Mark Schmidt

  • Blogs

    October 2, 2012

    Top 10 Restaurants in Montrose

    It's been a while since we tackled neighborhood lists on Eating Our Words, yet posts such as "Top 10 Restaurants in the Heights" continue to be perennial favorites with our readers each month. The last time we compiled a Top 10 Restaurants in Montrose list was well over two years ago, at which time ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 7, 2012

    Chef Chat, Part 2: Mario Valdez on Cooking Wild Game

    Mario Valdez The Rainbow Lodge 2011 Ella Blvd. 713-861-8666 This is the second part of a three-part chef chat series. Read Part 1 here and Part 3 in this same space on Friday. EOW: As chef de cuisine, how much control do you have on the menu? ML: It's mostly my menu, b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 6, 2012

    Chef Chat, Part 1: Mario Valdez of The Rainbow Lodge, on Becoming Chef de Cuisine at 23

    Mario Valdez The Rainbow Lodge 2011 Ella Blvd. 713-861-8666 This is the first part of a three-part chef chat series. Look for Part 2 and Part 3 in this space Thursday and Friday. Most of us are just starting our careers at age 24, but not Mario Valdez. Having completed culi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 30, 2011

    The Key to the Kitchen: Coppa's Female Executive Chef, Brandi Key, Is No Novelty Act

    November 3 was National Men Make Dinner Day, one of an increasingly nonsensical line of national holidays that are being trotted out in larger numbers every year. This particular holiday was especially perplexing to those in the food industry, where men make dinner every night. A man probably will m ... More >>

  • Dining

    September 29, 2011

    That's Rich

    Brasserie 19 is the place to see and be seen in River Oaks.

  • 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 11, 2011

    Wine Time: Rainbow Lodge

    Nancy KerschenMissing from this photo of Rainbow Lodge's spectacular grounds: you, your friends, wine and meatballs.​Looking for an inexpensive happy hour alternative tonight? The Rainbow Lodge is holding its monthly "Sip and Stroll" wine event on the patio from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., featuring f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 21, 2010

    Chef Chat, Part 3: Mark Schmidt of the Rainbow Lodge

    On Tuesday and Wednesday, we chatted with Mark Schmidt of the Rainbow Lodge. Today, we take a photo tour of the on-site herb and produce gardens surrounding the restaurant. Photos by Nancy KerschenThe lush back garden matches the outdoorsy vibe of the restaurant.​

  • Blogs

    October 20, 2010

    Chef Chat, Part 2: Mark Schmidt of The Rainbow Lodge

    ​Today we continue our chat with chef Mark Schmidt of Rainbow Lodge, discussing his favorite Houston-area restaurants and what's in his fridge at home. Eating Our Words: Before coming Rainbow Lodge, you previously owned Cafe 909 in Marble Falls with your wife, Shelly. I read that you liked to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 19, 2010

    Chef Chat, Part 1: Mark Schmidt of the Rainbow Lodge

    ​This weekend I sat down with insightful veteran chef Mark Schmidt of the historic Rainbow Lodge. We talked about seasonal cooking, his childhood summers spent in England, and his experience as a guest chef at the James Beard House. Eating Our Words: Can you start by telling us about your bac ... More >>