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Paul Petronella

Chef/Owner, Paulie's Nearly a decade after his parents opened Paulie's in Montrose, Paul Petronella took over his namesake restaurant in 2007, bringing new vitality and innovation to the corner Italian eatery. Classic recipes stayed, new ones were added and house-made pasta and high-caliber coffee became signature elements. Petronella has also forged partnerships with other Montrose chefs, bringing their expertise to his kitchen. A hands-on owner/chef with plenty of energy, Petronella has…

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Rebecca Masson

Chef/Owner, Fluff Bake Bar Pastry Chef Rebecca Masson, a recent contestant on Top Chef Just Desserts , has earned a pretty sweet reputation in Houston's culinary world. Known locally as the sugar hooker, the Le Cordon Bleu grad has manned the mixer at restaurants like New York's Daniel and The Red Cat, as well as Houston's Ibiza and 17* Restaurant. Her Fluff Bake Bar has been a long time vision for Masson. The Midtown spot, which marries a bakery and bar concept, opened in late May 2015, making…

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Seth Siegel-Gardner

Chef/Owner, The Pass and Provisions Real estate fate brought Chef Seth Siegel-Gardner back to his hometown of Houston. After manning the stoves at NYC's Aquavit, Alto and Maze, as well as H-Town's Laidback Manor and Chicago's C-House, a vacant restaurant opportunity in Houston's Montrose neighborhood prompted the talented chef to pack up in summer 2010 and make his way back to the Lone Star state. Together with longtime friend Chef Terrence Gallivan and West Coast-trained Chef Justin Yu, the…

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Terrence Gallivan

Chef/Owner, The Pass and Provisions For more than a decade, Chef Terrence Gallivan has been quietly practicing inspired cooking. The New England Culinary Institute grad--who discovered his passion working at a bistro in his hometown of Fredericksburg, Virginia--went on to man the stoves at NYC's Charlie Palmer's Aureole, The Modern, Gordon Ramsey at the London Hotel and Fiamma. In spring 2008, he took over as executive chef at August, before (ironically) spending the month of August in Houston…

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Antoine Ware

Executive Chef, The Hay Merchant Antoine Ware grew up in the hardscrabble Ninth Ward of New Orleans, where he began his career as a cook in Brennan's restaurants. He learned the art of classic Creole cuisine at some of that city's most celebrated restaurants and gradually moved up the ranks. After Hurricane Katrina ravaged the Gulf Coast in 2005, Ware moved to Houston where he joined another former Brennan's chef, Chris Shepherd, in his kitchen at Catalan. When Shepherd partnered with bar owner…

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Anita Jaisinghani

Chef/Owner of Indika and Pondicheri After growing up in Gujarat, India and earning a Masters degree in Canada, Anita Jaisinghani moved to the U.S. in 1990, pursuing a long-time passion for cooking. After operating a small catering business and later, manufacturing fresh chutneys to provide to local grocers, she went to work in Café Annie's pastry division, honing her pastry skills and learning the elements needed to operate a fine dining restaurant. In July 2001, Jaisinghani opened a…

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7 Tacos in Houston to Up Your Breakfast Game

Breakfast tacos are a decidedly Texas culinary phenomenon. With roots in the Hill Country around Austin and San Antonio, today the warm tortilla wrapped around eggs and an assortment of meats, cheeses and other ingredients can be found from Beaumont to Laredo. Here in Houston, finding the best places is almost a right of passage. Here are a few spots to check out. El Rey Taqueria For 18 years, El Rey Taqueria has been a staple in Houston, fusing both Mexican and Cuban cuisine. Don’t miss the…

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11 Must-Try Houston Taco Joints

As the most diverse city in the country, Houston and its food culture provide a wide range of regional and international options for every meal. Most notable is our fanatic taco culture. Whether you wake up to a couple of breakfast tacos before a day on the town, enjoy a neighborhood taqueria for lunch, or pick up a plate at a lively taco truck after a night out with friends, you know you're in Houston if you're eating tacos. From authentic to fusion, vegetarian to Tex-Mex, there's always a…

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Mardi Gras in Houston

Mardi Gras is truly an experience unlike any other, but you don’t have to be in New Orleans to celebrate Fat Tuesday. Festivals, parades, happy hours, and freshly baked king cakes take over H-Town during carnival season, but sometimes you just need to know where to look. Grab your krewe and check out our list of the best ways to celebrate Mardi Gras in Houston. Parties, Pub Crawls, and Parades, Oh My! Downtown View this post on Instagram A post…

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Food is the Great Equalizer #BattleOfTheBeans

It started as a 'Battle of the Beans,' with Houston touting our shiny new Anish Kapoor sculpture and Chicago acting Illinois-ed that their Cloud Gate would no longer be the only bean on the block. However, the two cities quickly came to terms when they realized their perfect pairing as two of America's favorite foodie cities. With literally hundreds of world class restaurants, scores of articles in magazines like Food & Wine and Bon Appétit, and 40 James Beard 2018 semifinalists between them…

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