Chef Billy Velasquez

Talking turkey: GWCCA executive chef dishes expert carving tips

Nothing screams Thanksgiving like a succulent, well-presented turkey on the dinner table.  You have labored, read all the cooking blogs, stayed up late nights shopping at grocery stores and cooked all day just to get to this point. You finally made it! It is time for you and your guests to reach for your phones […]

Expert pumpkin carving tips from the Congress Center’s executive chef

Carving pumpkins has been a long tradition that brings families together and signifies the start of the fall season and Halloween holiday.  A brief history of carving pumpkins traces back to Ireland and Scotland and the legend of Stingy Jack. According to, in these British isles, people began to make their own versions of […]