“And the 2011 Tasty Award Goes To…”
The votes have been tabulated the Judges Choices have been noted and the results are in for this year’s “Tasty Award” winners from Tasting The Town sponsored by The Gold Exchange on Thursday September 22 at Humble Civic Center. The community was a-buzz about the offerings of all the restaurants and chefs, the amazing wines, the fabulous desserts – and of course the live music and rocking good time! After sampling fare from all the vendors, the community was given the opportunity to vote for their favorites via an independent survey administered by Solution House of Kingwood, who also tabulated the votes.
Raffa’s won a close race with Hector’s for this year’s “Tasty” for best Entrée, but guests were won over by the taste-bud tempting Crab Stuffed Flounder that Tony and Leslie Raffa presented. Their restaurant, located in King’s Harbor is already a well-established local favorite, whether for a casual lunch or a fine dining evening out.
HEB, who ran a very close second to Hector’s this year for Best Overall Booth, stepped up to showcase more than you might expect at your neighborhood HEB store, and took home the award for Best Beverage with their stunning assortment of wines from California, Chile, Argentina and beyond. Named Retailer of the Year in 2010 by Progressive Grocer, the chain also donates 5% of pre-tax profits to charity. Whether you’re tailgating or planning your next wine tasting – they are your one-stop-shop for everything from floral to wine to the goods for grilling!
Hector’s never fails to impress, taking home this year’s “Tasty” for Best Overall Booth. As GM Tony Campa says, “We take good care of people”. And that’s truly what a visit to their newly expanded restaurant on FM 1960 in Atascocita will show guests. From the fresh Mexican fare, to the backdrop of their gorgeous new backlit bar – every palate is sure to find eats and drinks to please.
Additional “Judges Choice” Tasties were decided by local celebrity guest judges State Representative Dan Huberty; President of the Lake Houston Area Chamber of Commerce, Charlie Dromgoole; and President of the East Montgomery County Community Chamber, Andy Dill. The award for “Most Creative Tabletop” went to Dirt Road Divas, a boutique clothing and accessory shop located on Royal Forest Dr. in Kingwood “…where dusty roads and diamonds collide”. Hector’s Mexican Grill & Cantina was awarded “Best Decorated/Themed Booth”, as Señor Campa kept it authentic – constructing a ‘mini-restaurant’ in his corner of the civic center ballroom – complete with roof, decorations, a lineup of chefs serving fresh fare and an award-winning Mariachi band.
Event producers Tiffany Bauer and Jennifer Jozwiak of Lake Houston Area Events were pleased with the community participation in the event. “The turnout from the restaurants, chefs and the guests who bought tickets was fantastic to see,” said Bauer. Jozwiak added, “Every year this event grows, and we are excited to see what next year will bring”. Both Jozwiak and Bauer also expressed gratitude to Including Kids, Inc; an autism support center located in Atascocita, their chosen charity partner whom a portion of the proceeds benefitted. “Without their amazing volunteers, this event never would have been possible,” said Bauer.
Tasting The Town will return September 27, 2012 to the Humble Civic Center – but prior to that, the duo of Bauer and Jozwiak have on their horizon the 2nd Annual Lake Houston Area Home & Garden Show, February 18 & 19 2012 at the Humble Civic Center, followed by the Lake Houston Boat Show and Wine Fest, slated for the first weekend in May in Kings Harbor. For more information visit www.LHAevents.com
The smells of cakes, cookies, brownies, chocolate-dipped strawberries and other sweet delicacies mingle with determination and hard work as shop owner Ryan Young prepares to work on a new order.
The store, affectionately named Yummy Tummy Pastries, opened near the heart of Humble in June and has been busy filling orders ever since. Young and his partner/girlfriend, Letty Martinez, operate the store together.
When the bakery first opened, Yummy Tummy Pastries was in a much smaller shop, but within a few months the duo was able to expand to a larger storefront, complete with tables and a display case. The overwhelming demand has led them to consider expanding the pastry offering to include breakfast kolaches and muffins.
“Martinez and I first met when we were both working at The Woodlands Resort and we specialized in making cakes,” Young said. “We eventually got so busy we decided we wanted to open our own shop, but we had no clue where to begin.”
Young and Martinez researched several different shopping centers and storefronts along FM 1960 before Martinez asked the owner of the building of their current location if she could work for her business part time.
“The lady said sure and then asked if we would like to buy. We jumped at the chance,” Young added.
They moved into the business located on First Street near the intersection of North Houston Avenue and got to work, painting, decorating and filling cake orders. Yummy Tummy Pastries is best known for its strawberry shortcake and tres leches as well as other desserts. Young and Martinez also offer monthly birthday cakes for offices, cake matching with photos of cakes the customer wishes to duplicate and fondant cakes.
“We also have a unique service which is the bananas foster flambé table which businesses and families can use for their holiday parties or get-togethers,” Young said.
Besides working at The Woodlands Resort, Young has worked in several different countries such as Germany and areas like the Middle East and the Caribbean. He has also worked with Aramark in the Minute Maid Owners’ Suite and several other companies.
The unique name for the shop was developed by Martinez’ children who wanted to give the shop a cute name most people would remember. Yummy Tummy Pastries also offers several of its cake selections by the slice, cupcakes and smaller selections such as cookies and tarts. With the addition of breakfast kolaches and other breakfast items, the bakery will have earlier hours: Monday through Saturday at 6 a.m.
“The business has become a family affair, so we are excited to bring a quality bakery back to the Humble area,” Young said. “We know what we are doing and want people from around the community to know we are here.”
Yummy Tummy Pastries is located at 1005 First Street in Humble, one mile east of U.S. Highway 59 near North Houston Avenue.
Cake Made for Local Chef Gets National Attention
Chef Daniel Vercher husband of Robin Vercher fondant expert working at Yummy Tummy Pastries was featured on FOOD NETWORKS “Guy’s Grocery Games”
The Crew at Yummy Tummy put together a Shopping Cart Themed Cake for the National Television show viewing party held in Kingwood, Texas at for the episode where Chef Daniel competed.