Culinary Arts

  • Blogs

    October 17, 2014

    Argentine Celebrity Chef Francis Mallman, His New Book "Mallman on Fire," and His Cooking Class at Central Market

    Central Market's cooking school often hosts celebrity guest chefs and authors. Such was the case on Tuesday evening when they hosted celebrity chef Francis Mallman -- Argentina's most famous chef -- for a cooking class and book signing. Mallman's class featured five recipes from his newest cookbook ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 9, 2014

    Ten Best Places in Houston to Get Your Next Cake

    It's graduation season, which means two things: Uncomfortable polyester robes and cake. Of course, I've never needed an excuse like graduation to order and then devour a custom cake (Congrats, it's Tuesday, here's a cake!), but if you need to justify your consumption, I'm sure you can think of som ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 13, 2014

    Woodlands Market Hubbell & Hudson to Close

    A beloved market in the Woodlands will soon leave residents without nearby access to dry-aged beef, farm-to-market produce and cooking classes -- at least until Whole Foods opens there in 2015. Hubbell & Hudson market and cooking school will be closing, reported CultureMap's Eric Sandler, after rum ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 27, 2013

    Cake Decorating 101: Caramel Upside Down Pear Cake

    If you've been following our series on cake decorating over the last two months,then you're probably looking for a little breather. That's why, this week, we're letting the oven do the work and introducing you to upside down cake with pears. If you're going to tackle this it better be soon because ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 20, 2013

    Cake Decorating 101: Rose Cake

    So far in the Cake Decorating 101 series, we have looked at different ways to make flowers with fondant, frost a cake with butter cream and cream cheese frosting, spruce things up with easy designs and we have learned how to decorate the inside of the cake to create beautiful patterns. This week, I ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 13, 2013

    Cake Decorating 101: Reveal Cake

    Last week we took a look at decorating cakes on the inside by making a Zebra Cake, so I thought I would continue that theme by showing you how to make a reveal cake for a baby shower. Sharing with friends and family what the gender of the soon-to-come baby has become more than just announcing it thr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 30, 2013

    Cake Decorating 101: At-Home Wedding Cake

    After learning the basics with cake baking and decorating, and learning how to create special shapes and designs out of fondant, like Dogwood flowers, it's time to put all of these skills together to make a spectacular, eye-catching cake. Now that we are halfway through wedding season, I thought it ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 26, 2013

    Upcoming Events: Yappy Hour, Breakfast in Bed and Alcoholic Athletics

    Man's best friend needs a night out on the town! On Wednesday, July 31, spoil your pooch at Whole Foods' Yappy Hour from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Whole Foods on Kirby will be providing toys, treats and water for your dogs as they mingle on the patio, and the Market Food Truck will be on hand with food and d ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 23, 2013

    Cake Decorating 101: Decorating With Stencils

    If you are not the most artistic person, free-handing designs or words with a piping bag is probably not your cup of tea. I can definitely attest to my amateur skills at writing or drawing with a piping bag. Somehow, someway, without fail, I will mess up a letter, or notice that my designs and words ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 16, 2013

    Cake Decorating 101: Fondant Dogwood Flowers

    Now that we know how to cover a cake with fondant, it is time to apply fondant decorations to that cake. A classic decoration for cakes is a cluster of beautifully colored and shaped flowers. Of course you usually see these pretty decorative fondant pieces on top of cakes made by professional baker ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 9, 2013

    Cake Decorating 101: Covering The Cake With Fondant

    Last week we learned the basics with fondant, and how to create shapes and designs. This week, we are taking our fondant skills to the next level by covering a cake with fondant. Don't just stop decorating your cake after covering it with frosting or icing, give it a smooth finish and professional a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 2, 2013

    Cake Decorating 101: Fondant Designs

    Now that we have covered baking the perfect cake, frosting and piping basics, as well as the basic recipes for frosting cakes, it's time to add a little pizazz to our cakes. Fondant is one of the best cake decorating items to use to add a clean finish to the outside of any cake. In the third instal ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 25, 2013

