James Beard

  • Blogs

    September 19, 2014

    Openings & Closings: Enjoy Sorrel While You Still Can

    If you enjoy Sorrel Urban Bistro, you might want to get over there for their last few months of service. Greg Morago of Houston Chronicle reports that Ziggy Gruber, of Kenny & Ziggy's, is taking over the space at 2202 West Alabama on January 1st to convert it into Dubrow's New York Grill, a Jewish-A ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 21, 2014

    Summer Food Book Reading List: Read About Food & Eat It Too

    Summer is almost here, and what goes hand-in-hand with a lazy day at the pool or the beach? Why an excellent book, of course! Rather than getting strangely addicted to whatever sensational novel is released (I'm talking about you, 50 Shades of Grey), kick back and relax on the beach or at the pool ... 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 >>

  • Dining

    March 27, 2014

    Caracol, Hugo Ortega's Latest Outpost, is Reeling Them In

    The ambitious new spot is making waves.

  • 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 13, 2014

    Will You Be My Valentine, Houston? 10 Reasons to Fall in Love With the City's Food Scene

    Yes, yes, we've all bitched at some time in our lives that Valentine's Day is an arbitrary holiday created by greeting card companies to make money while simultaneously forcing single people to re-examine their sorry existences, and because of this, we've all become huge grouches. Until, that is, we ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 13, 2014

    Rombauer and Beard: Their Words Belong on Your Shelf

    Joy of Cooking is one of the most influential cookbooks of all time, but there's a surprise about the author.

  • Blogs

    June 17, 2013

    The Final Feast: Groundbreaking Restaurant Closes With Sold-Out Night

    Click to view the full, final menu from Feast. Feast's friends and fans packed the little house at 219 Westheimer for a final taste of hearty delights such as fish and scallop pie and coq au vin. The sold-out final night was a fitting end for a place that convinced Houstonians that offal was not aw ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 24, 2013

    When Master Sommelier Bobby Stuckey Pours at Uchi, Houston's Top Sommeliers Listen

    Houston, is that a frico dropping? By my count, there were roughly forty of our city's top wine professionals in the room, all listening with rapt attention and relishing savory nuggets of wine wisdom imparted by Master Sommelier Bobby Stuckey (above). And I'm not talking benchwarmers. This was an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 26, 2013

    The Eating...Our Words 100: Tyler Horne, Market Manager at Urban Harvest Farmers Market

    If you told Tyler Horne five years ago that he'd one day be managing a farmers' market, he'd call you crazy. Fast forward to today and that's just what he's doing. Who he is: Horne is a Houston-raised nice guy with a passion for motorcycles, fishing and all things outdoors. Despite the fact that h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 21, 2013

    13 Houston Chefs Who Have Celebrity Doppelgangers

    Check out which local chef sure looks a lot like a Spice Girl, who might be hosting a game show in his spare time, and who we think is a long-lost triplet: See also: - 12 Celebrity Chefs Who Have Cartoon Doppelgangers - 13 Celebrity Chef Doppelgangers 13. Kaz Edwards vs. Joshua Jackson We could s ... More >>

  • Dining

    January 17, 2013

    30 Essential Texas Restaurants

    Eat here before you die.

  • Dining

    July 12, 2012

    Flaming Young

    Ten food-related words you need to stop misspelling

  • Blogs

    July 3, 2012

    The Texas Chefs Hall of Fame: 1981 and Now

    Assistant music editor Craig Hlavaty recently purchased a 1981 edition of The Genuine Texas Handbook, a guide to all things Texan. It's an often-tongue-in-cheek look at the people, places, outfits, songs, foods and more that made someone Texan 31 years ago. Incidentally, the book and I are the same ... More >>

  • Dining

    June 21, 2012

    Where the Chefs Eat

    Grant Gordon, Matt Marcus and Kevin Naderi

  • Blogs

    May 8, 2012

    Stella Sola Closed Its Doors on Sunday

    Bryan Caswell announced today that Stella Sola, his Texan-Tuscan restaurant in the Heights along with partner Bill Floyd, closed its doors on Sunday. The announcement followed months of rumors that Stella Sola would soon be closing, a result of the building in which it was housed going up for sale. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 6, 2012

    Upcoming Events: A Flurry of Festivals

    With warmer weather ahead, food festivals are kicking off in earnest across the city, starting with the 17th annual Bayou City Cajun Fest on Saturday, April 14, and Sunday, April 15, at Trader's Village. Admission is free to the Cajun Fest, which runs from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. Plenty of home ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 4, 2012

    All-star Sweet & Savory Fundraiser Raises $19,100 for Lucky Dog Rescue

    Pastry chef, Top Chef Just Desserts contestant, and hometown girl Rebecca Masson loves dogs. "If I could save them all myself, I would," she said as she thanked all those who had generously donated time and funds for the Lucky Dog Rescue charity. This past Sunday, her Sweet and Savory fundraiser a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 13, 2012

