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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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Houston Makes Strong Showing in 2019 James Beard Semifinalist List

Posted: February 27, 2019 at 10:13 am   /   Houston in the Spotlight, News

The 2019 James Beard Award Semifinalist list was announced this morning and eleven nominees are in the greater Houston area. In recent history, Houston chefs, restaurateurs and bars have gained the city a great deal of culinary credibility by way of the awards. The city had a big presence on the semifinalist list in 2018, […]

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The 2019 James Beard Finalists Are Being Announced in Houston After an All-Star Dinner Event

Posted: February 19, 2019 at 10:37 am   /   Houston in the Spotlight, News

If anyone had any doubts about Houston’s rise as a culinary capital, a surprise announcement this morning from the James Beard Foundation should put those to rest. On Wednesday, March 27 at 9 a.m., the 2019 James Beard Award nominees are being announced at a press conference and breakfast at Hugo’s, located at 1600 Westheimer. […]

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Is the Out-of-Town Chain Invasion Hurting Independent Houston Restaurants?

Posted: January 10, 2019 at 7:32 pm   /   Editor's Choice, Houston in the Spotlight, News

There’s a saying that “a rising tide lifts all boats.” In the growing, rapidly changing and highly competitive world of Houston restaurants, that’s not always the case. 2018 was yet another year of rampant growth for the Houston dining scene. For food journalists and avid diners trying to keep up with over 100 new, high-profile […]

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George & Barbara Bush’s Deep Ties to Houston Included Favorite Restaurants & Dishes – Updated

Posted: December 7, 2018 at 3:09 pm   /   Featured, Houston in the Spotlight, News

President George H.W. Bush was laid to rest on December 6, 2018, not too long after wife and former First Lady Barbara left this life on April 17. The long-lived pair were married for 73 years. While the rest of the country might remember President Bush for his “Read my lips: no new taxes,” and […]

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