James Beard Foundation

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    October 2, 2014

    Chef Chat, Part 2: Chris Shepherd of Underbelly

    There are very few chefs in the United States who can describe what it's like to win a James Beard award. As we discussed yesterday, Chris Shepherd is one of them, but success doesn't seem to have spoiled him yet. Most of the time, he's where he's always been for the last few years: at Underbelly me ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 1, 2014

    Chef Chat, Part 1: Chris Shepherd of Underbelly

    Chris Shepherd won the James Beard award for Best Chef: Southwest earlier this year. He is the first Houston chef to do so since Robert del Grande won in 1992 and one who has helped thrust our culinary scene into the national spotlight. Shepherd's story is of a chef who has taken the journeyman's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 16, 2014

    JohnMichael Lynch Named Executive Chef of Hotel Granduca

    After a nationwide, year-long search, the Hotel Granduca has finally named a new executive chef: JohnMichael Lynch. Since taking the reins approximately five weeks ago, the classically trained 31-year-old -- who is responsible for all aspects of hotel dining, from banquets, to pool and bar, in-room ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 8, 2014

    Ten Best Signs You're A Houston Foodie

    Sure, you live in Houston. Maybe you even grew up in Houston. But are you a true Houston foodie? Do you plan your days off around which type of ethnic food you most want to eat, and stick to a single neighborhood for hours so as to properly indulge and explore? Do you make a sport of going to Revi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 7, 2014

    First Look at Bradley's Fine Diner

    It's clear when you walk into Bradley's Fine Diner, the new concept by James Beard award-winning chef Bradley Ogden, that his team -- helmed by Bryan Ogden, Bradley's son -- know what they are doing. It doesn't matter that the restaurant occupies the corner of an unassuming strip mall just south of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 6, 2014

    Chris Shepherd of Underbelly Wins James Beard Award for Best Chef Southwest

    It's about damn time. It's been 22 years since a Houston chef won an award from the James Beard Foundation--one of the most prestigious organizations recognizing culinary excellence in the United States--but last night that losing streak was broken by Underbelly's Chris Shepherd. Shepherd was in N ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 18, 2014

    Four Houstonians Make Final Beard Awards Cut

    The James Beard Foundation has released its short list of nominees for awards in all categories, including media. The long list for awards was announced in late February, but now it's been whittled down, and we still made the cut. Congrats to Hugo Ortega of Hugo's, Chris Shepherd of Underbelly and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 21, 2014

    Houston Celebrates Multiple James Beard Award Nominations for 2014

    The prestigious James Beard Award semifinalists were announced this week, and Houston is represented well by four individuals and one bar in three different categories. Anvil Bar & Refuge was nominated for Outstanding Bar Program for the third consecutive year, while Chris Shepherd, Hugo Ortega and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 3, 2014

    Recipe of the Week: Argentine Chimichurri

    From classic comfort foods to regional standouts and desserts, we'll be sharing a new recipe with you each week. This week, we're mastering a traditional chimichurri. Widely known as the "ketchup of Argentina", the origin of the condiment's name is unclear. Some say it's the bastardization of the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 5, 2013

    Influential California Chef Judy Rodgers Leaves Behind a Legacy of Simple Perfection

    People who knew Judy Rodgers called her a fighter and a force of nature, so much of the California Bay Area food scene was shocked and saddened to learn that the 57-year-old had succumbed to a rare form of cancer on Monday, December 2. Rodgers is often mentioned in the same breath as Alice Waters an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 26, 2013

    Time Magazine's 'Gods of Food' Feature Ignores Scores of Great (Female) Chefs

    Time magazine recently published a feature on the 13 most influential people in the food world. The list actually included 15 people and a company, but it wasn't the fact that Time editors seemingly can't count that had readers, chefs, restaurateurs and just about everybody else in the food industry ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 11, 2013

    I Finally Ate At Oxheart ... and It Was Pretty Good

    "The okra with the crème fraîche? Oh yeah, that's been on the menu forever." That's what my friend told me when I described my favorite plate of the evening, a crescent of thin, delicate roasted and pickled okra pods -- the thinnest and least slimy I've ever encountered -- arranged on a bed of s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 22, 2013

    Chef Chat, Part 1: Ruben Ortega of Hugo's and Backstreet Cafe and the Story of How He Came to Houston

    This is the first part of a three-part Chef Chat series. Come back to read parts two and three in this same space on Thursday and Friday. In the Houston food world, everyone knows Hugo Ortega. The chef who started out as a dishwasher before falling in love with his restaurateur wife eventually open ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 25, 2013

    Where the Chefs Eat: Greg Lowry, Matthew Lovelace, Dax McAnear

    Inside the gorgeous dining room at Triniti, which is currently a James Beard Foundation finalist in the Outstanding Restaurant Design category, you can alway spy the chefs hard at work in the open kitchen creating food that is both delicious and beautifully plated. But it makes you wonder: If these ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 19, 2013

