And despite my earlier “R.I.P Chile Pepper Magazine” post, I’m pleased to confirm that Chile Pepper Magazine is alive, kicking, and now officially owned by a new publisher, Mcaby Media, a Houston-based company which also publishes Pilates Style and H Texas magazine.
The April/May 2011 issue is now out on newsstands, and includes my article, “Bloody Good – The New Bloody Mary,” featuring drinks from Cochon, Judy Bennett’s brand-spankin’-new book on Bloody Marys, and more. The issue also includes a fun article on BBQ by Southern food expert Kendra Bailey Morris as well as a slew of recipes from Andrea Lynn, who I swear contributed at least half the content in this issue.
Although I’m not returning as a regular spirits columnist, I will continue to contribute occasional articles to the magazine.
However, while Chile Pepper languished over the last year, a competitor stepped on to the playing field: Last month Dave DeWitt, the self-described “Pope of Peppers” and original publisher of Chile Pepper magazine, unveiled a digital-only publication, Burn! Magazine. It’s still early days, but so far I like what I’ve seen. It’s lively, colorful and sassy. The first issue included stories like “Killer Bacon!” and had a recipe for Bacon and Habanero Infused Vodka.
What do you think…. is this town is big enough for two spicy-food pubs?