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Opinion: Houston Gets Short Shrift In 2017 James Beard Award Finals

Posted: March 15, 2017 at 7:16 pm   /   Editor's Choice

Out of eight James Beard Award semifinalist candidates Houston ties, only two made it to this year’s James Beard Award semifinals. Considering the well-regarded food mecca that the Bayou City has become, that’s too few to be fair. This is similar to last year, when only two of 10 nominees made it to the finals. In […]

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Eat My Pralines

Houston Business “Eat My Pralines” Is Growing—One Sweet At A Time

Posted: March 15, 2017 at 4:24 pm   /   Sweets

We had to clear one issue up with Eat My Pralines owner Becca Reyenga right away: is it pronounced “pray-leens” or “praw-leens”? “It’s ‘praw-leens.’ That’s a conversation I have a lot!” she said. “Sometimes I say, ‘Do you want to try a praline?’ and people just look at me like they don’t know what I’m […]

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CAKE Fine Pastry team

Houston Bakery and Custom Cake Maker Is Reborn As CAKE Fine Pastry

Posted: March 14, 2017 at 4:45 pm   /   Bakeries, News

Elizabeth and Jerry Hale started Zeapod Cakery seven years ago as a food truck before landing a storefront bakery near Cypress at 13010 FM 529. Now, though, the business is getting rebranded as CAKE Fine Pastry, a name that better reflects the multi-tiered, custom cakes that Elizabeth regularly constructs for weddings and other big celebrations. […]

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Peli Deli Announces Opening Date For Downtown Houston Location

Posted: March 13, 2017 at 2:32 pm   /   News

The owners of South African restaurant Peli Peli have announced that their downtown location, Peli Deli, will open to the public on Monday, March 27 in the Esperson Building at 808 Travis in the former Murphy’s Deli space. It’s located on the first level above the street-level escalator. The week before will be its soft […]

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Chef William Wright at Arthur Ave

Arthur Ave To Close And Become Helen In The Heights—Updated

Posted: March 9, 2017 at 3:02 pm   /   News

The management team of Arthur Ave at 1111 Studewood—sommelier Evan Turner, executive chef William Wright, chef de cuisine Mercedes Gomez and director of operations Tim Faiola—has announced via press release that they intend to close after its final service on March 19. Despite critical accolades, “a consistent pattern of underperforming sales over the last few […]

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