Catching Some of the “Rising Stars” of Gluten Free- My First Food Expo Experience

By Mick Brown

#MickBrown #EsterMTrevino

To set the record straight- I am not TasteeBQ, the fictional Superhero. Just the Author. I wore the glasses to catch his spirit. Here with Ester M. Trevino the young, up and coming Author of The Gluten Conundrum.

 

There’s no Business like Show Business… Especially when it comes to Gluten Free (GF) Food Shows. I am primarily a Caterer and am new to the Spice Manufacturing Industry. My Brand is barely a year old. Last weekend we had the opportunity to Exhibit at our very first GF Expo. Perhaps, I should thank Indiegogo. Our current Indie Campaign has yet to rain major money on me. However, maybe it’s existence brought us to the attention of the Show organizers. The Gluten Free Food Allergy Fest is sponsored by Living Without Magazine. Held in San Diego, I got to encounter some of the most exciting new “Stars” of the growing GF Food Scene.

Before it all happened, I was originally going to spend about a month in preparation for our very first Gluten Free Expo in Pasadena, on June 7th. I started the Indiegogo Campaign to make new friends and maybe raise a few funds. At least let a couple of people know we would be at the June Expo. Then I get a call from Shelia, the Coordinator of the San Diego event. She said “I read about you online. We had a last minute cancellation, and think you should be there.” Then she sent me a video of her appearance on the Indianapolis Episode of  the “Tasty Freedom” video series, hosted by Jaquy Y.

#SheliaCafferty #GlutenFree3 #GlutenFreeFoodAllergyFest

Before the Show. Shelia Cafferty is the Event Coordinator for 3 Gluten Free Food Allergy Fests, nationwide. She has also recently become part of “The Gluten Free Three” Consultants for Amy Levy Public Relations, based in Los Angeles.

Note- this was a mere 8 days before the opening day of the Show. I had never done a professional public Food Expo before. So I sought the advice of a seasoned colleague from New York, Barbara. At first she was congratulatory, then emails got sort of quiet. I soon learned on Facebook that she had been preparing to do a live Gluten Free Cooking Demonstration on the Bronx 12 Morning TV News. Barbara did come through with much needed help. It was Barbara who first introduced me to the “Tasty Freedom” video series, as she appeared in the Brooklyn Episode with Jaquy Y.

#BarbaraCallanan #Bronx12News #GoldenAppleRule

Barbara Callanan on Bronx 12 TV Morning News. She is also an established Gluten Free Expert with Consult JCB in New York. She and her sister Joan founded “The Golden Apple Rule“, an educational Anti-Bullying initiative to help Kids with Allergies experience less grief in Schools.

 

At the show, I was fortunate to meet Ed from Keil’s Fresh Food Markets, a growing San Diego chain that is poised to give Vons and Walmart a run for their money. Even more fortunately- Keil’s decided to give our new Brand a try, and bought a couple of cases. The product will be available in San Diego at the Keil’s Gluten Free Spring Fling Tent Event on May 17th. They are the only big Retail Store (I know of) that makes such a concerted effort to reach out to Gluten Free customers, advertising over 1500 Gluten Free Products in the stores and online. Because they give big discounts, our challenge will be to “Go Big or Go Home”.  I’ll do my best to stick with the former.

#EdYankovich #KeilsSanDiego  #MickBrown

With Ed Yankovich of Keil’s Fresh Food Markets at the Gluten Free Food Allergy Fest in San Diego. They will be the first store to offer HEROIC! to the San Diego public at Keil’s Gluten Free Spring Fling Tent Event on May 17th. Go there for a chance to taste it for yourself.

 

In the middle of the first day I got to meet Ester from The Gluten Conundrum [pictured above]. The young Blogger is branching out this year, in her quest for the best GF Products. She also has great taste in Grilled Steak Salads. I can see Ester following in the footsteps of Jaquy Y., a former producer at the Food Network- now a Chef, Food Consultant, and the Host of “Tasty Freedom”. It turns out Jaquy flew into San Diego from Vietnam in order to present at the Gluten Free Food Allergy Fest. In fact, I watched her give a couple of Lecture/Cooking Demonstrations from my booth, which happened to be next to the Main Stage. However, for two full days I never did have the chance to meet Jaquy Y.

