Rebecca Masson

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    November 21, 2014

    Upcoming Events: Christmastime at Texas Ren Fest and More

    Rice Village's Café Rabelais will be hosting a Burgundy Dinner on Monday, November 24 at 7 p.m. The event will feature an elegant French-inspired meal paired with Burgundy wines from Domaine Manuel Oliver ($95 per person plus tax and gratuity). See for more details and to make rese ... More >>

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    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 21, 2014

    The Last Bite: Rebecca Masson Is Throwing Her Final Sweet & Savory Fundraiser Dinner for Lucky Dog Rescue

    What started out as a fun fundraising event for the Lucky Dog Rescue charity has taken on a life of its own. Pastry Chef Rebecca Masson's Sweet & Savory charity dinners have become legendary. And this Sunday, she will hold her last one, which promises to be grand in every way. "So basically, when w ... More >>

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    September 18, 2014

    Chef Chat, Part 2: Rebecca Masson of
    Fluff Bake Bar

    In Part 1, we learned about Rebecca Masson's journey that would take her from the slopes of Breckenridge, to one of the finest culinary schools in the world and, eventually, to Houston. Here in Part 2, we'll find out how she became a contestant on "Top Chef: Just Desserts" and sought crowd-funding ... More >>

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    September 5, 2014

    The 5 Best Things to Eat or Drink This Weekend: Fluff Bake Bar Hosts Saturday Pop-Up Bake Sale at Southside Espresso

    EaDo Pub Crawl @ 8th Wonder Brewery Friday, 5 p.m. 2202 Dallas Head to 8th Wonder Brewery on Friday for a pub crawl through East Downtown. Registration costs $15 and begins at the brewery at 5 p.m., but you must pick up your wristband (which gets you into the participating venues and drink specials ... More >>

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    September 2, 2014

    10 Places for Boozy Milkshakes in Houston

    Milkshakes are good, but boozy shakes are so much better. The traditional blend of milk, ice cream and syrups makes for an enjoyably sweet refreshment, but the extra splash of tequila, rum or beer just takes it to a new level. When you're in the mood for an alcoholic drink, but are simultaneously c ... More >>

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    July 28, 2014

    Is "the New Cupcake" the Cupcake?

    Macarons are the "new cupcake." Or is it pie? Or how about cake balls? No, it's going to be doughnuts. But, what about popsicles? This has been the non-stop conversation over the cupcake trend since the personal-sized treats topped with a swirl of frosting became popular in the early 2000s. Despite ... More >>

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    July 18, 2014

    Openings & Closings: Fluffernutters Are Coming to Midtown

    The Owl Bar at 3200 Kirby will close after the weekend of July 26. The Upper Kirby bar won't be gone for long though; there are plans to reopen The Owl Bar at 2221 West Alabama sometime during the fall of this year. For three days (July 24-26), The Owl Bar will have a "closeout" weekend to get rid o ... More >>

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    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 >>

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    June 27, 2014

    The 5 Best Things to Eat or Drink This Weekend: Czech Out Kolaches at Southside Espresso

    Snout to Tail Heritage Pig Dinner @ Hotel Derek Friday, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. 2525 West Loop South Feast on five pork courses at Hotel Derek during the Snout to Tail Heritage Pig Dinner tonight at 6 p.m. Each course features cuts from a hog from Local Heritage Pork, along with whiskey pairings from Yell ... More >>

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    June 26, 2014

    Hit Up Southside Espresso This Weekend for a Kolache Pop-Up Sure to Please

    What happens when you get the Sugar Hooker and H-Town StrEATs together for breakfast? LOTS OF KOLACHES. This Saturday, June 28, Rebecca Masson (a.k.a. the Sugar Hooker) of Fluff Bake Bar and Jason Hill and Matt Opaleski of food truck H-Town StrEATs are teaming up at Southside Espresso to present ... More >>