    Cake Decorating 101: Piping & Frosting

    Now that you know how to bake a cake worthy of decorating, the next step is to decorate it. I remember my first time decorating a two-layered cake. It was for my mother's birthday, I was 12 years old, and I thought I could do it all by myself; I had seen her decorate cakes hundreds of times, and she ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 18, 2013

    Cake Decorating 101: Baking the Perfect Cake

    One of the most challenging things to make in the kitchen is a cake. It seems quite simple at first. All you have to do is mix the ingredients together, pop it in the oven, then cover it with frosting. Maybe add a little bit of sprinkles or icing, and voilà, you have a cake. However, as many of us ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 15, 2013

    Chef Maurizio Ferrarese Offers Cooking Classes and Comedy at Quattro

    I've been to plenty of cooking classes and cooking demonstrations over the years, but none as enjoyable as the one I attended last week Quattro. Much of this is attributable to the genial Maurizio Ferrarese, executive chef at the Four Seasons' in-house restaurant and a natural teacher who blends hum ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 26, 2012

    Chef Chat, Part 1: Matt Marcus of Eatsie Boys Food Truck, on Selling Food out of His Dorm Room in Military School and Landing an Internship at The Fat Duck

    Matt Marcus Eatsie Boys Food Truck 845-430-8479 This is Part 1 of a three-part chef chat series. Parts 2 and 3 will run in this same space on Thursday and Friday. The Eatsie Boys have one of the most popular food trucks in Houston right now. Known for their pork snuggies, fanc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 14, 2012

    Upcoming Events: Oktoberfest Contests, Beer-and-Burger Pairings and Free Food Truck Lunches for All

    Celebrate 20 years of artist studios at Lawndale Art Center and five years of the Lawndale Artist Studio Program with Tasteful Art, a special tasting event featuring local contemporary artists and chefs at the historic and beautiful Hofheinz House (3900 Milam). Lawndale is bringing culinary artists ... More >>

  • Calendar

    June 14, 2012
  • Blogs

    May 2, 2012

    Chef Chat, Part 1: Kaz Edwards of Uchi Houston on Culinary School, Staging at Uchi and Working with Tyson Cole

    Kaz Edwards Uchi Houston 904 Westheimer 713-522-4808 This is the first part of a three-part chef chat series, which will continue over the next two days in this space. People who think that Uchi Houston is just about sushi should think again. The Uchi kitchen turns out ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 6, 2011

    The Cake Boss: Buddy Valastro on Experience Over Education and the Importance of Small Businesses in America

    ​Buddy Valastro is better known as The Cake Boss, and his eponymous show on TLC -- Cake Boss -- has become one of the network's biggest hits. The show, which averaged 2.3 million viewers during its first season, follows Valastro and his family as they run Carlo's Bakery, the family business in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 9, 2010

    Local Student Joshua Christie Is Le Cordon Bleu's Future Chef Winner

    ​They always start young. Joshua Christie says he remembers helping around the kitchen as a little kid, and that lifelong passion for cooking helped lead him to win the 9th Annual Le Cordon Bleu Future Chef of America Culinary Scholarship Competition on June 12th. Having attended Langham Creek ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 4, 2010

    Chef Chat, Part 1: Adam Puskorius of Polo's

    ​Polo's New American has a young executive chef with some great Houston roots. We dropped by one afternoon to pay him a visit and see what Polo's is all about. Eating Our Words: How did your culinary tales begin? Adam Puskorius: Before becoming executive chef of Polo's, I was a sous chef at ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 16, 2009

    Top 11 Houston Restaurant Openings of the Decade

    Since I started my job as restaurant critic of the Houston Press in May of 2000, I've had a chance to observe the Houston restaurant scene for just about the entire decade. Our fine dining scene has evolved in the last ten years, and so have our ethnic cuisines. Houston became the birthplace of some ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 24, 2009

