Philippe Schmit

  • Blogs

    November 12, 2014

    First Look at Radio Milano, A New Italian Concept Inside the Hotel Sorella at CityCentre

    Just barely two weeks old, Radio Milano, the new new Italian concept taking over the spot that used to house Bistro Alex in the Hotel Sorella at CityCentre, is giving established Italian restaurants in Houston a run for their money. A lot of it has to do with the restaurant's executive chef, Jose H ... More >>

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    August 21, 2014

    Videos of the Week: Watch Houston Area Chefs and Restaurants Take the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

    (function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); = id; js.src = "//"; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs); }(document, 'script', 'facebook-jssdk')); Post by Gabriel Medina. Mar ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 18, 2014

    Upcoming Events: How Do The British Taste Wine?

    Don't wait until the last minute to snag your tickets to this beer dinner. Eleven XI Restaurant & Bar has partnered with Buffalo Bayou Brewing Company to serve an eight-course dinner paired with eight beers, four of which are custom-made specifically for this meal. Reserve your spot at Eleven XI on ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 14, 2014

    Philippe Schmit Re-Emerges With Wine and Chocolate Dinner

    After abruptly parting ways from his eponymous restaurant last September and triumphantly returning to the kitchen in March for a pop-up foie gras dinner at Kris Bistro, chef Philippe Schmit is back again, and this time, his focus is on chocolate. Schmit is widely regarded as one of the best French ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 9, 2014

    Openings & Closings: It's Good To Have You Back, MF Sushi

    Last week ended with sad news when local baker, Jody Stevens, lost her home in a fire. Thankfully she was not at her home during the fire, but she lost everything inside her home, including the the tools she uses for her cake business, Jodycakes. Various restaurateurs and chefs have created fundrais ... 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 >>

  • Dining

    January 16, 2014

    Tipping in Restaurants Reaches a Tipping Point

    Will 2014 be the year it's abolished?

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    November 7, 2013

    Philippe Restaurant Lounge's New Menu Under Chef Manuel Pucha: A Promising Debut

    Philippe Schmit's sudden departure from his eponymous restaurant, Philippe Restaurant Lounge, left many wondering: What is going to happen to a restaurant named Philippe when Philippe himself is not there? A recent media dinner to introduce executive chef Manuel Pucha and his new menu answered t ... More >>

  • Dining

    September 26, 2013

    Go to Moon Tower Inn

    Here are 10 reasons why.

  • Blogs

    September 20, 2013

    Openings & Closings: Farmers Market Returns, Taco Takeover & More

    It was a slow week for openings and closings. Let's take a quick look at which restaurants closed before we dive into the openings. Hollister on Washington suddenly closed after being open for a brief six months. Owner Chuck Pritchett says the BYOB concept wasn't enough to attract new customers for ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 17, 2013

    Breaking News: Philippe Schmit is Leaving Philippe Restaurant Lounge

    Dallas Easterly, the general manager of Philippe Restaurant Lounge, released the following statement: "After nearly two years as Executive Chef of Philippe Restaurant Lounge, Philippe Schmit is leaving his post to pursue other projects, but he will still remain an equity partner in the restaura ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 12, 2013

    The 5 Best Things to Eat or Drink This Weekend: Sipping Your Way Around The World, Feasting With The Pope & More

    Around the World in 80 Sips @ Minute Maid Park Friday, 6:30-9:30 p.m. 501 Crawford Street For the second year, Bottlenotes presents Around the World in 80 Sips where you will have the opportunity to sample more than 80 different wines from a variety of countries, like New Zealand, South Africa, Fra ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 28, 2013

    Five Blind Wine Pairings, Five Sommeliers and One Fantastic Dinner at Philippe Restaurant Lounge

    Five courses, five sommeliers, two bartenders and a Master Chef of France. As far as wine dinners go, last week's Guest Sommelier Wine Dinner at Philippe Restaurant Lounge was nothing short of a tour de force. The dinner marked the finale of sommelier Vanessa Treviño-Boyd's wildly successful So ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 21, 2013

    Rounding Up the Best Rodeo Dining Deals in Houston

    With the Rodeo headed to town starting this weekend, plenty of local restaurants are featuring dining deals all season long. We've rounded up some of the biggest steals below, many of which even include parking deals. (And as anyone who goes to the Rodeo will tell you, parking is by far the least en ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 15, 2013

    Upcoming Events: Menu of Menus Is Back, Bigger and Badder (in a Good Way, Of Course)

    Our grand tasting event -- Menu of Menus -- is coming up on April 9 and we want you, our loyal readers, to be the first to get discounted tickets this year. We are offering a semi-private pre-sale to loyal Houston Press readers that will allow you purchase tickets before they go on sale to the publi ... More >>

  • Dining

    February 7, 2013

    Eat, Play, Love

    Houston's 10 most romantic restaurants.

