Ryan Pera

  • Blogs

    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 17, 2014

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

    We haven't had a Chef Chat with Becky Masson since 2010 and a whole heck of a lot has happened since then. Here are just a few highlights. In 2011, she competed on "Top Chef: Just Desserts" and represented Houston admirably, despite not winning. Not too much later, for the first time Fluff Bake ... 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 >>

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    June 13, 2014

    Upcoming Events: Celebrate Summer & Anniversaries With Beer & Pigs

    Keep celebrating Saint Arnold's 20th anniversary at BRC Gastropub on Wednesday, June 18, with a Pig Dinner. For $50, each person will get to feast on a menu of pork dishes paired with Saint Arnold brews. Savor BBQ pulled pork-stuffed piquillo peppers, paired with Saint Arnold Summer Pils. Wash down ... More >>

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    June 4, 2014

    This Week In Food Blogs: Summer Calls For Snow Cones, Galveston Trips & Pie

    CultureMap Houston: It's that time of year when the heat settles in and we all start looking for ways to cool off. If you're not close to a pool and a jug of ice water doesn't do it for you, then a snow cone should do the trick. CultureMap Houston's Kate Bentsen lists five places for you to get your ... More >>

  • Dining

    May 1, 2014

    The Food at Coltivare Is Almost Worth the Wait

    New Heights restaurant has a gardens but doesn't have reservations.

  • 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 29, 2014

    Third Annual Go Pig! Or Go Home! Suckling Pig Throwdown Coming May 4

    Get your stretchy pants ready, 'cause it's time for the third annual festival of gluttony, otherwise known as Go Pig! Or Go Home! For the past two years, Kata Robata has been inviting local chefs to roast whole pigs in the parking lot in front of the restaurant, and the event has continually brought ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 2, 2014

    This Week In Food Blogs: Do You Want to Dine Next to A Stranger?

    Texas Monthly: This month, Texas Monthly shines the light on Coltivare, the new restaurant from Ryan Pera and Morgan Weber of Revival Market. Patricia Sharpe writes about the delightful focaccia bread, describing it as "a miracle of springy texture and crunchy crust, luxuriantly brushed with Spanish ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 28, 2014

    Upcoming Events: Menu of Menus Extravaganza & A Spring Onion Festival

    In case you didn't know, Menu of Menus Extravaganza is on Tuesday, April 8, at Silver Street Station (fully air conditioned this year!) from 7 p.m. until 10 p.m. Hopefully you have already purchased your tickets to the biggest culinary event hosted by the Houston Press, but if you haven't, then what ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 26, 2014

    This Week In Food Blogs: You Can Make Pâté From Lentils

    Eater Houston: Coltivare, the new Heights restaurant from Morgan Weber and Ryan Pera of Revival Market, now has a cocktail menu after receiving its liquor license. Eater Houston's Darla Guillen shares the new menu and explains that it "weighs heavily on Italian apertivos and digestivos." Sip on a Na ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 9, 2013

    This Week in Food Blogs: Thank You, Houston -- And The Czechs -- For Kolaches

    NYT: The New York Times featured Morgan Weber and Ryan Pera of Revival Market and their sweet and savory kolaches. We sure do love kolaches in Houston, especially ones from an inventive baker like Pera, who creates them with satsuma oranges, strawberries and ricotta cheese, and sausages poached in l ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 19, 2013

    Lobster, Lamb, and Beef, Oh My! Seven Stellar Sandwiches

    It's easy to get a tuna salad sandwich or a BLT these days, but sometimes you want something different, something, well, just more. I recently set out to locate the tastiest and most memorable sandwiches around Houston, and, after much work, am honored to present, for your dining pleasure, this list ... More >>

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    August 2, 2013

    Upcoming Events: This Little Piggy Went to Market (And Became Dinner)

    Katy's No Label Brewing Co. will be coming all the way to the Loop for a Meet the Brewer event at The Ginger Man on August 6 at 6 p.m. Brewmaster and co-founder Brian Royo or "El Royo Loco" will be at The Ginger Man to show off his beer and answer questions about brewing along with some of the other ... 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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 28, 2013

