David Cordua

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    October 17, 2014

    Upcoming Events: Big Brews and Free Burgers

    Big Brew, the nation's second largest craft beer festival, is coming to Houston from October 20 through October 26. The week-long celebration will feature more than ,000 craft beers from more than 40 Texas breweries along with a different event each day. Kick off the party with one of three beer din ... More >>

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    September 25, 2014

    Alison Cook's Top 100 Restaurants Revealed - Oxheart Takes First Place for the Third Year in a Row

    Last night, Houston Chronicle food critic Alison Cook revealed her 2014 choices for the Top 100 Houston Restaurants. It was the first time since the list was first released in 2012 that she did it in a public forum, in this case, a sold-out walk around dining event called the Houston Chronicle Culin ... More >>

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    August 27, 2014

    This Week In Food Blogs: Cherry Bounce Sours & Beer-Glazed Chicken

    Texas Monthly: David Alan of Texas Monthly profiles new Houston bar, Julep. Instead of writing about the julep drinks available at the Southern bar on Washington, Alan describes the Cherry Bounce Sour. Julep's version features cherry bounce (cherries macerated with sugar, spices and spirits) along w ... More >>

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    August 8, 2014

    Back to School: Feed Your Kids Like a Chef

    As the start of another school year approaches, we've got school lunches on the mind. Mostly, when we think of school lunches, we picture cafeteria trays with grayish glop in each compartment, and we think of all the debates over what should or should not be given to growing kiddos. The vast majori ... More >>

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    July 15, 2014

    100 Favorite Dishes 2014-15: No. 80, Whole Fried Fish at Churrascos

    Once again, Kaitlin Steinberg is eating her way through Houston and counting down her 100 favorite dishes as we work our way toward our annual Menu of Menus® issue and culinary extravaganza. She'll compile a collection of the dishes she thinks are the most delicious, most creative and, of course, m ... 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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    April 18, 2014

    Largest Food and Wine Fest in Texas Returns to Sugar Land Next Week

    The 11th Annual Sugar Land Wine & Food Affair is back with a slew of events sure to tickle your taste buds and whet your whistle. As always, the event, which organizers describe as a "celebration of all that is good, gooey, sweet, savory, bubbly, hoppy and simply irresistible," will feature numerous ... More >>

  • Dining

    April 10, 2014

    The Newest Churrascos Is a Satisfying Chip Off the Cordúa Block

    This latest branch is as successful as the first.

  • Blogs

    March 19, 2014

    Where the Chefs Eat: Benjy Mason, Mark Decker, Richard Knight

    This week, our Where the Chefs Eat series visits the The Heights-area chefs of Treadsack, the restaurant group that includes the ever popular Down House, D & T Drive Inn, and the opening-in-the-near-future Hunky Dory and Foreign Correspondents. We asked them the regular questions, and we got some am ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 27, 2014

    Cordúa Family's Food and History Come to Life on the Pages

    The Cordúa family recently released their first cookbook after more than 25 years in the Houston restaurant industry. It's the product of years of recipe development melding the food of Nicaragua with the melting pot of Houston cultures. The Cordúa patriarch, Michael Cordúa, is credited with bri ... More >>

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    October 18, 2013

    Hobby Center Lawsuit Has Put Artista in Hot Water

    It seems Cordúa Restaurants are in a bit of hot water, at least according to the lawsuit recently filed by the Hobby Center for Performing Arts. The Cordúa restaurant Artista has been located inside the Hobby Center for the past 11 years, but when its lease ran out, in 2012, issues began to arise ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 2, 2013

    Pasta Eaters Flock to Paulie's and Camerata for Mangiamaccheroni Pop-Up

    "Just drove by and Camerata is hopping on a Sunday night," my friend texted me at around 6 p.m. this past Sunday. I arrived shortly thereafter to confirm her assessment. It was definitely hopping. Even before pushing open the doors, I noticed that a nice crowd had gathered at Camerata. The atmosph ... 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 >>

  • Blogs

    September 20, 2013

    NACE Golden Noodle Crowns Mac 'n' Cheese Champs

    Last night, the Houston chapter of the National Association for Catering and Events held its third annual NACE Golden Noodle Competition, which crowns the "Big Cheese" of hotels or catering companies. The new conference center at the Houston Food Bank was packed with chefs and diners as 15 groups ... More >>

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    September 12, 2013

    Amazon Grill Debuts A Fun, Family-Friendly Menu

    The chicken tinga fries came to the table on a sizzling hot plate, their appearance, on first glance, resembling a plate of sizzling chicken fajitas. On closer inspection, however, they looked more like the Canadian comfort food poutine -- french fries with gravy and cheese curds. Only this one came ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 31, 2013

    This Week in Food Blogs: Chicken Wings, Caribbean Fare and Breakfast All Day

    Hank On Food: Evidently, though we here at Eating Our Words missed National Wing Day on Monday, Hank On Food was on the ball. Or, if you will, on the wing. Anyway, Hank wrote a great round up of local spots to get wings. Some of them are wing restaurants and some of them aren't wing-focused, but sti ... More >>

