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Luca Della Casa Returns in a Big Way

Luca Della Casa Returns in a Big Way

Luca Della Casa survived “Star Salvation” and headed back to “Food Star Network” on Sunday night.

Luca Della Casa

Luca Della Casa

The executive chef of Silo and Nosh on Austin Highway returned to the main competition just as the show was relocating from Los Angeles to Las Vegas.

“I’m not going to be an easy contestant to go against,” he promised.

Della Casa proved true to his word. He won his competition, tying for top spot with Lenny McNab. Of the chefs that remain, McNab and Della Casa have received the most votes in the show’s fan poll. (To cast your vote, click here.)

Chris Kyler was sent home this week.

The competition continues Sunday evening, July 20.

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Texas Barbecue Week Runs Through July 19

Texas Barbecue Week Runs Through July 19

Texas Monthly and Shiner Beers have teamed up to sponsor Texas Barbecue Week, which runs from now through July 19.

The weeklong celebration is a fundraiser for Foodways Texas, an organization that helps record and honor Texas’s food culture.

Barbecue from Killen's in Pearland.

Barbecue from Killen’s in Pearland.

Two local barbecue joints, the Granary ‘Cue and Brew at the Pearl and Two Bros. BBQ Market on West Ave., are taking part. So are plenty of great barbecue joints across the state, including Snow’s BBQ in Lexington, Stanley’s Famous Pit Barbecue in Tyler, Killen’s Barbecue in Pearland and La Barbecue in Austin. If you’re not familiar with these places, they are among the best barbecue that Bonnie Walker and I tasted while researching our upcoming book, “Barbecue Lover’s Texas,” which is due out in a few weeks.

For a full list of participants, click here.

Texas Monthly offers the following background: “Some cities have Restaurant Week. We have Barbecue Week. This July, TMBBQ will be hosting the second annual Texas Barbecue Week. During this week-long celebration of our culinary heritage, Texans everywhere can visit participating barbecue joints to enjoy a featured ‘Texas Barbecue Week plate.’ It’s a way to support the folks who are working hard to preserve the barbecue tradition—and to eat some of the state’s best smoked meat.

“Last year more than 50 BBQ joints took part in the first ever state-wide Texas Barbecue Week presented by TMBBQ and Shiner Beers. During this week-long celebration of our culinary heritage, Texans everywhere were invited to visit the participating joints featured in our June issue to enjoy an exclusive Texas Barbecue Week Plate. Over $10,000 was raised to benefit Foodways Texas, which preserves the diverse food traditions of Texas.”

So, go eat some ‘cue for a good cause. Your tummy will thank you for it.

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