Greater Houston Convention

  • Blogs

    October 8, 2014

    Jordy Tollett, Former "Mister Downtown," is Again in Jail Because of Booze

    Once a political wheeler-dealer and head of the Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau, Gerard Jay "Jordy" Tollett is again in jail because of alcohol. Records show Tollett, now Pasadena Convention Center general manager, was arrested for drunk driving in Nassau Bay on March 4, 2012. Tollet ... More >>

  • Dining

    March 28, 2013

    Eatsie Boys Go Brick-and-Mortar

    Eatsie Boys still runs catering out of its food truck, but with a restaurant homebase now it can do so much more.

  • Music

    March 14, 2013

    Wonders Never Cease

    Houston promotes its present-day music scene to the national media.

  • Culture

    March 7, 2013

    Reaching Critical Mass

    Suddenly fashionable Houston shows off its contemporary arts scene along Main Street in and around the Isabella Court building.

  • Blogs

    March 1, 2013

    Houston Makes Great Strides In Selling Its Own Music Scene

    A few months ago, Rocks Off wrote an article expressing our surprise and disappointment at the paucity of musical content on the City of Houston's tourism site,, the Texas-friendly smiling face it offically presents to the Web and thus the world. There wasn't much at all, just ... More >>

  • Dining

    January 10, 2013

    Do the Curry Crawl

    The top 10 restaurants in Little India.

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 17, 2012

    Where the Chefs Eat: Hildebrand, Pellegrino and Edwards

    I am always asking people where they like to eat. I'll go anywhere. A $1 fried chicken place in a gas station, a hole-in-the-wall strip mall affair on the west side, a hot dog stand on the sidewalk underneath a freeway -- if it's good, I'm totally game. And generally speaking, if a chef recommends a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 7, 2012

    Jordy Tollett, Former "Mister Downtown," Charged With DWI, Again

    Former Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau honcho Gerard Jay "Jordy" Tollett, currently the Pasadena Convention Center general manager, has had yet another alcohol-related setback. This time, it's a DWI bust, courtesy of the police in the sharp-dressed political wheeler-dealer's hometow ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 11, 2011

    Restaurant and Bar Owners Crowd City Council Chambers In Advance of Proposed Parking Ordinance

    Photo by Troy FieldsThe 82 stops right in front of El Real. Do you ever take it?​"I don't see anyone riding the bus to El Real," remarked James Jard, one of the 26 members of the City of Houston's Planning Commission that was gathered in City Council chambers yesterday afternoon for a public h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 16, 2011

    Upcoming Events: Foraging and Fires

    Photo by GroovehouseYes, you can eat those beautyberries you've seen at the Arboretum. Merriwether will show you how.​If Nicholas Hall's post on foraging, "Indigenous Bounties," piqued your interest about scouring your own back yard (or front yard) for tasty treats, pay attention. Meriwether's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 7, 2011

    Sampler Plate: This Week in Food Blogs

    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. New York Times: No less than the New York Times visited El Real recently, and f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 17, 2011

    Lyle Lovett, Billy Gibbons Named Official Texas State Musicians

    ZZ Top's Dusty Hill and Frank Beard were rumored to be appointed Texas' Offiical 2012 Alternate State Musicians.​With apologies to Townes Van Zandt, there's good news from Austin today. Good news for Houston. The Texas Commission on the Arts has chosen arguably the Houston area's two most rec ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 7, 2011

    Houston Culinary Tours Gain National Recognition

    Chris Shepherd and Bryan Caswell on the inaugural Houston Culinary Tour.​You have to admit, the Houston Culinary Tours are a clever idea to promote Houston: pairing high-profile chefs with a handful of passionate food lovers, and allowing those chefs to take those food lovers to some of the ci ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 16, 2011

    Houston Bids on 2014 NBA All-Star Game (and 4th Annual Dwight Howard Booty Fest)

