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Houston Chefs Are Making Their Own Versions of Discontinued Taco Bell Dishes

Posted: September 18, 2020 at 10:47 am   /   Fast Food, Food Finds, Midtown, Montrose, Spring

Chefs at Houston’s independent restaurants make their reputations on precision-crafted fare with luxurious or local ingredients, but there’s an industry truism. By the time restaurant workers finish mopping the kitchen and lock the doors, the only places still open for a late-night meal are bars, diners and fast food joints. These midnight munchies paired with […]

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Former Bistro Provence Revealed as Freshly Redesigned Bistro 555 in Memorial

Posted: September 11, 2020 at 2:43 pm   /   News, Restaurant Openings

Just a little over a month after closing Bistro Provence at 13616 Memorial, thus concluding a 22-year run, owner Genevieve Guy has unveiled her brand-new restaurant concept in the same location, Bistro 555. The setting has a refreshed and updated look, sporting deep, sky blue walls that nicely set off many paintings of French landscapes, […]

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Cochon 555 Returns to Houston, Showcasing 5 Top Chefs in a Pandemic-Era Format

Posted: September 10, 2020 at 5:00 pm   /   News, Upcoming Events

For years, Cochon 555 has been an eagerly awaited annual event. Established in 2008 to educate chefs and diners about heritage pig breeds, this touring celebration normally gives attendees the opportunity to sample whiskey punches, wine and lots of heritage pork dishes prepared by some of Houston’s best chefs. In the past, the event has […]

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Photo of (left to right) Elena Sgarbi , Tony Vallone and Alessia Paolicchi.

Legendary Houston Restaurateur Tony Vallone Has Passed Away

Posted: September 10, 2020 at 11:55 am   /   Breaking News, News

After years of struggling with undisclosed health issues, legendary Houston restaurateur Tony Vallone of the iconic Tony’s died on Wednesday, September 9, at the age of 75. Founded by Vallone in 1965, this year was the 55th anniversary of his acclaimed original restaurant, a spot that defined fine dining, elegant Italian fare and outstanding service […]

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Restaurant Workers Aren’t OK: Charities Issue Urgent Plea for Federal Assistance

Posted: August 31, 2020 at 12:24 pm   /   Feed The Need, News

Leaders of the Southern Smoke Foundation and the Restaurant Workers Community Foundation have released an urgent plea explaining just how dire the current economic crisis is for hospitality workers. In Houston alone, dining rooms are currently operating at 50% of regular guest occupancy. Bar workers are even worse off. Bars have been completely closed for […]

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