Grant Gordon

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    September 22, 2014

    Houston Bakers Band Together Again for Mental Health Awareness

    It's no secret that there are insufficient resources for mental health care in the United States. A local Houston baker decided to do something to help. Last year, Jody Stevens of Jodycakes recruited professionals and talented home cooks alike to create desserts for a bake sale called The Depres ... More >>

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    August 28, 2014

    Remembering Chef Grant Gordon's Life in Food

    Anyone who knew chef Grant Gordon, whether it was through a restaurant, eating his food or being his personal friend, knew what an incredible person he was and that he was a truly skilled chef. Gordon established a name for himself in Houston as one of the most talented chefs under 30. He received a ... More >>

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    August 26, 2014

    Grant Gordon, Former Tony's Chef and The Edmont Partner, Found Dead

    The Houston Press has received word that chef Grant Gordon has unexpectedly passed away. CultureMap Houston is reporting that Gordon was found in his home Monday night. The cause of death has not been reported. In reply to Gordon's tweet mentioning Ronnie Killen on Sunday, August 24, Killen says, " ... More >>

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    August 20, 2014

    "Summer Riesling" Grease Parody Brings Down the House at Camerata

    There was brio in the air last night at Camerata, as co-owners David Keck and Paul Petronella wrangled an ornery projector and guests sipped Riesling selected especially for the wine bar's "Summer of Riesling" microlist. The occasion was the debut screening of "Summer Riesling - A 'Summer Nights' P ... More >>

  • Dining

    February 27, 2014

    Meet the First Families of Houston Food

    Connect the dots and you’ll find our city’s restaurant scene has been dominated by a few hardworking culinary pioneers and their descendants.

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    February 18, 2014

    Tony's Still Wows Nearly 50 Years After First Opening

    With newer, hipper Italian restaurants opening in Houston every year, it can be easy to overlook the fine-dining behemoth that is Tony's in favor of something, perhaps, less dated. But this would be a mistake. Tony's opened in 1965 as a mom-and-pop Italian eatery serving hearty bowls of pasta and ... More >>

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    February 8, 2014

    Executive Chef Grant Gordon Leaves Vallone Family

    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 >>

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    January 28, 2014

    The First Families of Houston Food: Why We Eat the Way We Eat in H-Town

    Houston is a town inundated with great restaurants, but in tracing the city's history, you discover that many of the big names in the restaurant industry are related to each other in some way, whether by blood or business. Some families have continued to stick with their own, too, but to live and c ... More >>

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    November 26, 2013

    Sneak Peek: Vallone's, a New Addition to the Tony Vallone Empire, Sets December 1 Opening

    "Imagine how many proposals are going to happen here," a friend said to me as we surveyed the crowd filling the freshly painted and carpeted dining room at Vallone's. "And how many anniversaries and promotion celebrations and birthday parties and first dates. That's what's so exciting about a new re ... More >>

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    November 14, 2013

    Fantastic Ramen Inside The Loop: The Spicy Soy Ramen at Kata Robata is Utterly Divine

    There's something about the colder weather that makes me crave a hot bowl of noodle soup. There are even days when I actually don a sweater or a jacket, days that are not especially cold, but I want something warm in my belly so I pretend it is near freezing outside and prepare to eat. That's where ... More >>

  • Dining

    October 24, 2013

    Cheap and Good Eats

    The top five budget lunch spots in Montrose.

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    October 23, 2013

    Kate McLean Makes History as First Female Chef de Cuisine at Tony's

    As one of the few women in the kitchen at Tony's -- and a slight, bubbly one at that -- one might worry that Kate McLean would have a difficult time demanding respect. But McLean, who's been with Tony's for nearly three years, is not only respected in the kitchen; she is highly admired. And it's eas ... More >>

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    October 18, 2013

    Openings & Closings: Japanese Tapas Trend, The Woodlands Restaurant Expansion & More

    It was an exciting week in terms of openings for Houston restaurants. We heard about two closings only, but a ton of restaurants announced plans concerning openings (many came forward with dates, too!). Let's get the closings out of the way before we get to this week's openings and news about soon- ... More >>

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    August 29, 2013
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    August 23, 2013

    Openings & Closings: Surprising Shutterings and Provocative Plans

    There were about as many openings as closings this week (way to maintain an equilibrium, Houston!), but we did get news of many upcoming restaurants with plans to open in the next several months. First, the bad news. CultureMap reports that River Oaks Coffee House at the corner of Edloe and West ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 1, 2013

    Win 2 VIP Tickets to See Ryan Hildebrand of Trinti Battle Kevin Naderi at the Iron Fork Competition

    The second competitor in our Iron Fork competition has been announced, and we've pulled out all the stops: Ryan Hildebrand, executive chef and owner of Triniti, will be going head to head with defending champion Kevin Naderi of Roost to see which chef can make the best two dishes with a secret ingre ... More >>

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    January 10, 2013

    Where the Chefs Eat: Christine Ha and Alvin Schultz

    This week, our Where The Chefs Eat series turns to two amateur chefs turned television reality stars: Christine Ha and Alvin Schultz. Both living in Houston and Vietnamese by descent, they each snagged a spot on the TV reality show, MasterChef. Schultz, who was featured on Season 2, is known for ... More >>

  • Dining

    December 20, 2012

    Where to Eat on Christmas Day

    Your stress-free dining guide to the holidays.