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    June 17, 2013

    Calling All Houstonians to Root for James Nelson on MasterChef Season 4

    Here's another reason why you should love Houston so much. Another Houstonian has made it onto the fourth season of MasterChef and it looks as if he could go all the way. James Nelson, from Victoria, has advanced to the top 15 after wowing the judges with his audition recipe of pork belly with a len ... More >>

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    June 11, 2013

    Recap: The Woodlands Wine Rendezvous Grand Tasting & Chef Showcase

    There are food and wine events throughout the year, but none as big, or with as much at stake, as the Wine Rendezvous and Grand Tasting at Wine & Food Week in The Woodlands. This is no regular tasting event. Where other events may have winners, and the winners may take home trophies or bragging ri ... More >>

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    May 31, 2013

    Upcoming Events: The 9th Annual Wine & Food Week in The Woodlands

    Yep, it's that time of the year again. Wine & Food Week is coming to The Woodlands next week. From June 3-9, The Woodlands will become home to more than 50 restaurants; 500 wines; legendary wine producers and culinary personalities from around the globe; and a vast collection of craft beers and gou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 15, 2013

    Ribs and Ramen Reign Supreme at the 2nd Annual Go Pig! Or Go Home! Suckling Pig Throwdown

    There are pig parties, and then there is Go Pig! Or Go Home! The second annual charity throwdown event last night at Kata Robata was every pig lover's dream -- and then some -- with Houston's top chefs throwin' down everything from traditional roast suckling pig to cochinita pibil to oysters topped ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 1, 2013

    The Second Annual Go Pig! Or Go Home! Throwdown is Coming This April

    "Go pig! Or go home!" That is the gauntlet that has been thrown, and the challenge, the question, the machismo duel that will pit 23 of Houston's most prominent chefs in a challenge to create Houston's most supreme incarnation of a suckling pig. The second annual event is scheduled for Sunday, Apr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 17, 2012

    Getting Reacquainted with Amazon Grill

    When there was still an Amazon Grill on Gessner near Westheimer, I ate lunch there -- on average -- once a week. It was an easy choice to please a pack of picky co-workers, as it offered everything from fun South American food to "diet" food (gross, guys) and hamburgers. It had fried plantains just ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 10, 2012

    Paula or Pepin? Separate Savannah from Southern France, and Win Tickets to the Metropolitan Cooking and Entertaining Show

    The Metropolitan Cooking and Entertaining Show is coming to Houston this weekend, and Eating...Our Words has three pairs of tickets to see two of this year's celebrity speakers, Paula Deen and Jacques Pépin (two for Dean and one for Pépin). We would like nothing more than to give them away to you ... More >>

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    April 6, 2012

    Upcoming Events: A Flurry of Festivals

    With warmer weather ahead, food festivals are kicking off in earnest across the city, starting with the 17th annual Bayou City Cajun Fest on Saturday, April 14, and Sunday, April 15, at Trader's Village. Admission is free to the Cajun Fest, which runs from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. Plenty of home ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Culture

    October 27, 2011

    A Scary Good Time

    The Houston Press Guide to What's Happening This Hallowen

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    October 27, 2011
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    October 21, 2011

    Chef Chat, Part 3: David Cordua of Americas - The Tasting

    Photos by Mai PhamCrab caprichosa salad - tomato, avocado, mozarella, lump crab salad​We've had some great conversation with the Executive Chef David Cordua over the last couple of days, about everything from culinary trips with his dad, to training at Le Cordon Bleu, to the fact that he launc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 20, 2011

    Chef Chat, Part 2: David Cordua of Americas, On His Role as Executive Chef and Favorite Eats Around Town

    Photo by Mai PhamExecutive Chef David Cordua, in the kitchen at Americas River Oaks​Yesterday, we talked to Executive Chef David Cordua, of The Cordua Group, about growing up in the kitchen and culinary school at Le Cordon Bleu. You can read about it here. Today we'll talk to him about what he ... More >>

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    October 19, 2011

    Chef Chat, Part 1: David Cordua of Americas, On His First Love and Le Cordon Bleu

    Photo by Mai PhamDavid Cordua, Executive Chef of the Cordua Restaurant Group ​David Cordua, at 29, is currently Executive Chef at Americas River Oaks, and all of the restaurants in the Cordua Restaurant Group. Contrary to what some might assume, despite growing up as the son of a restaurante ... More >>

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    August 18, 2011

    Chef Chat, Part 2: Jeramie Robison of Restaurant Cinq at La Colombe d'Or

    Mai PhamChef Jeramie Robison in the kitchen at Restaurant Cinq​Yesterday we talked to Chef Jeramie Robison about how he got his start in the restaurant industry at such a young age. Today we talk to him about how he's been shaking things up since he took over at La Colombe d'Or. EOW: You've ... 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 23, 2010

    Upcoming Events

    ​When you're done voting in this year's Houston Press Music Awards, head over to the new and improved 2010 Houston Culinary Awards from My Table Magazine. You'll find a whole host of new categories in which to cast your vote in a section called Houston Foodie Star awards. The usual suspects li ... More >>

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    October 13, 2009

    Epicurean Adventure at Bayou City Arts Festival

    Photos by Katharine Shilcutt David Cordua in the demonstration tent.​Perhaps we our hopes were too high for what is essentially a street festival (large and wonderful though it may be). Or perhaps our bodies were still too water-logged and mud-coated from last weekend's three-day exercise i ... More >>