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Culinary Institute of America

  • Blogs

    August 11, 2014

    Dish of the Week: Mofongo

    From classic comfort foods to regional standouts and desserts, we'll be sharing a new recipe with you each week. See the complete list of recipes at the end of this post. This week, we're covering a Puerto Rican classic: Mofongo. Mofongo is a popular Caribbean dish made of unripened, fried (or boi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 19, 2013

    Chef Kristofer Jakob Displays Talent and Versatility Through His Wine Dinner Series

    In the most recent edition of a year-long "Around the World" wine dinner series -- an evening that paired Spanish and Portuguese wines with the cuisine of Spain -- Chef Kristofer Jakob of Kris Bistro & Wine Lounge, the restaurant inside Culinary Institute LeNotre, left diners impressed. Jakob isn ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 5, 2013

    Chef Chat Part 2: Restaurant Cinq's German Mosquera Talks Land, Art, and Working a Grill

    This is the second part of a two-part Chef Chat with German Mosquera of Restaurant Cinq. You can read Part 1 here. EOW: How old are you? GM: I turned 28 this year. EOW: Tell me about your background. GM: So, I was born in New York, grew up in New Orleans, and half of my high school life was in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 5, 2013

    Chef Chat, Part 3: Kris Jakob of Kris Bistro, Fine Dining without the Price Tag

    This is the third part of a three-part Chef Chat series. If you missed our previous posts, you can read Part 1 here and Part 2 here. This week, we've spent some considerable time chatting with Kris Jakob of Kris Bistro. Growing up in a German household, he started curing sausages with his family fr ... More >>

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    February 27, 2013

    Chef Chat, Part 1: Joe Macri of Up Restaurant, On Growing Up in a Southern Italian Family, and How He Moved to Houston Within 10 Days of Visiting for the First Time

    This is the first part of a Chef Chat series. Parts 2 and 3 will run in this same space on Thursday and Friday. Up Restaurant in Highland Village boasts one of the most beautiful dining rooms in the city. Above the bar, a gigantic, glittering Swarovski chandelier immediately wows before you step d ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 2, 2012

    Culinary School Matriarch Marie Lenôtre Awarded Chevalier Award by Daniel Boulud

    It's not every day that legendary chefs come to Houston. In fact, the last time Thomas Keller visited Houston, it was 1986. For one whirlwind weekend, however, Keller, Daniel Boulud, Jerome Bocuse, and the Bocuse d'Or USA team of chefs graced Houston with their presence. First on their agenda was ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 28, 2012

    Upcoming Events: Free Mexican Food, Plus Drink Pink in October

    Discovery Green's new Green Film Series begins tonight, September 28, and will run until November, showing films designed to educate and challenge the community on how to respect and care for the earth. Tonight's offering, which will begin just as the sun goes down, will be "FRESH," a documentary th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 12, 2012

    Chef Chat, Part 1: David Grossman of Branch Water Tavern on Faking It Till You Make It, His Time at CIA in New York, and an Externship in San Francisco

    Branch Water Tavern 510 Shepherd 713-863-7777 www.branchwatertavern.com 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. Driving north on Shepherd Drive towards Washington Boulevard, it's hard to miss the sleek wooden lines of the b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 15, 2012

    This Week in Food Blogs: Everything's Coming Up Houston

    New York Times: Houston is getting all the national love this week. After being called "Texas's best and most diverse food city" by Andrew Knowlton in Bon Appétit, it's getting a spotlight from none other than The Gray Lady herself. The New York Times noted our sprawling Chinatown over the weekend ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 21, 2011

    Chef Chat, Part 1: Grant Gordon of Tony's

    Mai PhamExecutive Chef Grant Gordon of Tony's​There's been a lot of buzz lately about young Executive Chef Grant Gordon of Tony's. Last month, he collaborated on a hugely successful Les Sauvages pop-up dinner with Chefs Justin Basye and Peter Jahnke. Gordon was also among the youngest of the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 9, 2011

