Hasta la Pasta wins Best Bites Competition


Hasta la Pasta is the 2010 Best Bites Competition Champ

Katy, Texas (February 24, 2010) - Hasta la Pasta Restaurant wins the highly revered buckle at the Houston Livestock & Rodeo Best Bites Competition as the Peopleʼs Choice Champion.

The proof was definitely in the pudding. Hasta la Pastaʼs chocolate bread pudding served with coffee liqueur sauce and accompanied by Cabernet ice cream was an enormous hit creating a buzz among the 4,300 in attendance. Kipp Galleymore, chef and sommelier for Hasta la Pasta stated, “I paid attention to the attendees from previous years, along with the International Wine Competition and paired the flavors of the chocolate bread pudding and Cabernet ice cream to please the palate for all those sampling.” Chef Galleymoreʼs inspiration, creativity and execution bring the buckle to the Hasta la Pasta restaurants which serve Houston suburbs such as Katy, Champions and Atascocita.

 Chef Sandy Smith makes the award winning Chocolate Bread Pudding on FOX 26; website has recipe for it as well.

Chef Sandy Smith makes the award winning Chocolate Bread Pudding on FOX 26; website has recipe for it as well.

This accolade was awarded to Hasta la Pasta at the Best Bites Competition, which received votes from the panel of judges as well as from attendees. “We are thrilled for winning first place in the Peopleʼs Choice and to stand alongside second place winner, Del Friscoʼs and others recognized in various categories,” said Alan Smith, co-owner of Hasta la Pasta. The Best Bites Competition brings together more than 60 restaurants, catering and hotel vendors. This competition, coupled with the International Wine Competition truly showcases the culinary talent and variety Houston has to offer. John Maliani, writer for national travel, food and wine publications, recently noted Houston as one of the top five restaurant cities in the US.

This yearʼs event marks the fourth year Hasta la Pasta participated in the competition. “The Best Bites event is an easy fit for us. Excellent food and wine pairing is what we do every day,” said Jeff Smith, co-owner of Hasta la Pasta.

Supporting Chef Galleymore, was the Hasta la Pasta Rodeo team comprised of Teresa Guzman, Lauren Dorn, Brad Trousdale, Tiffany Gutierrez and Eduardo Lopez.

About Hasta la Pasta

Since 1999, Hasta la Pasta has been bringing the big city dining experience to suburban Houston. Everyone deserves to have excellent food, perfectly prepared, and to enjoy it with a large selection of wines in a comfortable atmosphere served by our highly trained staff.

At Hasta la Pasta, our chefs and staff pride themselves on preparing and serving excellent traditional Italian food with a contemporary flair with entrees ranging from $10-$25. All three restaurants (Katy, Champions and Atascocita) offer amazing wine lists, full service bars, and banquet rooms for private parties. Hasta la Pasta Catering brings top-notch food and service directly to our customers at their venue of choice.

Fatima Donaldson (media contact)

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Jeff Smith & Alan Smith
281.398.8300 Corporate