Randy Evans

  • Blogs

    November 21, 2014

    A Thanksgiving Wish: My Dee Dee's Pie Shop Still Needs Help

    Almost exactly a year ago, My Dee Dee's Pie Shoppe on West Gulf Bank burned to the ground. Owner Bella-Katherine Curtis's home was connected to the shop as well. It was not insured. Out of 8,000 square feet, 5,000 burned. Looters quickly ransacked the place, taking anything they could that was por ... More >>

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    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

    October 8, 2014

    Chef Chat, Part 1: Randy Evans

    After last week's Chef Chat with Chris Shepherd, the next person that we wanted to talk to was Chef Randy Evans. As best friends who met on the first day of culinary school and went on to work for years together at Brennan's of Houston, the two are part of each other's stories. Evans was the forme ... More >>

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    October 2, 2014

    Chef Chat, Part 2: Chris Shepherd of Underbelly

    There are very few chefs in the United States who can describe what it's like to win a James Beard award. As we discussed yesterday, Chris Shepherd is one of them, but success doesn't seem to have spoiled him yet. Most of the time, he's where he's always been for the last few years: at Underbelly me ... More >>

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    September 25, 2014

    Randy Evans Kicks Off Consulting Company with James Coney Island

    After Haven closed, chef Randy Evans announced that he would begin consulting with restaurants and other food-related businesses through his company, Southern Son Restaurant Consulting. And his first gig is with James Coney Island. In fact, James Coney Island called Evans two days after Haven closed ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 1, 2014

    Chef Randy Evans Talks Haven's Closing and What's Next For Him

    It was a celebration last night at Haven, chef Randy Evans's farm-to-table restaurant famous for its fried chicken and upscale comfort food. December 19 would have marked Haven's fifth anniversary, but the restaurant closed unexpectedly after service last night to make way for a new business in the ... 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

    April 30, 2014

    The Not-So-Secret Garden: Six Houston Restaurants That Grow Their Own Grub

    In this week's cafe review, I take a look at Coltivare, the new restaurant from Revival Market's Ryan Pera and Morgan Weber. The small but alarmingly busy spot has been getting a lot of buzz not just about the unique Italian-inspired menu, but also about the ample backyard garden that supplies much ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 7, 2014

    Few Tickets Left for Menu of Menus! Get 'Em Before They're Gone!

    It's here! It's here! It's here! OK, actually it happens tomorrow, but close enough. Menu of Menus is finally here, which means you finally get to taste all the great food you've been reading about (and I've been writing about) for weeks! I'm told the event is almost sold out, but there are still ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 1, 2014

    We're Giving Away Two More VIP Tickets to Menu of Menus and Iron Fork

    Menu of Menus is a mere week away, and if you haven't gotten your tickets yet, you either need to get on it ASAP before they sell out, or answer these trivia questions correctly and win two VIP tickets! VIP tickets now cost $90, and general admission tickets are $50. VIP tickets will get diners in ... 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

    March 24, 2014

    Join Us for the Inaugural Menu of Menus Pop-Up Dinner Tomorrow (Few Tickets Left!)

    We're told that there are only about ten tickets left for our first-ever Menu of Menus Pop-Up Dinner Tuesday evening at Haven, so get 'em while you still can! The dinner, which begins at 9 p.m. (leave the kiddos at home), will feature food from Haven chef Randy Evans, Roost chef Kevin Naderi and E ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 19, 2014

    We're Giving Away Two $120 Tickets to Our Inaugural Menu of Menus Pop-Up Dinner!