    Openings & Closings: See Ya, Tequila

    Brewpub is go!​The city has lost one of its two restaurants with a tequila-themed nomenclature: Ruby Tequila's in Midtown, which closed swiftly and quietly late last week. The chain's website was quick to reflect the closure, removing the Midtown location from its site without a trace. A manag ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 6, 2011

    Chef Chat, Part 1: Tommy Birdwell of TQLA

    Photo by Matthew DresdenChef Tommy Birdwell, in front of TQLA​Houston native Tommy Birdwell, the co-owner/executive chef at TQLA, may hold the record for having worked at more restaurants than any other chef in Houston: 37, at last count. Then again, his career began at age ten. A graduate of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 13, 2011

    Chef Chat, Part 1: Greg Lowry of VOICE

    ​It's been nearly a year since Greg Lowry took over as the executive chef at VOICE, and he has settled into the position with confidence and style. Trained at Culinary Institute LeNôtre with a specialization in French pastry, Lowry jhas had stints at Tony's, Farrago, Mulberry, Max's Wine Div ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 4, 2010

    Caesar Salad Cupcakes and More: The 26th Annual Caesar Salad Competition

    Caesar salad cupcakes: Where is your god now?​"We worked on these for two days straight," laughed Jody Stevens as she proudly displayed a cupcake garnished with a romaine lettuce leaf. Stevens and her partner, fellow pastry chef Rebecca Masson, were in inhospitable waters on Friday night as th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 1, 2010

    Chef Chat, Part 1: Justin Strang of Bistro Catron

    Courtesy Bistro CatronJustin Strang of Bistro Catron​We ventured out to the west side to meet with Chef Strang of Bistro Catron (17754 Katy Freeway), learned how one goes about becoming a self-taught chef and got the scoop on his hot selling bacon chocolate brownie. EOW: Tell me about your t ... 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

    May 19, 2010

    Chef Chat, Part I: Riccardo Palazzo-Giorgio of Sabetta Café & Wine Bar

    ​You may recognize Chef Riccardo Palazzo-Giorgio's name from his stint at Simposio Restaurant. Back in November 2009, we visited Simposio and Chef Palazzo-Giorgio for a Fall Wine Tasting featuring the restaurant's new Southern Italian dishes. Palazzo-Giorgio had been there for about two months ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 4, 2010

    5 Places to Get a Custom Birthday Cake in Houston

    jessica.diamond​ We needed of a birthday cake quick but didn't know where to get it. So we turned to the Houston foodie community via Facebook and Twitter, and here were some of the suggestions that kept popping up. 1. Jodycakes By far the most mentioned was Jodycakes, who has a loyal fan ba ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 10, 2010

    Breakfast Radishes with Butter

    ​I celebrated the harvest of the first radishes from my garden this morning by having them for breakfast with a little butter. It's a pleasant flavor, nothing earth-shattering. Probably better with a breakfast beer instead of the coffee I was drinking. I am not sure whether the practice of ea ... More >>

  • Dining

    January 14, 2010

    Duck Fat: the New Butter

    Is the theme of the awesome Branch Water Tavern "fatty foods for lean times"?

  • Blogs

    December 4, 2009

    Houston Street Food Culture

    Why does the Eating Our Words blog focus on taco trucks, roasted corn stands and other such street food while ignoring the city's fine dining scene, commentor Bill Chase wants to know. It's a good question, and it brings up a larger issue that's being discussed in American food circles right now. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 12, 2009

    Fall Wine Tasting at Simposio Ristorante

    ​In 2007, Vasco Luti, owner of Simposio Ristorante, opened the restaurant's new location in an unlikely shopping center at the corner of Westheimer and Dunvale. Historically, this native Tuscan focused on Northern Italian cuisine, but last night, Simposio debuted some new wines and Southern It ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 19, 2009

    Chef Chat: John Signorelli of The Remington

    ​Colorado-bred John Signorelli is executive sous chef at the Remington Restaurant (1919 Briar Oaks Lane), located inside the five-diamond Hotel St. Regis on the West Loop. The Remington was rated one of the top 100 hotel restaurants in America in a 2006 Zagat survey, based on food quality, dé ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 14, 2009

