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Alba Huerta Speed Rack 2012

Houston Women Pit Bartending Skills Against The Clock In “Speed Rack” Competition

Posted: February 16, 2017 at 8:54 pm   /   Cocktails, News

In 2012, Houston hosted the Texas regional Speed Rack competition, showcasing local female bartenders such as winner Alba Huerta (who went on to be a regular Speed Rack judge and now runs her own bar, Julep). Now that other Texas metropolitans (San Antonio, Dallas and Austin, respectively) have had a chance to host the competition, Speed […]

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Tasting Room Cellar Classic

“Prodigy” Chef Has Left Peska Seafood – Updated

Posted: February 16, 2017 at 5:40 pm   /   News

Omar Pereney announced on Facebook that he is leaving the restaurant formerly known as Peska Seafood Culture (now called Peska Seafood & Steaks), where he served as executive chef. The 22-year-old Venezuelan native is a classically trained chef who has worked in restaurants since he was only 12 years old. While still in his home […]

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Eric Aldis and Brett Jackson

Chef And Pitmaster Of Midtown BBQ Are Taking Their Act To Katy – Updated

Posted: February 16, 2017 at 4:23 pm   /   News

After J.C. Reid, barbecue columnist for the Houston Chronicle, noted on Twitter that Midtown Barbeque was closed for “plumbing problems,” Reid and others who have been around the industry for a while suspected something was up. Sure enough, chef Eric Aldis confirms that he and pitmaster Brett Jackson have pulled out of Midtown Barbeque. 2/16/17, […]

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Chico Ramirez and Travis Lenig of Field & Tides

Eats & Greets: Field & Tides Now Open In the Heights

Posted: February 16, 2017 at 2:47 pm   /   Food Finds, Southern

Never say that chef Travis Lenig is lazy. On Monday, he and his business partner, Christopher “Chico” Ramirez, not only swung open the doors of new restaurant Field & Tides for the first time, but also rolled out the red carpet for a sizeable group of food writers two hours beforehand. That’s a lot to […]

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Tracy Vaught and Hugo Ortega

2017 James Beard Semifinalist List Has Some Great Surprises For Houston This Year

Posted: February 15, 2017 at 4:42 pm   /   Houston's Best, News

All that national attention on Houston’s restaurant and bar scene seems to be paying off in spades lately. The 2017 James Beard Award semifinalist list has some expected repeat appearances—and some lovely, unexpected surprises that highlight the city’s diversity. First off, it’s not unexpected but welcome nonetheless that Tracy Vaught of Hugo’s, Caracol, Backstreet Café […]

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