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    January 31, 2013

    Houston's 10 Most Romantic Restaurants: Start Planning Your Valentine's Day Dinner Now

    In case you hadn't heard, Valentine's Day falls on a Thursday this year. And in next week's print edition, our own Christina Uticone will have a round-up of all the Valentine's Day dinner deals and special menus you can shake a dozen roses at. This is not that round-up. There are 10 types of people ... 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

    November 29, 2012

    Get the Best Christmas Gifts at Citrus Fest This Weekend at the Eastside Farmers Market

    Want to get your loved ones an unusual, thoughtful Christmas gift that keeps giving year after year? Of course you do. Your father doesn't need any more ties, socks or boxers and your mother is only using that coffeemaker because you bought it for her. She secretly hates it. So head to Urban Harves ... 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 >>

  • Blogs

    September 7, 2012

    Where the Chefs Eat: Seth Siegel-Gardner, Terrence Gallivan, Justin Yu

    First, there was Just August Project. And then came Pilot Light Group. And then came Oxheart Restaurant. And soon we will have the The Pass and Provisions. For this week's Where the Chefs Eat installment, we found out where Seth Siegel-Gardner, Terrence Gallivan, and Justin Yu like to eat around ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 5, 2012

    100 Favorite Dishes 2012: No. 17, Drunken Foie Gras at Philippe

    This year leading up to our annual Best of Houston® issue, we're counting down our 100 favorite dishes in Houston. This list comprises our favorite dishes from the last year, dishes that are essential to Houston's cultural landscape and/or dishes that any visitor (or resident) should try at least o ... 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 >>

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    August 28, 2012

    Where the Chefs Eat: David Denis, Jean-Philippe Guy and Philippe Schmit

    When we think of French dining in Houston, the following three chefs should assuredly come to mind: David Denis, Jean-Philippe Guy, and Philippe Schmit. David Denis has made a name for himself with his elegant Le Mistral Restaurant on the Energy Corridor, where big-name oil execs come to sample exqu ... More >>

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    July 19, 2012

    Top Five Cold Desserts in Houston

    I say "cold dessert," you probably say "ice cream!" If, however, you've eaten your fill of sundaes, cones and milkshakes this summer, there are other (near) subzero confections available in H-town. My five favorites: 5. Lemon Ice Box Cake (Zelko Bistro). Though not as cold as its name would sugge ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 2, 2012

    Chef Philippe Schmit Receives Prestigious Maîtres Cuisiniers de France Title

    Photo by Nancy Kerschen​When he first moved to the United States from his home country of France in 1990, Philippe Schmit worked as a sous chef under famous chef Eric Ripert -- a fellow Frenchman -- in the New York kitchens of Le Bernadin, eventually moving on to become executive chef at La Go ... More >>

  • Dining

    December 29, 2011

    All About Schmit

    The French Cowboy's Philippe is both elegant and playful.

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    December 28, 2011

    Ring in the New Year with French-Texan Flair at Philippe

    Chef Philippe Schmit calls himself "the French cowboy." It's a self-assigned nickname that can also apply to the overall aesthetic at his namesake restaurant, Philippe, which is the subject of this week's cafe review. Schmit's food is strongly French, make no doubt about it. But in among the French ... More >>

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    December 14, 2011

    The Top 10 Cookbooks of 2011: Texas Edition

    ​This is neither a list of the all-time best cookbooks of the year, nor is it a list of the best Texan cookbooks of the year. It's a combination of both. Because odds are that if you're giving a cookbook as a gift this year, it's either going to be to a fellow Texan or because you're a Texan l ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 3, 2011

    Chef Chat, Part 2: David Guerrero of Samba Grille, On His Road to Recovery and Becoming Executive Chef

    Mai PhamExecutive Chef David Guerrero in the kitchen at Samba Grille​Yesterday, we talked to Samba Grille's Executive Chef David Guerrero about how he was diagnosed with brain cancer early last year. You can read about it here. Today, he tells us the rest of his story about his extraordinary r ... More >>

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    October 4, 2011

    First Look at Felix 55

    The first time I tried to eat at Felix 55, the new Rice Village restaurant with Chef Michael Kramer at the helm, it was utterly packed. The patio was overflowing with guests and music pulsed from inside the restaurant, which is sandwiched between Baker St. Pub and D'Amico's in the hip 'n' happening ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 30, 2011

    An Evening at Philippe Restaurant Lounge

    Berkshire pork ravioli.​Chef Philippe Schmit's Philippe has been getting serious buzz. Eating Our Words spoke with the chef himself as the opening days approached, and Katharine Shilcutt's first look proved that the wait was well worth it. Then Mai Pham went to the restaurant's glitzy opening ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 17, 2011

