Category Archives: The Hot Zone

Quick Hitter: Punishment beer by Stone Brewing Co.

Punishment beer by Stone Brewing Company hits a solid SINGLE!! It isn’t often that we receive spicy drinks to review, and it seems that when we do that they are usually in the dessert cate......

Don’t feel blue on Black Friday…order some spicy stuff!

(HT to Scott Roberts for putting this mondo list together. We can’t take ANY of the credit for it, and love that someone else wanted to play with all the HTML code!) While it’s comin......

2nd Annual NYC Hot Sauce Expo (2014)

If you’re on any social media, you’ve probably already seen this, but it is worth mentioning over and over again until we’ve convinced you to go. This is undoubtedly one of the......

The Original Zest Fest – Announcement

ZestFest Returning to the Irving Convention Center at Las Colinas SAVOR THE FLAVOR AND FUN OF TEXAS’S OWN SPICY FOOD FESTIVAL TO START OFF THE NEW YEAR: JANUARY 24 – 26, 2014

ZestFest Midwest 2013 review

Well, if ZestFest Midwest was a musical comedy, then this past weekend could have been viagra 100mg explainable. However, since the show was dismal on a number of levels, it was ANYTHING but fun......

ZestFest Midwest Exhibitor List is now FINAL

Exhibitors ZestFest Midwest Booth # Company Location             1 Aimee’s Blue Ribbon Spices 407b Granville OH 2 All of Us 523, 622 Talluleh LA 3 AquaSoles b......

Quick Hitter: Schweaty Sauce by Race City Sauce Works

Schweaty Sauce by Race City Sauce Works hits a HOME RUN!! Ingredients: crushed tomatoes, tomato juice, tomato puree, RCSW Sambal (crushed fresh chiles [Thai, Chocolate Habanero, 7 Pot Douglah, P......

Hot peppers in the news again, courtesy of Ed Currie of the PuckerButt Pepper Company

Can hot peppers knock out cancer? Ed Currie, cultivator of the Carolina Reaper pepper thinks so:

Hot peppers in the news again, courtesy of Ed Currie of the PuckerButt Pepper Company

Can hot peppers knock out cancer? Ed Currie, cultivator of the Carolina Reaper pepper thinks so:

Breaking News: Interview with John Hard of CaJohns Fiery Foods

We almost never do videos, but given the subject matter that is covered in this interview, we thought it would be best done in this format. Enjoy!

ZestFest Midwest announcement

ZestFest Midwest gets a much-needed alliance to help power the show. You can see the full transcript of the press release here: Zestfest Midwest press FINAL zp8497586rq

Heartbreaking Dawns goes to “Crowd Rules”

Another chilehead star begins his assault, and ultimate domination, of the entertainment ind write my papers ustry. Friend of the blog Johnny McLaughlin (of Heartbreaking Dawns) will be appearin......

Quick Hitter: 98 Octane Ghost Pepper Wing Sauce by Race City Sauce Works

98 Octane Ghost Pepper Wing Sauce by Race City Sauce Works hits a TRIPLE!! Ingredients: Hot sauce [Bhut jolokia (ghost pepper,) cider vinegar, 7 pot chile, Chocolate habanero, yellow jolokia, ro......

First of its Kind

The New York City Hot Sauce Expo was a huge success with huge risk. There is an inherent cautiousness with a new industry show coming from a variety of people; these being organizers, vendors, m......

1st NYC Hot Sauce Expo, in pictures

Rather than bore our legions of readers with our pithy comments, we’ll just offer up a bunch of pictures from this past event. If you did not attend….well, you SHOULD have. Much fun ......