Philippe Gaston

  • Blogs

    October 22, 2014

    This Week In Food Blogs: Autumn Delights For Dining Out and At Home

    Culturemap Houston: Marlene Gustin says that the whole fall pumpkin craze has gotten out of hand, but this issue is more about pumpkin spice-flavored treats with nary a hint of actual pumpkin. There's also a great roundup of ideas on how to get your pumpkin fix, whether it be toasted pumpkin seeds t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 1, 2014

    Openings & Closings: Say Hello to Another Cupcake Shop

    The Houston Chronicle reports that Newk's Eatery will be opening its second location in Houston at 20802 Katy Freeway in Katy on Saturday, August 2. The first Newk's that opened in Houston is located at Cypress at 25712 Northwest Freeway. Newk's serves a variety of large salads, a selection of pizza ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 31, 2014

    Popular Farm-to-Table Restaurant Haven Serving its Last Meal Tonight

    The Houston Chronicle's Greg Morago first reported this afternoon that Haven and Cove Cold Bar will be closing after service tonight. The well-liked restaurant just off Kirby Drive is known for serving fresh produce from its own garden and meats sourced from local producers. Chef Randy Evans of Hav ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 26, 2014

    Inaugural Menu of Menus Pop-Up Dinner Brings Together Great Chefs and Great Food

    Last night, Randy Evans of Haven welcomed Kevin Naderi of Roost and Kevin Bryant of Eleven XI to his restaurant for a one-night-only dinner prepared by the three chefs in honor of Menu of Menus. The pop-up dinner consisted of four passed hors d'oeuvres followed by four courses and either a cocktail ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 10, 2013

    Blood Clams on the Menu Tonight at Cove

    In case this week's restaurant review wasn't enough to get you in to try Cove for the first time, maybe the subtle threat of danger will be more convincing. The cockle you see above is called a blood clam. It's very rare for these to show up Houston, as importing the blood clams from Southeast Asia ... More >>

  • Dining

    November 22, 2012

    Dining Out on Turkey Day

    Our guide to restaurants open on Thanksgiving Day

  • Blogs

    November 14, 2012

    To Order Fish on Mondays or Not: How Valid Are the "Rules" of Ordering in Restaurants?

    You've heard the old adages about dining pitfalls to avoid: Don't order fish on Mondays. (It's all left over from Friday's seafood shipment, goes the tale, and you don't want gross, slimy salmon.) Don't eat the bread in the bread basket. (It's supposedly recycled from table to table, people say.) ... 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 8, 2012

    Sheridan Fay of Haven and El Gran Malo Talks Careers in Cocktails and the Changes Coming to Haven

    Longtime local favorite Haven is no stranger to talent in the kitchen or behind the bar. With the recent departure of Aaron Lara and Zach Adams -- both of whom are now behind the bar at the newly opened Pass & Provisions -- Haven has restocked the bar, so to speak, with a new crop of talent includi ... 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

    May 12, 2011

    Independence Beer Dinner at Grand Prize Bar

    Photos by Neil Dalal, Independence BrewingChef Philippe Gaston​This past Monday evening, I attended a beer dinner held in conjunction with this year's Texas Beer Fest, hosted by Grand Prize Bar and sponsored by Independence Brewing Company, with pairings created by Chef Philippe Gaston. As a w ... 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

    August 13, 2010

    Openings & Closings

    Campechana and a hurricane at the old BB's on Montrose.​As several of our commenters pointed out last week, Josephine's Italian Ristorante (1209 Caroline) appears to be closed for good. Although no one has been answering the phone at the old downtown restaurant -- say what you want about the f ... More >>