#JaquyYngvason #MickBrown #Heroic! #CaliforniaGoldbbqrubs #tastyfreedom

Jaquy Yngvason is one to watch. Her Recipes are not just for people with Celiac’s Disease, but for anyone into Healthier and Delicious Eating. This Chef and Host of the “Tasty Freedom” videos has such a bright future. Wish I had Shades.

Of course that changed. Shelia to the rescue… At the very end of Day 2 the Event Coordinator finally got to taste my product. Shelia also reached out to Jaquy to arrange a personal visit. Upon meeting her, Jaquy was just as warm and exuberant as she is in her “Tasty Freedom” video series. I won’t speak for her on how she feels about my new product HEROIC!, which is an All Natural Superfood BBQ Rub. Let’s just say she took a few bottles back to New York, asking what she can do to help. Actually, she already has been an inspiration. It was truly a pleasure to meet Jaquy Y. If she doesn’t have a show on the Food Network soon, hopefully someone will help her launch a new Gluten Free Food Network. Until next time, Eat and Be Well.

Update 5/8/14– Since finishing the article, I just heard from Jaquy on Facebook. She says “Was great meeting you at the Expo!! Your product has already made it into a couple savory cocktails and many salads… Amazing rub, you must try!!”

There you go. Now I am an even bigger Jaquy Y. fan!

Mick Brown is a Food Blogger/Purveyor based in Los Angeles, with over 30 years BBQ and Grilling experience. Aside from Catering, his passions are creating Easy Grilling Recipes and searching for the World’s Best Flavors. General Manager of Tastee BQ Grilling Co. and the new California Gold BBQ Rubs. He is also author of web serial blog “The Adventures of Tastee BQ.” Current Indiegogo Campaign is Get HEROIC! to the Gluten Free Expo- June 7th in Pasadena, CA. Email- Mick@TasteeBQ.com.

LINKS

Gluten Free Food Allergy Fest by Living Without Magazine http://www.glutenfreefoodallergyfest.com/

Tasty Freedom Video Series on YouTube (Grab a Gluten Free Beer and Enjoy!) https://www.youtube.com/user/SalsaViking

Tasty Freedom Website  http://www.tastyfreedom.com/

Keil’s Fresh Food Markets  http://www.keils.com/glutenfree

Keil’s Gluten Free Spring Fling Tent Event May 17th in San Diego  http://www.keils.com/events

The Gluten Conundrum Website  http://theglutenconundrum.com/

The Gluten Conundrum on Facebook  https://www.facebook.com/TheGlutenConundrum

Barbara Callanan on Bronx 12 TV News http://bronx.news12.com/news/food-for-thought-chef-barbara-callanan-offers-gluten-free-tips-1.7841441

Barbara Callanan on Tasty Freedom https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=-4HkAh7Fsm

The Golden Apple Rule (Anti-Bullying Campaign)  http://www.consultjcb.com/the-golden-apple-rule.htm

Shelia Cafferty on Tasty Freedom  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jw8yh3n_pOc&list=UUdl-rjQJFZ0WQlyreIM4lvQ

The Gluten Free Three c/o Amy Levy Public Relations  http://www.amylevypr.com/#!gluten-free-marketing/cgm5

California Gold BBQ Rubs (Where to Buy) http://www.californiagoldrub.com/products.html

Should I Stay or “Indiegogo” to the Gluten Free Expo?

#heroicbbqpopcorn

HEROIC! BBQ Popcorn with and without Nuts. Tasting held at Los Angeles Economic Development Committee Meeting in March 2014.

Some will say “It’s about time”, but how do you sum up your life on one page?  Still, I finally got around to adding an About (me) Page for BBQ Catering Confidential. It is still a work in progress, but is good for now. In other news, we recently decided to have a go at Indiegogo.