    Catching Up with Yelapa Alumni L.J. Wiley and Vincent Huynh, Both with Big Plans for Houston

    It's a rare occasion when you get to enjoy a favorite dish from a long-closed restaurant, prepared once again by the chef himself. But that's exactly what took place this past Tuesday and Wednesday as chef L.J. Wiley and his old kitchen crew from Yelapa Playa Mexicana hosted four pop-up services at ... More >>

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    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 15, 2013

    Openings & Closings: Coltivare Trying to Cultivate Community Support

    Two new establishments looking to make a positive impact in the Heights have been stymied by the same foe in the last few months: variance request issues. Both the upcoming Coltivare from Revival Market team Morgan Weber and Ryan Pera as well as the under-construction brewery Town in City Brewing wa ... 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

    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

    January 3, 2013

    Dinner at the Market: Revival Market Launches Supper Series on Tuesdays

    With co-owners Ryan Pera and Morgan Weber busy opening up Coltivare -- the upcoming Heights restaurant from the Revival Market team -- food at the market itself has been left in the capable hands of Adam Dorris, chef de cuisine at Revival and the most recent chef de cuisine at Stella Sola. It's Dorr ... 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 27, 2012

    Burger Bars

    Houston's Top 10

  • Blogs

    September 21, 2012

    Openings & Closings: What the Hell Happened This Week, Houston?

    Seriously, guys. What the living hell. This has been one of the craziest weeks for openings and closings that I can recall in a long time. So when I say prepare for a ton of news ahead, I mean it. The biggest news of an already huge news week was word that Bobby Heugel and company are the new opera ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 25, 2012

    Where the Chefs Eat: Chris Shepherd, Ryan Pera, Antoine Ware

    Since 2010, the Greater Houston Convention & Visitors Bureau (GHCVB) has been conducting "Where the Chefs Eat" Houston Culinary Tours, in which chefs take a group of people to visit secret gems centered around a theme. Past tours have included world barbecue, Korean/Japanese food, Mediterranean food ... More >>

  • Dining

    January 19, 2012

    Meat Market

    You'll probably be paying more for your rib eyes and Whoppers thanks to the great Texas drought of 2011.

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    December 19, 2011

    The Biggest Grocery Store Openings of 2011

    Who cares about grocery store openings? Me and this snobby cheese guy statue, for starters.​Frequent commenter and fellow food blogger Misha Govstehyn once asked, on Twitter, why Eating Our Words covers so many grocery store openings. There couldn't possibly be that many people who cared, he r ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 9, 2011

    Buffalo Bayou Brewery: A Preview

    Photo by Mai PhamCrostini by Ryan Pera​ If you haven't heard about the Buffalo Bayou Brewery, one of the new local craft beer makers in Houston, it's probably because they haven't officially opened yet. But to get the buzz going and to let people know what's coming down the line, they held a ... 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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 18, 2011

    A Revival Dog at Revival Market

    ​After a handful of trips to Ryan Pera and Morgan Weber's still brand-new Revival Market, I've yet to be completely blown away. Don't get me wrong, I think the place is fantastic on a number of levels. I've picked up wonderful cheeses and bread, fantastically orange-yolked eggs, and an array o ... 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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    March 17, 2011

    Revival Market to Open Monday, Offer Texas Products, Produce and Meat

    Photos by Katharine ShilcuttRyan Pera (L) and Morgan Weber (R) relax for a brief moment in their new shop.​"This thing was a wreck last night," laughed Morgan Weber as he gestured toward the now-spotless interior of Revival Market this morning. The long-awaited butcher shop / grocery store / c ... More >>

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    January 28, 2011

    Openings & Closings

    Photo courtesy of Adam GarciaThat's not a flat-screen TV. It's the curing room being framed out at Revival Market.​A one-two punch of great news from the team at Revival Market (550 Heights Boulevard), which is set to open soon in the Heights space formerly inhabited by McCain's Market. Accord ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 28, 2010

    Brunch at The Grove

    ​I am sure everybody has heard by now that Ryan Pera has left The Grove for bigger and better things. I heard they have decided to not hire another executive chef and just let Robert Del Grande oversee the kitchen.

