Chris Shepherd

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    October 9, 2014

    Urban Harvest Farmers Market Celebrates 10 Years with Fundraiser Dinner at Underbelly

    The Urban Harvest Farmers Market has been in operation for ten years. The non-profit organization, Urban Harvest, was started 20 years ago in 1994, but over the past decade, the farmers markets (Saturdays at Eastside and Wednesdays at City Hall) have become the place to buy fresh vegetables, support ... More >>

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    October 8, 2014

    Chef Chat, Part 1: Randy Evans

    After last week's Chef Chat with Chris Shepherd, the next person that we wanted to talk to was Chef Randy Evans. As best friends who met on the first day of culinary school and went on to work for years together at Brennan's of Houston, the two are part of each other's stories. Evans was the forme ... More >>

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    October 1, 2014

    Chef Chat, Part 1: Chris Shepherd of Underbelly

    Chris Shepherd won the James Beard award for Best Chef: Southwest earlier this year. He is the first Houston chef to do so since Robert del Grande won in 1992 and one who has helped thrust our culinary scene into the national spotlight. Shepherd's story is of a chef who has taken the journeyman's ... More >>

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    June 17, 2014

    Blacksmith's New Summer Menu Features More Than Just Coffee

    It's no secret that Blacksmith Coffee offers excellent food options to go along with its beverages. While the Vietnamese steak and eggs, or a biscuit with crème fraiche and apricot marmalade are awesome staple menu items, this summer, Blacksmith offers an additional lineup of bites and treats creat ... More >>

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    May 30, 2014

    Upcoming Events: Who Can Make The Best Dish on a Stick?

    On Tuesday, June 3, Damian's Cucina Italiana will host a wine tasting event featuring selections from Cru Artisan Wines. From 5 p.m. until 8 p.m., guests will spend time upstairs in the Italian restaurant sampling vino, including Banfi Centine Rosso, Fontanelle Chardonnay and San Angelo Pinot Grigio ... More >>

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    May 27, 2014

    Chris Shepherd to Host Waffle House-Style Dinner at Hay Merchant

    Remember back before he was a James Beard Award winner when Underbelly's Chris Shepherd used to sling hash browns in a lowly Waffle House? OK, so it was a one-time gig this past February to practice for the Waffle House Smackdown, a short-order cooking competition at the 2014 Charleston Wine Food ... More >>

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    May 8, 2014

    Ten Best Signs You're A Houston Foodie

    Sure, you live in Houston. Maybe you even grew up in Houston. But are you a true Houston foodie? Do you plan your days off around which type of ethnic food you most want to eat, and stick to a single neighborhood for hours so as to properly indulge and explore? Do you make a sport of going to Revi ... More >>

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    May 6, 2014

    Chris Shepherd of Underbelly Wins James Beard Award for Best Chef Southwest

    It's about damn time. It's been 22 years since a Houston chef won an award from the James Beard Foundation--one of the most prestigious organizations recognizing culinary excellence in the United States--but last night that losing streak was broken by Underbelly's Chris Shepherd. Shepherd was in N ... More >>

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    March 21, 2014

    The 5 Best Things to Eat or Drink This Weekend: Beer and Food Trucks Galore

    8th Wonder Anniversary Block Party @ 8th Wonder Brewery Friday, 6-11 p.m. 2202 Dallas 8th Wonder Brewery has been in Houston for one year and is throwing a block party tonight to celebrate -- it's a "Celeb8ion of Beer." For $25 (tickets purchased at the door) you will receive a commemorative glass ... More >>

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    March 18, 2014

    Chris Shepherd Dishes on Underbelly's New Dinner Series

    If you've ever been to Underbelly, you've seen the wall adorned with photos of Houston culinary personalities and places. Not everyone in the photos is famous; some of the people pictured own small mom-and-pop restaurants that serve authentic ethnic food. There are farmers and fishermen. These are t ... More >>

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    March 18, 2014

    Four Houstonians Make Final Beard Awards Cut

    The James Beard Foundation has released its short list of nominees for awards in all categories, including media. The long list for awards was announced in late February, but now it's been whittled down, and we still made the cut. Congrats to Hugo Ortega of Hugo's, Chris Shepherd of Underbelly and ... More >>

  • Dining

    March 13, 2014

    Roost Bistro Debuts New Dishes

    It may be the best yet.