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    May 21, 2014

    I Ate One of the Best Meals of My Life This Weekend...And It Was in Dallas

    Some people call it sibling rivalry. Others say that Houstonians are jealous that Dallas is thought of a wealthy and sophisticated, while we have more of a gritty, urban reputation. Maybe it's because Dallas always seems to get national attention for good things, while we end up on lists for crime a ... More >>

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    May 9, 2014

    Ten Best Places in Houston to Get Your Next Cake

    It's graduation season, which means two things: Uncomfortable polyester robes and cake. Of course, I've never needed an excuse like graduation to order and then devour a custom cake (Congrats, it's Tuesday, here's a cake!), but if you need to justify your consumption, I'm sure you can think of som ... More >>

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    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 >>

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    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 >>

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    March 3, 2014

    100 Favorite Dishes 2013-2014: No. 23, Fluffernutters at Fluff Bake Bar

    This year, leading up to our annual Menu of Menus® issue, Kaitlin Steinberg counts down her 100 favorite dishes as she eats her way through Houston. She'll compile a collection of the dishes she thinks are the most awesome, most creative and, of course, most delicious in town. It's a list of person ... More >>

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    February 4, 2014

    Celebrate Love Houston-Style and Get Your Valentine Something Local

    We've heard it time and time again: Eat local. Shop local. Think global, act local. Local, local, local: It can start to sound like a broken record. But the fact is, going local pours money back into your city's economy, and Valentine's Day gifts that come from Houston purveyors show that you didn ... More >>

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    December 17, 2013

    Dear Santa Claus, Please Send Me a Kegerator and a New Knife Set: Denizens of Houston's Culinary World Share Their Wish Lists

    It's that time of year! Children are writing Christmas wish lists and mailing them off to Santa at the North Pole, hoping that he'll deliver what they ask for come Christmas morning. Some of that magic goes away as you get older, but there's no reason we can't keep making wish lists for the holidays ... More >>

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    December 13, 2013

    The 5 Best Things to Eat and Drink This Weekend: Red Velvet Beer Launch, Toys for Tots Drive & 12 Bars of Christmas Bar Crawl

    No Label Beer Dinner @ Woodway Whole Foods Market Friday, 7-9 p.m. 6401 Woodway Dr. Reserve your spot at this five-course dinner from Whole Foods Market paired with No Label Brewery beers. Whole Foods has not announced the full menu , but it will include items such as seared day boat scallops with ... More >>

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    December 6, 2013

    The 5 Best Things to Eat or Drink This Weekend: An UnChristmas Party & A Benefit for My Dee Dee's Pie Shoppe

    1st Annual BrewHumbug UnChristmas Fiestakkah @ The League of Extraordinary Brewers Friday, 6 p.m.-1 a.m. 907 Franklin St., Ste 150 This isn't your typical Christmas party. The folks at The League of Extraordinary Brewers invite anyone and everyone to their first BrewHumbug UnChristmas Fiestakkah fe ... More >>

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    December 6, 2013

    'Sugar Hooker' Hopes To Break Houston's Kickstarter Curse by Raising $50,000 for Bakery

    After three years of operating a sizable baking business on an 8-foot table in the kitchen of Kraftsman Baking, Rebecca Masson was ready for a little more elbow room. She's the creator and owner of Fluff Bake Bar, a company that makes cakes, cookies, cupcakes and other baked goods, and she has achi ... More >>

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    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 >>

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    October 17, 2013

    Top 5 Hungry-For-Halloween Must-Haves in Houston

    For me, there's no better way to get in the spirit of Halloween than through my stomach. And while I'm certainly not opposed to doing so via taste-testing popular candy, I also am more than happy to eat local. Here are five notable sweet/savory spooky foodstuffs available in H-town. 5. Surprise Fe ... More >>

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    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 >>

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    April 26, 2013

    The 5 Best Things to Eat or Drink This Weekend: Zombie Crawls, Crawfish Boils and Kolaches -- All for Charity

    Kolache Benefit for West, Texas Saturday, 8 a.m. Revival Market, 550 Heights Boulevard Revival Market will be selling its delicious, housemade kolaches and klobosneks for breakfast tomorrow morning starting at 8 a.m., with 50 percent of the proceeds going to benefit victims of the fertilizer plant ... More >>

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    March 5, 2013

    Putting Broken Eggshells Back in the Carton: Great or Gross?

