SHOWCASING FILMS AND WORKSHOPS FROM THE UNITED STATES AND MEXICO
Enjoy exclusive culinary events with your favorite Taco & BBQ Editors of Texas Monthly Magazine in Historic Downtown Market Square Brownsville. VIP Badge Holders access private dinners* from award winning chefs such as Chef Oscar Carrizosa (Owner & Executive Chef of Casa Crespo in Oaxaca, Mexico. ) and Jack Gilmore (Owner & Executive Chef of Jack Allen’s Kitchen in Austin, TX and Salt Traders Coastal Cooking in Round Rock, TX).
DANIEL VAUGHN - TEXAS MONTHLY BBQ EDITOR
In a former life, the Dallas-based Vaughn was an architect and a mere barbecue hobbyist, eating, reviewing, and writing about smoked meats for his popular blog, Full Custom Gospel BBQ. Then, in March 2013, hobby turned to profession, as he became the country’s one and only barbecue editor.
His first book, The Prophets of Smoked Meat: A Journey Through Texas Barbecue, was released in May 2013 by Ecco, Anthony Bourdain’s line of books. Attendees can enjoy the Border BBQ Event and Four Corners Brewing Company beer with the BBQ Editor Himself!
JOSE R. RALAT - TEXAS MONTHLY TACO EDITOR
José R. Ralat has written about tacos extensively since he began his Taco Trail column for the Dallas Observer in 2010. His forthcoming book, American Tacos: A History and Guide, will be released in April. Ralat is the founder of Taco Trail as well as a co-founder for Taco Libre, a taco and music festival in Dallas.
He has written about tacos and the such for other publications, including Eater Dallas and Eater (where he wrote about Kansas City tacos). Right before joining Texas Monthly, he was Cowboys & Indians’s food and drink editor. Next up, his next book will cover regional tacosthroughout the country. Attendees can enjoy a Taco and Four Corners Brewing Company Beer with the Taco Editor!
ARTURO RAMON II
Arturo Ramón II is an open fire cook and owner of the Blanco River Meat Company. Arturo was born and raised in Brownsville, Texas.
Growing up, Arturo spent his free time hunting and fishing with his father and grandfather. When Arturo was 9-years-old, Arturo’s grandfather began teaching him how to cook over an open fire. Open fire cooking quickly became Arturo’s passion and by the time he was 15-years-old Arturo was cooking for parties and small events. After graduating from St. Joseph Academy, Arturo enrolled in the University of Texas and moved to Austin to study business.
Arturo has made local and national television appearances including competing on Travel Channel’s American Grilled, Destination America’s Smoked, and being featured on Cooking Channel’s Man Fire Food. Arturo lives in Wimberley, Texas with his wife. Together they have seven children.
VIP DINNER LINE UP
CHEF JACK GILMORE
A Brownsville Native, Jack Gilmore is the Owner & Executive Chef of Jack Allen’s Kitchen in Austin, TX and Salt Traders Coastal Cooking in Round Rock, TX.
CHEF OSCAR CARRIZOSA
Chef Carrizosa is the Owner & Executive Chef of Casa Crespo and Cooking School, known for promoting the cuisines of different ethnicities and regions in Oaxaca, Mexico.
PASTRY CHEF KARLA ESPINOSA
Karla Espinosa is the head Pastry Chef at MAD Houston, as well as a supplying local eateries and cofeee shops in the Rio Grande Valley with delicious pastries and desserts.
MONDAY FEBRUARY 24TH
Open Fire BBQ REception with Grillmaster Arturo Ramon II
of Blanco River Meat Company at Market Square
Vip Dining with Chef Karla Espinoza and Chef Abraham Avila.
Sponsored by Ramona Wine at Dodici Pizza & Wine
TUESDAY FEBRUARY 25TH
Taco Tuesday with Texas Monthly Taco Editor Jose R. Ralat
Sponsored by Four Corners Brewery at Market Square
Taste of Oaxaca with Chef Oscar Carrizosa
Sponsored by Mezcal Vago at Tarras Urban Mexican Kitchen
WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 26TH
Border BBQ with Texas Monthly BBQ Editor Daniel Vaughn
Sponsored by Four Corners Brewing Company at Market Square
VIP Dining with Jack Gilmore at
Half Moon Saloon
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Daily Pass allows ticket holders to access all tracts of the Crossroads Festival for the specific day purchased.
3-DAY GENERAL ADMISSION PASS
3-Day General Admission Pass allows ticket holders to access all 5 tracts of the Crossroads Festival.
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