    The soundtrack for the party of the year​It took four years, but it appears that NBA All-Star weekends are finally starting to feel safe again. No longer fearful that the volatile combination of Pac Man Jones, strip clubs and firearms is a threat, the city of Houston and the Rockets submitt ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 3, 2010

    Top 10 Honorary Texas Musicians

    West Vita​Right here, right now, and in print all damn week, you can read the Houston Press' interview with perhaps the hottest new band on the South 40, San Antonio's Hacienda (above). Whether or not they go on to become a South Texas Kings of Leon - Hacienda is also three brothers and a cous ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 27, 2010

    Texas Monthly: Houston is Chow Town

    ​Here at Eating Our Words, we tend to agree. Houston is the best culinary city in Texas, and I'm not just saying that out of a sense of loyalty or native bias. Although from reading the Twitter account that Texas Monthly has set up specifically for the food section of the magazine (@TMFood), y ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 11, 2010

    Should Houston Increase Its SXSW Footprint?​ What can the City of Houston do to promote H-town as a musical, cultural and artsy-fartsy tourist destination to the thousands of people who attend SXSW in Austin each year? That's the question posed by Jim Moran, a multi-decade veteran of the music/film/interactive fest ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 4, 2010

    Breathe Easy, Houston: We're Not Getting The GOP Convention

    ​Yesterday we noted that respected national publication Hotline had reported that Houston was one of four finalists for the 2012 GOP convention. Naturally, this caused much panic among  those people who aren't the kind to listen to Glenn Beck and nod their head saying "Damn, that man makes se ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 17, 2009

    News You Can Use From Ye Olde House of Blues

    Back around Labor Day, you may remember that the Tontons played a free show in House of Blues' Bronze Peacock Room that the Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau filmed for a promotional video. Bless their hearts, the GHCVB is trying to "change the world's perception of Houston"... good ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 31, 2009

    MP3 of the Day: Last Chance to See the Tontons Until God Knows When - And It's Free

    Mark C. Austin​Just a quick reminder that tonight is your last chance to see everybody's favorite Houston indie-rock/psych/jazz/blues/surf/spaghetti-Western quartet, the Tontons, who are going on hiatus until January. Unless you want to talk singer Asli Omar out of going to school in New York, tha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 26, 2009

    Bayou Beat: A 15-Foot Sculpture of George Jones' Head, $10 House of Blues Tickets, Free Tontons Show, etc.

    ​Heavy metal comedy troupe Steel Panther has cancelled tonight's Warehouse Live show. What's on VH-1 Classic? Tennessee-born artist Wayne White is crafting a 15-foot puppet head in the likeness of Saratoga-born honky-tonk legend George Jones. Entitled "Big Lectric Fan to Keep Me Cool While I Sleep ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 21, 2009

    Hotel Occupancy Dips, And Groups Who Depend On Those Tax Monies Keep A Wary Eye

    Photo courtesy GHCVB​If yesterday's Chron story on projected drops in hotel tax revenues  gave you the frightening impression that Minute Maid Park might shutter its doors, or at least make the entire Astros roster sweep the bleachers and maintain the field, you may exhale -- at le ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 7, 2009

    Rocks Off's Brother Once Stepped in Human Shit at a U2 Show... Got a Better Astrodome Story?

    Smash Mouth had just finished playing, and not coincidentally, Rocks Off's brother John had just returned from a trip to the bathroom. It was November 1997, and we were watching the stagehands putting the finishing touches on U2's ginormous set in the Astrodome. The Irish rockers were touring behin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 5, 2008

    Esquire Magazine Food Critic Revisits Houston, Questions Raised Again (Updated)

    If you're a baseball fan you love or hate the Yankees; if you're a football fan you love or hate the Cowboys; if you're a restaurant fan you love or hate John Mariani of Esquire magazine.Mariani is a widely popular writer who regularly provides lists of "20 Best New Restaurants" or stuff like that f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 5, 2008

    Esquire Magazine Food Critic Revisits Houston, Questions Raised Again (Updated)

