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Philip Speer

  • Blogs

    July 11, 2014

    Fluff Bake Bar's Rebecca Masson Secures a Space for Her Brick & Mortar Bakery

    Back in December, the "sugar hooker" Rebecca Masson launched a successful Kickstarter campaign to raise $50,000 to help build out her dream bakery. Hundreds of Houstonians donated more than $53,000 to the cause, but then Masson got back to work, and we didn't hear much more about the upcoming bakery ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 16, 2014

    The 10 Best Local Foodies to Follow on Instagram

    It's not yet officially in the dictionary along with selfie, crowdfunding and turducken, but food porn is definitely a real thing. I need only to pull up Instagram on my phone to start drooling over my friends' photos of fresh, local produce; croissants at Common Bond; and burgers galore. While ma ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 2, 2014

    FPSF Preview Breakfast Is Almost Too Hot to Handle

    If you want to see a bunch of food writers turn into divas, make them stand outside in the heat and mud and don't feed them. The first day of Free Press Summer Fest saw some ticketing hiccups early in the morning before the annual preview breakfast featuring the musical stylings of Bun B paired wit ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 7, 2014

    FPSF Brings Back Preview Breakfast Pairing Music and Food

    Take a look at the elaborate still lifes in any museum, and it will be clear that food and art go hand-in-hand. Paintings of dining scenes abound. Films and plays take place around the dinner table or use food as a plot device through which to move the action. Literature has an entire genre--food wr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 28, 2014

    Sweet & Savory Benefit Helps Save Dogs With Delicious Dinner

    Several years ago, Rebecca Masson and Tracy Hartman held the first "Sweet and Savory" dinner benefitting Lucky Dog rescue. They had a few dozen people and raised $3,500. Nine dinners later, and the duo--along with a slew of local and regional chefs--have raised an estimated $150,000 for the animal r ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 22, 2014

    Sweet & Savory Benefit for Lucky Dog Rescue Hosts an "All Male Review"

    "We have some hot chefs coming to this," Becky Masson, pastry chef and owner of Fluff Bake Bar tells me giggling. "You're definitely going to want to be there." For the past several years, Masson has organized a bi-annual Sweet & Savory dinner with local chefs to benefit Houston's Lucky Dog Rescue. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 19, 2014

    Where the Chefs Eat: Benjy Mason, Mark Decker, Richard Knight

    This week, our Where the Chefs Eat series visits the The Heights-area chefs of Treadsack, the restaurant group that includes the ever popular Down House, D & T Drive Inn, and the opening-in-the-near-future Hunky Dory and Foreign Correspondents. We asked them the regular questions, and we got some am ... 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

    December 27, 2013

    Upscale Fair Food To Star at FPHNYE! Celebration

    Anyone who's been to a state fair or a rodeo, or even a small-town festival, has likely paid too much money for a funnel cake, turkey leg or hot dog. And they probably didn't taste very good. At the Houston Gastrodome (the name of the food pavilion at FPHNYE!) in Sam Houston Park downtown, some of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 16, 2013

    Wingtoberfest 2013 is Upon Us! Find Out Who's Competing for the Honor of Top Wing

    Ah, October. Time for Pumpkin Spice Lattes, Halloween parties, cold fronts and gluttinous candy consumption. Also a time for Oktoberfests around the world (and most famously in Munich, Germany -- yes, we know the only official Oktoberfest ended on October 6 this year, but still). Beer, beer, lederho ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 3, 2013

    Fancy Pants at FPSF: Breakfast with Uchi's Philip Speer and Rap Legend Bun B

    It was Saturday morning, and I was hot. As in super caliente, sweat dripping down my back, and cheeks flushed to a bright pink uncomfortable kind of hot. I'd just fought my way through the entrance of the Free Press Summer Fest so that I could be on time for the Fancy Pants, ultra-exclusive $175 per ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 4, 2013

    The Rest of the Best: Houston's Top 10 Restaurants Where Service is King

    It's hard to find good help, or so the saying goes. Indeed, many of the chefs and restaurant owners I've spoken with over the years privately admit that finding good waitstaff in Houston can be a Sisyphean task: You manage to find a truly great server or two, they dazzle your diners and then -- beca ... 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 8, 2013