    Houston -- and Texas -- Well-Represented Going into 2013 James Beard Award Finals

    The finalists for this year's James Beard Foundation Awards were announced in several categories today that spanned the breadth of the food world from culinary writing to cooking. And just as Houston was well-represented in the semi-finalist round, we also secured some big-name finalists in advance ... More >>

  • Dining

    February 28, 2013

    Praise the Lord and Pass the Pints

    Houston's 10 best beer bars

  • Blogs

    February 20, 2013

    This Week In Food Blogs: "The Most Electrifying Food Destination in America" is Houston

    GQ: In the first of a few national spotlights on Houston this week (did you see the James Beard Award nominations yesterday? hot damn!), GQ's head food writer Alan Richman lists the 12 most outstanding restaurants of 2013 (early in the year though it may be.) and gives two of the spots to Houston re ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 1, 2013

    January 2013 in Openings & Closings: The Heights Heats Up

    The eerily silent Shepherd Plaza near Highway 59 is now even dimmer this week after longtime tenant Le Peep closed up shop and vacated its space next to Amy's Ice Cream. Branches of the brunch spot are still open in Rice Village and the Galleria, according to a sign out front. Amy's and its other ne ... More >>

  • Dining

    January 17, 2013

    30 Essential Texas Restaurants

    Eat here before you die.

  • Blogs

    August 31, 2012

    Upcoming Events: Sweet Charity and Celebrity Chef Tours

    First and foremost, go check out today's Voice Daily Deal. It's the first time we've partnered with 100% Taquito, and today's deal gets you $20 worth of food for $10. For those (like me) who are terrible at math, that's half-off your meal. Do you know how many cups of elote you can buy for $20? A lo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 9, 2012

    The 5 Sexiest Celebrity Male Chefs

    It's getting hot in the kitchen, and not just from the flames. Check out the Top 5 Hottest Celebrity Male Chefs that make our flames broil: 5. Govind Armstrong Armstrong's dreamy locks first made our hearts flutter on shows like Bravo's Top Chef and Top Chef Masters and the Food Network's Iron C ... More >>

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    June 14, 2012
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    June 14, 2012
  • Blogs

    April 23, 2012

    Anvil's Matt Tanner Wins the 2012 On the Rocks Bartending Contest

    I love judging bartending contests. I love watching bartending contests. The showmanship and passion that is on display at these events -- Miss Speed Rack Houston, for example, or the recent Don Q Rum competition (both of which are sending female Houston bartenders to national championships in New Y ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 4, 2012

    Dynamo Food Update

    BBVA Stadium, the shiny new home of your very own Houston Dynamo (and TSU) has announced its primary vendor, and it's not Aramark. Levy Restaurants, the same company that currently does the Rockets' food offerings, will be handling the food concessions at the new stadium. If you've never had any o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 16, 2012

    Odd Pair: Extreme House-Cured Charcuterie

    Ever since the late 1990s and the advent of Molto Mario and his in-house salumeria at Babbo in Manhattan, extreme house-cured charcuterie has been embraced by chefs across the nation with seemingly unrivaled zeal. (Ever wonder why so many of them make "duck prosciutto"? It's because hanging ducks ta ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 28, 2012

    Honor Thy Salt: Why I Own More Than 30 Varieties But Not Kosher Salt, And Why I No Longer Shop at Penzey's

    "Three things are good in little measure and evil in large: yeast, salt and hesitation." - The Talmud Salt is the single most important ingredient in cooking and the single most powerful tool for improving the flavor of food. For most of human existence, salt has been tricky to transport, scant ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 24, 2012

    This Week in Deliciousness

    ​Welcome back to the weekly roundup here at Eating Our Words, where opinions are like nipples: everybody has four or five weird ones. We started the week off right by not at all clearing up the confusion regarding the difference between fish sauce and nuoc mam. The conclusion: Vietnamese restauran ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 21, 2012

    Houston Racks Up Six Semi-Finalist Nods for 2012 James Beard Awards

    Photo by FabioManabu Horiuchi, one of this year's semi-finalists.​We're moving up in the culinary world, Houston. Last year, five semi-finalists from Houston were in the running for the 2011 James Beard Foundation Awards. This year, we're up to six. And what a six they are. Mirroring our own ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 9, 2011

    Chef Chat Part 3, Cunninghame West of Valentino Restaurant Is No Food Snob

    Photos by Mai PhamZucchini stuffed with cauliflower and shrimp over a three-tomato sauce​The last two days, Chef Cunninghame West has been entertaining us with stories about moving around the country looking for new jobs, hiding things in cane fields and sleeping outside by the ocean; see our ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 12, 2011

    Upcoming Events: Foodie Floats and a Month of Martinis

    Only $1 at Samba Grille.​Tonight, the Houston Museum of Natural Science continues with its summer Mixers & Elixers series, the last year that the museum will be sponsoring these Friday night mixers -- so enjoy them while you can. Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin will be playing in the Planetarium, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 27, 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. 2995: Good news for 'cue lovers: Burns BBQ has not only reopened, it's already ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 15, 2011

