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2009 Stories by Katharine Shilcutt

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  • Brenner's and Saint Arnold: Food & Beer Pairing Dinner

    published Apr 07, 2009

    Food and wine pairing has long been a passionate pursuit of the culinary world. What goes better with a mild, nutty Edam cheese than a good Pinot Noir? Or with a thick filet mignon than a Cabernet S... More >>

  • Bryan Caswell: Houston's Best New Chef

    Bryan Caswell: Houston's Best New Chef

    published Apr 03, 2009

    How do i begin; excited, elated, humbled, floored, it doesnt even scratch the surface! Me? Houston? Really? (my 1st 3 words to Dana Cowin) Bryan Caswell, who was just named one of Foo... More >>

  • Making Change on Montrose

    published Apr 01, 2009

    The intersection of Montrose and Westheimer is nothing if not mutable.  From being a sleepy residential neighborhood in the 1920s to the 40s to a run-down hangout for drug addicts and r... More >>

  • Recession Lunching at Rainbow Lodge

    Recession Lunching at Rainbow Lodge

    published Apr 01, 2009

    It's becoming more affordable than ever to dine in our city's finest restaurants, and Rainbow Lodge is no exception to that rule. Three years ago, the long-time Houston institution moved from... More >>

  • Crawfish for Charity

    published Mar 31, 2009

    The sixth annual MDA Crawfish Boil and Music Festival is taking place this Saturday, April 4th starting at 4:00 p.m. The annual event began as just a small get-together in 2004 with only 250 ... More >>

  • Crafty Cocktails at Anvil Bar & Refuge

    Crafty Cocktails at Anvil Bar & Refuge

    published Mar 30, 2009

    Anvil Bar & Refuge opened quietly last week, without fanfare.  It's fitting for a bar that prides itself less on pomp and fuss and more on the simple art of the... More >>

  • Embarassing Moments In TV Cooking History: Welcome to the List, Padma

    published Mar 27, 2009

    Padma Lakshmi isn't technically a celebrity chef. Yes, she's published two cookbooks and hosted/starred in an array of food-related programming. But she's also known for plenty of other endeavors, chi... More >>

  • La BĂȘte Noire du Cepage Noir

    published Mar 26, 2009

    Cepage Noir, the wine store begun in 1999 as Christopher's Wine Warehouse, closed its doors last week. The store's ten year run under the stewardship of owner Christopher Massie was a bumpy... More >>

  • Nebraska: The New Japan

    published Mar 25, 2009

    It's long been known that Japan has the market cornered on bizarre vending machines.  From machines dispensing beer and sake to bowls of hot ramen and farm-fresh eggs, the Japanese are a... More >>

  • A Useful Idiot

    A Useful Idiot

    published Mar 24, 2009

    Quality wine doesn't usually come from a vineyard named after a pubic wig (Merkin Vineyards) or a man called "Maynard" who happens to front one of the most popular metal bands in the world an... More >>

  • Egg Cetera: Conroe's Organic Outpost

    published Mar 22, 2009

      Hidden away in an easily-missed, non-descript building next to Conroe High School is one of the best restaurants in town, and I don't say that lightly.  Egg Cetera is exactly the ... More >>

  • Late Nite Pie Pulls a Zombie

    published Mar 20, 2009

    Despite its closure being broadcast on reliable sources like B4-U-Eat, the padlocks on the door and the good word of other area tenants, it appears that Late Nite Pie isn't closed after all. Sw... More >>

  • A Slice of Heaven at Pie in the Sky

    A Slice of Heaven at Pie in the Sky

    published Mar 20, 2009

    It's official: Your grandmother no longer has any use aside from supplying you with $10 bills on your birthday and taking your side when your mother calls you fat (actually, that's still pret... More >>

  • RIP, Late Nite Pie

    published Mar 19, 2009

    Late Nite Pie, the longtime bastion of 2:00 a.m. pizzas in Midtown, closed two weeks ago according to anecdotal reports. Not wishing to believe this was true, I headed out to Late Nite Pie ... More >>

  • Late Nite Pie Takes a Dirt Nap

    published Mar 18, 2009

    Late Nite Pie, the longtime bastion of 2:00 a.m. pizzas in Midtown, closed two weeks ago according to anecdotal reports. Not wishing to believe this was true, I headed out to Late Nite Pie ... More >>

  • Friends & Family Free at Five

    published Mar 18, 2009

    Get your grub on today -- for free! -- at the grand opening of Houston's first Five Guys Burgers and Fries at Bunker Hill and I-10.  All you have to do is become a fan of Five Guys at th... More >>

  • Recession Dining at Gravitas

    published Mar 17, 2009

      As J.C. Reid so aptly pointed out in his recent post about culinary schadenfreude, recession dining is becoming increasingly popular.  And we "foodie recession profiteers" (my new... More >>

  • Downtown Attraction The Grove

    published March 19, 2009

    It's said that you can judge how good a restaurant truly is by how well they cook a rotisserie chicken. If that actually is the case, The... More >>

  • The Fearless Critic Does SXSW

    published Mar 13, 2009

    Although South by Southwest doesn't take place in Houston, you wouldn't know it from all the hoopla that goes on here in the days and weeks leading up to the festival. And because plenty of Houst... More >>

  • The Flying Dutchman Sails Again

    published Mar 13, 2009

    Just in time for Spring Break, the last restaurant that was still closed on the Kemah Boardwalk -- which took heavy damage during Hurricane Ike -- has reopened. The Flying Dutchm... More >>

  • Fields of Dreams: Last Organic Outpost Expands

    published Mar 13, 2009

    The Last Organic Outpost has a tendency to fly under the radar. They don't have a flashy booth at the local farmers markets, just a simple stand with a burlap tablecloth and a few bunches of fr... More >>

  • Sharpening Your Skills

    published Mar 12, 2009

    Any chef or cook will tell you their most important tool is their knife. And anyone who's worked in a kitchen will tell you that a dull knife is the most dangerous piece of equipment to have around... More >>

  • A Brennan's Hatchling and Fancy Movie Food: CityCentre Updates

    published Mar 12, 2009

    Studio Movie Grill is now open for business, the second of the anchor tenants to open up at CityCentre in west Houston.  CityCentre is the latest in a series of "town center" mix... More >>

  • $13 at A Moveable Feast

    published Mar 12, 2009

    Where: A Moveable Feast, 9341 Katy Freeway, 713-365-0368 What $13 Gets You:  A sandwich to beat Subway any day. $13 will get you more than a sandwich at this popular health food store cum resta... More >>

  • The Tastes of Textile

    published March 12, 2009

    It was a Saturday night and the place was swinging. The music playing over the sound system was incredibly well chosen, representing the... More >>

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