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    March 4, 2014

    Like That Chain Restaurant? Try This Local One Instead (Part II)

    Maybe your friend is obsessed with Cheesecake Factory. Maybe your kids scream for nuggets every time you pass Chik-fil-A (we don't blame them), but you don't exactly agree with their politics. Maybe you're just in one giant, chain-restaurant-filled eating rut. We've urged you to step away from the ... More >>

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    February 21, 2014

    Houston Celebrates Multiple James Beard Award Nominations for 2014

    The prestigious James Beard Award semifinalists were announced this week, and Houston is represented well by four individuals and one bar in three different categories. Anvil Bar & Refuge was nominated for Outstanding Bar Program for the third consecutive year, while Chris Shepherd, Hugo Ortega and ... More >>

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    February 18, 2014

    City Hall Farmers Market Returns On Wednesday With Celebrity Cooking Demonstration

    The spring farmers market season is here. On Wednesday, February 19, Urban Harvest's City Hall Farmers Market returns, kicking off at 11 a.m. The market will include most of the vendors from the previous season, including Angela's Oven, Blackbird Foods, Melange Creperie and Sinfull Bakery, to name j ... More >>

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    October 15, 2013

    Underbelly's Chris Shepherd To Star At Meatopia Texas in San Antonio

    For years the beau monde of cuisine derided Texas food as slabs of tasteless meat thrown on an open fire. But it's that relationship with meat and fire, along with a cadre of inventive chefs, that has attracted Meatopia, a self-described celebration of meat, to the state. "I believe in Texas as the ... More >>

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    October 10, 2013

    Blood in the Kitchen: Houston Chefs Share Some Horrific Tales

    "Pretty much any kitchen has superglue in it," Joshua Martinez, owner of Goro & Gun, told me recently. "If you cut part of your finger off, you just clean it and superglue it back on." I've always known that a kitchen can be a dangerous place. My aunt is a chef, and I remember numerous dinners wher ... More >>

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    September 23, 2013

    Society for the Performing Arts Benefit Serves Up Tastings and Chef Panel

    The Society for the Performing Arts hosted a fundraiser at Jones Hall for the Theresa Mallett Scholarship for Young Artists on Sunday evening. A Taste of SPA featured samples from more than a dozen area restaurants and businesses, as well as the opportunity to pick the brains of some of Houston's mo ... More >>

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    July 22, 2013

    Wedding Talk: What Houston Foods Would You Want at Your Dream Cocktail Hour?

    I've been engaged for quite some time now...and I haven't planned a damn thing for the wedding. No date. No venue. No flowers. No dress. I'm a bad bride, I know. It just doesn't excite me all that much. Well, except for the food (err, and the man, that too); The food, I can dream about that all da ... More >>

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    April 3, 2013

    This Week In Food Blogs: Landry's Lawsuits and All-Day Sunday Funday in Sugar Land

    Eater Houston: Congratulations are in order for Underbelly chef/owner Chris Shepherd, who was named Best New Chef yesterday by Food & Wine. Shepherd is one of 10 Best New Chefs listed by the magazine, and is joined by the likes of Michael Voltaggio, at Ink in Los Angeles and Danny Bowien of Mission ... More >>

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    March 25, 2013

    Where the Chefs Eat: Greg Lowry, Matthew Lovelace, Dax McAnear

    Inside the gorgeous dining room at Triniti, which is currently a James Beard Foundation finalist in the Outstanding Restaurant Design category, you can alway spy the chefs hard at work in the open kitchen creating food that is both delicious and beautifully plated. But it makes you wonder: If these ... More >>

  • Dining

    February 28, 2013

    Praise the Lord and Pass the Pints

    Houston's 10 best beer bars

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    December 18, 2012

    The 10 Best New Houston Restaurants of 2012

    If I had to pick one word to describe the mad, exciting rush of restaurant activity that's defined 2012, it would be this: exhilarating. Followed closely by: exhausting. Trying to keep up with every single new restaurant that's flung open its doors exuberance -- welcoming the city's burgeoning food ... More >>

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    October 8, 2012

    Big Wins for Chris Shepherd and Bobby Heugel at the 2012 My Table Houston Culinary Awards

    It wasn't quite a Lord of the Rings-style Oscars sweep for Underbelly last night at the 2012 Houston Culinary Awards -- the restaurant didn't win in every category in which it was nominated -- but chef Chris Shepherd and mixologist/bar owner/restaurateur Bobby Heugel took home four awards between th ... More >>

  • Dining

    October 4, 2012

    100 Favorite Dishes 2012

    No. 1, Korean Braised Goat and Dumplings at Underbelly.