    If you're a baseball fan you love or hate the Yankees; if you're a football fan you love or hate the Cowboys; if you're a restaurant fan you love or hate John Mariani of Esquire magazine.Mariani is a widely popular writer who regularly provides lists of "20 Best New Restaurants" or stuff like that f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 25, 2008

    Every Girl's Crazy `Bout A Real Old Song

    The Greater Houston Convention & Visitors Bureau has gotten a lot of attention recently for getting ZZ Top to push Houston for the Bureau’s “My Houston” campaign. We have no problem with the “Li’l Ol’ Band from Texas” (seems like that should come with a copyright sign) but let’s fac ... More >>

  • News

    November 22, 2007

    Mike Spear, Jordy Tollett, Texas Monthly and Metro

    He's in prison but his name lives on

  • News

    March 15, 2007

    School Discipline, Lisa Nowak, Terry Abbott, GHCVB Gay Ads

    Some people still favor Texas's zero-tolerance rules

  • Blogs

    March 14, 2007

    Kinda Gay

    We took note this week of the attempts by the Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau to capture the wily gay audience for our area. They'll be advertising in gay publications and other stuff like that. We pointed out that the GHCVB Web site wasn't really aiding in the effort — if you ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 9, 2007

    He Wouldn't Want to Be Part of Any Club That Would Accept Him

    Upon reading Ken Hoffman's column about the Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau looking for "cool" people to help pimp the Bayou City, we were salivating over just who was on the list. After all, Hoffman described the group thusly: [The] list also contained people I've never heard of, s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 3, 2007

    Not-So-Breaking: Residents of Hell Told to Protect Pipes, Plants and Pets

    Courtesy of the GHCVB He's gonna have to do a lot of partying to make up for that $95K pay cut. In case you missed it in all the holiday revelry, Jordy Tollett, the unkillable head of the Greater Houston Convention & Vistors Bureau, announced he is throwing in the towel in the fight to keep his ... More >>

  • News

    December 7, 2006


    Graffiti artists get their moment to shine on camera

  • Blogs

    July 13, 2006

    Maybe It's Just a 60-day Lunch?

    Word is that Jordy Tollett, a.k.a. president/CEO of the Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau, is taking some time off of work. This, of course, comes on the heels of KPRC's undercover report, which found him doing more than just passing out business cards at some Houston bars during his t ... More >>

  • News

    October 20, 2005

    Toy Story

    An HPD sex-toy crackdown goes limp

  • News

    June 9, 2005

    On Their Backs

    Sugar Land spreads its legs

  • Calendar

    May 19, 2005

    Muchos Luchadores

    Mexican wrestlers take the ring in Angel Rodriguez-Diaz's new exhibit

  • News

    September 2, 2004

    Not Rocket Science

    NASA can get political -- for Tom DeLay

  • News

    April 8, 2004

    Oral Argument

    The duel of the tongue vibrators

  • News

    January 29, 2004

    Visitors' Guide

    Get Bowled over by the best of the real Bayou City

  • News

    July 17, 2003

    Texas Monthly's Bullshit

    The magazine offers yet another favor to a Bush

  • News

    May 1, 2003

    Kickoff --or Punt?

    Don't remember the epic downtown Super Bowl event? You aren't alone

  • News

    April 17, 2003

    Not So Suite?

    City officials to the Rockets: Don't mess with our freebies

  • News

    May 30, 2002

    Image Scrimmage

    Lanier bolted the booster group after an ill friend negotiated a buyout

  • News

    December 20, 2001

    All I Want for Christmas Is...

    Some pols count blessings; others keep on running

  • News

    December 21, 2000

    On the Rocks

    For a winter skating rink in Houston, just add ice. And that's the problem.

  • Dining

    March 25, 1999
  • Calendar

    April 10, 1997
  • News

    April 14, 1994

    Don't Ask, Don't Tell

    To the convention bureau, no nudes is good nudes

  • News

    December 30, 1993

    HPD's Barren Lot

    The Houston Police Department sideswipes the city's landscape ordinance

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