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The trio of All-Star hot dogs at Bernie's Burger Bus

2019 Astros World Series Specials at Houston Restaurants & Bars — Updated

Posted: October 22, 2019 at 12:22 pm   /   Bargains, Houston in the Spotlight, News

Article by Phaedra Cook, with the occasional pinch-hit by Josh Armendariz Led by American League Championship Series MVP José Altuve, the Astros are headed back for their second World Series in two years. Anyone who’s been a fan for a long time knows exactly how amazing and special this is. For the next week, Houstonians […]

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Chef Hugo Ortega at 2017 James Beard Awards

James Beard Foundation Recognizes Texas As Its Own Culinary Region

Posted: September 17, 2019 at 10:46 am   /   Houston in the Spotlight, News

Big news for a big state: the James Beard Foundation has finally recognized Texas as its own culinary region for their annual regional chef awards. In previous years, Texas has been part of the Southwest Region, which since 2012 has included Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, and Utah. However, after examining national demographic, culinary […]

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Quy Hoang of Blood Bros. BBQ

Four Houston Barbecue Restaurants Named Top New Spots By Texas Monthly

Posted: April 22, 2019 at 2:46 pm   /   Barbecue, Houston in the Spotlight, News

Texas Monthly barbecue editor Daniel Vaughn is once again recognizing the Greater Houston area’s booming barbecue scene, naming four area newcomers to his just-released list of the 25 top new barbecue joints in the state. In the article, Vaughn explains, “We launched [the top 25 new barbecue joints list] in 2015 because the level of […]

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The Winning Chefs & More at the 2019 CultureMap Houston Tastemaker Awards

Posted: March 28, 2019 at 8:19 am   /   Houston in the Spotlight, News

The 2019 CultureMap Tastemaker Awards happened just hours after the disappointing James Beard Award announcements with no Houston finalists. The timing was fortuitous. At least there were for sure going to be some Houston winners. A sold-out (yet thankfully not over-packed) crowd of guests, chefs, celebrities and media personalities gathered inside the Heights’ massive Silver […]

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James Beard announcement crowd in Houston

Houston Completely Shut Out of 2019 James Beard Award Finals

Posted: March 27, 2019 at 10:03 am   /   Houston in the Spotlight, News

David Mincberg, chair of Houston First welcomed a crowd of media and Houston-based James Beard Award semifinalists who awaited their fate at a press conference. The locale was Hugo’s, a nominee in the Outstanding Service category. Its owner, Tracy Vaught, was also in the running for Outstanding Restaurateur. (Vaught also runs Xochi, Caracol and Backstreet […]

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