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    June 28, 2012

    Underbelly: The Taste of Home

    Chef Chris Shepherd incorporates Houston's disparate cuisines into one wonderful menu.

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    June 27, 2012

    Underbelly's Underpriced Wine List Gives Us More Reasons to Love It

    Because there is so very much to discuss when it comes to Underbelly, the subject of this week's cafe review, I found myself having to trim back significantly in certain areas of the review in order to get a broader point across (which, TL;DR, is that Underbelly is where it's all happening and you s ... More >>

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    June 25, 2012

    Where the Chefs Eat: Chris Shepherd, Ryan Pera, Antoine Ware

    Since 2010, the Greater Houston Convention & Visitors Bureau (GHCVB) has been conducting "Where the Chefs Eat" Houston Culinary Tours, in which chefs take a group of people to visit secret gems centered around a theme. Past tours have included world barbecue, Korean/Japanese food, Mediterranean food ... More >>

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    January 10, 2012

    Money Cat Brunch Raises Money for OKRA

    It's Sunday morning, just 15 minutes shy of 10 a.m., and already, a small line had formed as I entered Paulie's on Westheimer for an encore of Chef Justin Yu's popular Money Cat Brunch pop-up. A fundraiser for the newly formed OKRA (Organized Kollaboration on Restaurant Affairs) non-profit, the even ... More >>

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    December 14, 2011

    Sampler Plate: This Week in Food Blogs

    J.C. Reid, Texas: Chris has made his international food writing debut in a big way: with a spread in Qatar Airways's in-flight magazine, Oryx. The restaurant he profiled? Philippe, which has been getting plenty of well-deserved magazine love lately. A hearty congratulations to both Chris and Philipp ... More >>

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    November 11, 2011

    Upcoming Events: A Week Full of Beer

    Read on for our picks of the best beer dinners next week.​In case you hadn't heard, it's Houston Beer Week, y'all. The week-long celebration of craft beer and local breweries kicks off tonight with a kick-off happy hour at Ziggy's Downtown, from 5 to 7 p.m. The restaurant will be offering $2 ... More >>

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    September 16, 2011

    Upcoming Events: Foraging and Fires

    Photo by GroovehouseYes, you can eat those beautyberries you've seen at the Arboretum. Merriwether will show you how.​If Nicholas Hall's post on foraging, "Indigenous Bounties," piqued your interest about scouring your own back yard (or front yard) for tasty treats, pay attention. Meriwether's ... More >>

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    September 13, 2011

    Houston's Food Community Steps Up to Help Wildfire Victims

    Photo by Chris ShepherdHouston's food trucks headed north to feed the victims of and responders to the Texas wildfires.​Although the wildfires in Bastrop have been getting the lion's share of media attention, fires are burning all over Texas right now -- including in our own backyard. And Hou ... More >>

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    August 2, 2011

    My Bologna Has a First Name: It's F-O-R-G-O-T-T-E-N

    To be fair, I would only buy this stuff because I think clowns are delicious.​Scores of Americans were once on a first-name basis with bologna. A generation was raised on the sausage's popular commercials and on the meat itself, usually sandwiched simply between two pieces of white bread and a ... More >>

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    July 29, 2011

    Openings & Closings

    When a bull statue has fire coming from its metal nostrils, you know the food is going to be good. Right?​No time to waste this week! Too much news to share! Straight to it! Newly hired chef Michael dei Maggi left Dragon Bowl late last week, as reported by Eater Houston. This marks too many m ... More >>

  • Dining

    July 14, 2011

    Vietnamese Venison

    Thanh Phuong in Pearland is turning out some of the most exciting food, anywhere.