Indiegogo what? Some may ask. [It was me (asking) about six months ago]. Of course, most people have heard of Kickstarter.com, where Celebs go for help funding their movie projects. Indiegogo is supposedly the second most popular crowd funding site. It gives campaigns the advantage of collecting any pledged funds, even if they fall short of the specified goal. If anything, Indiegogo may be good practice in case we decide to do the big Kickstarter show in the future.

#heroicbbqrub

HEROIC! comes in 2.5 oz. and 5 oz. bottles. Popcorn not included.

Here,  I should quash any rumors that the Rub company is in trouble. Au Contraire, it is just getting started. We plan to be in more Retailers than ever by Memorial Day 2014. However, it is true that when launching a Brand, the start-up costs keep rolling in. Long before you have a chance to sell the thousands to units to cover them.

The Gluten Free Expo is a great opportunity that I just heard about. Having never been to a Gluten Free Expo, or sponsored a booth, it will  be a learning experience. Will definitely let you know how it goes. However, the event isn’t until June 7th, which may be too close to the 4th of July to add many more Retailers. As much as I’d like to go, the current budget is better spent on Memorial Day promotions. Big Retail Contacts made in June may not become active until Summer 2015.

Enough “Business Strategy” session. Anyway, I will keep you posted on the Indiegogo Campaign. If nothing else, it is a good opportunity to present what the company is all about on one page. And it led to us creating our first professional video, starring yours truly. Check it out when you have a chance.

Also, we got a chance to create a new line of swag from American Apparel that (for now) is exclusively available through the campaign. Also, there are Gift Certificates for Catering and BBQ Cooking Lessons from Tastee BQ Grilling Co.

#heroicmerchandise

Campaign Perks include Long Sleeve T-shirts from American Apparel, Aprons and unique BB Caps.

I am still playing catch-up, having recently returned from a trip to Chicago. Will get you dispatches from there soon. The overall report is that Food is just fine in the Windy City. Along with making some contacts and visiting family, I got to come face-to-face with an important piece of my family Food History. They showed me a 1956 ad from my father’s yearbook promoting the Friendly BBQ Cafe owned by my Grandfather in Longview, TX. You can see it and more on the new About page. Until next time, Eat and Be Well.

Mick Brown is a Food Blogger/Purveyor based in Los Angeles, with over 30 years BBQ and Grilling experience. Aside from Catering, his passions are creating Easy Grilling Recipes and searching for the World’s Best Flavors. General Manager of Tastee BQ Grilling Co. and the new California Gold BBQ Rubs. He is also author of web serial blog “The Adventures of Tastee BQ.” Email- Mick@TasteeBQ.com

LINKS

Indiegogo Campaign- https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/get-heroic-to-the-gluten-free-expo-june-7th-in-pasadena-ca/x/6670233

Website http://www.californiagoldrub.com/

Blog http://cagoldbbqrecipes.wordpress.com/

Recipes http://californiagoldbbqrubrecipes.wordpress.com/

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/CaliforniaGoldBBQRubs

HEROIC! Product Press Release http://www.prlog.org/12289136-california-gold-bbq-rubs-introduces-the-worlds-1st-heroic-gluten-free-bbq-rub-with-superfoods.html

BBQ Grilling in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico- Part I

#grilled steak #puertovallarta

My first Grilled Dish was this Steak. Finally, cooked through to Medium Rare on third try. Restaurant shall remain nameless because they were nice folks with good reputation.

By Mick Brown

Was (not so) recently invited to a wedding in Puerto Vallarta. I say “not so” recent because the invites went out nearly eight months ago, so I couldn’t give the excuse “I have a Catering Gig”. For a forced vacation situation, it is lovely to be here in Mexico. Especially with Jamzilla going on in Los Angeles.  I ordered a Medium Rare grilled Steak on the first night here. It arrived raw, and I made the mistake of tasting it. My stomach is still paying the price for the faux pas.