    Taco Truck Gourmet: Eating with Edge

    ​Noted food writer and Southern Foodways Alliance founder John T. Edge was in town this week researching a new book about street food. Edge already knows his way around Houston pretty well after putting on a Potlikker Film Festival event at the Saint Arnold's Brewery a couple of summers ago. E ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 7, 2009

    Chef Rick Bayless: Reluctant Rock Star

    Photo by J.C. Reid​A visitor to Macy's at Memorial City Mall last Wednesday would have been surprised at the more than 100 people -- many of them young women -- lined up in the Kitchen and Home area. Were the Jonas Brothers endorsing a line of tableware? No, but it was a rock star of sorts -- ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 17, 2009

    One Night Only! Pork Belly Madness at Catalan!

    Photo by stu spivak​Monday, Monday, Monday! The battle to beat all battles will be held tonight at Catalan featuring contenders from across the city as they compete to claim the prize of Houston's best pork belly. The third in a series of popular "throwdown" events organized by Jenny Wang ... More >>

  • Dining

    July 30, 2009

    Washington Ave. Revisited

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

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Calendar

    June 4, 2009
  • Blogs

    May 20, 2009

    Talk About a Fundraiser

    Photos by Jeff BalkeChef Albert Roux at the restaurant's grand opening in MarchChez Roux, the very fancy, very upscale top restaurant at La Torretta Del Lago Resort & Spa on Lake Conroe, is putting on a six-course wine dinner Saturday, June 6. It will cost $500 per couple, or $600 , if you want t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 8, 2009

    Molecular Madness at Max's Wine Dive

    Pretty. But is it pretty tasty? What if our relationship to food was not one of physical necessity? What if we consumed food not for corporeal nourishment but solely for pleasure and intellectual stimulation, much as a music lover consumes a symphony or as an art lover consumes a painting? What ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 20, 2009

    Free Cooking Classes: Monica Pope is Plum Crazy

    And I mean that in the best possible way, of course.  In addition to creating one of the more popular farmers markets in town, Monica Pope -- head chef at locavore paradise t'afia -- is now offering free cooking classes every Saturday morning at the restaurant, located at 3701 Travis ... More >>

  • Dining

    December 20, 2007

    Illegal Immigrants in the Restaurant Industry

    Mexican immigrant Hugo Ortega went from washing dishes to owning Houston's best Mexican restaurant — now he has a few things to say about immigration

  • News

    July 7, 2005

    Chefs Rule!

    If you can't stand the sight of lopped-off digits and the smell of your own flesh burning, get out of the kitchen

  • News

    May 5, 2005
  • Dining

    December 2, 2004

    Grande Plans

    Houston's most famous chef talks about prostate cancer, turning 50 and what's next for Cafe Annie

  • Dining

    October 28, 2004

    Odd Timing

    Bruce Auden cooks a benefit dinner for the scandal-ridden James Beard Foundation

  • News

    October 21, 2004

    Cooked Book

    The real chefs' surprise is who made it -- or didn't -- into Culinary Capital

  • Best of Houston

    September 23, 2004
  • Best of Houston

    September 23, 2004
  • Best of Houston

    September 25, 2003

    Best Chef

    Scott Tycer

  • Best of Houston

    September 25, 2003

    Best Indian Restaurant

    Restaurant Indika

  • Dining

    July 10, 2003

    The In-Tycer

    National honors go to the chef at Aries

  • Dining

    March 1, 2001

    Good with Knives

    Speaking off the toque: Jacques Fox

  • Dining

    June 8, 2000

    Cowboy in the Kitchen

    Welcome The Houston Press's new food critic, Robb Walsh

  • Dining

    May 4, 2000

    Hot Plate


  • Dining

    November 25, 1999

    Thanks for Nothing

    The Chronicle's annual parade of prepackaged Thanksgiving recipes needs to be canned

  • Dining

    July 1, 1999
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    February 11, 1999
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    August 13, 1998
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