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Hotel Derek

  • Blogs

    June 27, 2014

    The 5 Best Things to Eat or Drink This Weekend: Czech Out Kolaches at Southside Espresso

    Snout to Tail Heritage Pig Dinner @ Hotel Derek Friday, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. 2525 West Loop South Feast on five pork courses at Hotel Derek during the Snout to Tail Heritage Pig Dinner tonight at 6 p.m. Each course features cuts from a hog from Local Heritage Pork, along with whiskey pairings from Yell ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 16, 2014

    The 4th Annual Kiss My Grits Throwdown: Shrimp 'n Grits and Crafted Cocktails

    Four years ago, the first inaugural Kiss My Grits Gulf Coast Throwdown benefitting the Young Texans Against Cancer (YTAC) charity took place at Silver Street Studios. I still remember the first year vividly, because I got to see the chefs exercise an immense amount of creativity. I remember grits gn ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 29, 2014

    Wine, Food and Booze: Recap of the 11th Annual Sugar Land Wine & Food Festival's Grand Tasting

    The 11th Annual Sugar Land Wine and Food Affair took place this past week. Last Friday, hundreds gathered at the Marriott Sugar Land Town Square for the week's signature event, the Grand Tasting. As in past years, the evening featured endless choices for wine and food. This year, however, there wer ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 24, 2014

    The Galleria's White-Collar Hotel Bars Mean Serious Business

    "We'll take two Nipple Up's, a Fraggle Rock, and a Pipe Stripping, please. And light on the ice, if you will." You can tell quite a bit about a bar from the drink names on the cocktail list, and this one runs to four pages. Names like "The Jed Clampet" [sic] or "Black Gold" seem fitting given the c ... More >>

  • Music

    January 23, 2014

    Two Galleria-Area Hotel Bars Groom a Serious White-Collar Clientele

    Getting trendy at Vin Bar and W XYZ at Aloft.

  • Blogs

    December 6, 2013

    The 5 Best Things to Eat or Drink This Weekend: An UnChristmas Party & A Benefit for My Dee Dee's Pie Shoppe

    1st Annual BrewHumbug UnChristmas Fiestakkah @ The League of Extraordinary Brewers Friday, 6 p.m.-1 a.m. 907 Franklin St., Ste 150 This isn't your typical Christmas party. The folks at The League of Extraordinary Brewers invite anyone and everyone to their first BrewHumbug UnChristmas Fiestakkah fe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 22, 2013

    The Top 5 Things to Eat, Drink or Celebrate This Weekend: Revival Market, Anvil, Sonoma Brunch, Hotel Derek's Early Easter & Ninfa's Crawfish

    In case your weekend doesn't revolve around the parking lot full of food trucks at Haute Wheels or all-you-can-eat brisket at the Houston Barbecue Festival, here are five other great things to eat, drink or do this weekend. Revival Market's two-year anniversary party Saturday, 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. 550 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 30, 2012

    Dining Out on Easter, a.k.a. Brunchapalooza

    It's a little bit breakfast, a little bit lunch, and it's socially acceptable to drink before noon in public. Yes, my friends: Brunch is a beautiful thing. And Easter Sunday is the mother of all brunch celebrations. When it comes to Easter in Houston these things we know for sure: Easter egg hunts ... More >>

  • Dining

    December 29, 2011

    All About Schmit

    The French Cowboy's Philippe is both elegant and playful.

  • Blogs

    December 9, 2011

    Wine & Truffle Dinner at Valentino Vin Bar

    Photos by Christina UticoneDolcetto d'Alba​As if a wine hangover weren't bad enough, did you know you can actually get a truffle hangover? I woke up with one after five luscious courses of food at the recent Truffle & Wine dinner held at Valentino. Who can resist a hook like white truffles -- ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 8, 2011

    Chef Chat Part 2, Cunninghame West of Valentino Restaurant

    Chef Cunninghame West in the kitchen​Yesterday, Chef Cunninghame West told us about some of his adventures in Maui and Santa Barbara after he graduated high school. You can read about it here. Today, we talk about how he came to be at Valentino. EOW: After Santa Barbara, I understand you sp ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 7, 2011