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    June 2, 2011

    Bycatch Ceviche at Anvil Bar & Refuge

    Photos by Katharine Shilcutt​Anvil Bar & Refuge has some terribly interesting things going on right now that have nothing at all to do with its summer selection of "Southern"-inspired cocktails. Those are great, too, don't get me wrong. But the best things are coming out of chef Chris Shepherd ... More >>

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    November 29, 2010

    Houston Culinary Tours Ramping Up Again

    The inaugural barbecue tour with Robb Walsh; see if you can spot the man himself.​There's now one more way to get your Robb Walsh fix besides rereading that copy of Sex, Death and Oysters for the fifth time: The Houston Press's former food critic is teaming up with Catalan executive chef Chris ... More >>

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    October 29, 2010

    Upcoming Events

    Please try not to end up like this jack-o-lantern this weekend.​Halloween activities abound this weekend and we have the best parties all picked out for you in our annual Halloween guide. But if parties aren't your bag of treats, don't fret: There's still plenty else coming up to keep you busy ... More >>

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    October 15, 2010

    Upcoming Events

    There's still time to buy your tickets to the Great Gulf Dinner, happening tomorrow -- Saturday, October 16 -- at The Usual from 2 to 6 p.m. $15 buys you a plate filled with delicious Gaido's seafood and sides along with an afternoon of great live music and a raffle with prizes you can only find at ... More >>

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    October 4, 2010

    The Houston Culinary Awards Get a Facelift

    Photo courtesy of My TableThe steel awards themselves (no more glass!) weren't the only new things this year.​"You can't help but feel great when you're honored and respected by your peers and Houston diners," said Sean Beck today, after bringing home a stunning two awards at the annual My Tab ... More >>

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    July 30, 2010

    Last Night: B L A C K I E, Summer Blondes, The Tontons And Somosuno At Mango's

    Photos by Marc BrubakerSomosuno​B L A C K I E, Summer Blondes, The Tontons, Somosuno Mango's July 29, 2010 Aftermath had an inkling that we'd wind up at Mango's on Thursday as soon as we heard about the so-called "surprise show." For one, our love of music perpetually drags us out of our home ... More >>

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    July 27, 2010

    Texas Monthly: Houston is Chow Town

    ​Here at Eating Our Words, we tend to agree. Houston is the best culinary city in Texas, and I'm not just saying that out of a sense of loyalty or native bias. Although from reading the Twitter account that Texas Monthly has set up specifically for the food section of the magazine (@TMFood), y ... More >>

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    July 15, 2010

    Catalan's New Happy Hour

    ​Great news, food fans: Catalan has recently started an outrageously awesome happy hour. Whether you know and love the place, or have had it on your must-try list for years, the new deal provides an affordably fun way to get your fantasy fix. The happy hour menu includes six "street food" item ... More >>

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    July 2, 2010

    Robb Walsh's 100 Favorite Houston Dishes #11 Crispy Pork Belly with Steen's Cane Syrup at Catalan

    ​Over the course of the next few months, I'm counting down 100 of my favorite Houston dishes. I chose some because they are such quintessential Houston creations, others for their cultural or historical significance, and others because they are just so damn tasty. Share your own nominations in ... More >>

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    June 10, 2010

    Designer Meats

    In Houston, more and more chefs are curing their own pig products

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    October 30, 2009

    Hop On Board: Houston Culinary Tours Embarking Soon

    Photos by Katharine Shilcutt​Have you ever wanted to cruise around with one of your favorite chefs, picking their brains as you hit his favorite hole-in-the-wall restaurants in the city? Your chance to do just that is coming soon. Whole Foods Market and the Houston Convention and Visitor ... More >>

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    July 30, 2009

    Washington Ave. Revisited

    Forget what I said about Catalan – Chris Shepherd is one of the top toques in Texas.

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    June 10, 2009

    The Battle Rages On: Fried Chicken Throwdown at Beaver's

    Photos by Katharine ShilcuttRonnie Killen's skillet fried chickenSome had come for the spectacle of it all: 17 different fried chicken dishes, 9 enormous casseroles filled with various macaroni and cheeses, salads and side dishes and desserts enough to feed Alexander's own army. Some had come to obs ... More >>

  • Dining

    November 9, 2006

    Bacon, Eggs and Barbera

    Treat yourself to Mediterranean-inflected breakfast foods and some of the most amazing wine deals in town at Catalan

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