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2015 James Beard Semifinalists Announced

It’s that time of year again with the James Beard Foundation announces the semifinalists for its Restaurant and Chef Awards and in 2015, Houston didn’t disappoint. In the Best Chef Southwest category, Terrence Gallivan and Seth Siegel-Gardner of The Pass made the semifinals, as did Hugo Ortega of Hugo’s and Justin Yu of Oxheart. In the Outstanding Bar Program, Anvil Bar & Refuge will compete against 19 other establishments. It was the only Texas bar to make the list. Finally, Hugo’s…

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There’s Plenty of Room for You in Houston

By John Egan The Houston area ranks among the 10 largest hotel markets in the United States, with over 900 hotels and 84,000 hotel rooms. And more hotels are on the way. The crown jewel of hotels in the works in Houston is a 1,000-room Marriott Marquis that will adjoin the George R. Brown Convention Center. The $355 million, 29-story Marriott Marquis Houston is on track to debut in September 2016. In the Convention District alone, more than 2,000 new hotel rooms are set to open by 2016…

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7 Reasons Why Houston is Both a Hot and Cool Destination

By John Egan It sounds like it doesn't make sense, but Houston is both a hot and cool destination. Forbes anointed Houston one of the country's coolest cities, while Travel and Leisure magazine crowned Houston one of the country's hottest destinations. If that weren't enough, Business Insider named Houston the best American city in 2014. "The winner of accolade after accolade, Houston is a top destination for business and leisure travelers alike," Resonance Consultancy said in ranking the…

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A Live Chat with Sommelier Justin Vann

Visit Houston recently invited Houston sommelier and cicerone Justin Vann to LIVE CHAT with our Facebook friends. Justin's been named Sommeliers of the Year by Food & Wine and touted as one of six Sommeliers to Watch in 2015 by Bon Appetit. Basically, he knows his stuff. Check out the Q&A below. When you're done, head to his current project Public Services Wine & Whiskey and try one of his recommendations in person! Q: I'm in charge of mimosas at a brunch this weekend, can I get away with a…

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Étoile’s Philippe Verpiand Named Master Chef of France

Houston is considered to have one of the best culinary scenes in the country, with cuisine from around the world. With more than 10,000 restaurants in the Houston area, the options can feel overwhelming at times. That's why foodies may find it helpful knowing Étoile Cuisine et Bar Chef/Owner Philippe Verpiand has been named a Master Chef of France, becoming one of only three chefs in Texas ever to receive the prestigious honor. The Master Chefs of France (Maître Cuisinier de France) is the…

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Medical World Americas Raises Houston’s Global Health Care Profile

By John Egan Hundreds of leaders from the medical world will convene in Houston this April to spotlight health care innovation and collaboration. Now in its second year, the Medical World Americas conference and expo has helped Houston earn an even more prominent place on the global health care landscape. "Medical World Americas gives Houston a powerful platform to tell the story about the Texas Medical Center and our community," said Dr. Robert C. Robbins, president and CEO of Houston's Texas…

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