Alan Truex

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  • 13 years ago

    For most of us, holiday cooking means turkey, ham or, if you're adventurous, goose. But for those with higher culinary aspiration -- and an ample dining budget -- 'tis the season to celebrate white truffle. Imported from Italy and France and selli...

  • 13 years ago

    Paula Foreman, sales director of Sambuca Jazz Cafe, felt compelled to take action one evening when she saw a woman panhandling for money in her restaurant. She escorted the intruder to the door, but the trouble didn't end there. "She didn't take i...

  • 13 years ago

    For 15 years Cafe Elegante stood on Houston's west side as one of the last bastions of continental cuisine, turning out heavily sauced entrées and flaming desserts in a dining room filled with empire chairs. But after determining that conti...

  • 14 years ago

    Tony Vallone, who made his name with Italian and French restaurants, has always relied on Mexican cooks to prepare European dishes, but now he's asking his chefs from south of the border to re-create the cuisine of their homeland. Vallone's oddly ...

  • 14 years ago

    Tony Ruppe, former chef and owner of the sleek Montrose restaurant that bore his name, has switched from the high end to the low end of the food chain. He's now the corporate chef of Luby's cafeterias. "It is kind of funny," he says, chuckling. "W...

  • 14 years ago

    When Maxim's, a Houston dining institution for half a century, served its last meal in January 2001, it was expected to reopen within a year as the Pappas brothers' first French restaurant. But a spokesperson for the chain says the Maxim's renovat...


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