New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 29, 2011, New Braunfels, Texas
Page 2 — Herald-Zeitung — Friday, April 29, 2011Food Network gets craving for some local chili
Phoenix Saloon featured as dish’s place of origin
By Marilyn Kuehlar
The word of mouth has spread about Phoenix Saloon's chili — all the way to 75 Ninth Ave. in New York City.
That’s the Manhattan address of the hood Network, which sent a camera crew to New Braunfels on a recent Sunday to film a segment on Phoenix's top-of-the-menu chili.
The chili will be part of an episode on spicy food, which in turn is part of a new nine-part series titled "Crave." Each episode will spotlight foods people crave, including chocolate, pizza, ice cream, fried food and spicy food like chili.
"They contacted us,” said Ross Fortune, co-owner of Phoenix with I )ebbie Smith, a former Austin Realtor.
Food Network producer Troy Johnson, who came with the crew, "said they had
Chef Ian Kroesche slices sirloin for red chili while working in the kitchen April 22 at the Phoenix Saloon in New Braunfels.
researched chili and saw good write-ups (ahout us),” Fortune said.
The network also was attracted to Phoenix's contribution to food history and used it in the segment, said Fortune.
"The Phoenix Café was in
this building, with the saloon in front,” said Fortune, who can recite the colorful history of the Schmidt Building that houses the Phoenix, 193 W. San Antonio St. "William Geb-hardt, the café owner, created the process to dry and grind chilies into powder.”
At the time, in the 1890s, Gebhardt was serving stew spiced with fresh chilies.
The seasonal nature of the crop motivated him to find a way to use chili peppers year-round. His invention became Gebhardt Eagle Brand Chili Powder, once based in San
Antonio and now owned by ConAgra Foods.
But the Food Network segment will focus mostly on the chili, a spicy concoction that is "a true Texas red chili — no beans,” Fortune said. "Were proud of it.”
The chili is available in three degrees of heat: Single Shot (mild), Double Shot (hot), Ring of Fire (burn-burn-burn) and The Killer, spiced with “ghost chilies” so hot that a waiver must be signed before the restaurant will serve it.
"Troy said the Double Shot was just perfect,” Fortune said.
The restaurant also offers cheese, onions, jalapeno peppers and sour cream as chili condiments.
The chef responsible for concocting these brews is Ian Kroesche, who was born in Pennsylvania, but whose father was a New Braunfels native.
Fortune and Kroesche, a Las Vegas-trained chef, tinkered with a "good” chili recipe and tried to make it better.
In a small kitchen at the back of the cavernous Phoenix Saloon (which is also
a music venue, bar and basement pool room), Kroesche uses a oversized stainless steel kettle to make the chili. Food Network set up lights and filmed while Kroesche made a batch of chili.
He started with lean sirloin cubes cut into smaller pieces. "That gives it a good texture. We use no ground beef.”
The seasoning includes, of course, Gebhard’s chili powder.
"We still use it,” Fortune said.
Sirloin is the root ingredient of Phoenix’s chili, and Gephardt’s is used to honor of the building’s history. Beyond that, Kroesche, like almost every chef in the world, will not reveal the secret seasonings.
And he doesn’t want to advise local cooks on how to make a good chili.
"Texans are proud of their chili,” he said. A good chili “is up to the individual.” Besides, Kroesche said, “we don’t want to give the whole deal away.”
The Food Network series “Crave,” featuring the “Spicy” episode with Phoenix Saloon’s chili, will debut in July or July.
Mahers of Public Record
Law enforcement officers in New Braunfels and Comal County booked the following between April 27 and Apnl 28:
♦ Christopher Lewis Allen, 34, Sari Marcos, theft of property between $50 and $500
♦ Michael Anthony Burke, 21, New Braunfels, public intoxication
♦ Amber Michelle Carroll, 34, New Braunfels, public intoxication
♦ Richard Youl Delanoy, 26, Schertz, driving while license invalid with previous conviction or suspension without financial responsibility
♦ Sandra Marie Hebert 31, New Braunfels, theft of property under $1,500 2 or more previous convictions
♦ Jimmy Charles Ingram, 19, Canyon lake, violate promise to appear-resist arrest search or transport motion to
revoke probation-possession of mari-luana under two ounces
♦ Brett Dalton Justis, 18, Canyon Lake, minor in possession -alcoholic beverage, public intoxication-minor, theft under $50
♦ Joseph Nelson Legrande, 31, San Antonio, motion to revoke probation-driving while intoxicated
♦ Toney Earl Moon, 33, San Antonio, aggravated assault with deadly weapon
♦ Javier Cabrera Moya, 46, Houston, manufacture or delivery controlled substance penalty group 1 more than 400 grams
♦ Angelika Palcema, 18, Seguin, theft under$50
♦ Stephen Charles Polasek, 46, New Braunfels, theft of property between $20 and $500 by check
♦ Zachary Arnold Polesek, 20, New Braunfels, speeding 72/55, failure to
♦ Katherine Mary Rufsvold, 18,
Spring Branch, assault causes bodily injury family member
♦ Brandon Lucas Venecia, 29, New Braunfels, harassment
♦ Michael Ray Woolsey, 61, New Braunfels, driving while license invalid, failure to maintain financial responsibility
♦ Ronald Eugene Yeakley, 48, Canyon Lake, assault causes bodily injury Under the U. S. Constitution, any person/defendant is considered innocent until proven guilty. If anyone is found not guilty or has had the charges dropped without the State proceeding to trial and would like that finding published in the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung, please contact Managing Editor, Autumn Phillips, at (8301625-9144 x 220 or e-mail [email protected]
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A NIGHT WITH THE AUTHORS
Author Karen Wal-rond, left, visits with April Weil-bacher during the New Braunfels Public Library Foundation Book and Author Luncheon on Thursday at Seekatz Opera House. Other featured authors were Wendy Weil Atwell, David Denis, Diane Fanning and Mimi Brian Vance. Proceeds from the event benefitted the library's children's room.
German fugitives extradition hearing postponed
By Dalondo Moultrie
An extradition hearing recently was postponed for a fugitive from German justice apprehended in New Braunfels earlier this year, a court representative said.
The hearing for George Alexander Kaua, 49, is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. May 12 before U.S. Magistrate Judge Nancy Novak in San Antonio, Novak’s courtroom deputy Ruth Guerrero said. She said
the government asked for the postponement and the defense did not object.
Kaua has requested the court release him on bond pending the hearing, which was moved from its original April 26 date, Guerrero said.
A decade ago, Kaua, an American, was Convicted in Germany of kidnapping and extortion and sentenced to six years in a German correctional facility. He fled and apparently spent time in many states before settling in New
Braunfels, Deputy U.S. Marshal Bobby Hogeland said.
Kaua and his common-law wife have two young children —a boy and a girl, ages 4 and 2. Authorities from the U.S. Marshals Service and New Braunfels Police arrested Kaua on Feb. 28 at his home on Cactus Wren. He was taken to San Antonio and held without bond.
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