    Chef Chat, Part 1: Cunninghame West of Valentino Restaurant Remembers When He Was Homeless, But Had a Porsche

    Photo Courtesy of Michelle LeBlancCunninghame West, Executive Chef at Valentino Restaurant​Earlier this year at the Italian Expo, Cunninghame West, Executive Chef at Valentino Restaurant in the Hotel Derek, won the fan vote for most entertaining. Alongside Owner and Executive Chef Luciano Pel ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 1, 2011

    Final Four Watch Parties, Team by Team

    Brittanie SheyHotel Derek, all gaudied up.​Judging by traffic, alumni from the schools playing in this weekend's Final Four are already swarming town, and if you want to get some of the sweet team-pride action, we've compiled a list of the official and unofficial watch parties happening this w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 14, 2010

    Restaurants We're Excited About for 2011

    ​For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction, right? Well, for all the new restaurants that disappointed us in 2010, there are many more coming in 2011 that we're awaiting with baited breath. Whether they be old favorites revived or entirely new restaurants, whether they be from ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 30, 2010

    Chef Philippe Schmit Takes Aim at Galleria Crowd

    Ruthie JohnsonSalmon on pumpernickel was one of the less successful dishes served Saturday.​ Philippe Schmit wants to feed you. On Saturday night from the kitchen and rooftop of the condos at 1510 Lovett, he settled for a group of food bloggers and freelance writers. Schmit, formerly of Bis ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 18, 2010

    Italian Expo This Weekend Features Lombardy Region of Italy

    ​Apparently the inaugural Houston Italian Expo was in 2009, but this is the first year in which the Regione Lombardia is partnering with the Italy America Chamber of Commerce - Texas. The Regione Lombardia is one of Italy's "regions," like their version of a state. Its capital is Milan, and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 14, 2010

    Openings and Closings

    Losing our Voice.​Although it technically isn't a closure, it's the end of an era for Voice, the critically-acclaimed restaurant at the Hotel Icon. Chef Michael Kramer is leaving as the hotel has decided to take the restaurant in a different, slightly less upscale direction. It's a huge blow f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 15, 2010

    Openings and Closings

    Chef Philippe Schmit​Exiciting news for Francophiles across Houston who miss Philippe Schmit's deft touch at the long-gone Bistro Moderne at the Hotel Derek: Reports from two reliable sources indicate that Schmit's new restaurant is getting closer to opening its doors. If Haven was the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 7, 2010

    Openings and Closings: 2009 Edition

    ​The year gone by marked some very exciting restaurant openings (such as Haven, Branchwater Tavern, Yelapa Playa Mexicana and Stella Sola) and some equally important closings (such as Cafe Annie, Bedford, Las Alamedas and Felix Mexican Restaurant). To close out the yea ... More >>

  • Culture

    December 31, 2009

    Buh-Bye 2009

    Where to celebrate the dawn of a new year: Our guide to the best events in town.

  • Culture

    December 24, 2009

    Buh-Bye 2009

    Where to celebrate the dawn of a new year: Our guide to the best events in town.

  • Blogs

    October 29, 2009

    Tortured Dogs Speak Out: "Please Stop Dressing Us Up"

    Halloween used to be a holiday for innocent kids to dress up in truly cute costumes. Then it became a holiday for women to dress up in sexy costumes, and men to dress up in whatever costumes would most likely result in them hooking up with a tipsy Sexy Nurse.And now, of course, it is also a holiday ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 22, 2009

    A Chat with Thomas Boran of Vin Bar

    ​"No, I'm just a bartender," Thomas Boran assures me for maybe the third time as I watch him deftly handle the early evening crowd in Hotel Derek's new Vin Bar. Nevertheless, there's something in his manner -- thoughtful, precise, capable -- that reminds me of a beverage manager. Maybe it's hi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 16, 2009

