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Luca Manfe's octopus dish

“MasterChef” and 8th Wonder Brewery Join Forces For Beer-Paired Italian Dinner

Posted: February 22, 2017 at 3:21 pm   /   News

There was a time when an Italian beer dinner might have resorted to mass-produced Peroni, but the times are a-changin’. Craft beer is trending in Italy, just as it has been in the United States. Houston diners have a unique opportunity to find how native Italian chef Luca Manfé (season four winner of the MasterChef […]

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The Art of Baking book

“Don’t Call It A Cookbook”—Oxheart Co-Founder Wraps Experiences In Limited, Handmade Book

Posted: February 22, 2017 at 12:35 pm   /   News

Karen Man has been called many things, including “pastry chef,” which isn’t accurate as far as she is concerned. “I feel like the term puts you in a box where you can only make sweet things,” she explained. Man prefers to be called a baker and says the training she received as such included what […]

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Alba Huerta Speed Rack 2012

Houston Women Pit Bartending Skills Against The Clock In “Speed Rack” Competition

Posted: February 16, 2017 at 8:54 pm   /   Cocktails, News

In 2012, Houston hosted the Texas regional Speed Rack competition, showcasing local female bartenders such as winner Alba Huerta (who went on to be a regular Speed Rack judge and now runs her own bar, Julep). Now that other Texas metropolitans (San Antonio, Dallas and Austin, respectively) have had a chance to host the competition, Speed […]

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Tasting Room Cellar Classic

“Prodigy” Chef Has Left Peska Seafood – Updated

Posted: February 16, 2017 at 5:40 pm   /   News

Omar Pereney announced on Facebook that he is leaving the restaurant formerly known as Peska Seafood Culture (now called Peska Seafood & Steaks), where he served as executive chef. The 22-year-old Venezuelan native is a classically trained chef who has worked in restaurants since he was only 12 years old. While still in his home […]

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Eric Aldis and Brett Jackson

Chef And Pitmaster Of Midtown BBQ Are Taking Their Act To Katy – Updated

Posted: February 16, 2017 at 4:23 pm   /   News

After J.C. Reid, barbecue columnist for the Houston Chronicle, noted on Twitter that Midtown Barbeque was closed for “plumbing problems,” Reid and others who have been around the industry for a while suspected something was up. Sure enough, chef Eric Aldis confirms that he and pitmaster Brett Jackson have pulled out of Midtown Barbeque. 2/16/17, […]

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