Welcome to The Side Dish

Cheers! We’re excited to kick off The Side Dish as the summer winds to a close. Published as often as something interesting happens, Chef James Main and wife Shana Brown will be sharing mouth-watering news of events, travels, recipes, and whatever else strikes our fancy. Big thanks to Siobhan at Imbibe Magazine for divining the perfect name for our blog!

August is birthday month in Main Course world: James celebrated his birthday, along with Shana’s mom, our sister-in-law Lauren, niece Sophia, nephew Nathan, and our cat, Stella Blue. Happy birthday, family!

The month began with the US Personal Chef Association’s annual conference in Tucson, AZ. We spent time with family in Bisbee and in Scottsdale, had some tasty meals at La Fuente and Beyond Bread, and sampled the refreshing beverages at Nimbus Brewing Company. Shana enjoyed the pool while James learned some tips of the trade from seasoned personal chefs. All in all, a very good trip.

James and friends Erich, Chad, and Zerek also entered their first barbeque competition. Team name: Smokin’ Somethin’. COF-A-Que was a stellar event – live music, great food, nice people. Sponsored by the organization Circle of Friends (hence the COF), this charity event benefits Hungry For Music, a fantastic non-profit helping kids grow creatively with the amazing power of music. Good mission, good times – we will definitely be returning next year.

The Side Dish is part of a big update to the Main Course site (thanks, Dr. Webstein!). Take a spin through to see what’s new!

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