Fresno Food Expo and other related stuff and junk

While this space is usually reserved for the Ol’ Miner to talk about what’s on his mind, occasionally we (his trusty staff) steal it for our own devious purposes.

As many of you know, the Ol’ Miner has a regular Miners Mix roadshow that attends many competitions, trade shows and other events. Generally at these events, the Ol’ Miner does some grillin’, or if that’s not possible, some other type of cookin’ to showcase the Miners Mix Brand of products. At these events, we provide LOTS of samples of food, and we talk with folks about how and when to use our products (and anyone else’s that you want to know about!!).

The Ol’ Miner is always around to talk one on one with anyone who wants to talk cookin’, and he answers questions, gives advice and generally shoots the breeze with everyone who stops by. This month, we’ll be at the Fresno Food Expo, in Fresno, CA. FFEThis event is a great place to find out about what’s happening in the food world as the San Joaquin Valley (California’s Great Central Valley) is the undisputed Food Capital of the World! The public portion of the event takes place on July 23rd. Please see the event web site for more information. If you drop by, come see us at the MM Gourmet booth – and don’t forget to vote for Miners Mix for the People’s Choice Award either at the event, or on the Fresno Food Expo Facebook page or web site!

We’ll do our best to keep our show agenda posted here (and on our Facebook site) so keep a look out for when we might be near to you. Meanwhile, if you’d like to chat with the Ol’ Miner, or any of us here at Miners Mix, please feel free to drop us a line at, or just leave a comment below!


About minersmix

In early 1849, Joshua Shelby was working as a cook in a fancy St. Louis restaurant. The hottest topic among the patrons there was the rivers of gold that had been found out in California. These seemingly easy pickins stoked a full-blown case of Gold Fever! The only cure was a pick axe and gold pan way up in the Sierra Nevada Mountains which lay far to the west. In mid 1849, Shelby loaded up his wagon and along with hundreds of other would-be prospectors he headed west to California. Eventually he settled in the Mother Lode region, not far from what became Yosemite National Park. Accompanied by his trusty mule Codie, and panning along the Merced River, Shelby found a little gold, but eventually grew tired of the backbreaking work. Looking around for something else to provide a living, Shelby realized that the gold mines and camps dished up awful, bland food that failed to stick to a man's ribs and about which the miners complained constantly. Falling back on his skills, recipes, and spice blends, Shelby took a job as a gold camp cook which led to local fame and a little fortune. He soon developed a reputation as a first class frontier chef famous for good 'ol fashioned home-style cooking. Joshua Shelby's trademark spice and rub blends were always chock full of flavor and new blends continuously evolved as immigrants of from far off countries arrived in the camps, some with exotic and rare spices with flavors he'd never encountered before.
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