Culinary Institute of America

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 16, 2014

    Chef Chat, Part 1: Roy Shvartzapel's Culinary Journey to Common Bond

    His last name may be a little challenging to pronounce correctly, but chef Roy Shvartzapel of Common Bond is practically a Houston native. After traveling the world and working in some of the most renowned restaurants, he came back home to open the wildly successful, upper-crust bakery at Westheimer ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 14, 2014

    Philippe Schmit Re-Emerges With Wine and Chocolate Dinner

    After abruptly parting ways from his eponymous restaurant last September and triumphantly returning to the kitchen in March for a pop-up foie gras dinner at Kris Bistro, chef Philippe Schmit is back again, and this time, his focus is on chocolate. Schmit is widely regarded as one of the best French ... 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 >>

  • Dining

    February 27, 2014

    The Inventive Frankfurters at Good Dog Houston Think Outside the Bun

    This food truck turned brick and mortar restaurant is best in show.

  • Blogs

    September 30, 2013

    Baker Spotlight: Chef Michael Savino, Michael's Cookie Jar

    If there's one thing people can agree on, it's cookies. That's what Chef Michael Savino of Michael's Cookie Jar believes in and has believed in since he began his business, in 2006. Savino hails from upstate New York, and after a failed career in television and radio production, he started working ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 3, 2013

    Chef Chat, Part 1: Kris Jakob of Kris Bistro, On Growing Up in Texas' German Country, and The Art of Curing Sausage

    This is the first part of a three-part Chef Chat series. Check back with us for parts two and three, which will run in this same space Thursday and Friday. Kris Jakob is frowning in concentration, looking a bit intimidating. He's concentrating ferociously on his plating, and I'm trying to snap a ca ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 12, 2012

    Anthony Bourdain: Not Quite Evil but Still a Badass

    We last saw Anthony Bourdain in Houston back in 2010 right after the release of his book, Medium Raw. It was a sold out show befitting of a rock star, and those that came looking for his usual offensive language and utter disdain for Food Network stars and all things celebrity chefs weren't disappoi ... More >>

  • Dining

    June 28, 2012

    Dining on the Rails

    A guide to light rail lunching in Houston.

  • Blogs

    June 20, 2012

    Grand Prize Bar to Become Coolest New "Restaurant" in Town, Plans to Host Rotating Lineup of Chefs in Kitchen

    Grand Prize Bar has been more than just a bar since it opened nearly two years ago -- it's had a culinary history of its own nearly since its birth. Only a few months after Grand Prize began shaking up its first cocktails in July 2010, chef Adam Dorris and his cooking partner Will Walsh began servin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 8, 2011

    Openings & Closings: June 2011

    Photo by Katharine ShilcuttAssorted macarons from Petite Sweets.​This is a good time to live in Houston, folks. Never forget it. A week so filled with restaurant openings that it requires three pages (yes, I'm warning you in advance) to discuss should be proof enough of this fact. News that T ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 11, 2011

    Chef Chat, Part 1: Juan Carlos Gonzalez of Bistro Alex in City Centre

    Executive Chef Juan Carlos Gonzalez of Bistro Alex​Executive Chef Juan Carlos Gonzalez of Bistro Alex is a cool kind of guy. The first time I met him, during the launch of Bistro Bar, he came down from the kitchen decked out in full chef's regalia - complete with a signature chef's toque hat t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 16, 2010

    R.I.P.: A Toast to the Restaurants We'll Miss the Most

    Photo by Robb WalshAlas! No more salchi-burgers from Brisa Cocina Mexicana.​While toasts are usually reserved for happier events or for New Year's Eve, we thought it appropriate to toast the dearly departed restaurants which closed this past year, wishing those who had to close them future suc ... 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

    February 19, 2010

    Openings and Closings

    ​As not only Houston but the entire nation heard earlier this week, Midtown favorite and one of the first Vietnamese restaurants in Houston, Mai's Restaurant (3403 Milam), burned down on February 15 after a cooking fire started by a wok. We posted photo and video coverage of the fire itself, a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 7, 2009

    From Rice to Potatoes: How to Switch Gears and Become a Cooking Contest Winner

    Photo courtesy of the U.S. Potato BoardCheesy Southwestern Potato Crisps​Okay, so William "Trey" Smith went to Rice University, where he graduated in 2006 with a degree in economics. Following a not-unexpected career path, he enrolled in law school at the University of Oklahoma. Along the wa ... 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

    May 8, 2008
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    April 8, 2004

    Burrito Wrap-Up

    Chipotle chef learned diplomacy at the CIA

  • Dining

    December 12, 2002

    Drink Pink

    Rosé champagnes compete in our third annual sparkler shoot-out

  • Dining

    October 31, 2002

    Doctoring Dinner

    Trevísio's Alan Ashkinaze

  • Dining

    May 23, 2002

    Not Just Soup

    At the Love-Joy Ministries kitchen, there's dessert and good deeds, too

  • Dining

    December 20, 2001


    Katz's never closes -- except perhaps in the face of a father-son lawsuit

  • Dining

    November 22, 2001

    Pig in the City

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

  • Best of Houston

    September 20, 2001

    Larry Perdido

    Head chef and co-owner, Saba Blue Water Cafe

  • Dining

    June 7, 2001

    A Matter of Grape Concern

    Ibiza makes for a pleasant escape

  • Dining

    May 31, 2001

    Food with Thought

    Lunch with Pat Brown

  • Dining

    July 9, 1998
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    October 23, 1997

    Hotel Haute

    John Sheely's Riviera Grill shows that even a chain hotel can host first-class food

  • Dining

    May 8, 1997

    Rich Stuff

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

  • Dining

    December 14, 1995

    Back to Nature

    Redwood Grill gets down to basics in an original way

  • Dining

    July 6, 1995

    Pasta Tense

    A tale of twin take-outs that were (almost) family

  • Dining

    March 16, 1995

    Manna from Sugar Land

    Magnus Hansson's new bakery-cafe is worth an expedition

  • 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