying local by using Texas-grown and Texas-raised proteins is importa she said. “It was important when we serving from the food truck, and it’s important now, guiding how we craft recipes and product line.”

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powder and Thai chili powder, and sauces like lemongrass-lime dressing and sweet chili sauce. The husband-wife duo wants to inspire Texans to cook creatively using Thai flavors by pairing them with ingredients and preparation methods familiar to Texans. Pretty Thai is on a mission to change people’s perception of what quality, flavorful and healthy food should be. Visit their website to find many delicious recipes to make at home. Since selling the food truck at the end of February, Pretty Thai is now in multiple retail locations in and around Austin and the Hill Country. “Food is one of the greatest unifiers in the world, and Pretty Thai wants to be a unifying force right here in the heart of the state,” Robert said. “When we were asked if we wanted to become GO TEXAN members, it was a no-brainer. As we think about growing our business and raising a family here in Texas, we think about community, and GO TEXAN represents Texans supporting one another and keeping their money local. This is what Kristen and I are all about, and this is what we want Pretty Thai to represent. We’re proud to be GO TEXAN members!” For more information on Pretty Thai and their line of products, visit their website, Facebook, Twitter or Instagram pages. 4


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LOX, BOX AND BARREL: GO GOURMET GO LOCAL

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ox, Box and Barrel is a gourmet deli, which means they use the freshest ingredients from local suppliers to make delicious and healthy foods for their patrons. Chef Sebastien Caillabet came up with this concept in late 2014. For some time, he had been producing artisan smoked salmon and charcuterie for customers at farmers markets in Austin and local restaurants where he established relationships with local farmers and producers. Caillabet

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decided to open a deli, creating a menu focused on locally sourced meats, produce and suppliers. For Caillabet, supporting and buying local was an inherent part of the business plan. “We wanted to showcase local products on our menu and expose our customers to what’s readily available at farmers markets in the city,” Caillabet said. “We all need to make change in a sustainable direction, and GO TEXAN is a great resource to help us do this. Using the


product search feature on the GO TEXAN website helps us find new Texas-made ingredients to try every month.”

neighboring farms. All of our meats, fish and dairy are sustainably produced, and hormone-, GMO- and antibiotic-free.”

Lox, Box & Barrel has two philosophies to help guide everything the business does: “Feel good about what you are eating” and “Treat people as you wish to be treated.”

As a dining experience, the overall mission of Lox, Box and Barrel is to make your mealtime casual, interesting and fun. Make plans to visit the next time you’re hungry for healthy, local food in Austin. “Great food begins with high-quality Their devotion to seasonal ingredients and ingredients,” Caillabet said, “so we source natural preparation should make your visit well worth the time. directly from local, sustainable farms and purveyors whenever we can. Our dishes are crafted from a wide variety of For more information, visit their website. produce and pasture-raised meats from

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RECIPE: LOX & GOAT CHEESE SANDWICH This sandwich is a popular item on the Lox, Box and Barrel menu. It’s served on toasted sourdough with house-cured lox, Pure Luck goat cheese, baby arugula and heirloom tomatoes with pesto. The pesto portion of this recipe will yield 1½ cups, so you’ll have plenty to use for other dishes, too! Pesto Ingredients: 4 cups Basil leaves, tightly packed 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, finely grated (about 1 ounce) 3 tbsp. Pine nuts, toasted 1 medium Garlic clove, finely chopped 3/4 tsp. Kosher salt 1/3 cup Texas olive oil

Sandwich Ingredients: 1 oz. Basil pesto 2 oz. Goat cheese (Pure Luck Farms) 2 slices Sourdough bread 3 oz. Smoked salmon (Lox, Box & Barrel) 2 oz. Baby arugula (Johnson’s Backyard Garden)

Pesto Preparation: 1. Combine all of the ingredients, except the oil, in the bowl of a food processor fitted with a blade attachment. 2. With motor running, add the oil in a slow, steady stream until evenly incorporated. 3. Stop and scrape down the sides of the bowl. Then pulse to finish incorporating all of the ingredients until the mixture is smooth. 4. Store with saran wrap touching the pesto to prevent discoloration.

