Female sommeliers have competed in the annual Iron Sommelier Competition for years, but last night marked the first time that one has taken home one of the major award categories. Vanessa Treviño-Boyd of 60 Degrees Mastercrafted scored the Best Presentation award last night. She succeeded in the in ... More >>
Iron Sommelier, the annual wine competition and fundraiser, returns on October 2nd from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at The Houstonian. The event benefits The Periwinkle Foundation, a non-profit organization which helps seriously ill children and their families. It's also an opportunity for Houston's top somme ... More >>
Sports analytics is no longer the wave of the future. It is most assuredly here, however, as evidenced by the explosion in the growth and coverage of the annual Sloan Sports Analytics Conference at M.I.T. in Boston. During the basketball analytics portion of the event, this weekend, former Toronto ... More >>
As CultureMap first reported yesterday, Grant Gordon has decided to step down as executive chef of both Tony's and the recently opened Vallone's steakhouse in Gateway Memorial City. This announcement comes just a week after Eater reported that Vallone's beverage director Evan Turner is also leaving ... More >>
We hope to see these places open soon.
A few weeks ago, we brought you a slideshow of the best restaurants that opened in the past year. But in the midst of celebrating all the great new places to chow down in the Bayou City, we are reminded of those we lost in 2013. As you get a start on the new year, why not sit down with a drink and ... More >>
Houston restaurants are ready to get shucking.
In one of the most surprising, yet epic, ways for a restaurant to close, Flora & Muse informed its customers it would no longer be open for business ... and did so during a Greek Wine Dinner. On Monday, October 28, general manager Evan Turner told guests at the dinner that the restaurant would be s ... More >>
On Monday, August 19 at 7 p.m., Flora & Muse is hosting a gastronomical tour of Spain by Chef Kelly Boyd and Sommelier Evan Turner. The dinner will include six courses paired with Spanish wines. The first course will be a charcuterie plate with cured meats and cheeses from different regions of Spain ... 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 >>
"In ten minutes, they're gonna be in the room," said sommelier Antonio Gianola with a tone of urgency. To his right, fellow sommelier Jonathan Honefenger encouraged his fellow somms along with cries of: "Hustle! Hustle!" The two men moved swiftly from one seat to the next, pouring a deliberate ounc ... More >>
The 5 fast-food sides we miss most.
How late is too late to order food at a restaurant? That was the thought that plagued me as I sped toward Jeannine's Bistro last week, determined to get in a necessary lunch of moules-frites for a post. The bistro closes for lunch at 2 p.m.; at best, I was going to make it in the door at 1:40 p.m. I ... More >>
If you don't like kombucha, I promise that it's only because you haven't tried Kickin Kombucha. I've turned many a hater into a convert with the brew, which just so happens to be made right here in Houston at the Kitchen Incubator downtown. I mention this because Kickin Kombucha is launching a new ... More >>
Still not sure what you're doing tomorrow night? We've got you taken care of. New Year's Eve dining options New Year's Eve open-to-the-public-for-a-price parties New Year's Eve events that don't necessarily involve Champagne but look cool anyway And what's that? You need a place to get a good ... More >>
The annual Best of Houston® issue is about to get even bestier. Our first ever Bestfest, celebrating our 23rd Best of Houston® issue, is gearing up to be a two-day festival celebrating music, booze and food on September 24 and 25. Bestfest will take place in that big grassy field right off ... More >>
Each week, we put together a sampler plate of the most interesting links from both local and national food blogs. Know a blog we should be paying particular attention to? Leave the address in the comments section below. Eater: The big news of the week is that national food blog Eater, after many co ... More >>
It's been a week of good news, which is a rare and precious thing around here. No real closings to report, only a few openings and some chef shuffles, which makes for a happy Friday around these parts. News that San Antonio's Freetail Brewing Co. is planning a three-story brewpub in downtown ... More >>
Turner recommends Jameson Gold, if you can afford a glass.Don't gild the lily tonight when you're celebrating St. Patrick's Day. That's the advice of whiskey connoisseur and former front-of-house man for Branch Water Tavern, the effusive Evan Turner. "Keep it simple. Drink it neat. Those pro ... More >>
Happy Christmas Eve, everyone! Just a reminder that if you haven't made dinner plans for tonight, there are still plenty of Houston restaurants open. B4-U-Eat has a terrific list, complete with menus, but just heading over to Chinatown is also a good bet (and generally a lot cheaper, too). W ... More >>
Photo by churlBuy a fruit tree this weekend for a gift that keeps on giving.We all know that Santa Claus travels far and wide to make his Christmas deliveries, even if you don't have a chimney in your house. But did you know that he even travels underwater? The Downtown Aquarium will have a ... More >>
Please try not to end up like this jack-o-lantern this weekend.Halloween activities abound this weekend and we have the best parties all picked out for you in our annual Halloween guide. But if parties aren't your bag of treats, don't fret: There's still plenty else coming up to keep you busy ... More >>
Please, no more operations on Yao Ming"What should I do?" -- LeBron James, over and over and over again his new Nike spot The fact that LeBron James is posing the question in his new Nike spot perhaps tells us that he is not completely devoid of self-awareness, as he appeared to be last summer. ... More >>
The NCAA makes me chuckle sometimes. Forget about the laughable amount of time it takes them to investigate transgressions at schools where you may as well be investigating jaywalking outside Minute Maid Park on Texas Street after an Astros game. (For those of you who don't live in Houston, after ... More >>
"If Kansas is the best team in the country, college basketball is going to suck this season." -- @SeanCablinasian on Twitter That was a post I had on Twitter, dated and time stamped 10:29 PM on November 17. Kansas was the top-ranked team in the country at the time, and they were plodding their way ... More >>
Is the theme of the awesome Branch Water Tavern "fatty foods for lean times"?
Each week, we put together a sampler plate of the most interesting links from both local and national food blogs. Know a blog we should be paying particular attention to? Leave the address in the comments section below. Chicken Fried Texan: Arguing the well-reasoned point that chicken-fried steak i ... More >>