    Yesterday we announced an exciting new event to kick off Menu of Menus this year. On March 25 at 9 p.m., we're hosting the inaugural Houston Press Pop-Up Dinner at Haven featuring chef Randy Evans along with Kevin Naderi of Roost and Kevin Bryant of Eleven XI. The pop-up dinner will be a great oppo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 18, 2014

    Celebrate Menu of Menus Early With a Special Pop-Up Dinner at Haven

    So you know how there's that Iron Fork event at Menu of Menus? It's hosted by Randy Evans, and this year it's a battle of the Kevins, pitting returning champ Kevin Naderi against new contender Kevin Bryant. And it's going to be awesome. Unfortunately, though you'll be able to watch all the action, o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 19, 2014

    Win Two VIP Tickets to Menu of Menus and Iron Fork

    Tickets are selling quickly for this year's Menu of Menus Extravaganza, which will be held at Silver Street Station on April 8. The event will feature more than 40 local restaurants with incredible free samples as well as the annual Iron Fork competition, which will pit last year's champ, Kevin Nade ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 5, 2013

    Sweet Relief: Houston Chefs Rally Together To Support My Dee Dee's Pie Shoppe After Fire

    A beautiful thing about the Houston restaurant scene is the love and support that is shown to those going through difficult times. On November 29, My Dee Dee's Pie Shoppe was engulfed in flames. Bella-Katherine Curtis has been the owner of the place for the past 22 years, and has provided homemade ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 11, 2013

    The 5 Best Things to Eat or Drink This Weekend: Festivals Galore, Gumbo Day & More

    Haute Wheels Food Truck Festival Fall 2013 @ Houston Community College - Southwest West Loop Campus Friday, 6-10 p.m., Saturday-Sunday, 12-5 p.m. 5601 West Loop South Freeway Get excited, because the Haute Wheels Food Truck Festival is finally here. Starting tonight, the weekend kicks off with Truc ... More >>

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    June 21, 2013

    The 5 Best Things to Eat or Drink This Weekend: Hop on Over to Hoppy Hour, Re-create a Work of Art & More

    Houston Press' Hoppy Hour @ Phoenicia Specialty Foods Friday, 4-10 p.m. 1001 Austin Street While some people like to pair chicken and waffles together for the sweet, salty, savory combination of flavors, we like to pair Belgian-style ales with waffles. Head on over to Houston Press' Hoppy Hour at ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 14, 2013

    Breakfast for Dinner Is Always a Good Thing & Haven Has You Covered

    Attention, Houstonians, chef Randy Evans of Haven has a new waffle iron and is serving up chicken and waffles on his new limited-time breakfast for dinner menu. I don't know about you, but I absolutely love breakfast and could eat it for every single meal, even if it is just cereal and eggs. Every ... 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

    May 20, 2013

    James Coney Island Unveils Line of Chef-Designed Hot Dogs on June 1

    James Coney Island is one of the oldest restaurants in Houston, founded in 1923 by Greek immigrant brothers James and Tom Papadakis (this explains the Greek-influenced chili that remains on the menu to this day). But although the chain is celebrating its 90th anniversary this year, the food is anyth ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 18, 2013

    The Eating...Our Words 100: Randy Evans, Chef at Haven and Farm-to-Table Godfather

    Randy Evans has an exuberant personality that comes through in his cooking at Haven: passionate about local products and seasonal produce, expressive of its Texas roots. There's no mistaking where you are when you're eating at Haven: It's Houston all the way. Evans's cooking at Haven is also highly ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 10, 2013

    Frank's Americana Revival and Chef Kevin Naderi of Roost: 2013 Menu of Menu's Big Winners

    The annual Menu of Menus grand tasting is much more than just a night for our readers to come out, meet their favorite restaurants, find new favorites and get their faces stuffed with delicious grub. It's also a fierce competition. A wooden token was given to each guest as they entered Silver Stree ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 1, 2013

    The Second Annual Go Pig! Or Go Home! Throwdown is Coming This April

    "Go pig! Or go home!" That is the gauntlet that has been thrown, and the challenge, the question, the machismo duel that will pit 23 of Houston's most prominent chefs in a challenge to create Houston's most supreme incarnation of a suckling pig. The second annual event is scheduled for Sunday, Apr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 18, 2013

