Show 554, December 2, 2023: 3rd Annual Long Beach International Tamale Festival

Long Beach promoter Sal Flores

“The 3rd Annual Long Beach International Tamales Festival will take place December 9, 2023. The wildly popular holiday event will take place at Long Beach City College PCH campus located at 1350 E. Pacific Coast Hwy., Long Beach, 1:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. and will include music, food, drinks, performances, Best Homemade Tamale Contest and more.

“Organized by Long Beach Home + Living, a local lifestyle multimedia outlet, the event is devoted to celebrating the diverse Tamale-making restaurants, pop-ups and food trucks around Long Beach. The event is designed to be a medium to bring everyone to the table, from all walks of life, to showcase the city’s diverse Latin food scene featuring holiday tamales.”

“As somebody who grew up with this holiday tradition, I remember making tamales with my grandma and my tias, sharing great family stories, going to la plaza and seeing all the Christmas decorations, the folklorico dancers, the music, but best of all; eating delicious tamales on Christmas Eve together as a family,” stated co-organizer Sal Flores. “I want people to feel right at home, to embrace the Latino culture and history, while introducing what may be a new holiday tradition to people from different backgrounds.” Sal Flores joins us with a plate of freshly steamed traditional tamales in hand.

Show 115, March 21, 2015: Chef Arthur Gonzalez, Panxa Cocina

Arthur GonzalezEAT LBC – Long Beach Restaurant Week returns for its big 2nd year from March 22nd to March 28th. One of the participating restaurants is the newly opened Panxa Cocina. It’s in the former Christy’s space on E. Broadway. Chef Arthur Gonzalez (ex-ROE Restaurant) is the Executive Chef and Co-Owner. It’s Santa Fe, New Mexico-style cuisine with rich, bold flavors and a lot of imagination with accents from Mexico and South America, too. Look for distinctive, seasonal Hatch chiles (from Hatch, NM) as a key ingredient.

“In Latin, “panxa” (pronounced “pan-zah”) means “belly” which is fitting because at Panxa Cocina, your belly will always be naturally filled with love, flavors and wonderful food.”

“Panxa reflects a youthful exuberance of timeless, beautiful Latin culture, fresh ingredients home-grown, exciting foods and flavors hand-crafted with love, home comfort, family and friends, tequila and other exciting drinks and so much more.”

Chef Art is with us for the menu highlights.