    A Not So Happy Hour at El Real Tex-Mex

    Prickly pear margarita at El-Real Tex-Mex​I admit, my expectations were high for El Real Tex-Mex. And well they should be. Since it's a joint venture between James Beard nominee Bryan Caswell, and James Beard Award-winning writer and former Houston Press Food Critic Robb Walsh, I expected to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 8, 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. Zester: Houstonians excited about Trader Joe's coming to town might be consider ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 20, 2011

    Openings & Closings

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 13, 2011

    This Week in Deliciousness

    That's the tidiest enchilada combo I've ever seen! When did the military start serving Tex-Mex?​Welcome back to the weekly roundup here at Eating Our Words, where our Tears For Fears-themed food truck Sowing the Seeds of Lunch isn't taking off nearly as well as we'd hoped. If we can't think up ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 11, 2011

    Sampler Plate: This Week in Food Blogs, the James Beard Awards Edition

    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. 29-95: Yes, it's true: There was a tie this year at the James Beard Foundation ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 11, 2011

    On Beards and Becco: Coming Down from New York City

    Photos by Katharine ShilcuttCrispy-skinned salmon atop cauliflower and ramps at Becco.​I first visited New York City 17 years ago, for one day. I saw Times Square, the United Nations building, stayed in a ratty hotel, ate at a TGI Friday's and had my pocket cut, my wallet and camera stolen fro ... More >>

  • News

    March 31, 2011
  • Blogs

    March 25, 2011

    This Week in Deliciousness

    "Because I'm afraid of WORMS, Roxanne, WORMS!"​Welcome back to the weekly roundup here at Eating Our Words, where we're starting to think that Aspartame is a pretty cool name for a baby. True story: A girl with whom we once shared an office with whose name was Cyndi used to go by Cyn, and when ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 23, 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. Jack Tyler Dines: CultureMap writer Ruthie Johnson alerted me to this food blog ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 21, 2011

    Katharine Shilcutt Nominated for a National James Beard Award

    Houston Press food critic Katharine Shilcutt has been nominated for a James Beard Award in the Multimedia Food Feature category for "Designer Meats" and the accompanying video "Butchering 101 with Chris Shepherd." The story describes how Houston chefs are curing and preserving their own meats, allo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 9, 2011

    Real Housewife Bethenny Frankel More Influential as a "Chef" Than Tom Colicchio, Michael Symon

    Suck my wig, serious female chefs everywhere!​Michael Symon is a chef, a restaurant owner and a contributor to magazines like Gourmet and Saveur; in 2009, he won a James Beard award. Michael Ruhlman once credited Symon with saving the entire Cleveland restaurant scene. Giada De Laurentiis, wh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 23, 2011

    Another Day, Another National "Best of" List That Mostly Ignores Houston

    Photo by Troy FieldsCrispy-skinned snapper at Reef.​According to The Daily Meal, Texas is still primarily home to barbecue and Tex-Mex. Oh, and, okay, maybe a little bit of seafood. The national food website released its list of The 101 Best Restaurants in America this morning, and, as expect ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 17, 2011

    James Beard Foundation Recognizes Houston Chefs; Food & Wine Does Too, In Its Own Way

    Should Randy Rucker (seen here working on one of his "tenacity" supper club dinners) have been recognized by Food & Wine?​It's been a week of ups and downs for Houston chefs on the national radar. made a long overdue trip to Houston to recognize a hefty handful of "Rising Stars" ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 14, 2010

    What's So Damn Controversial About Cleaner, Safer Food?

    ​The plant was filthy and infested with vermin, with holes as large as 2 ½ feet in the ceilings leaking water and runoff from the air conditioner units onto the finished product stored below. Records posted on the web by attorney Bill Marler show that executives at Peanut Corporation of Ameri ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 26, 2010

    Openings & Closings: November 2010

    Zelko Bistro and Katz's have some new fried pickle competition in the new Natachee's.​It's been a while since we've done a monthly roundup of openings and closings, but we're getting that train back on track now, and what a month to pick for that re-railment. November was busy, both in terms o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 12, 2010

    Silent Auction To Benefit Gulf Fishermen: Foodie Goodies For Sale

    ​Even if you aren't attending the upcoming Ceviche Throwdown, you can still help with the Houston Chowhounds' goal of raising $15,000 to support local Gulf fishermen in the wake of the BP oil spill and ensuing environmental disaster. An online silent auction, organized by head 'Hound Jenny Wan ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 18, 2008

    Now Open: CRAVE Cupcakes in Uptown Park

    Check out our slideshow of images from CRAVE Cupcakes... CRAVE Cupcakes at 1151 Uptown Park in the Galleria area just opened this Monday looking for customers with a sweet tooth and a lot of spare change in their pockets. The designer cupcakes ($3.50 each) are made fresh each day starting at 5 a. ... More >>

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