Sandwich Preparation: 1. Toast the bread until golden brown. 2. Add pesto to one side of the bread and goat cheese to the other. 3. Lay slices of smoked salmon on top of the goat cheese. 4. Add the arugula on top of the salmon; close the sandwich, cut in half and enjoy!

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AMELIA’S FARM: GOING LOCAL AND

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usband and wife team, Ben and Amelia Von Kennel, were both working at Dallas advertising agencies and dreaming of self-employment. Inspired by their passion for the culinary arts, they created Amelia’s Farm. Amelia’s Farm is a family-owned and family-operated hydroponic produce company in Bells, Texas, located about 60 miles north of Dallas. They specialize in growing healthy and delicious hydroponic vine crops for local restaurants and markets. “We were first introduced to commercial hydroponics by our close friend, Sean Henry, and his company, Central Texas Specialty Growers,” Amelia said. “Sean’s passion for growing vegetables hydroponically inspired us to further explore the health benefits of this innovative technology. After years of brainstorming and researching several food industry concepts, we decided to move the operation to the family ranch in Bells to focus on building the Amelia’s Farm brand and 11


build a 6,000 square foot state-ofthe-art commercial hydroponic greenhouse.” The young company is committed to growing local and sustainable food. They start by using highquality seeds and well water supplemented by a 3,000 gallon rain collection system. Their specialty is tomatoes, and they use a computer program to provide a precise amount of water and nutrients to each plant. Commercial grade fans and a wet wall cooling system provide just the right temperature to grow tomatoes year-round. Eighty percent of their greenhouse is dedicated to growing Geronimo Beefsteak tomato plants, while the other 20 percent is devoted to specialty vine products like Brandywine heirloom, cherry tomatoes, strawberry tomatoes and big leaf Italian basil. In just five short years, Amelia’s Farms has grown and is supplying several Dallas/Fort Worth restaurants, including Al Biernat’s, Meddlesome Moth, Lark on the Park, Sissy’s Southern Kitchen and Bar, Sundown at Granada, HG Sply Co. and Bird Café. For more information, visit their website, Facebook or Twitter page. 12


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PATTI’S PLACE COFFEE & TEA

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BREWS UP FUN IN DALLAS, TX

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atti Snell, owner of Patti’s Place Coffee and Tea, calls herself the “mad scientist” of coffee and tea, because she loves to experiment with interesting flavor profiles and processes. Starting with free trade certified organic coffee beans, Patti’s produces fun coffee flavors like Nutty Butterscotch Toffee, Vanilla Caramel Kahlua and Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Pie. Their Coffee Junkie Barrel Aged Beans brand showcases coffee beans aged in oak barrels and seasoned with whiskey. Delicious cold-brewed coffees round out the coffee lineup. On the tea side, Patti’s blends more than 250 different gourmet looseleaf teas. The Tea Junkie line includes numerous blends of popular black, green, white and red teas, along with specific unique blends for iced tea. Snell has served tea to the Queen of England and enjoys creating flavors that will blow you away. The Splash of Summer iced tea with zero sugar is healthy hydration for the hottest month of the year! All of Patti’s Place beverages are

unique, unusual and full of flavor. Patti isn’t limiting herself to coffee and tea. In fact, she also makes the Jelly Junkie line: a brand of jellies flavored with special blends of tea, local craft beer and whiskey! Inside of Patti’s Place is the Craft Kitchen @ Patti’s Place, a group of commercial rental kitchens that give local food entrepreneurs the jump start they need for their businesses. Joining GO TEXAN was very important to Snell, as it was another way for her to support being and buying local. “Joining GO TEXAN is an important aspect of growing any Texas-made business, in my opinion,” Snell said. “All of my products proudly display the GO TEXAN mark, and I promote the program whenever and wherever possible.” For information on her wide array of coffees, teas and jellies, visit her website. 1515


