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Screenshot of the GoFundMe campaign page to assist former El Real Tex-Mex employees

Most Former Employees of El Real Tex-Mex Got Nothing From an Assistance Fund — Updated

Posted: November 8, 2019 at 5:59 pm   /   News

by Phaedra Cook and Carlos Brandon Crowdfunding platforms such as GoFundMe can be used for humanitarian efforts that demonstrate the combined power of good-hearted people. However, there is a potential flaw: anyone can start a crowdfunding campaign without much thought to how to actually distribute the funds . It’s one thing when a campaign is […]

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Chef with Decades-Long History Returns to Houston Food Scene with Wine Dinner

Posted: November 8, 2019 at 1:07 pm   /   News, Upcoming Events

Acclaimed Houston chef Aldo El Sharif, who has been away from the restaurant scene since 2013, is returning with a four-course wine dinner on Friday, November 15, 6 to 10 p.m. It’s taking place at Olive & Twist Bar + Kitchen, at 2712 Richmond, formerly home to Queen Vic Pub & Kitchen. El Sharif was […]

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Film Featuring Cambodian-Owned, Houston-Area Donut Shops Wins Award

Posted: October 31, 2019 at 9:16 am   /   Food & Drink Festivals, Houston in the Spotlight, News

According to a new short documentary, as many as 95-percent of the doughnut shops in Texas are likely owned and operated by Cambodians. For the approximately one million of those lucky enough to escape the brutal Khmer Rouge regime between 1975 and 1979, it represented a way to earn a living in the United States. […]

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Houston Competition Seeking the Best Bao Returns for Fourth Year

Posted: October 28, 2019 at 3:58 pm   /   Food & Drink Festivals, News

On November 6, the 4th Annual Big Bao Battle returns to the Ballroom at Bayou Place. The charitable food competition and all-you-can-eat event raises funds money for OCA-Greater Houston. Founded in 1973 as the “Organization of Chinese American” the OCA evolved to spread its advocacy and civil rights mission to all Asian-Pacific American communities. Among […]

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Platter of beef fajitas with side of guacamole, pico and sauce.

Houston Restaurant Closing Shocker: El Real Tex-Mex is Shuttering — Updated

Posted: October 28, 2019 at 8:52 am   /   News, Restaurant Closings

As of 10/28/19, 4:05 p.m., this story is continuing to be updated as new information comes in. Chef and owner Bryan Caswell announced this morning that he has closed El Real Tex-Mex Cafe at 1201 Westheimer. The Montrose restaurant, located in the old Tower Theater with the striking, vertical sign, made quite a splash when […]

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