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Opinion: With Devastating Floods, Houston Restaurants & Bars Should Only Open For The Right Reasons

Posted: August 27, 2017 at 12:22 pm   /   Editor's Choice

From editor Phaedra Cook with additions by Josh Armendariz:  In light of the unprecedented, devastating flooding occurring across Houston and the surrounding areas, business owners need to take a strictly conscientious approach to whether or not to be open. Here are good reasons to be open: To help the surrounding community—your immediate neighbors—and take care of basic needs: food, drink, a dry place to rest, charge phones and provide access to a clean restroom. The restaurant or bar is not touched by floodwaters The ability to maintain sanitary conditions as required by law is intact Owners are working performing work […]

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The Chef Is NOT In: The Arguments For And Against A “Name” In Restaurant Kitchens—Updated

Posted: July 26, 2017 at 9:19 am   /   Editor's Choice, News

Most restaurants aim to provide fantastic food, drinks and environment at a fair value. However, with the “celebrity chef” trend that started a few decades ago, diners often want something more: a well-known chef in the kitchen. An executive chef lends a certain amount of credibility or cachet; someone who is perceived as having formal education in the culinary arts, many years of experience and exceptional creativity. “I feel that it is important to have a chef,” said Shanon Scott of Sud Italia, where Sandro Scarafile oversees the kitchen. “A chef brings his own family recipes and considers each dish a reflection […]

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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 an entirely expected (and well-deserved) development, chef Hugo Ortega was selected as a Best Chef Southwest finalist for the sixth year in a row. (By the way, let’s remember that the annual pilgrimage is an honor, but it is not free.) In a more surprising […]

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Ming Tsai On Houston Restaurants, Kitchen Tools and The Cause Dear To His Heart

Posted: December 7, 2016 at 7:25 pm   /   Cooking, Editor's Choice, News

Celebrity chef Ming Tsai was in Houston on Monday for a Macy’s Culinary Council cooking demo and signing of his fifth book, Simply Ming In Your Kitchen, which Tsai says encourages home cooks to customize the recipes to their preferences. “A cookbook should not be gospel,” he explained. “It should be the base of inspiration for everyone who wants to cook. What I mean by that is there could be a chicken satay recipe. You need to buy chicken for that as the base, but if you’re Mexican, throw in some jalapenos. If you’re Chinese, put in red chilies. If […]

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Join My Table and Houston Food Finder For Sunday Supper!

Posted: November 29, 2016 at 10:15 am   /   Editor's Choice, News

The people at My Table and Houston Food Finder have a lot in common, including a passion for introducing readers to restaurants that we think are simply top notch. We are proud to announce our first joint dinner for readers is at Chef Adison Lee’s Japanese restaurant, KUU on Sunday, December 4 at 5 p.m. It is going to be a wonderful way take a break from the frenetic holiday season. (It also gets dinner out of the way early so readers can prepare for the week ahead.) Chef Lee’s fine Japanese fare will also be a welcome respite from […]

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