Onto Grilling. Wherever in the world I travel, I try to make it a point to check out the local Grilling Scene. There is always something new to learn- a technique, secret ingredient or full recipe(s). If you stick with me, and I’ll show you that the world is indeed a small place when it comes to BBQ. The interesting thing is that Grilling is really big in Puerto Vallarta. Especially on the many great Beaches found around the town. I’ll let the story unfold through photos.

The first night, we took a walking tour around Zona Romantico, it is considered a progressive, trendy part of town. Filled with restaurants, bookstores and boutiques. We happened by a place Called Marisco’s (translated: Fishes). Unfortunately, the last place you want to eat is at an empty BBQ joint. There is no telling how many hours (or days) the food has sat around. So we had to keep moving. Plus, I had already had the raw steak fiasco, so wasn’t able to even taste a snack from the menu.

#bbqgrill #puertvallartamexico

A nice looking Grill at a lonely restaurant. The food could be great, but no one likes to eat at slow BBQ Joint where you have to guess how old the food is.

A guy behind the Grill was “barking” at people on the street and invited me to take a photo. Here you see Steak, Potatoes and Huesos (Ribs) being cooked on Mesquite. Something looked a bit off about the food anyway. Couldn’t quite put my finger on it yet.

Catering set-up at BBQ Beach Catering at Casamagna Marriot.

Catering set-up at BBQ Beach Catering at Casamagna Marriott.

The next day, I ran into a crew doing a BBQ Catering on the beach at my hotel Casamagna Marriott Puerto Vallarta Resort and Spa. First, I met Marcelito, who was firing up the Grill. In an interesting twist, he used dry Sterno Powder as an accelerant on the Mesquite Grill. I am intrigued and will look into experimenting with it sometime.

#grilling #puertovallartamexico

First Grill Master I met was Marcelito, doing BBQ Beach Catering at the Casamagna Marriot Resort and Spa. He used Sterno Powder as accelerant for Mesquite Grill.

Later I met Chef Octavio, who ran the staff with great precision. They had their Salads set up and meats grilling like clockwork before their guests arrived at 7pm. I also met the hotel’s Catering Supervisor Carlos, who invited me to stay and cook with them. It was dinner time and I already had plans. But I hung around for a while, we took some pics and I gifted them with samples POWER Rub and the brand new HEROIC! No salt/No Sugar Blend. Guess they liked it. At least Octavio’s daughter did. She “Liked” my Catering and BBQ Rub pages on Facebook by the next morning.

#bbqcatering #casamagnamarriotpuertovallartamexico

A nice variety of Sides and Salads were thoroughly enjoyed by BBQ Beach Catering guests.

Not sure if seeing a guest Chef made their guests hungrier or not, but by the time I left for dinner the Beach BBQ Catering spread was totally demolished. Carlos, Octavio and crew were beaming with satisfaction from another successful event. It’s a feeling I am somehow fortunate enough to have after every catering. Great Job Guys! In Part 2, Vamos a la Playa- or I will take you to the Beaches of Puerto Vallarta and we’ll see what’s cooking there. Until then, Eat and Be Well.

#chefoctavio #casamagnamarriotpuertovallarta

Here I am with Chef Octavio of the Casamagna Marriott Resort Catering Staff. The Chicken and two other meats didn’t have much time left on this Earth- thanks to hungry guests. Mucho Gusto.

Mick Brown is a Food Blogger/Purveyor based in Los Angeles, with over 30 years BBQ and Grilling experience. Aside from Catering, his passions are creating Easy Grilling Recipes and searching for the World’s Best Flavors. General Manager of Tastee BQ Grilling Co. and the new California Gold BBQ Rubs. He is also author of web serial blog “The Adventures of Tastee BQ.” Email- Mick@TasteeBQ.com

Spice Rubs 101- 25 Ways To Transform Your BBQ Rub

by Mick Brown

Rub A Dub Dub, You hear a lot nowadays about Spice Rubs. They are being cooked up on The Chew and other popular daytime TV programs. Of course, every team on those Competition BBQ Shows is using a secret Rub. I hope to compete one of these days, under the right conditions. Would love to have the next “Award-Winning” Rub. But that’s a different article.

