This is the second part of a two-part Chef Chat interview. If you missed Part 1, you can read it here. In Part One of this week's Chef Chat, Paul Petronella of Paulie's and Camerata told the story of growing up in an Italian-American restaurant family, and what it was like to take over the family ... More >>
For decades, the Houston wine scene has been dominated by the California powerhouse: "California Chardonnay," "Napa Cab," and "Merlot" (in quotes because it denotes Merlot from California) have long been been Houston's go-to wines. And in many circles, they still are the most frequently ordered wine ... More >>
More than 20 of Houston's top wine professionals gathered yesterday at the weekly meeting of the Houston Sommelier Association. The occasion was an advanced seminar and guided tasting with winemaker Alessandro Bindocci from the Tenuta Il Poggione, iconic producer of Brunello di Montalcino and one of ... More >>
Urban Swank: BRC Gastropub recently changed its menu, and Urban Swank has the low-down on the new comfort food items. Executive Chef Lance Fegen added a multitude of comforting dishes, such as the Foie Gras Poutine -- crispy fries, chilled foie gras, mushroom brown gravy and farm cheese. There's als ... More >>
Five more awesome things to try.
There's an old and chiasmatic adage often uttered by the great wine lovers of Europe: No wine without food and no food without wine. To those who truly love wine, no glass is complete without the complement of food. In America, the utterance of the binomial wine bar seems to elide wine's natural co ... More >>
"Education is key," write the founders of newly formed Houston Sommelier Association, "and for many of us sommeliers seeking the highest levels of certifications (Master Sommelier, Master of Wine, Certified Wine Educator) the desire to teach is our motivation to learn." Officially launched this wee ... More >>
Texas makes some mean wine, but Napa Valley is the big cheese when it comes to American wine. On Wednesday. July 24, learn all about the wines of Napa Valley at the Texas Wine School's tasting class in partnership with the Napa Valley Vintners Association. The class, which will be held at Chilled At ... More >>
More than tunnels and tourist traps.
Weeks like this one make it hard to believe I'm actually leaving this post next Friday, because what a whirlwind of activity we've seen in the last seven days. First is news of four exciting new bars heading to downtown, north downtown and Montrose. Two of those bars are from the Clumsy Butcher tea ... More >>
The top 10 restaurants in Westchase.
It's exciting to run across a well-priced favorite on a restaurant's wine list, or to discover something new as you dig through its pages. But there's more to making a world-class wine list than just stocking a cellar with Cakebreads and Chardonnays. To spotlight the best wine lists in Houston, we ... More >>
On Monday, the organizers of TexSom, the annual Texas sommelier conference, announced the winner of the "Best Sommelier in Texas" competition, Ryan Tedder of the yet-to-open FT33 Restaurant in Dallas. David Keck of Uchi took second place in the annual event, now in its eighth year. The competition ... More >>