Cooking for a Cause: Reliant Rodeo Roundup Charity Contest
Kicking off the 2019 rodeo season yesterday afternoon, The Buzz partnered with Crime Stoppers of Houston for the Reliant Roundup Cooking Charity Contest. In this annual competition, Houston media organizations partner with a charity and battle it out to make the best barbeque side dish and cocktail. Russell Weil represented The Buzz and Nichole Christoph represented Crime Stoppers.
The duo’s “Buzzin’ Bacon Mac n Cheese” was voted “Best Bite” by the judges: J. J. Moses of the Houston Texans, Daniel Berg of Carmelo’s Cucina Italiana, Monique Hernandez of B.B. Lemon and Fred Gaines of Freddy G’s BBQ.
Russell and Nichole also made a “Crime Stoppers Tipline Tequila” drink (tip: skip the tequila, use vodka instead) that won praise. As winners of the Best Bite category, Crime Stoppers received an extra $500 donation from Reliant in addition to the $500 they received for participation in the cook-off.
Other participants included Fox26 with USO Houston, KPRC Houston Life with The Pavlone Foundation, ABC13 with Kids’ Meals and Telemundo Houston with Wesley Community Center. Fox26 won Best Drink for their “Southern Smoke” and KTRK ABC13 won best overall, which meant that their partner charity - Kids Meals Houston – received $5000 in total. Deborah Duncan was emcee of the event. Houston Texans players Jester Weah and Jordan Thomas also stopped by during the event.
As soon as the competition was over, The Buzz and Crime Stoppers team already started brainstorming ideas for next year’s cook-off. Comment below to share your favorite Rodeo side dish and cocktail recipes.
Buzzin’ Bacon Mac ’n Cheese aka Max n' Cheese
Recipe by Chef Greg Shade, MAX'S Wine Dive, Fairview
1/3 cup Béchamel sauce
2 tablespoons heavy cream
5 dry oz. cavatappi pasta, cooked al dente
½ tablespoon truffle Cream
4 oz. bacon
2 oz. grated Parmesan cheese
2 oz. grated provolone cheese
Salt and pepper to taste
Juice of ¼ lime
1 tablespoon buttered dry bread crumbs
In a sauté pan, add the béchamel and heavy cream. Cook over low heat until bubbles form in the center. Stir in the cooked pasta, truffle cream and cheeses. Allow the mixture to simmer, stirring occasionally, until all the cheese has melted into the sauce.
Season with salt and pepper to taste and stir in the lime juice. Place the pasta into a casserole and top with buttered bread crumbs. Serve immediately.
Crime Stoppers Tipline Tequila (tip: skip the tequila – use vodka instead)
This recipe was found here.
6 oz. can frozen limeade concentrate
12 oz. bottle Corona lager
6 oz. vodka
6 oz. water
In a large pitcher, mix the Corona and limeade mixture (follow the directions on the frozen limeade except substitute one can of water with one can of vodka). Serve in frosted mugs with ice or a Margarita or Daiquiri glass.
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