The terms Rub, Dry Rub, BBQ Rub, Spice Rub, etc… generally refer to a pre-measured mixture of seasonings. The word “Rub” is quite literally a noun and a verb. Most Rubs are used to marinate meat overnight. With gloves (preferably), you literally Rub the dry mixture evenly over the meat, using the natural meat juices to create a wet paste. This technique is used for Grilling, Smoking and BBQ all over the world. You can use it for Baking, as well. Anyone who has seen my Facebook page knows that International BBQ is a strong interest of mine. Stick with me, and I will show you that the world is a very small place when it comes to BBQ.

25 WAYS TO TRANSFORM YOUR BBQ RUB

Whether you make your own Homemade Rub or are using a good commercial one, it usually acts as a background “symphony” of flavor. Most Rubs are created to taste great on their own. But if you are in the mood to add a new spin- Here are 25 special ways to Transform the flavor:

SWEET TREATS

1. Add Cinnamon with Sugar– Brown, White or Raw Sugars are fine. Especially good for Pork, Ham and Bacon.

2. Sugar, Soy and Sesame Oil- A Teriyaki style spin on your Rub.

3. Honey and Lemon– Especially good for Chicken. Can be added to BBQ Sauce for Ribs.

4. Molasses– Adds a rich natural sweetness to anything.

GET FRUITY

5. Orange Slices– Squeeze and cover to add a bright fresh Citrus Flavor.

6. Lemon Slices– Be careful as acid will begin to “cook” fish or meats. Adds pungent Citrus, best with with something sweet.

7. Pineapple Slices– Fresh is best, use canned if you must. Squeeze the juice and Rub into Hams, Chicken, Turkey, Pork Roast.

8. Lime– It adds nice tangy flavor. Great for Chicken and Fish.

HERBAL POWER- These are best fresh, but you can substitute dry herbs.

9. Parsley– Nice natural Herbal flavor. I like to stuff it into cavity after seasoning Chicken, Turkey or Duck.

10. Fennel– Chop the leafy part and Rub it in. Great for Seafood and Fish.

11. Fresh Dill– No need to chop, break off and spread branches.

12. Rosemary– Can chop branches or pull off leaves. Especially for Steak and Pork.

13. Basil– Unique mild flavor. Especially great for marinating Veggies. Add a bit of Olive Oil to spread flavor.

14. Oregano– Love it with Veggies and Pork Chops.

15. Thyme– Great for Steaks and Beef Ribs.

16. Garlic– Of course. Chopped, or Rub it thinly sliced, can put in slit holes for Beef, Pork Roasts and Lamb.

17. Mint– Generally with Pork and Lamb.

HEAT IT UP!- Use a little or a lot, depending on taste. When Rubbing meat it is good to wear gloves. Especially with these.

18. Jalapenos– Mildly spicy, pickle your Chicken, Pork or Beef.

19. Dry Cayenne– No need to buy a spicy Rub. Add Cayenne.

20. Crushed Red Pepper– Adds general heat and little bursts of flavor.

21. Hot Sauce– Add your favorite, may want to dilute slightly with water or another wet ingredient to spread evenly.

22. Chipotle Pepper– Especially good with Smoked Chipotles in lieu of liquid smoke.

23. Red or Green Chile Peppers– Spicy Southwestern flavor for Chicken, Pork, Beef or Fish.

24. Habanero– Light ‘em up, I’m on fire…

25. Bell Peppers and Onions– Not especially spicy, but will add distinctive flavor.

You don’t have to wait to use Rub or fire up the grill. Feel free to add any combination of these flavors to any recipe. Especially for Baked or Crockpot BBQ Pork, Ribs or Chicken. The nice thing about cooking is the wide variety of alternatives. I am sure there are at least another 1000 ways to transform your BBQ Rub. I welcome your ideas or “tried and true” recipes. I’d be glad to compile another list to share with everyone, of course giving credit to your ideas. Post them here, or email me at Mick@TasteeBQ.com. Until next time, Eat and Be Well.