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    September 10, 2010

    Openings and Closings

    The Queen, Barbara Windsor and her wig encourage you to try Houston's version of the Queen Vic pub.​Richard Di Virgilio, a man who already knows how to serve small, finely crafted plates of food at Oporto, has finally opened his second project just off Kirby: The Queen Vic Pub & Kitchen (2712 ... More >>

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    August 6, 2010

    Houston Restaurant Week: Lunch Deals

    ​This year Houston Restaurant Week is offering $20 prix-fixe two-course lunch deal in addition to the $35 three-course dinner deals of years past. (The Houston Food Bank gets $3 for every lunch, and $5 for every dinner.) So as a service to you, dear reader, I have pored over the almost 200 hun ... More >>

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    July 23, 2010

    Upcoming Events

    ​When you're done voting in this year's Houston Press Music Awards, head over to the new and improved 2010 Houston Culinary Awards from My Table Magazine. You'll find a whole host of new categories in which to cast your vote in a section called Houston Foodie Star awards. The usual suspects li ... More >>

  • Dining

    June 10, 2010

    Designer Meats

    In Houston, more and more chefs are curing their own pig products

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    May 27, 2010

    Robb Walsh's 100 Favorite Houston Dishes #33 The Picnic Platter at the Grove

    ​Over the course of the next few months, I'm counting down 100 of my favorite Houston dishes. I chose some because they are such quintessential Houston creations, others for their cultural or historical significance, and others because they are just so damn tasty. Share your own nominations in ... More >>

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    March 24, 2010

    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. Hungry In Houston: It's definitely that time of year again: Crawfish boils will ... More >>

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    December 23, 2009

    Chef Chat, Part 2: Ryan Pera of the Grove

    ​Yesterday, we started a conversation with Chef Ryan Pera of the Grove. As promised, today we finish it up, even asking him about a pesky rumor we'd heard and shamelessly questioning him about his personal life. Eating Our Words: We have heard a little rumor about the burger recipe at the Gro ... More >>

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    December 22, 2009

    Chef Chat, Part 1: Ryan Pera of the Grove

    ​Eating Our Words recently stalked Ryan Pera, executive chef of the Grove, while he was shopping for fruits at the market, and now we've decided to bombard him with some questions. Rumors cleared, history revealed, and kitchen help praised: Eating Our Words: Could you give us a quick history ... More >>

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    December 16, 2009

    Market to Plate: Local Citrus Salad at the Grove

    Ryan Pera treasures his Saturdays, though he never sits down and the days tend to top 12 hours. Saturdays are farmers' market days, when The Grove Restaurant's executive chef picks the produce he'll use in that evening's specials and, more important, finds a few hours not to answer phone calls b ... More >>

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    November 20, 2009

    Upcoming Events

    ​Although the Saturday tours at the brewery are still on hold for now, you can still get your fix of walking and beer with the Saint Arnold Pub Crawl tonight starting at 6 p.m. As a special bonus, there will be limited-edition Christmas Ale on tap. The crawl will take place in the north part ... 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 >>

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    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 >>

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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 >>

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    March 23, 2009

    Houston's Best Recipe for Success

    Chef Monica Pope at MacGregor Elementary School. Photos by Carlos Meltzer There's alot of talk these days about problems and solutions. The economy, the environment, healthcare, education. But as we all know there appears to be a lot more problems than there are solutions. And alot more talk than ... More >>

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    October 22, 2008

    Fundraiser for the Koonce Family

    Everybody who’s anybody in the Houston food scene will be at The Beacon at 1212 Prairie Street on Thursday, October 23, at the giant benefit dinner for wine guy James Koonce and his four year-old daughter Katharine, who both suffered serious burns in the Brennan’s fire. The party goes from 4:30 ... More >>

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    October 16, 2008
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