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Tracy Vaught and Hugo Ortega

James Beard-Recognized Restaurant Couple Eye Uptown Park For New Concept

Posted: September 27, 2019 at 9:36 am   /   News, Restaurant Openings

Dynamic duo Tracy Vaught and chef Hugo Ortega of H Town Restaurant Group are going to expand their Houston restaurant empire again — and it will be near their award-winning restaurant Caracol. They’ve signed a lease on a space at Uptown Park in the Galleria area. Ortega won the James Beard Best Chef Southwest award […]

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Adorable Character-Themed Treats Truck is Returning to Sugar Land

Posted: September 26, 2019 at 3:04 pm   /   News, Sugar Land

Gather your girls — and anyone else who loves Japanese culture and pink-themed treats and sweets. The ridiculously cute Hello Kitty Café Truck is returning to First Colony Mall at 16535 Southwest Freeway in Sugar Land on October 5 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. It can be found near the Pottery Barn entrance. The […]

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Lyle Bento

Chef & Former Restaurant Owner Leaves Multi-Location Houston Company

Posted: September 25, 2019 at 2:57 pm   /   Chefs You Should Know, Featured, News

Lyle Bento has resigned from his role as culinary director with Sambrooks Management Company. Owned by Michael Sambrooks, the business oversees his original Houston restaurant, The Pit Room, as well as former Cherry Pie Hospitality spots Pi Pizza, Sam’s (formerly Lee’s) Fried Chicken & Donuts and 1751 Sea & Bar, located in what was previously […]

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Chefs Kaiser Lashkari and Austin Simmons CollaborEIGHT at Tris in The Woodlands

Posted: September 19, 2019 at 10:32 am   /   News, Upcoming Events

This Sunday, September 22, from 6 to 9 p.m., at Tris in The Woodlands, Kaiser Lashkari, chef-owner of Himalaya Restaurant and 2019 James Beard Semifinalist for Best Chef Southwest, will join Tris’s Austin Simmons for the next dinner in the CollaborEIGHT series. At these semi-regular events, Simmons and another well-known chef have joined forces to […]

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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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