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hotline CasaQ announces 2011 BEST Darn Tamale Contest Winners Results from the 7th Annual Best Darn Tamale Contest, presented by CasaQ and NBC Bay Area’s Comunidad de Valle, are in. And the 2011 Gente’s Choice—the overall favorite based on audience votes—goes to the Pineapple, Coconut & Raisin Tamale from Taqueria Lorena’s in San Jose, Calif. CATEGORY WINNERS chosen by celebrity guest judges including Cheryle Forberg, a James Beard award-winning chef—include: h Cheese/Vegetarian: Wally’s Tamales, Woodland Park, Colo., Deep-Fried Veggie Tamaco h Traditional Chicken: Felipa’s Comida Casera, Oklahoma City, Ok. h Traditional Pork/Beef: Tucson Tamale Company, Tucson, Ariz., Santa Fe Green Chile Pork & Cheese h Gourmet Exotic: Tamale Lovers, Brentwood, Calif., Curry Chicken Tamal h Dulce/Sweet: Tamale Lovers, Brentwood, Calif., Spicy Pumpkin The other fi nalists, by category: Cheese/Vegetarian Felipa’s Comida Casera, Okla-homa City, Ok., Black Bean, Spinach & Corn Wholly Tamales, Milpitas, Ca-lif., Cuban Black Beans w/Soy Chorizo & Cheese Mama’s Hot Tamales, Los Ange-les, Spinach & Mushroom Posa’s (El Merendero), Santa Fe, Wally’s Tamales, Woodland N.M., Green Chile Cheese Traditional Chicken Lucy’s Tamale Factory, San Jose, Park, Colo., Deep-Fried Tamale Margarite’s Hot Tamales, Calif., Chicken Chile Verde Tamale House, Tigard, Ore., Chicken w/Tomatillo The Tamale Factory, San Jose, Calif., Pollo Ranchero Tucson Tamale Company, Folsom, La., New Orleans Style Beef w/Gravy Corn Maiden Foods, Harbor City, Calif., BBQ Chicken w/Gouda Cheese Dulce/Sweet Corn Maiden Foods, Harbor Tucson, Sonora Green Chili Chicken Traditional Pork/Beef Lucy’s Tamale Factory, San Jose, Calif., Pork Chile Colorado Tamale House, Tigard, Ore., Pork Tamale Tamale Lovers, Brentwood, Ca-lif., Mild Pork in Green Sauce The Tamale Factory, San Jose, Calif, Pork w/Chipotle Gourmet/Exotic Felipa’s Comida Casera, Oklahoma City, Ok., Azteca w/Pork Roast, Orange & Cinnamon City, Calif., Chocolate Raspberry Lucy’s Tamale Factory, San Jose, Calif., Apple Cinnamon Mama’s Hot Tamales, Los Ange-les, Guava & Cream Cheese The Best Darn Tamale Contest began in 2005 as a way to fi nd good, locally produced tamales, according to Darlene Tenes, president and founder of CasaQ, a San Jose-based, Hispanic lifestyle company dedicated to providing unique products, services and content geared toward people who embrace the Latino culture. (continued to page 28) NOVEMBERsDECEMBER

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