    A Crop of New Restaurants Win Big at the Rodeo's Best Bites Competition

    "We shucked 1,500 oysters tonight," said chef Randy Evans, owner of Haven and its raw bar, Cove. His table at the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo's annual Rodeo Uncorked!® Roundup and Best Bites competition was littered with the remnants of oyster shells. The sauces in front, including Cove's signat ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 9, 2013

    Restaurants Within Restaurants: Cove Is On the Cutting Edge

    Whether it's a manifestation of chefs' ADD or a new dining trend to look for in the coming years, the restaurant-within-a-restaurant concept has hit Houston, which is now home to two such venues: Cove and The Pass. The Pass, which is technically side-by-side with Provisions, leans more toward the " ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 6, 2012

    The Rest of the Best: Houston's Top 10 Fried Chicken

    "What's your favorite fried chicken in Houston?" I asked my mother a few days ago over the phone, curious to see if I'd overlooked any old favorites on the top 10 list I was compiling. A sixth generation Texan, my mother has lived here for more than three decades and cooks for a living. Needless to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 2, 2012

    First Look at Cove, the New Raw Bar Inside Haven

    Jean-Philippe Gaston, the sous chef at Haven, is curling vermillion-colored slices of yellowfin tuna into elegant half-rosettes with his fingers before placing them gently on a white plate, all in a gently curving row. It doesn't take long; he plates as swiftly and surely as he cut the ribbons of fi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 26, 2012

    Chef Chat, Part 1: Matt Marcus of Eatsie Boys Food Truck, on Selling Food out of His Dorm Room in Military School and Landing an Internship at The Fat Duck

    Matt Marcus Eatsie Boys Food Truck 845-430-8479 This is Part 1 of a three-part chef chat series. Parts 2 and 3 will run in this same space on Thursday and Friday. The Eatsie Boys have one of the most popular food trucks in Houston right now. Known for their pork snuggies, fanc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    August 20, 2012

    How Do You Improve a Big Mac? Let Chef Randy Evans Make You a Big-H Burger

    How do you improve upon a Big Mac? That isn't a sarcastic question; I'm a sucker for a McDonald's hamburger. Blame it on nostalgia or perhaps my family history of diabetes. But it's rare that I feel an upscale restaurant can tackle a fast-food dish and improve significantly upon the original. Liber ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 10, 2012

    100 Favorite Dishes 2012: No. 35, Fried Chicken at Haven

    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

    July 13, 2012

    Where the Chefs Eat: Bryan Caswell, Randy Evans, Danny Trace

    In Houston, the restaurant community is so tight that everyone has worked together in some shape or form over the years. For this week's Where the Chefs Eat, we check in with chefs Bryan Caswell, Randy Evans, and Danny Trace. Evans is affiliated with a bunch of local chefs thanks to his time at B ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 28, 2012

    The Rest of the Best: Houston's Top 5 Restaurant Playlists

    The only times I notice the music in a restaurant is when it's really bad (Christmas music playing year round at Sichuan Cuisine), really out of place (Nine Inch Nails blaring out of the speakers at now-closed Tony Vallone joint Ciao Bello or Cannibal Corpse washing over the line of patrons at Amy's ... More >>

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    June 14, 2012
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    March 13, 2012

    Umami Dinners at Kata Robata Encourage Chef Collaboration

    "I stayed away from making any fish courses," joked chef Randy Evans after last night's Umami dinner at Kata Robata. "I left that to Hori." To his left, Kata Robata's executive chef -- and recent James Beard semi-finalist for his work at the sushi restaurant -- simply laughed good-naturedly. This w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 12, 2012

    Bee Rustlers Steal Haven's Hives

    Thanks to Eater's long-running "Shit People Steal" series, it's possible to think that you've heard it all when it comes to the bizarre items that people steal from restaurants. Not so: Sunday's news that Haven's bee hives were stolen from outside the restaurant was a new low. Chef Randy Evans firs ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 14, 2012

