Houston-Area Finalists Announced for H-E-B Primo Picks Quest for Texas Best Contest

25 top culinary creators from Texas head to Austin finals, compete for $70,000 in prizes

Style Magazine Newswire | 7/24/2017, 4:18 p.m.
Out of nearly 600 entries, eight local food artisans have been named finalists in the fourth annual H-E-B Primo Picks ...

• Cheezinos

Cheezinos represents the very best Brazilian-style cheese rolls in Texas. Inspired by Ahn’s mother-in-law, Dona Keiko, they are ready-to-bake, gluten-free (pao de queijo); all natural and crafted with carefully selected ingredients. They can be served for breakfast, as a snack or as small party bites.

• D’Gusto

Brothers Oscar and Mario Velasquez have treated Houstonians to favorites from their homeland for almost 20 years at the popular Mi Pueblito restaurants. After realizing their Colombian-style empanadas were popular with Texas school systems and following a brush with Super Bowl LI, they decided it was time to make their delicious pockets of 100% corn-based dough filled with pulled pork, beef chipotle, chicken jalapeno or beef and beans available to everyone. Be on the lookout for new options with brisket and chorizo.

• Couple Of Cooks Snacks

Brad and Hannah Montgomery are bringing a whole new meaning to the term “snacking.” What started out as annual Christmas gifts for family and friends turned into a “Texas Made - Texas Proud" business. Couple Of Cooks Snacks are small batch, hand-crafted snack mixes like CRACK Mix with pork cracklins; gluten-free Fire-CRACK-ers with spicy pork cracklins; Better with Cheddar & smoky bacon flavor; and Chipotle-Chocolate Crunch with a hint of cinnamon. Caution – these snacks are highly addictive!

• WarPig BBQ

Dennis Butterworth’s BBQ sauce, F.U.B.A.R (For Use on Butts And Ribs), is an elite sauce forged in the trenches of barbecue competition. This award-winning sauce was crafted by U.S. Army veterans to be the one and only sauce you need in your arsenal. Whether you’re a professional chef or a backyard grill commando, F.U.B.A.R.'s sweet, tangy flavor bridges the gap for all barbecue palates.

• Lone Star Bee Company

Created with help from Texas honeybees, Lone Star Bee Company offers undeniably sweet and uniquely infused honeys. Each flavor is small-batched, hand-crafted and intended for use as a topping or single ingredient for a countless variety of favorite foods. Co-owners Mark Crippen and Nicki Praiswater traveled throughout Texas seeking the very best Texas honeys. With the help from honeybees from Pearsall and Central Texas, the duo created two unique Texas monofloral honey varietals - Fiery Sweet Mesquite honey and Lucky Lime & Sea Salt Clover honey. The easy-squeeze bottle allows individuals to quickly add the honeys to their favorite foods without creating a sticky mess or a need for honey dippers and spoons.

• Lazy Bee Honey Co.

West Texas high school sweethearts Nathan and Christi Wade are the visionaries and bee farmers behind Lazy Bee Honey Co. with a mission to spread their sweetness across Texas. Their line of quintessential honeys has taken the Lone Star State by surprise, making sweet and simple products that are comprised of only natural, locally-sourced ingredients without the use of corn syrup, food colors or chemical preservatives. The three most popular flavors are Cinnamon Pecan Honey Butter, Honey Peanut Butter and Cinnamon Honey.