    Glitz and Glamour at the Philippe Restaurant Lounge Grand Opening

    Philippe Schmit, Jessica Rossman, Gordon Bethune​Yes, there was glitz and glamor at the Philippe Restaurant Lounge grand opening fête this past Sunday evening. Even before I arrived, my friend texted me, "Carolyn Farb sighting more. Lots of great shoes on women." It's a good thing I had ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 18, 2011

    First Look at Philippe

    Fun and fresh: Plastic bags to ice down your wine or champagne at Philippe.​Everything had been going swimmingly at Philippe (1800 Post Oak, 713-439-1000) on Wednesday night when, after the last of our entree dishes had been cleared away, I sensed a subtle shift in the service. Something was a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 14, 2011

    Chef Chat Part 3 Philippe Schmit of Philippe Restaurant Lounge

    Wooden wine cases serve as decor in the upstairs bar.​This week, as we spoke with Philippe Schmit of Philippe Restaurant Lounge, opening January 25, the one word that kept appearing was "design." Aside from designing the menus, Schmit poured a lot of energy and thought into constructing the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 13, 2011

    Chef Chat, Part 2, Philippe Schmit of Philippe Restaurant Lounge

    ​You might remember Philippe Schmit as the executive chef at the former Bistro Moderne at Hotel Derek. If you've been wondering where he's been since BM's closing in 2007, look no further. It's a new year and new beginning for the chef as January 25 marks the long-awaited launch of his restaur ... More >>

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    January 12, 2011

    Chef Chat, Part 1: Philippe Schmit of Philippe

    ​Very soon, masses of curious and hungry Houstonians will get what they've been patiently waiting for. Next week, Philippe Schmit will unveil his debut restaurant, Philippe, in the Galleria area after two-and-a-half years of meticulous planning. Philippe, otherwise known as the French Cowboy, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 14, 2010

    Restaurants We're Excited About for 2011

    ​For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction, right? Well, for all the new restaurants that disappointed us in 2010, there are many more coming in 2011 that we're awaiting with baited breath. Whether they be old favorites revived or entirely new restaurants, whether they be from ... More >>

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    August 30, 2010

    Chef Philippe Schmit Takes Aim at Galleria Crowd

    Ruthie JohnsonSalmon on pumpernickel was one of the less successful dishes served Saturday.​ Philippe Schmit wants to feed you. On Saturday night from the kitchen and rooftop of the condos at 1510 Lovett, he settled for a group of food bloggers and freelance writers. Schmit, formerly of Bis ... More >>

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    May 14, 2010

    Openings and Closings

    Losing our Voice.​Although it technically isn't a closure, it's the end of an era for Voice, the critically-acclaimed restaurant at the Hotel Icon. Chef Michael Kramer is leaving as the hotel has decided to take the restaurant in a different, slightly less upscale direction. It's a huge blow f ... More >>

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    February 19, 2010

    Openings and Closings

    ​As not only Houston but the entire nation heard earlier this week, Midtown favorite and one of the first Vietnamese restaurants in Houston, Mai's Restaurant (3403 Milam), burned down on February 15 after a cooking fire started by a wok. We posted photo and video coverage of the fire itself, a ... More >>

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    February 12, 2010

    Openings and Closings

    ​According to My Table, Philippe Schmit has finally inked a deal for his new restaurant's new digs...outside Loop 610. You'll remember that Schmit himself had originally said he'd be moving to an inner loop location and would aim to be open in August. Instead, he's signed a lease in the same c ... More >>

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    January 15, 2010

    Openings and Closings

    Chef Philippe Schmit​Exiciting news for Francophiles across Houston who miss Philippe Schmit's deft touch at the long-gone Bistro Moderne at the Hotel Derek: Reports from two reliable sources indicate that Schmit's new restaurant is getting closer to opening its doors. If Haven was the ... More >>

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    January 6, 2010

    Top 9 Houston Restaurant Closings of the Decade

    Photo by emmiegrnThe Pig Stand, one of Houston's lost restaurants. Read about nine more of the most important restaurant closings of the decade below.​1. Maxim's Maxim's closed in January 2001. It was possibly the most influential restaurant in Houston's culinary history. It was the only upsca ... More >>

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    May 20, 2009

    A Delicious Recipe for Success

    Photos by Katharine ShilcuttGracie Cavnar and Monica PopeIt was a gorgeous summer night in the gardens of a stately West University mansion, and Monica Pope was serving a most unlikely dish to the well-to-do types at the table: scrapple. A dozen enraptured guests had their first taste of the dish - ... More >>

  • News

    July 7, 2005

    Le Torture Chambre

    It could be worse; you could have come up in the French system

  • Dining

    February 24, 2005

    It's Le Bombe

    A new restaurant has Republican bigwigs dancing on the grave of the French boycott

  • Dining

    February 17, 2005

    French Food Sans Frenchmen

    Lazy lunching in a River Oaks hideaway

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