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FRESH and Festive: Some Like It Hot Highlights

If you can’t stand the heat – get over to FRESH this weekend for the final events of our Some Like it Hot fest.

We’ve got a lot of great, spicy stuff in store, including some repeat performances by some of our most popular chefs and musical acts, plus some new, exciting classes and demos. Plan to be here for:

Tyler Paper food editor: Christine Gardner, food editor at the Tyler Morning Telegraph, knows how to turn up the heat; she’s a Texan, after all, as well as a classically trained chef. (She trained at the legendary Le Cordon Bleu!)  She’ll share some of her favorite spicy recipes in the FRESH Taste Kitchen, 5 to 7 pm tonight, Friday, Aug. 12.

Señor Gringos Strike Again:  Tyler’s own, and probably only, Latin jazz band was a big hit on the patio last weekend, so they’re coming for an encore performance. Stylish grooves from celebrated East Texas musicians including Elbert Wright, Tony Marsh, Kevin Ewalt and John Morrow. You’ll feel cooler just listening to them. Back Patio from 6-9pm tonight, Friday, Aug. 12.

Chefs Montez and Brady, Part Deux: Back for a second round of cooking mano a mano are Chef Carlos Montez, of Tyler’s Villa Montez, and Chef Michael Brady, our own chef de cuisine at FRESH. Come see what they’re cooking up together, and maybe try a bite or two. FRESH Taste Kitchen  12-3pm, Saturday, Aug. 13

Chile 101: Melissa’s Produce is the source of many of our specialty chiles, as well as other exotic and organic product from around the globe. So you know they have some great ideas on how to use their beautiful fresh and dried chiles. Come meet the Melissa’s rep in our Produce Department, 3-4 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 13.

Nightwork Jazz: If your taste in jazz leans toward the traditional/contemporary style, you’ll want to catch Lindale’s Nightwork Jazz. Vocalist Carmel Johnsen cites influences like Nina Simone and Oleeta Adams, while pianist Kevin Johnsen draws inspiration from Chick Corea and Thelonius Monk. Back Patio, 6-9pm, Saturday, Aug. 13

Hot food, drinks to match: Jakes, in downtown Tyler, is perennially one of the city’s hottest restaurant destinations, with a cocktail menu to match. So come see Jake’s chef Taylor demonstrate how to make spicy sopas, and bartender Rheuben mix up some spicy cocktails, including a watermelon gimlet with Thai chiles and fresh basil, ginger punch, and a heavenly, from-scratch mojito. Sounds like a hot time to us. FRESH Taste Kitchen 1-3pm, Sunday, Aug. 14.