    Chef Chat: Elouise Jones of Ouisie's Table

    ​Elouise Jones, aka Ouisie, was a food pioneer in early-1970s Houston. Her restaurant Ouisie's Table, both on Sunset and in its later River Oaks incarnation at 3939 San Felipe, serves up creative Southern-eclectic meals, the result of Jones's childhood memories and a fertile culinary imaginati ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 13, 2009

    Texas Traveler: Eating in the Alamo City

    photos by Robb Walsh Chef Scott Cohen was trying out some new sandwiches for the summer menu when I stopped by San Antonio's hottest new restaurant, Brasserie Pavil on Loop 1604 at Huebner. When I first walked in the door and took in the high ceilings and dark wood, I was immediately reminded of t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 13, 2009

    Texas Traveler: Eating in the Alamo City

    photos by Robb Walsh Chef Scott Cohen was trying out some new sandwiches for the summer menu when I stopped by San Antonio's hottest new restaurant, Brasserie Pavil on Loop 1604 at Huebner. When I first walked in the door and took in the high ceilings and dark wood, I was immediately reminded of t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 3, 2009

    Bryan Caswell: Houston's Best New Chef

    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 Food & Wine's Best New Chefs of 2009, took to Twitter immediately after the official announceme ... More >>

  • Dining

    January 1, 2009
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    July 16, 2008

    Now Open: Capriccio Tapas in the ‘Burbs

    After retiring from the corporate world, some people might take a load off. Not Jerry Sarmiento. "I needed a second life," he says of his decision to become a restaurateur. "The more I got involved in the food business, the more I loved it, so I decided to do it right -- I'd better get my CIA (Culin ... 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

  • Blogs

    December 6, 2007
  • Calendar

    December 6, 2007

    The Cooking Show at Talento Bilingüe Houston

    El Mero Cocinero gives us something to sink our teeth into

  • Dining

    October 14, 2004

    Steak and Peanut Butter

    Lemongrass Cafe: A hip Bellaire spot with a hit-or-miss menu

  • Dining

    August 14, 2003

    Between Friends

    Bunky's Soul Food Café

  • Calendar

    August 14, 2003

    (East) Indian Summer

    A local community celebrates its heritage

  • Dining

    July 10, 2003

    Upscale Hospital Food

    The Med Center’s Trevísio may be frequented by surgeons, but that doesn’t mean the food is cutting-edge.

  • Dining

    October 31, 2002

    Doctoring Dinner

    Trevísio's Alan Ashkinaze

  • Dining

    November 22, 2001

    Pig in the City

    A foodie saint is tainted by fast food's evil empire

  • Dining

    November 8, 2001

    Walker, Texas Ranger

    Carl Walker, Brennan's of Houston

  • Dining

    July 19, 2001

    The State of Things

    Chef Scott Atlas

  • Dining

    June 8, 2000

    Mexican Insurgence

    Chipotle Mexican Grill runs fast food seekers to a new border

  • Dining

    November 12, 1998
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    May 8, 1997

    Rich Stuff

    Regine's may not be light on the pocketbook, but it's lovely on the tongue

  • Dining

    April 3, 1997

    Irish Ayes

    At the Claddagh, the order of the day is excellent pub grub

  • Dining

    July 4, 1996

    Hot Stuff

    The name's Italian, but that's not all that stokes Fiamma's flame

  • Dining

    May 11, 1995

    What's In a Name?

    A rose is a rose, and Puente's is Puente's, even when called Woodway Grill

  • Dining

    October 13, 1994

    Burger Heaven, Burger Hell

    A quest for all that's good and greasy in an American icon

  • Dining

    September 1, 1994

    Calling All Night Owls

    It's 10 p.m.: Do you know where Vince Kickerillo's lasagna is? At Loulu's

  • Dining

    April 28, 1994

    The Dallas Version

    At Mesa: A Taste of Santa Fe, there's a whole lotta trendiness going on

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    January 13, 1994
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