Maurizio Ferrarese

  • 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

    March 28, 2014

    The 5 Best Things to Eat/Drink This Weekend: Cheese, Australian Wine & Saint Arnold Beer

    Le Sagre Series: "I Formaggi Freschi" @ Italian Cultural Community Center Friday, 7-10 p.m. 1101 Milford Learn about Italian food and cheese tonight at the first Italian Sagra, a cheese festival, hosted by the Italian Cultural Community Center. Enjoy a small-bites buffet and wine pairings with a mu ... More >>

  • Dining

    March 13, 2014

    Roost Bistro Debuts New Dishes

    It may be the best yet.

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    March 4, 2014

    Truffles, Wine and Italian Hospitality: the Angelini Family Brings a Bit of Italy to Houston

    It happens more often than not: I taste a dish and it transports me to somewhere far away, to another country and another culture, to the place where I'd tasted that dish before. I recently attended a wine dinner that had that same effect, but it wasn't because of the food. It was because of the Ang ... More >>

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    February 14, 2014

    Upcoming Events: City Hall Farmers Market Is Back

    The City Hall Farmers Market returns on Wednesday, February 19. Head to the market from 11 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. to purchase a variety of seasonal produce and various products from more than 35 vendors during the spring season kick-off. Whether you want to stock up on some veggies, enjoy a cup of cof ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 30, 2013

    Upcoming Events: Yoga and Wine, Beer and Brass & More

    Starting September 1 until September 15, CRAVE Cupcakes has partnered with the Arts in Medicine Program at MD Anderson Children's Cancer Hospital to honor National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. During these two weeks, you can purchase four flavors decorated with beautiful toppers created by MD A ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 19, 2013

    The Top 5 "Power Dining" Locations in Houston: Where to See and Be Seen

    Last week, the New York Times published an article about D.C. restaurateur Ashok Bajaj with the subtitle "A New Delhi-Born Restaurateur Brings Power Dining to D.C." Several of us read the article, but not because we were super interested in Mr. Bajaj's latest opening. We had no idea what "power dini ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 18, 2013

    Big Savings on Caribbean RumFest Passes, Sparrow Bar Cookshop, Union Kitchen, and More

    How does an evening of Caribbean food, music, and cocktails sound? Today's Houston Press Voice Daily Deal is good for half-off your choice of passes for the Third Annual Caribbean RumFest, August 16-17, 2013: • $30 for $60 off of general admission passes (four rum sample tickets per day, souvenir ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 11, 2013

    Recap: The Woodlands Wine Rendezvous Grand Tasting & Chef Showcase

    There are food and wine events throughout the year, but none as big, or with as much at stake, as the Wine Rendezvous and Grand Tasting at Wine & Food Week in The Woodlands. This is no regular tasting event. Where other events may have winners, and the winners may take home trophies or bragging ri ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 3, 2013

    Discount Dining Deals at La Vie Fusion Bistro & Lounge, Quattro, Majorca, and More

    We are kicking the week off right with delicious savings on Creole, Caribbean, and soul food at La Vie Fusion Bistro & Lounge. Grab today's Houston Press Voice Daily Deal to save 50 percent off of your choice of two deal vouchers: $10 for $20, or $20 for $40. La Vie specializes in soul, Creole/Caju ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 31, 2013

    Upcoming Events: Mac 'n Cheese Fit for a Rockstar

    Fleetwood Mac is coming to Houston next week and Quattro has your before and after meal plans already set. If you're still trying to figure out what to eat before and after the concert, have no fear, Quattro is here with its pre-concert menu offering. The pre-concert three-course menu is filled wit ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 31, 2013

    Upcoming Events: The 9th Annual Wine & Food Week in The Woodlands

    Yep, it's that time of the year again. Wine & Food Week is coming to The Woodlands next week. From June 3-9, The Woodlands will become home to more than 50 restaurants; 500 wines; legendary wine producers and culinary personalities from around the globe; and a vast collection of craft beers and gou ... More >>

  • Dining

    May 23, 2013

    The 10 Best Downtown Restaurants

    More than tunnels and tourist traps.

