It’s happened again! McDonald’s of Greater Houston joined forces with Chef Rey, executive chef for the Houston Astros, to host the national restaurant chain’s second in a series of “McDonald’s Chef Event: “An Evening of Culinary Inspiration.”
The exclusive gathering, hosted by McDonald’s owner/operators, Nelly Quijano and Mariselle Quijano-Lerma, members of the McDonald’s Owner/Operator Association of Houston Cooperative, was held at one of the mother-daughter’s franchise locations at 4625 Fairmont Parkway in Pasadena, Texas.
The invitation-only, red-carpet affair marked yet another opportunity for McDonald’s to bring guests and community leaders together to showcase the quality of the national restaurant chain’s food with a gourmet flair and style.
The evening featured a behind-the-scenes tour of the restaurant’s kitchen led by Caprice Linington, McDonald’s field service manager and Samantha Gil, McDonald’s business consultant, a supplier chat with Nick Beach, Tyson Foods regional sales manager and Beth Bunkenburg, Conagra Foods Lamb Weston followed by a nutritional highlights presentation by Ruth Estrada, Houston McDonald’s registered dietician. The special evening also featured recognitions from Victoria Guster-Hines, vice president of quality, service, and cleanliness – Houston Region.
Guests were then served a selection of Chef Rey’s original “Latin-inspired” dishes from southwestern quiche to chicken tortilla soup to beef quesadilla to southwestern grilled chicken breast and strawberry cookie sandwich; all created from McDonald’s fresh produce, and quality meats and vegetables.
Among the EM Editor-in-Chief’s favorite dishes of the evening was the simply mouth pleasingly delicious chicken tortilla soup – a thick and hearty creation prepared from McDonald’s farm fresh onions, carrots, tomato, bell peppers and 100-percent chicken garnished with tortilla strips and cheese.
Guests not only delighted their palates but also learned a number of interesting and extremely inspiring facts about the McDonald’s owner/operator hosts, Nelly and Mariselle.
Nelly came to the United States in the early 1960s from Cuba without a penny to her name. While living in New York, she married Dominic Quijano, a fellow Cuban exile. They moved to Houston and opened their first McDonald’s franchise in 1985. Following her dear husband’s death, their youngest daughter, Mariselle, stepped in and partnered with her mother to continue growing and prospering their McDonald’s franchise family.
Nelly also is famously known as “the woman who helped add the breakfast burrito to the McDonald’s menu.”
I am convinced that you can never go wrong by pulling up to a McDonald’s restaurant for a good meal from their menu, known for its “balanced meal choices,” including:
– their famous 100-percent beef burgers, all white meat chicken sandwiches, premium salads and fresh egg breakfast sandwiches, made from the same ingredients used in home kitchens and quality restaurants across the Houston area.
– Hamburgers made with 100-percent USDA-inspected beef with no fillers or additives; it’s just beef.
– Tyson’s premium all white meat chicken in its chicken sandwiches and salads.
– fresh ingredients such as USDA grade-A eggs, a dozen types of lettuce, tomatoes, onions, blueberries, apples, low-fat yogurt and milk.
– chicken McNuggets made with white chicken meat void of any mechanical separation process.
The national restaurant chain will continue to place a premium on consumer education with a special Iron Chef-inspired culinary competition planned for September in Houston, Texas featuring some of the nation’s top celebrity chefs.