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11 Houston Chefs and Restaurants Are 2019 James Beard Award Semifinalists

It’s that time of year again when the James Beard Foundation (a.k.a the Oscars of the culinary world) announces the semifinalists for its Restaurant and Chef Awards and in 2019, and Houston didn’t disappoint. These semi-finalists will be whittled down to finalists on March 27 at a press conference held at Houston’s own Hugo’s in Montrose. The James Beard Awards are set for May 6 in Chicago. Outstanding Bar Program Anvil Bar & Refuge, Houston Outstanding Chef Chris Shepherd, Georgia James…

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Lonely Planet Ranks Houston Among "10 Best Value Places to Visit in 2019"

Houston is no stranger to national praise, making national must-visit lists for it’s culinary and cultural scenes. This October, Lonely Planet “Best in Travel” published its list of top destinations to visit in 2019 and Houston made the cut as the only major U.S. city to be included. Houston came in No. 5 for “10 Best Value Places to Visit in 2019,” in good company with top national and international destinations. As Houston gears up to celebrate the 50 th anniversary of the moon landing in…

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Houston: Food Hall City

We all dread it. The weekly trip to the grocery store playing bumper carts with other irritated shoppers under stale lights. Gone are the days of open air markets, face-to-face interactions with farmers and vendors, and the feeling that a trip to buy food was not a chore, but an opportunity to embrace the community we live in. Well Houston, brace yourself for a treat. With two major farmer's markets and a flock of food halls in the works, your days of food shopping are about to become a lot…

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Celebrate National Buffalo Soldier Day July 28, 2018

In recognition of National Buffalo Soldier Day, Buffalo Soldiers National Museum is opening their doors to the public for a free art exhibition July 28 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with live painting sessions, artist talks, and more. Presented by Black Art in America, Military Inspired Art (M.I.A.) pays homage to the bravery, heroism and artistry of veterans, active duty men and women as well as other modern and contemporary artists who may have been influenced by the military. African Americans…

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Houston Grand Opera brings mariachi music to the stage

If you think you know opera, think again. Cruzar la Cara de la Luna (To Cross the Face of the Moon) came onto the scene in 2010 as the world’s first mariachi opera, commission by Houston Grand Opera. Now, the show will soon return to Houston where locals and visitors alike can see for themselves why the story of an immigrant family divided by the U.S./Mexican border has captivated so many. After the opera’s recent New York City premiere at New York City Opera, The New York Times stated the…

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Influential Women in Houston

In our fourth part of our series celebrating Women's History Month, we're showcasing women in fashion and arts. Americans have always had a love affair with the arts, and Houstonians are no different. In our city, there are many talented, visionary women- artists and designers pushing the boundaries and promising something fresh to discover. Vanessa Wodehouse is the proud owner of two specialty shops located in the Heights. Mary & Moss is a women’s boutique that carries clothing, accessories…

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Influential Women in Houston

In part three of our series celebrating Women's History Month, we're showcasing women in music and performing arts. These women are among the critical few who give voice to our hopes and fears, and through the unifying power of their work, allow us to celebrate the best parts of our community. Kam Franklin is the lead vocalist for the gulf coast soul band, The Suffers. She has been publicly singing since age 5, and she is a 3-time recipient of the Houston Press Music Award for Best Female…

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Influential Women in Houston

In part two of our series celebrating Women’s History Month, we’re showcasing women in science. Houston is lovingly referred to as “space city”, and is home to the largest medical center in the world. The city is full of bright minds channeling their gifts of innovation that enrich our lives and make the lights of our city shine a little brighter. Dr. Lori Choi is an accomplished vascular surgeon who has served at some of the most prestigious hospitals in the country and is the creator of a…

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Influential Women in Houston

In celebration of Women’s History Month, we’re recognizing the contributions of the incredible women of Houston who enrich our lives and make the lights of our city shine a little brighter. In this four-part series, we’ll highlight the accomplishments of Houstonians in various industries, from culinary to fashion, medical to aerospace. What do you get when you cross a degree in chemistry with top honors at the acclaimed California Culinary Academy in San Francisco? Houston’s Chef Erin Smith –…

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