Vanessa Trevino-Boyd

  • Blogs

    October 29, 2014

    This Week In Food Blogs: Imposter Lemons and Patio Cocktails

    In the fall, limes that aren't yet harvested can begin to turn yellow and, unless you know better, can look just like lemons. This case of "bait and switch" initially fooled the blogger at Tag Sale Tastes, who subsequently comes up with a riff on an old adage. If life gives you limes, make Pistachio ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 3, 2014

    First Female Takes Home a Prize From Iron Somm, But Bubbles Still Win

    Female sommeliers have competed in the annual Iron Sommelier Competition for years, but last night marked the first time that one has taken home one of the major award categories. Vanessa Treviño-Boyd of 60 Degrees Mastercrafted scored the Best Presentation award last night. She succeeded in the in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 18, 2014

    Where Are Houston's Female Sommeliers?

    Quick, name all of the female sommeliers in Houston. OK, if you can't name all of them, name at least ten. Trick question. Here in Houston, we have six: Vanessa Trevino-Boyd (60 Degrees Mastercrafted), Samantha Porter (freelancing), Kelly McCloud (Camerata), Annette Amaya (Cru Wine Bar), Angie Ch ... More >>

  • Dining

    April 17, 2014

    Menu of Menus® 2014

    Lots of food and lots of fans.

  • Blogs

    March 31, 2014

    Soter Winery and Akaushi: A Tasty Pairing

    Eclipsed by the street construction taking place on the stretch of Westheimer Road directly in front of it, 60 Degrees Mastercrafted, the restaurant by master chef Fritz Gitschner, opened this past November to little fanfare. Since then, however, the roads have cleared, and a new patio has been fini ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 26, 2013

    Thanksgiving Vino, Part 2: Sommeliers Sean Beck and Vanessa Treviño-Boyd Guide You

    It can be complicated and difficult to properly pair wines with the Thanksgiving dinner. You have so many different types of dishes -- spicy, sweet, savory -- and with so many different types of wines to choose from, which ones should make it to the Thanksgiving table? We spoke with two of Houston' ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • 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

    November 5, 2012

    The $20 Master Chef Prix-Fixe Lunch at Philippe

    The prix-fixe, or set menu, is a time-honored tradition that originated in France. Pronounced pree-fiks, it's usually a three-course menu with appetizer, entree, and dessert, and the great thing about it is that you can usually get an unbelievable value for the price paid. That's what I discovered w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 5, 2012

    This Week In Food Blogs: How Many Moons Does Your Favorite Pub Have?

    Eater Houston: I've been enjoying Eater's recent series "Front and Center," in which front-of-house industry professionals are spotlighted for their vital efforts in making a dining experience special. The last two entries in the series have been some of my favorites: Sabin Shk, a Nepalese immigrant ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 28, 2011

    Upcoming Events: Eat Noodles, Help the Homeless

    ​Still haven't made Halloween plans? Head to RA Sushi in Highland Village or at CityCentre, where the restaurant will be hosting its annual Boo Bash this Monday, October 31, from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. Boo Bites (appetizers) and Potent Potions (booze) will be on special all night, and guests are en ... More >>