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AG WORKERS: TEXANS INSURING TEXANS The GO TEXAN program is extremely proud of one of its long-standing champion sponsors, Ag Workers Insurance. Their purpose intertwines perfectly with the Texas Department of Agriculture’s (TDA), as they strive to provide the broad agriculture community in Texas with an economical solution to the insurance needs of farmers, ranchers, restaurants, farmers markets and a variety of agricultural producers. Like many successful businesses, the beginning of Ag Workers’ story involves seeing a problem and setting out to find a solution. In 1946, founder William C. Young saw that the hardest working men and women in Texas were getting the short end of the stick. A vocational agriculture teacher by trade and WWII veteran, Young recognized a growing need among Texas agricultural professionals for reliable auto insurance that actually protected its owners in the event of an accident. While known to be a generally low-risk and conscientious group of drivers, the good people of agriculture were paying far more than their fair share of premiums for coverages that didn’t add up when claims arose.

Ag Workers leadership proposed a member-owned company that would exist for the sole purpose of insuring those working in the Texas agriculture industry and sharing profits with its policy owners. With the help of Texas’ vocational agriculture teachers and county extension agents, Young was able to secure the funds for a charter by the Texas Board of Insurance Commissioners and began selling insurance. Thus, Agricultural Workers Mutual Auto Insurance Company was established in Fort Worth in 1948. Today, AgWorkers has more than 18,000 policyholders and members. AgWorkers has paid dividends to its policyholders every year since its organization. Since 2000, the company has paid in excess of $125 million in dividends back to its policyholders. Its founding principles remain the same today as they did when they began. If you’re involved in Texas agriculture, check out the services Ag Workers provides for its members. While they’ve expanded into numerous other states, they’re still as Texan as their motto: “We gotcha covered like road dust.” 17


GO TEXAN RESTAURANT ROUND-UP: ENTER TO WIN!

By the time you read this, the GO TEXAN Restaurant Round-Up will be in high gear all across Texas. Don’t miss out! Join Texans as they celebrate the tastes of Texas throughout the month of July by dining out at GO TEXAN restaurants during the annual GO TEXAN Restaurant Round-Up.

Find a GO TEXAN restaurant near you by clicking here and check out the special events happening at restaurants all across the state. Several GO TEXAN members have joined in the celebration and added prizes to our annual giveaway. To win one of the fantastic prizes pictured here, simply fill out this entry survey.

Show your support for restaurants in your area that are committed to serving menu items with ingredients sourced For more information about the GO from local farmers, ranchers and other TEXAN Restaurant Round Up, click producers. From shrimp and vegetables here. to wine and artisan cheeses, if it’s from Texas, you can bet it’s the freshest and most flavorful option around. 18 18


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UPCOMING TEXAS EVENTS July 1-31: Echo Springs Blackberry and Blueberry Picking, Daingerfield July 20: Wine & Chocolate Tasting, Grapevine July 23: Cheers to Craft Beer, Bryan July 29-30: Messina Hof ’s Harvest Festival, Bryan Aug. 26-27: Messina Hof ’s Harvest Festival, Fredericksburg Aug. 27: 5th Annual Pearland Wine and Food Festival, Pearland View more Texas events here. 23


About GO TEXAN Launched in 1999 by the Texas Department of Agriculture, GO TEXAN, with its signature mark in the shape of Texas, celebrates, promotes and supports the business savvy and plainspoken grit Texas agriculture is known for throughout the world. Whether it’s grown, sewn or served up on a plate, nearly 27 million Texans shop, travel and dine out in support of Texas businesses, agriculture and communities, looking for the GO TEXAN mark to light the way. To learn more about the GO TEXAN program, call (877) 99-GOTEX or visit the GO TEXAN website. Tell others about GO TEXAN! One great and easy way is to forward them this electronic publication. All your friends have to do to is click here to subscribe, and they’ll start receiving the Go Local. GO TEXAN. free monthly e-zine. 24


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