    "Kirby-side" Chicken Pick-Up Now Available at Haven

    I know the parking situation around Haven has been a bit of a nightmare lately. Just as the construction on Kirby finally ceased, new "breastaurant" Twin Peaks opened up and unleashed its often obnoxious clientele upon the small parking area shared by Haven, Cafe Japon, Taco Cabana and a small bank. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 9, 2011

    Chef Chat, Part 1: Randy Evans of Haven

    ​That cool restaurant tucked back off Kirby is more than a year old. This week, we speak with Randy Evans, executive chef and partner of Haven and former executive chef at Brennan's, about his past and Haven's present. EOW: Who were your culinary inspirations? RE: Number one, my mom... Her ... More >>

  • Dining

    July 8, 2010

    Simple Plan

    Chef Randy Evans's idea for a "seasonal kitchen" at Haven mostly succeeds.

  • Blogs

    December 30, 2009

    First Look at Haven

    Photos by Katharine ShilcuttCorndog shrimp with tabasco mash remoulade​It can't be easy for Randy Evans right now. Once the executive chef at Brennan's -- one of Houston's most perenially popular restaurants -- and now the man behind what is easily the most anticipated restaurant opening of th ... More >>

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    December 18, 2009

    Openings and Closings

    Photo courtesy of Paula Murphy The verdant interior of Canopy​Two long-awaited restaurants have finally opened in the past week, just in time for the not-so-busy Christmas season. Here's your chance to check them both out before the masses pack into them come January. Canopy (3939 Montrose ... More >>

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    November 13, 2009

    Upcoming Events

    This weekend, get outside and enjoy this beautiful weather while it lasts. The Slow Food Picnic Dinner at Discovery Green is just one way to do that. Monica Pope and Andrea Lazar of t'afia are putting on the at 6 p.m. It will feature locally grown and caught food prepared by local chefs like Ra ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 30, 2009

    Hop On Board: Houston Culinary Tours Embarking Soon

    Photos by Katharine Shilcutt​Have you ever wanted to cruise around with one of your favorite chefs, picking their brains as you hit his favorite hole-in-the-wall restaurants in the city? Your chance to do just that is coming soon. Whole Foods Market and the Houston Convention and Visitor ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 23, 2009

    Chef Randy Evans: Sheet Rocking Haven

    ​Houston superchef Randy Evans was standing outside Haven, his exciting new farm-to-table restaurant on Algerian Way near Richmond and Kirby, when I drove by yesterday. The press release I got about the place read: "Looks like an early October opening." I was hoping for lunch, but Randy didn't ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 18, 2009

    The Belly of the Beast

    Photos by Katharine Shilcutt A packed dining room at Catalan on Monday night​People swarmed the table full of pork and beans at last night's long-awaited Pork Belly Throwdown at Catalan like bees on a hive. Dishes such as Vermont maple-glazed Kurobuta pork belly shared space with whole suc ... More >>

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    August 17, 2009

    One Night Only! Pork Belly Madness at Catalan!

    Photo by stu spivak​Monday, Monday, Monday! The battle to beat all battles will be held tonight at Catalan featuring contenders from across the city as they compete to claim the prize of Houston's best pork belly. The third in a series of popular "throwdown" events organized by Jenny Wang ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 10, 2009

    The Battle Rages On: Fried Chicken Throwdown at Beaver's

    Photos by Katharine ShilcuttRonnie Killen's skillet fried chickenSome had come for the spectacle of it all: 17 different fried chicken dishes, 9 enormous casseroles filled with various macaroni and cheeses, salads and side dishes and desserts enough to feed Alexander's own army. Some had come to obs ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 30, 2007
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    January 30, 2007

    Free Sample

    For the first installment of our new column, Chef Special, Robb Walsh sent a list of burning questions to Randy Evans, executive chef of Brennan's of Houston. Among other things, he found out what irks Randy: "My biggest pet peeve is people that are closed-minded about food. I wish people would tr ... More >>

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