Fresno Food Expo is Coming!

Big News! Miners Mix just obtained a vendor number from Market Centre/Unified Grocers, one of the largest distributors in the nation. Being a vendor to Unified means that all the grocery chains they service can now buy and stock our products!


To better showcase our fantastic products, Miners Mix will again be at the upcoming Fresno Food Expo Thursday, July 23, 2015. Here’s the web site:   If you want to see what the Central Valley of California has to offer in terms of eats and food companies, this is the place. There will also be beer and wine for sampling! Since inception, the Food Expo has grown and attracted more buyers, and now with Miners Mix on board with Market Centre, our fantastic new labels and packaging plus our flavors, we are more attractive to those buyers.

The first several hours are trade only (buyers, brokers, chefs, store owners, etc), but the doors open to the general public at 5PM. Tickets are available; please check the Food Expo website for info on purchasing them. The event closes at 8PM after a very long day for the exhibitors.

We’re going to be sampling our incredible garlic bread and also carne asada to showcase our seasoning rubs. To make the garlic bread faster and more uniform, we recently invested in a commercial, restaurant-grade conveyor toaster. The toaster needed fairly extensive modifications to suit our needs, but thanks to McGuyer, it now does garlic bread really well in a single pass through the machine. There are no open flames or charcoal allowed at the Food Expo, so we can’t do any (real) grilling there, which means electric. We wanted a grill that was 1500 Watts or less because we pay big bucks for power at the show and that power is sold in 1500 Watt allotments. With a 1500 Watt grill, I only have to buy two circuits. We know from experience (but don’t tell anybody) that those show electrical guys cut it real close! 1501 Watts means blown circuits and angry tech people.

 After poking around on that South American river website, I settled on a Zojirushi EB-DLC10 Indoor Electric Grill. I wanted a grill that was a real grill, not some frying pan or griddle masquerading as a grill. You can’t cook pancakes or foi gras on this thing! It’s large enough to meet our needs and get hot enough to cook our carne asada quickly, plus it leaves fantastic grill marks just like a restaurant charbroiler.grill

 It’s also coated in some kind of super Teflon they describe as “titanium enhanced nonstick coating”. We have a couple of Faberware grills we’ve used in the past, and this thing cooks rings around those grills, uses less power than the Faberware, and is easier to clean. It was fairly spendy, over $100, but I think it’s well worth the price.


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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2 Responses to Fresno Food Expo is Coming!

  1. Congrats on the vendor number and exciting event upcoming! Sounds amazing! I’m looking forward to reading about how everything goes.

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