    Openings and Closings

    ​Word hit this week that Las Alamedas -- the landmark Spanish restaurant that mysteriously shut down earlier this year -- will be reopening again soon, but not in the same location. The owners have leased a space in Katy's La Centerra, the town square-style development near Cinco Ranch. The restau ... More >>

  • Dining

    October 15, 2009
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    October 8, 2009
  • Blogs

    August 27, 2009

    Upcoming Events

    Jenny Wang and a bag of miracle berries ​The Berry Fairy is back in town! After taking her popular Miracle Berry Parties on the road, Jenny Wang is back in Houston for another series of the popular "flavor tripping" events. The term "flavor tripping" refers to the manner in which your tasteb ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 21, 2009

    More Visual Proof of Barack Obama's Presidency

    For those of you who still can't believe America has a new President, we've loaded up several more batches of photo documentation. Click each pic below to load up the corresponding slideshow. Inauguration Day Crowds in Washington, D.C. Radio One Inaugural Ball for Barack Obama at House of Blues ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 19, 2009

    Houston: Come for the Renovations, Stay for the Electric Cabs

    While trolling the nether regions of the UK press, we came upon this, touting the wonders of Houston as a luxury vacation spot. It's all enough to make Hair Balls wish it didn't live here already so it could start making travel plans now!We cannot help but imagine how impressed our luxury-seeking Li ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 19, 2009

    Where To Indulge Your Obama-Mania In Houston

    No one's going to be getting much work done around 11 a.m. Houston time tomorrow.That, of course, is when John McCain will be sworn in as the nation's first old-white-guy President; assuming you're down from the amazing high of Sunday's Lee Greenwood/Hank Williams Jr. concert at the Mall, you'll wan ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 20, 2008

    Horsemeat Is Not on the Menu: Sam Houston Race Park Names New Chef

    Sam Houston Race Park, which has been so busy of late redefining itself as a music as well as a horseracing enterprise, has decided to renovate its menu as well, and named a new executive chef. Hugo Gomez, who most recently served as executive chef for Bistro Moderne at the Hotel Derek, is coming a ... More >>

  • Culture

    December 20, 2007

    All about Eve

    Our guide to Houston's best New Year's parties

  • Dining

    November 29, 2007
  • Dining

    August 16, 2007

    Monarch Restaurant

    Fit for a King (Almost)

  • Year End

    December 29, 2005

    New Year's Eve Guide 2005

    Where to tuck it in -- or let it all hang out

  • Calendar

    April 14, 2005
  • Dining

    February 24, 2005

    It's Le Bombe

    A new restaurant has Republican bigwigs dancing on the grave of the French boycott

  • Dining

    February 17, 2005

    French Food Sans Frenchmen

    Lazy lunching in a River Oaks hideaway

  • Best of Houston

    September 23, 2004
  • Best of Houston

    September 25, 2003

    Best Hotel

    Hotel Derek

  • Calendar

    September 25, 2003

    Caribbean Cabaret

    Lose yourself under the tiki lights

  • Calendar

    September 11, 2003

    The Celtics

    Great Big Sea crashes into Fitzgerald's

  • Dining

    December 5, 2002

    Mystery Meat

    Maverick's motto may be "Supper + Whiskey," but the restaurant doesn't always deliver on both counts

  • Dining

    November 14, 2002

    Steak House Shuffle

    Vallone's takes a break just in time to give Fleming's a shot

  • Music

    June 13, 2002

    Homeless on the Range

    The Oven's short-circuit has local punks crisscrossing the city in search of anarchy

  • News

    March 21, 2002

    Vanguard Battles

    Plus: All in the Family, Slam Dunk, Car Killer

  • Music

    February 21, 2002

    Home Is Where the House Is

    High-toned bars and hotels are sounding more and more like nightclubs these days

  • News

    February 21, 2002

    Lay Down

    Plus: No Apologies, El Paso's Best

  • Dining

    February 7, 2002

    Supermodel Cuisine

    Don't bring an appetite to hip new Ling and Javier. You may not be able to eat what you order.

  • Dining

    December 27, 2001

    In Honor of the Winter Solstice

    Ling and Javier's Longest Night

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