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    December 14, 2012

    Openings & Closings: The Proof Is In the... Rooftop

    I've long said that Houston doesn't have enough cool rooftop spaces, especially close to downtown. That's finally changing with the opening of two fun new spots... The first opened several weeks ago at the Houston Pavilions: the reincarnation of Scott Gertner's Sky Bar on Montrose, which is now -- a ... More >>

  • Dining

    December 13, 2012

    Let's Get Greasy

    The 10 best fried chicken joints in Houston.

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    December 4, 2012

    Top 10 Restaurants in Greenway Plaza

    Last week, we took a look at the 10 best restaurants in Upper Kirby, a part of town that abuts this week's spotlighted neighborhood: Greenway Plaza. While it's considerably more difficult to define Greenway Plaza than Upper Kirby -- which has strictly set boundaries, unlike the area around the mast ... More >>

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    October 17, 2012

    Where the Chefs Eat: Amalia Pferd, Sean Carroll, John Peterson

    Owning a food truck/mobile cart is hard work, but at the end of the day, you still gotta eat. For this week's Where the Chefs Eat series, we're checking in to see where some of Houston's on-the-go chef-proprietors get their grub on. Let's see where Amelia Pferd of Good Dog Hot Dogs, Sean Carroll o ... More >>

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    September 24, 2012

    100 Favorite Dishes 2012: No. 4, Tuna and Bottarga at Tony's

    This year leading up to our annual Best of HoustonĀ® issue, we're counting down our 100 favorite dishes in Houston. This list comprises our favorite dishes from the last year, dishes that are essential to Houston's cultural landscape and/or dishes that any visitor (or resident) should try at least o ... More >>

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    June 25, 2012

    Where the Chefs Eat: Chris Shepherd, Ryan Pera, Antoine Ware

    Since 2010, the Greater Houston Convention & Visitors Bureau (GHCVB) has been conducting "Where the Chefs Eat" Houston Culinary Tours, in which chefs take a group of people to visit secret gems centered around a theme. Past tours have included world barbecue, Korean/Japanese food, Mediterranean food ... More >>

  • Dining

    June 21, 2012

    Where the Chefs Eat

    Grant Gordon, Matt Marcus and Kevin Naderi

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    May 11, 2012

    The Rest of the Best: Houston's Top 10 Expense-Account Restaurants

    For the next 20 weeks, we'll be rounding up the runners-up to our 2011 Best of HoustonĀ® winners. In many categories, picking each year's winner is no easy task. We'll be spotlighting 20 of those categories, in which the winner had hefty competition from other Houston bars and restaurants. 10. The ... More >>

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    March 19, 2012

    Hugo Ortega Named a 2012 James Beard Award Finalist

    After racking up an impressive amount of semifinalist nods for the 2012 James Beard Foundation Awards, Houston had only one finalist for the annual "Oscars of food," announced today in Las Vegas. One of the most interesting things about the six semifinalists was how accurately they represent the cu ... More >>

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    February 9, 2012

    Chef Chat, Part 2: Kevin Naderi of Roost

    Yesterday, our chat with Chef/Owner Kevin Naderi of Roost sparked a debate in the comments section about how soon his bubble would burst, with most commenters in support of expanding the Roost bubble. Today, Naderi shares insights into his cuisine, tells us who Houston's hottest chef is, and reveals ... More >>

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    January 10, 2012

    Money Cat Brunch Raises Money for OKRA

    It's Sunday morning, just 15 minutes shy of 10 a.m., and already, a small line had formed as I entered Paulie's on Westheimer for an encore of Chef Justin Yu's popular Money Cat Brunch pop-up. A fundraiser for the newly formed OKRA (Organized Kollaboration on Restaurant Affairs) non-profit, the even ... More >>

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    October 7, 2011

    Upcoming Events: Tequila at TQLA and Multi-Course Mystery Dinners

    If you've been looking for the right opportunity to try TQLA -- which just won our rather specific, yet no less applicable, award for Best Revival of a Genre -- here's the opportunity you've been looking for: TQLA is hosting a tequila dinner with Don Julio on Wednesday, October 19, starting at 6:30 ... More >>

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    September 23, 2011

    Chef Chat, Part 3: Grant Gordon of Tony's - Chef's Tasting Menu

    Photos by Mai PhamCappelletti alla vodka, Tito's vodka sauce, toasted pistachio, caviar​The last two days, we've been chatting with 25-year-old Executive Chef Grant Gordon of Tony's. See our chats here and here. Today, we'll sample some of the selections from his chef's tasting menu and night ... More >>

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    September 22, 2011

    Chef Chat, Part 2: Grant Gordon of Tony's

    Mai PhamExecutive Chef Grant Gordon of Tony's​Yesterday, we chatted with Grant Gordon about his road to becoming a Executive Chef at Tony's. See our chat here. Today, we talk about his role at Tony's and some of of his favorite things about Houston. EOW: So what do you do here at Tony's? G ... More >>

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    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 >>

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    October 22, 2010

    Women Would Rather Spend Money on Shoes than Food, and Other Things I Learned Today

    Well...problem solved.​"Well, I learned something new today!" exclaimed my friend Jessica Walters as I met up with her after a panel at today's Houston Summit for the Creative Economy. "Women cause diabetes!" She laughed, but we both agreed that the moral of the story from the panel had been r ... More >>