    Where the Chefs Eat: Ryan Lachaine, Lyle Bent and Victoria Dearmond

    With the proliferation of open kitchens in Houston, it's hard to ignore the chefs who are actually making the food. Nowhere is that more true than at Underbelly, where food enthusiasts can literally spend the evening watching all the action going on in the kitchen. At one point during the night, you ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 10, 2013

    Where the Chefs Eat: Christine Ha and Alvin Schultz

    This week, our Where The Chefs Eat series turns to two amateur chefs turned television reality stars: Christine Ha and Alvin Schultz. Both living in Houston and Vietnamese by descent, they each snagged a spot on the TV reality show, MasterChef. Schultz, who was featured on Season 2, is known for ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 22, 2012

    Saving Lives at the Sweet & Savory Dinner

    When pastry chef Rebecca Masson teamed up with her friends to host a fundraising dinner for Lucky Dog Rescue three years ago, she sold 40 seats and raised $3,500 to help forgotten and unwanted Houston dogs find homes. There were three savory courses and three sweet courses at Masson's first Sweet & ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 17, 2012

    Where the Chefs Eat: Amalia Pferd, Sean Carroll, John Peterson

    Owning a food truck/mobile cart is hard work, but at the end of the day, you still gotta eat. For this week's Where the Chefs Eat series, we're checking in to see where some of Houston's on-the-go chef-proprietors get their grub on. Let's see where Amelia Pferd of Good Dog Hot Dogs, Sean Carroll o ... More >>

  • Dining

    September 6, 2012

    Uchi Takes Houston

    Both high-end and accessible, Uchi moves into Montrose and changes the game.

  • Blogs

    September 5, 2012

    This Week's Restaurant Review: Tyson Cole's Uchi

    See our slideshow of Uchi's gorgeous interior. This week for her print restaurant review, Katharine Shilcutt tackled a mighty one: Uchi. You know the one, right? The Houston outpost of James Beard Award-winning Tyson Cole's Uchi and Uchiko in Austin? Of course you do. Does the Westheimer spot liv ... More >>

  • 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

    June 26, 2012

    Happily Forced To Wipe My Brow: Curry Crawl Houston

    See more fiery photos from the Curry Crawl in our slideshow. It's summertime, Houston. And it ain't just the 98 degree heat that's sizzling hot. This past Sunday, ten local chefs set patrons on fire at the first annual Curry Crawl. Hosted by Straits Restaurant at CityCentre and benefiting PULS ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 6, 2012

    This Week in Food Blogs: Houston's Top 100 Restaurants?

    29-95: To quote Peter Gabriel, the "big big big big big big big big big" news this week was the release of Alison Cook's top 100 restaurants in Houston. I can't imagine how monumental of a task it was to compile not only the list, but all of the write-ups that accompany each entry. The full list -- ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 9, 2012

    The 2nd Annual Kiss My Grits Throwdown by YTAC a Huge Success

    The Young Texans Against Cancer's YTAC 2nd Annual Kiss My Grits Throwdown revealed a couple of things. First, that young Houstonians are more than willing to engage in philanthropy for a good cause, and second, that any food competition featuring 10 chefs is a huge draw. Host venue The Capitol at ... 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 2, 2012

    Upcoming Events: Beer, [Crawfish] Boils and Burgers

    It's shaping up to be a busy couple of weeks around here as "Spring" "comes" to Houston. God, shoot me now. I can't make it to August like this. Ahem. Tomorrow, get your hands dirty at the 2012 Crawfish Festival in the Heights. Admission is free and Dr. Gleem Car Wash -- you know, the one that hou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 17, 2012

    The Burger Guys Downtown and Uchi Houston Announce Opening Dates

    "Proud to say, you asked and you shall receive," said Jake Mazzu, owner of The Burger Guys, this morning on Twitter. "The Burger Guys downtown opening Feb. 1st." A new downtown location of the popular burger joint was just one of two exciting announcements today sure to get Houston's food lovers bu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 18, 2011

    Rebecca Masson and Friends Raise Money for Lucky Dog Rescue in a Sweet Way

    Masson's course of pistachio pound cake with candied fennel was my favorite of the night.​"This is confusing the hell out of my palate, and I'm loving it!" joked Eater Houston editor Amber Ambrose to my right on Sunday night. We were polishing off pastry chef Chris Leung's dessert course of s ... More >>

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