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Mick Brown is a Food Blogger/Purveyor based in Los Angeles, with over 30 years BBQ and Grilling experience. Aside from Catering, his passions are creating Easy Grilling Recipes and searching for the World’s Best Flavors. General Manager of Tastee BQ Grilling Co. and the new California Gold BBQ Rubs. He is also author of web serial blog “The Adventures of Tastee BQ.” Email- Mick@TasteeBQ.com

Related Articles:

LINKS– Some of the latest in BBQ around the Web

Top 10 Brisket Rub Recipes- http://bbq.about.com/od/brisketrubrecipes/tp/Top-10-Brisket-Rub-Recipes.htm

Videos

BBQ-Pork Ribs low and slow – English Grill- and BBQ-recipe – 0815BBQ– He makes a Rub and amazing views from the Grill.

Pakistani style BBQ in the Netherlands– Nice looking Grilled Chicken and interesting glimpse of grilling Naan near the end.

5 of L.A.’s Best Hidden Places for the Freshest Meats- Pt. 2- Where are the Fish Tanks?

by Mick Brown

#freshlobster

Fresh Lobster picked from tank at California Market in September 2013.

It is no secret that the best meals start with fresh, quality ingredients.  In this new blog, we are talking about some of the hard-to-find places where you can send a Caterer for the best quality Meats in the Los Angeles area. Sad to report that the Fish Tanks have been removed at California Market, 4317 Beverly Blvd. Los Angeles, CA., 90004  (http://www.yelp.com/biz/california-market-los-angeles). I had driven past this place for years, with no idea of what they had inside. From Beverly Boulevard it may look like an abandoned grocery mart. The entrance is actually on the other side, facing away from the street. Once you enter their bustling parking lot, you know there is plenty of shopping happening here. I’ll pay homage to what was, while at the same time asking the title question. If anyone knows of somewhere else where fresh (edible) fish is sold from the tank, please leave a comment.  [A full list of my picks, with Links, appears at the bottom.]

#livelobster

Where else can you find Live Lobsters for only $5.99 per Pound?Really, where???

One of my best bargains ever was two live whole lobsters from California Market for the grand total of less than $16.00. Took them home and boiled them in a pot of BBQ Rub seasoned water. Then Grilled them and served with Seasoned Garlic and Herb Butter. Delicious.

#grilledlobsters

Grilled Lobster served with Seasoned Garlic and Herb Butter.

California Market also had fresh Abalone and tanks of live Halibut for $16.99 per Pound. They would help you pick the right one for your desired weight. Then the Butcher would perform “the deed” and send you home with flawless filets. Why go on and on about what used to be available? Because I want to find anyone who knows of a similar place that still exists.

#livefishtanks

Goodbye to the Fish Tanks at California Market. Thanks for the Memories.

The good news is that you can still find great deals on Fresh Frozen Fish at California Market. You can also ask the Butchers for the fresh Catch of the Day and they will point you to it.  If you want prepared food, the Noodle House at the store entrance sells some amazing sweet or spicy Fresh Noodle Bowls you can eat there or take-out. On Yelp, some of the reviews are misleading. Like the one that says they don’t have Kimchi. California Market makes it fresh every day and has a whole aisle full of selections. My day job is to run a Los Angeles catering biz, which has recently expanded into manufacturing a new line of BBQ Rubs. Hope you don’t mind if I leave a couple of links below. Eat and Be Well.

5 Most Hidden Places for Fresh Meat in Los Angeles

1. California Market- 4317 Beverly Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90004  http://www.yelp.com/biz/california-market-los-angeles . The Live Fish Tanks are gone, but ask the Butcher for the Catch of the Day.