    Umami Dinners at Kata Robata Encourage Chef Collaboration

    "I stayed away from making any fish courses," joked chef Randy Evans after last night's Umami dinner at Kata Robata. "I left that to Hori." To his left, Kata Robata's executive chef -- and recent James Beard semi-finalist for his work at the sushi restaurant -- simply laughed good-naturedly. This w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 15, 2011

    Despite Blue Laws, Texas Sommelier Conference Opens on Schedule

    ​"You'll note that there are pastries in the foyer," said Master Sommelier James Tidwell, as he and Houston's own Master Sommelier, Drew Hendricks, opened the Texas Sommelier Conference promptly at 9 a.m. yesterday morning at the Four Seasons Las Colinas Resort in Irving, Texas. The two co-fou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 25, 2011

    TexSom Has Som-thing for Everyone

    ​Last year, when I traveled to Friuli, Italy with a group of top U.S. sommeliers, I overheard their fearless and übercool leader, Master Sommelier Bobby Stuckey, tell his colleagues, "Every state should have a TexSom." He was referring to the Texas Sommelier Conference, the annual Texas win ... 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

    May 20, 2011

    A Page Outa: The Beginning

    WonderlaneDuck, Duck, Goose. . .confit?​After I posted the last Shiftwork Bites piece, the same question kept popping up from friends and well wishers - "What's next?" I pondered that for a while, trying to find a new avenue for creativity, exploration, and challenge. Cooking from The French L ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 17, 2011

    Houston Gets a Brewpub; Tyson Cole Talks Uchi

    I tried and failed to think of a clever tie-in with the Waugh Drive bat colony. Oh well. Beer!​Normally, we reserve restaurant opening and closings news for our weekly Friday roundups. But some news is too good to sit on, like the announcement from Scott Metzger -- owner of Freetail Brewing Co ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 3, 2011

    Chef Chat, Part 2: Joe Apa of Rudz

    ​Take an awesome chef and put him in a pub, and you get a creative environment with a bar full of good beers. It's like giving the Eagles Mariachi instruments -- you know it's going to rock but in another environment. We had a blast chatting with him this week at Rudyard's. At several high pr ... 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

    November 12, 2010

    Openings & Closings

    Jellies out for tasting at the new Kraftsmen Cafe in the Heights.​The biggest news of the week seems to be the revolving doors at some of Houston's more popular restaurants: BRC Gastropub, Caffe Bello and the Inn at Dos Brisas (which, okay, is up the road in Independence, but we still claim it ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 18, 2010

    Immortal Milk at Central Market

    ​"Cheese - milk's leap toward immortality."-Clifton Paul Fadiman, author, editor, radio host (1904-1999) Clark Wolf loves cheese -- and cheesy wit. As I adjusted my camera to capture the gorgeous array of artisanal cheese and fruit displayed at the front of the room during his Cheese Tasting ... More >>

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    September 16, 2010

    Anthony Bourdain

    The bad boy of food likes life medium raw

  • Blogs

    August 26, 2010

    Anthony Bourdain: "There Has Never Been a Better Time to Eat in America"

    Anthony Bourdain is a man who requires little introduction. The author of Kitchen Confidential -- the book published almost exactly 10 years ago, which catapulted him to fame -- and host of popular TV shows like A Cook's Tour and No Reservations, Bourdain is the prototypical bad-boy chef, Marco Pier ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 11, 2010

    The Top 10 Restaurants in the Heights

    Sous vide pork at Textile.​Creating a top ten list for the Heights is an intimidating process. At a basic level, it's difficult to even define the Heights. And with so many great restaurants to choose from, we've had to leave out popular spots Teotihuacan, Vietnam Restaurant, and Onion Creek f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 22, 2010

    Chef Chat: James Beard Nominee Justin Basye

    Fabio​Stella Stola's opening four months ago in some rough waters. Fast management changes and skeptical critics rocked the grand opening, but then things started to change. Justin Basye came on board as chef de cuisine under Bryan Caswell and brought a positive outlook and solid crew with him ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 10, 2009

    Cooking Up a Storm: Shrimp and Corn Chowder

    ​ When I fell in love with the shrimp soup at Mama's Cajun Cuisine, I knew just where to go to get a recipe. Cooking up a Storm: Recipes Lost and Found from The Times-Picayune of New Orleans is one of the most well-thumbed cookbooks on my bookshelf. This instant classic, written by Times-Pica ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 30, 2009

    Stuffed Tenderloin Cheeseburgers

    On the subject of cheeseburgers, James Beard wrote in American Cookery, "this means a piece of processed cheese atop a cooked hamburger patty and broiled just long enough to melt. It is not very good." Instead he offered his own recipe for cheeseburgers in which one cup of cheddar, gruyere, or blu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 6, 2008

    Get Lit: Hamburger America: A State-By-State Guide to 100 Great Burger Joints, by George Motz

    I boiled the hamburger in beer in a cast iron skillet on top of the stove, adding five pinches of salt and three squirts of mustard along the way. It was the only “loosemeats sandwich” in the hamburger book and my daughter and I wanted to try something different – different at least for peopl ... More >>

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    February 13, 2003

    Teachings of the Pope

    Learning to love Boulevard Bistrot

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    January 11, 2001

    Chicken-Fried Honor

    George's civic slur