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    May 16, 2013

    Top 10 Restaurants in Downtown Houston

    New restaurants and bars are opening in downtown Houston faster than we can keep up, thanks to a renaissance around the Market Square Park area that's bringing new life to downtown's north side. But that's not the only part of downtown that's blossoming -- nor are those new restaurants the only game ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 30, 2013

    Recap: The Sugar Land Wine & Food Affair Grand Tasting 2013

    If there was one night a year to go crazy and totally overdose on food and wine, Friday night was definitely one of them. The Grand Tasting, signature event of the Sugar Land Wine & Food Festival sponsored by H-E-B, was every food and wine lover's dream come true, thanks to a who's who of some of Ho ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 15, 2013

    Chef Maurizio Ferrarese Offers Cooking Classes and Comedy at Quattro

    I've been to plenty of cooking classes and cooking demonstrations over the years, but none as enjoyable as the one I attended last week Quattro. Much of this is attributable to the genial Maurizio Ferrarese, executive chef at the Four Seasons' in-house restaurant and a natural teacher who blends hum ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 5, 2013

    Upcoming Events: Complimentary Cocktails and Empty Bowls

    Quattro is continuing its popular pre-concert dinner series with special menus coming up for both the Rihanna performance on April 15 and the Carrie Underwood show on April 23 - both at the Toyota Center, which is only a couple of short blocks away. The award-winning Italian restaurant inside the F ... More >>

  • Dining

    February 21, 2013

    Dinner and a Show

    Houston's 10 best restaurants for pre-theater dining.

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    February 14, 2013

    Dinner and a Show: Houston's Top 10 Restaurants for Pre-Theater Dining

    Chances are that if you're heading downtown for a night out at the opera, or the symphony or the Alley, you're not simply grabbing McDonald's on your way -- you want to make an evening of this, as well you should. Many restaurants have done away with theater menus, meaning you'll have to order judi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 21, 2012

    Upcoming Events: New Year's Dining Options Outside the Loop

    It's nothing but New Year's right now, as Houston restaurants and bars throw elbows to get you to spend that special night with them and them alone. The Four Seasons Hotel is offering one of our favorite packages this year in case you want to get all glammed up to ring in the 2013. Starting with di ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 9, 2012

    Upcoming Events: Downtown Hoppy Hours and Italian Stallions

    Everyone loves The Orange Show -- but the non-profit Center for Visionary Art needs your help to keep providing Houston with amazing public art displays like the annual Art Car Parade and concerts at the Orange Show monument itself. To that end, Saint Arnold is sponsoring the 2012 Foamraiser tomorro ... More >>

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    October 23, 2012

    Be a Prima Donna, Pre-Madonna, at Quattro

    So, you may have heard that Madonna is coming to town this week. If you were lucky enough to get tickets to her performances at the Toyota Center tomorrow night or Thursday night, you may now be wondering where to park and where to grab dinner or drinks before the show. Quattro at the Four Seasons ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 24, 2011

    Upcoming Events

    Photo courtesy of Tookie'sAll your honking finally paid off, folks!​It's a busy weekend across the city, from a pub crawl downtown to a flash mob in Clear Lake. But first things first, tickets are still available for the Hats Off to Hospitality gala this Sunday, June 26, at Haven. The gala wi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 21, 2010

    City Hall Farmers Market: Get Your Last-Minute Food Gifts

    Get your loved ones some cheese for Christmas!​The very last City Hall Farmers Market of the year is taking place tomorrow from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in its usual location, surrounding the pool directly in front of City Hall. The market will be taking a brief holiday break for Christmas and will b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 15, 2010

    Five Questions for Geri Druckman and This Year's Wine Conference

    Photos by Jeff BalkeSamples were drained during last year's Wine Conference sessions.​Last September marked the inaugural year for The Wine Conference, an annual event pairing more than just food and wine. The Wine Conference seeks to pair people with knowledge, whether those people are wine e ... More >>

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    November 12, 2010

    Upcoming Events

    Photo by Troy Fields​Have you ever wanted to play chef for a day in the vast kitchen at Brennan's? Your chance to man the stoves (seen above) is coming up, as Alex Brennan Martin has now revived the Creole restaurant's beloved "Chef For A Day" program. Available only to one person per day (and ... More >>