2. Marconda’s Meats and Puritan Chickens- Farmer’s Market, 6333 West 3rd St #514. Los Angeles, CA 90036-3183 (323) 938-5131  http://www.marcondas.com/  This butcher has the best Fresh Meats with reasonably priced Sales, as well as premium steaks such as Waygu. They also make their own Marinades, Sausages and Side Dishes.

3. Monsieur Marcel Gourmet Market- Farmer’s Market, 6333 w 3rd St. Los Angeles, CA 90036   http://www.mrmarcel.com/gourmet-markets/  The Deli has fine Cheeses from all over Europe and other parts of the World. You can get premium Meats, including Paris Ham at prices that cost only a bit more per pound than the gelatinous Hams you get blister packed from the Grocery Store.

4. Harvey’s Guss Meat Co.-949 S. Ogden Drive, Los Angeles, CA. 90036 (323) 937-4622 Miracle Mile http://www.harveysgussmeat.com/home.html Talk about hidden. There is no store sign above the back Alley entrance. We are talking top grade Aged Meats here.  Hanging on hooks in a Walk-In Refrigerator. Hours are limited.

5. Boccato’s Groceries-3127 Manhattan Ave, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254 Phone:(310) 376-0574  http://www.yelp.com/biz/boccatos-groceries-hermosa-beach The Meat Dept. has everything from Steaks, Chickens, Lamb and more. You can get it plain or pre-marinated in their special seasonings. They have a fully functional kitchen to go along with the Deli. Our favorite find is their Rotisserie Turkey Sandwich.

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Mick Brown is a Food Blogger/Purveyor based in Los Angeles, with over 30 years BBQ and Grilling experience. Aside from Catering, his passions are creating Easy Grilling Recipes and searching for the World’s Best Flavors. General Manager of Tastee BQ Grilling Co. and the new California Gold BBQ Rubs. He is also author of web serial blog “The Adventures of Tastee BQ.” Email- Mick@TasteeBQ.com

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LINKS

Tastee BQ Catering Co.- http://www.tasteebq.com

California Gold BBQ Rubs- http://www.californiagoldrub.com/

Facebook- https://www.facebook.com/CaliforniaGoldBBQRubs

Available on Amazon-  http://www.amazon.com/California-Gold-BBQ-Power–10oz/dp/B00CVCMR88

5 of L.A.’s Best Hidden Places for the Freshest Meats- Pt. 1- The Turkey Edition

by Mick Brown

#smokedturkey

Smoked Turkey with Fresh Cranberry BBQ Glaze.

It’s no secret that the best meals start with fresh, quality ingredients.  For the first run of this new blog, I’d like to talk about places where you can send a Caterer for some of the best quality Meats in the Los Angeles area. With Thanksgiving around the corner, I’d thought I share two of my favorite places where you can order Fresh Turkeys. This series will focus on each Hidden Meats Location in the upcoming weeks. [A full list with Links appears at the bottom.]

#Marcondaslosangeles

They also make fresh Sausage at Marconda’s.

1. Marconda’s Meats and Puritan Chickens- Farmer’s Market, 6333 West 3rd St #514 Los Angeles, CA 90036-3183 (323) 938-5131  http://www.marcondas.com/ Located inside the always bustling Original Farmer’s Market. Their selection is so big, that Marconda’s has two locations. I usually get lost going from the Poultry Section to locate their Meat Dept. This butcher has the best Fresh Meats with reasonably priced Sales, as well as premium Steaks such as Waygu. They also make their own Marinades, Sausages and Side Dishes.  The Rotisserie Chicken Salad is unbelievably good. They also have great selection of BBQ Rubs and Seasonings.

Marconda’s is talking orders for Willie Bird Turkeys until Nov. 23rd or while supplies last. http://www.williebird.com/

#Boccatosgroceriesfreshmeat

Fresh Filet Minon at Boccato’s Groceries, Hermosa Beach.. Also some Marinated Skewers.