    I encountered a confusing phenomenon recently, and I need your help to sort it out: broken eggshells left in the carton, then put back into the refrigerator alongside the still-intact eggs. My buddy who does this -- whose egg carton I found filled with ten empty eggshells, almost lovingly reconstru ... More >>

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    November 30, 2012

    Upcoming Events: Put That Ugly Christmas Sweater to Good Use

    Coming up this Tuesday, December 4, Haven and Cove will be kicking off the Christmas season with a Champagne dinner starting at 6:30 p.m. The three-course dinner created by chef Randy Evans will feature a passed tasting of raw dishes from Cove to start. Courses include duck confit with roasted beets ... More >>

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    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 >>

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    July 12, 2012

    How to Make Beer Ice Cream

    It's tough to make a case for drinking thick, heavy porters and stouts during the sweltering summer months. So here's a better idea: Make ice cream with them. Beer ice cream is nothing new; restaurants have been serving Guinness ice cream for years. Sweet, creamy beers like porters and stouts actua ... More >>

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    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 >>

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    February 3, 2012

    The Rest of the Best: Houston's Top 10 Cupcakes

    Photo by GroovehouseAs seen at our Cupcake Smackdown, people go nuts over tiny cakes.​For the next 20 weeks, we'll be rounding up the runners-up to our 2011 Best of Houston® winners. In many categories, picking each year's winner is no easy task. We'll be spotlighting 20 of those categories, ... More >>

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    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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    September 7, 2011

    Sampler Plate: This Week in Food Blogs

    Each week, we put together a sampler plate of the most interesting links from both local and national food blogs. Know a blog we should be paying particular attention to? Leave the address in the comments section below. New York Times: No less than the New York Times visited El Real recently, and f ... More >>

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    September 2, 2011

    Upcoming Events: Cooler Heads Prevail

    See if you can guess what I am now.​The cool weather is finally on its way, and that means movie nights in Market Square Park will be gearing up once again. This month, look for a screening of Animal House presented by the Alamo Drafthouse Rolling Roadshow starting at 8 p.m. on Friday, Septemb ... More >>

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    June 21, 2011

    Farm Fresh Goodness at Revival Market

    BLT with thick-cut bacon, arugula, herb mayo, pain de mie bread, with a side of Asian slaw​Revival Market may not immediately come to mind as a lunch destination, but since my visit a couple weeks ago, I've been dying to go back. What started out as a simple girl's lunch turned into a three-h ... More >>

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    March 18, 2011

    Upcoming Events

    Photo by Katharine ShilcuttYou don't want to miss a Vic & Anthony's beer dinner.​Vic & Anthony's is continuing its popular series of beer dinners by partnering with Texas' own Real Ale for its next evening, which takes place on Friday, April 8 starting at 7 p.m. For $85 a person (tax and tip n ... More >>

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    December 17, 2010

    Chef Chat, Part 3: Rebecca Masson of Fluff Bake Bar

    ​Today closes out our discussion with pastry chef Rebecca Masson; for previous installments, click here and here. I had a chance to taste-test her signature petite treat: Fluffernutters and could taste the natural flavors in the peanut-butter oatmeal cookies because they weren't loaded with s ... More >>

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    December 16, 2010

    Chef Chat, Part 2: Rebecca Masson of Fluff Bake Bar

    ​This week we're chatting with pastry chef Rebecca Masson. Besides consulting with multiple restaurants, managing her online pastry shop, and planning out her future retail store, somehow she finds the time to audition for reality television shows. Read along as we check out life on the sweet ... More >>

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    December 15, 2010

    Chef Chat, Part 1: Rebecca Masson of Fluff Bake Bar

    Masson's famous Fluffernutters and the main ingredient: Fluff.​Rebecca Masson is one of Houston's top pastry chefs and proprietor of Fluff Bake Bar, her online pastry shop. This petite woman's fiery energy and drive has taken her far and wide, from Wyoming to Paris to New York to Houston. This ... More >>