2. Boccato’s Groceries- 3127 Manhattan Ave, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254 Phone:(310) 376-0574  http://www.yelp.com/biz/boccatos-groceries-hermosa-beach  Not exactly hidden, this is the only location that actually has their front door visible from the street. But check closely for the address, because there is no store sign bearing the name of the place. Follow your nose. They have a fully functional kitchen to go along with the Deli. We are usually greeted by the smell of cooked Bacon or Rotisserie Chicken. The Meat Dept. has everything from Steaks, Chickens, Lamb and more. You can get it plain or pre-marinated in their special seasonings. Take it home ready for the Pan, Oven or Grill.

Our favorite find is their Rotisserie Turkey Sandwich. Who does that? They do. Actually roasting Turkey Breasts on the Rotisserie, slicing them up and serving it to you on a rustic French Roll. It has to be one of the best Turkey Sandwiches in (or out of) town. A perfect stop on the way to the Beach. The store also has a nice variety of carefully selected BBQ Rubs and Seasonings.

Boccato’s is taking orders for fresh birds from Diestel Turkey Ranch until Monday (11/25), or while supplies last. http://www.diestelturkey.com/diestel-products/the-diestel-family-of-turkeys/

That’s it for now. Hopefully you have discovered a convenient Hidden Place for a last minute Fresh Turkey. My day job is to run a Los Angeles catering biz, which has recently expanded into manufacturing a new line of BBQ Rubs. Hope you don’t mind if I leave a couple of links below. Eat and Be Well.

5 Most Hidden Places for Fresh Meat in Los Angeles

1. California Market- 4317 Beverly Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90004  http://www.yelp.com/biz/california-market-los-angeles You never know what you will find in their Live Fish Tanks. Yes. We are talking Live Halibut, Lobsters, etc… at really reasonable prices.

2. Marconda’s Meats and Puritan Chickens- Farmer’s Market, 6333 West 3rd St #514. Los Angeles, CA 90036-3183 (323) 938-5131  http://www.marcondas.com/  This butcher has the best Fresh Meats with reasonably priced Sales, as well as premium steaks such as Waygu. They also make their own Marinades, Sausages and Side Dishes

3. Monsieur Marcel Gourmet Market- Farmer’s Market, 6333 w 3rd St. Los Angeles, CA 90036   http://www.mrmarcel.com/gourmet-markets/  The Deli has fine Cheeses from all over Europe and other parts of the World. You can get premium Meats, including Paris Ham at prices that cost only a bit more per pound than the gelatinous Hams you get blister packed from the Grocery Store.

4. Harvey’s Guss Meat Co.-949 S. Ogden Drive, Los Angeles, CA. 90036 (323) 937-4622 Miracle Mile http://www.harveysgussmeat.com/home.html Talk about hidden. There is no store sign above the back Alley entrance. We are talking top grade Aged Meats here.  Hanging on hooks in a Walk-In Refrigerator. Hours are limited.

5. Boccato’s Groceries-3127 Manhattan Ave, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254 Phone:(310) 376-0574  http://www.yelp.com/biz/boccatos-groceries-hermosa-beach The Meat Dept. has everything from Steaks, Chickens, Lamb and more. You can get it plain or pre-marinated in their special seasonings. They have a fully functional kitchen to go along with the Deli. Our favorite find is their Rotisserie Turkey Sandwich.

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Mick Brown is a Food Blogger/Purveyor based in Los Angeles, with over 30 years BBQ and Grilling experience. Aside from Catering, his passions are creating Easy Grilling Recipes and searching for the World’s Best Flavors. General Manager of Tastee BQ Grilling Co. and the new California Gold BBQ Rubs. He is also author of web serial blog “The Adventures of Tastee BQ.” Email- Mick@TasteeBQ.com

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LINKS

Tastee BQ Catering Co.- http://www.tasteebq.com

California Gold BBQ Rubs- http://www.californiagoldrub.com/

Facebook- https://www.facebook.com/CaliforniaGoldBBQRubs

Available on Amazon-  http://www.amazon.com/California-Gold-BBQ-Power–10oz/dp/B00CVCMR88