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    December 7, 2010

    5 Desserts That Are Actually Better Than Sex

    ​Many claim the hyperbolic title - cakes, pies, layer desserts and the like - but few truly live up to the name. Here's a list we put together (from a solicitation of all the EOW bloggers) that could claim the description truthfully. 5. Paula Deen's "Is it really better than sex?" Cake While ... More >>

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    December 1, 2010

    A French (Poodle) Street Wins the 3rd Annual Gingerbread Dog House Competition

    Photos by GroovehouseSee more of the entries in the gingerbread dog house competition in our slideshow.​"I lived in Paris for two years; that's where I went to culinary school," explained pastry chef Rebecca Masson last night as she gestured to her entry in the 3rd annual Christmas Tail ginger ... More >>

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    November 19, 2010

    Upcoming Events

    ​If you aren't in the mood to bake this Thanksgiving on top of all the cooking you'll be doing, why not help out some needy pups while you purchase those pies? Pastry chef Rebecca Masson is selling her fabulous pecan pies (with a shortbread crust!) for $25 each, $5 of which goes to Corridor Re ... More >>

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    June 3, 2010

    Sweet Summer Soirée

    ​If it were a recipe, it would read like this: One giant heaping of dog rescue efforts 40 hungry people Lots of desserts made by Pastry Chef Rebecca Masson A little bit of cheese Maybe a salad Some champagne A couple cocktails Combine all thoroughly on Sunday, June 6, at Ralph Smith ... More >>

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    May 21, 2010

    Upcoming Events

    ​The 6th annual Empty Bowls Houston event is tomorrow, Saturday, May 22. Wondering what this creative charity event is all about? It's simple: For a $25 donation, you'll get a straightforward lunch of soup, bread and water, but you'll also get to select a one-of-a-kind, handmade bowl donated b ... More >>

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    April 13, 2010

    Raising the Bar at the Bourbon Throwdown

    Photos by GroovehouseAdam Bryan finishes up his No Bogey Fizz cocktails.​Last night's Bourbon Throwdown at Branchwater Tavern was the fifth throwdown -- a casual, Iron Chef-style competition between local chefs -- that the Houston Chowhounds have thrown since June 2009. But far from being a re ... More >>

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    March 30, 2010

    Fine Dining By The Sea(Brook)

    Chocolate-peanut butter icebox pie.​"Don't get too caught up in it; it's just grape juice," laughed Mark McWilliams, seated to my right. Those are words you don't expect to hear from someone who runs a successful winery for a living, but it set the tone for a refreshing evening. Anyone expecti ... More >>

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    February 2, 2010

    An Unlikely Winner at the Mushroom Throwdown

    Photo by Katharine ShilcuttThrowdown judge Gracie Cavnar prepares to sample an entry.​The big guns were brought out last night for the fourth -- and largest to date -- throwdown organized by Jenny Wang and the Houston Chowhounds: the Mushroom Throwdown at Vic & Anthony's. From the judging pane ... More >>

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    January 19, 2010

    Think You've Got What It Takes To Be a Cupcake Judge?

    ​Last week, we chose Melanie Tello from a sea of 60 other worthy candidates to be one of our reader judges in this Sunday's much-anticipated Cupcake Smackdown at Block 7 Wine Company. This week, our food blog editor will choose the second and final judge. Do you think you have what it takes? ... More >>

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    December 3, 2009

    Walking in a Gingerbread Wonderland

    Photos by Groovehouse​If it didn't feel like Christmastime yet on Tuesday night with a slight chill in the air, the sight that greeted us as we walked into Voice put us right in the holiday mood: delicately and immaculately designed gingerbread houses all in a row, next to a glimmering Chri ... More >>

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    February 14, 2008

    Little Cakes

    Local pastry chef shows how simple it is to start from scratch

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